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Gaby Natale, Principal Latina Speaker, Advocates for Gender Equality at the United Nations 

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire

New York, Dec. 1, 2021 - Gaby Natale , entrepreneur, author and speaker of three EMMY awards, will join a group of decision-makers at the fourth Hispanic Leadership Summit to be held will be held at the United Nations headquarters in New York to address issues related to gender equality and Latinas. 
"Women in general - and Latinas in particular - have been disproportionately affected both personally and professionally as a result of the pandemic. As a Latina entrepreneur, author, and speaker, I know how underrepresented we are and how large a margin we are. growth we have on such vital issues as pay parity, media representation or parental leave to name a few. I am delighted to join the Hispanic Leadership Summit to have these much needed conversations around gender equality. gender in our community, "explains Natale. 

The post-pandemic gathering of leaders from business, media, politics and the defense of human rights came after a year-long effort by the We Are All Human Foundation, led by Claudia Romo Edelman. Natale, who is part of the strategic committee of the event, has previously been invited to act as a special speaker on the subject of the representation of Latinos in the media. 

The Hispanic Leadership Summit offers the annual update on the situation of the Hispanic community within the model and framework of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. This Hispanic Leadership Summit will provide an opportunity to bring together community leaders and advocacy partners to understand the current state of the Hispanic community and how we can act together toward 2022. 

"The Latino community is the largest minority in the United States, but we continue to be chronically underrepresented and chronically underrepresented in boardrooms, in media narratives, and in public office. That is why the plenary The support of an institution as consistent as the United Nations is paramount in recognizing this reality, "explains Natale. 

The 2021 edition of the Hispanic Leadership Summit will take place on December 7-8 at the United Nations headquarters in New York.

The Famous Nights of Lights Adorn Saint Augustine 

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire & Wilson Camelo, (407) 335-0472

San Agustín, Fla., Nov.30, 2021 - The 28th annual Christmas lights display known as San Agustin Nights of Lights began on November 20 and runs through January 31. 2022.
Saint Augustine's Nights of Lights feature millions of tiny white lights that create a magical atmosphere in the nation's oldest city and have their origins in the Spanish tradition of displaying a white candle in windows during the Christmas season. 

White lights cover the city's unique Spanish colonial architecture and shine from downtown sidewalks to rooftops, over the Puente de los Leones, along historic buildings, public spaces, hotels, restaurants, and inns along approximately 20 blocks from the Historic District. 

Trains and trams offer seasonal special tours of the best areas and there are also a variety of special tours, including in Spanish - from hikes to electric cart rides and even tours to see the lights from the water. 

The lights bring holiday cheer to visitors and locals in St. Augustine, who can enjoy the display in various corners of the city, from the dazzling lights along the bayfront to the Christmas tree, located in downtown the Plaza de la Constitución and from dusk to dawn. 

This celebration was chosen in 2011 and 2012 by National Geographic as one of the ten best Christmas lighting displays in the world. 

Visit the Florida Historic Coast website:  https://www.floridashistoriccoast.com/noches-de-luces/ for more information regarding Night of Lights, events, lodging, gastronomy and much more. 

South Florida Autism's annual Ray of Hope Gala to be held on November 13
By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire & English contact: John Rogger, phone: 314-540-7858, email: media@sfacs.org ; contact in Spanish: Sandra Figueredo, phone: 786-314-9207, email: sanfigg1@gmail.com
Hialeah, Florida , Nov. 5, 2021 - Friends of South Florida Autism announces the annual Ray of Hope Gala on Nov. 13, 2021, benefiting South Florida Autism Charter School (SFACS) and South Florida Autism Center. 
This year's gala is expected to host more than 200 guests in the new SFACS campus building in the Hialeah Annex. 

In addition to the face-to-face gala, the event will also be broadcast online. This will allow residents across Florida, and across the country, to learn about the new campus and how it is helping more than 300 children make educational advancements in a school dedicated to those on the autism spectrum.
This year's Ray of Hope Gala will benefit the South Florida Autism Center (photo), a complex planned to be built alongside the current school that serves adults and graduate students from the community. With the funds raised it is hoped to open this center with a gym, daycare, Pre-K program, a pool to teach swimming to children on the spectrum, along with many other resources for students and community residents. Among the honorees at this year's event are Santos Sangria - Premium Blend and C&S Paint and Wallpaper, Inc. 

You can register online to watch the event and learn more about Friends of South Florida Autism at  http://www.friendsofsfa.org/

FDA Authorizes Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine for Emergency Use in Children 5 through 11 Years of Age 

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire.   Photo by azcentral.com 

Silver Spring, Md, October 29, 2021 - Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration authorized the emergency use of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine for the prevention of COVID-19 to include children 5 through 11 years of age. The authorization was based on the FDA’s thorough and transparent evaluation of the data that included input from independent advisory committee experts who overwhelmingly voted in favor of making the vaccine available to children in this age group.
 Key points for parents and caregivers: 

*Effectiveness: Immune responses of children 5 through 11 years of age were comparable to those of individuals 16 through 25 years of age. In addition, the vaccine was found to be 90.7% effective in preventing COVID-19 in children 5 through 11. 

*Safety: The vaccine’s safety was studied in approximately 3,100 children age 5 through 11 who received the vaccine and no serious side effects have been detected in the ongoing study. 

*The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices will meet next week to discuss further clinical recommendations. 

“As a mother and a physician, I know that parents, caregivers, school staff, and children have been waiting for today’s authorization. Vaccinating younger children against COVID-19 will bring us closer to returning to a sense of normalcy,” said Acting FDA Commissioner Janet Woodcock, M.D. “Our comprehensive and rigorous evaluation of the data pertaining to the vaccine’s safety and effectiveness should help assure parents and guardians that this vaccine meets our high standards.” 

The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine for children 5 through 11 years of age is administered as a two-dose primary series, 3 weeks apart, but is a lower dose (10 micrograms) than that used for individuals 12 years of age and older (30 micrograms). 

In the U.S., COVID-19 cases in children 5 through 11 years of age make up 39% of cases in individuals younger than 18 years of age. According to the CDC, approximately 8,300 COVID-19 cases in children 5 through 11 years of age resulted in hospitalization. As of Oct. 17, 691 deaths from COVID-19 have been reported in the U.S. in individuals less than 18 years of age, with 146 deaths in the 5 through 11 years age group. 
“The FDA is committed to making decisions that are guided by science that the public and healthcare community can trust. We are confident in the safety, effectiveness and manufacturing data behind this authorization. As part of our commitment to transparency around our decision-making, which included our public advisory committee meeting earlier this week, we have posted documents today supporting our decision and additional information detailing our evaluation of the data will be posted soon. We hope this information helps build confidence of parents who are deciding whether to have their children vaccinated,” said Peter Marks, M.D., Ph.D., director of the FDA’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research. 

The FDA has determined this Pfizer vaccine has met the criteria for emergency use authorization. Based on the totality of scientific evidence available, the known and potential benefits of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in individuals down to 5 years of age outweigh the known and potential risks.

If you purchased Tom's of Maine deodorant or toothpaste on or after September 24, 2015 in California, New York, or Florida, a class action lawsuit may affect your rights.
By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire

Seattle, Oct. 19, 2021 - JND Legal Administration Announces Pending Status Notice of Class Action Lawsuit Alleging Claims Against Colgate-Palmolive Co. and Tom's of Maine, Inc. for Allegedly Labeling and Selling deodorant products and toothpastes as "natural". You may be related to this class action lawsuit. 

The suit is called Lacour V. Colgate-Palmolive Co. , Case No. 16-cv-08364-KMW., And it is in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. No money is available in this moment and there is no guarantee there will be.
Are you included in this group?  The group includes everyone who purchased Tom's of Maine deodorant or toothpaste products on or after September 24, 2015 in the states of New York, California or Florida. If you purchased Tom's of Maine deodorant or toothpaste on or after September 24, 2015 in New York, California, or Florida, you are a member of the lawsuit and the lawsuit may affect your rights. 

Who are the defendants?  The Defendants are Colgate-Palmolive Co. and Tom's of Maine, Inc.

What is the case about?  Buyers of Tom's of Maine deodorant and toothpaste have sued Colgate-Palmolive Co. and Tom's of Maine, Inc. (collectively the "Defendants"), alleging that they improperly made the deodorant and toothpaste products "natural", when they supposedly contain unnatural ingredients. Generally speaking, the Plaintiffs are asking the Defendants to pay monetary damages to the class for damages resulting from the alleged mislabeling of Tom's of Maine deodorant and toothpaste products as "natural." Plaintiffs also seek to obtain all relief to which they may be entitled under the laws of New York, California, and Florida, including, without limitation, effective, legal, and punitive awards. 

Defendants agree with the "Natural" labeling, denying mislabeling ingredients in Tom's of Maine deodorant and toothpaste, as well as any wrongdoing. The Court has not decided whether the Plaintiffs' claims are substantiated. In the course of the lawsuit, and possibly at trial, the Plaintiffs' attorneys will have to prove their case. 

How can you get more information?  If you have questions or would like a detailed notice or other documents about this lawsuit and your rights, visit  https://www.lawsuit-toms.com/ . You can also contact the class action attorney by email at info@bursor.com , or by mail at: Tom's of Maine Litigation, c / o JND Legal Administration, PO Box 91398, Seattle, WA 98111.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: FDA Authorizes Additional OTC Home Test to Increase Access to Rapid Testing for Consumers 

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire & Jeffrey E. Shuren, MD, JD Director - CDRH Offices: Office of the Center Director Today, the U.S.   Photo by Bol.com

The following is attributed to Jeff Shuren, M.D., J.D., director of FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health 

October 04, 2021, Silver Spring, MD - Food and Drug Administration issued an emergency use authorization (EUA) for the ACON Laboratories Flowflex COVID-19 Home Test, an over-the-counter (OTC) COVID-19 antigen test, which adds to the growing list of tests that can be used at home without a prescription. This action highlights our continued commitment to increasing the availability of appropriately accurate and reliable OTC tests to meet public health needs and increase access to testing for consumers. 
Today’s authorization for the ACON Laboratories Flowflex COVID-19 Home Test should significantly increase the availability of rapid, at-home tests and is expected to double rapid at-home testing capacity in the U.S. over the next several weeks. By years end, the manufacturer plans to produce more than 100 million tests per month, and this number will rise to 200 million per month by February 2022. 

Since March 2020, the FDA has authorized more than 400 COVID-19 tests and sample collection devices, including authorizations for rapid, OTC at-home tests. The FDA considers at-home COVID-19 diagnostic tests to be a high priority and we have continued to prioritize their review given their public health importance. 

Most antigen tests for at-home use are authorized for serial testing, or testing the same individual more than once within a few days. These authorizations followed the announcement of a streamlined approach to help facilitate the authorization of rapid tests for use with serial testing programs, which has increased consumer access to testing. Notably, based on the data provided for asymptomatic individuals, the ACON Laboratories Flowflex COVID-19 Home Test does not require serial testing. Today’s authorization will facilitate even greater access and testing capacity. 

The FDA wants to remind patients that all tests can experience false negative and false positive results. Individuals with positive results should self-isolate and seek additional care from their health care provider. Individuals who test negative and experience COVID-like symptoms should follow up with their health care provider as negative results do not rule out a COVID-19 infection. 

We believe at-home diagnostic tests play a critical role in the fight against COVID-19. We will continue to offer support and expertise to help with the development of appropriately accurate and reliable tests, and to facilitate increased access to tests for all Americans. 

FDA Authorizes Booster Dose of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine for Certain Populations 

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire.   Photo 1 by MPR.  Photo 2 by Político.  Photo 3 by The Boston Globe

September 22, 2021, Silver Springs, Md - Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration amended the emergency use authorization (EUA) for the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine to allow for use of a single booster dose, to be administered at least six months after completion of the primary series in:
 individuals 65 years of age and older; individuals 18 through 64 years of age at high risk of severe COVID-19; and individuals 18 through 64 years of age whose frequent institutional or occupational exposure to SARS-CoV-2 puts them at high risk of serious complications of COVID-19 including severe COVID-19. 
Today’s authorization applies only to the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine. 

“Today’s action demonstrates that science and the currently available data continue to guide the FDA’s decision-making for COVID-19 vaccines during this pandemic. After considering the totality of the available scientific evidence and the deliberations of our advisory committee of independent, external experts, the FDA amended the EUA for the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine to allow for a booster dose in certain populations such as health care workers, teachers and day care staff, grocery workers and those in homeless shelters or prisons, among others,” said Acting FDA Commissioner Janet Woodcock, M.D. “This pandemic is dynamic and evolving, with new data about vaccine safety and effectiveness becoming available every day. As we learn more about the safety and effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines, including the use of a booster dose, we will continue to evaluate the rapidly changing science and keep the public informed.” 

The Process for Assessing the Available Data Comirnaty (COVID-19 Vaccine, mRNA), was approved by the FDA on Aug. 23, for the prevention of COVID-19 caused by SARS-CoV-2 in individuals 16 years of age and older. On Aug. 25, 2021, the FDA received a supplement from Pfizer Inc. to their biologics license application for Comirnaty seeking approval of a single booster dose to be administered approximately six months after completion of the primary vaccination series for individuals 16 years of age and older. 
As part of the FDA’s commitment to transparency, the agency convened a public meeting of its Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee (VRBPAC) on Sept. 17 to solicit input from independent scientific and public health experts on the data submitted in the application. During the meeting, the vaccine manufacturer presented information and data in support of its application. The FDA also presented its analysis of clinical trial data submitted by the vaccine manufacturer. Additionally, the public was also given an opportunity to provide comment; and FDA invited international and U.S. agencies and external groups, including representatives from the Israeli Ministry of Health, the University of Bristol, U.K. and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, to present recent data on the use of vaccine boosters, epidemiology of COVID-19, and real-world evidence on vaccine effectiveness. 

The FDA considered the data that the vaccine manufacturer submitted, information presented at the VRBPAC meeting, and the committee’s discussion, and has determined that based on the totality of the available scientific evidence, a booster dose of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine may be effective in preventing COVID-19 and that the known and potential benefits of a booster dose outweigh the known and potential risks in the populations that the FDA is authorizing for use. The booster dose is authorized for administration to these individuals at least six months following completion of their primary series and may be given at any point after that time. 
It’s important to note that the FDA-authorized Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine is the same formulation as the FDA-approved Comirnaty and the vaccines may be used interchangeably. 

“We’re grateful for the advice of the doctors, scientists, and leading vaccine experts on our advisory committee and the important role they have played in ensuring transparent discussions about COVID-19 vaccines. We appreciate the robust discussion, including the vote regarding individuals over 65 years of age and individuals at high risk for severe disease, as well as the committee’s views regarding the use of a booster dose for those with institutional or occupational exposure to SARS-CoV-2,” said Peter Marks, M.D., Ph.D., director of FDA’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research. “The FDA considered the committee’s input and conducted its own thorough review of the submitted data to reach today’s decision. We will continue to analyze data submitted to the FDA pertaining to the use of booster doses of COVID-19 vaccines and we will make further decisions as appropriate based on the data.”

HI! USA reveals the Latina Powerhouse Top 100 in its 2021 edition Latina Powerhouse
By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire

Top 100 is released today, September 15, on the first day of Hispanic Heritage Month . This edition is dedicated in honor of the actress, producer and icon, Rita Moreno. 

New York, Sept. 15, 2021 - HOLA! USA presents the Latina Powerhouse Top 100 2021. An annual initiative that celebrates a select group of women with outstanding professional achievements and powerful stories. This list includes big names in its various categories: entertainment, athletes, visionaries, change agents, bosses, culinary excellence, creative forces, and beauty. 
"Last year, for the first time in Hispanic media, we compiled a list of 100 influential, empowering and inspiring Latinas who have made a lasting impact in their areas. This year, the Latina Powerhouse Top 100 continues to identify a star-studded compendium to inspire. to an intergenerational audience of Latinas. Your talents and efforts are the engines that keep our community inspired and more vibrant than ever. Therefore, we celebrate your careers and accomplishments. We sincerely thank you for your continued contributions to our culture. All are special and inspiring "said Nagidmy Marquez, Editorial Executive Director of HOLA! USES. 

To celebrate the launch of the Latina Powerhouse Top 100 during Hispanic Heritage Month, Toyota has partnered with HOLA! to honor and celebrate Latina professionals who are dedicated to promoting sustainable products and raising environmental awareness. Named the Champions of Sustainability, these women lead the empowerment of their communities and businesses in order to make a difference in society. Toyota knows that both the world's collective future and its well-being depend on clean mobility, clean air, clean water, and biodiversity. With sustainability in mind as a key factor in Toyota's global strategy, it is an honor to recognize these champions. 
As is customary in HOLA! USA, Latina Powerhouse Top 100 will be published in both English and Spanish . "Last year we dedicated the Latina Powerhouse Top 100 to Luchita Hurtado. This year, we honored actress, producer and icon Rita Moreno, one of the few artists to win an EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony)," added Nagidmy Márquez.

America Ferrera, Eva Longoria and Lilliana Vázquez Join the Second Annual Latinas Make A Difference Summit of Power 

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire.   Photo 1 by Television Academy.  Photo 2 by Noticias y Entretenimiento

Los  Angeles, Sept. 1, 2021  - Poderistas, a community created to celebrate Latino culture and advance the power of Latinas, announced that its second annual Latinas Make a Difference Summit will take place from 17 to September 19, 2021. Presented by Lilliana Vazquez with the participation of Eva Longoria, America Ferrera, Ana Navarro, Soledad O'Brien and Alexis McGill Johnson, this year's summit will highlight how Latinas inspire and stimulate change, and will celebrate the first anniversary of Poderistas after its creation in August 2020.

This year's Latinas Make a Difference Summit, presented by Procter & Gamble and sponsored by AARP, Parsons Entrepreneur Academy, Tampax and Vicks, will focus on the idea of ​​Poder in Action. The summit will elevate Latinas as catalysts for change and force multipliers within their own families and communities. Each day will focus on one of three themes: The Power of Us, The Power of You, and The Power of Community. 
Lilliana Vázquez

"I am very honored to be a part of the second annual Latinas Make A Difference Power Summit, an event that not only celebrates our innate power as Latinas, but challenges us to go one step further to transform that power into action." said Lilliana Vázquez, Emmy award-winning television celebrity and host of this year's summit. "It is an honor to sit alongside inspiring women like Eva Longoria and America Ferrera, and I am delighted to present this incredible three-day event where I can use my voice and platform to amplify the beauty, strength and diversity of the Latino community." 

The summit sessions will showcase Power's unique format by balancing relevant lifestyle content with key panels on civic engagement and social justice. Participants will be able to participate in entrepreneurship workshops, readings and talks, group fitness and wellness sessions, presentations by leading Latino voices, and organizing sessions that will drive action around the issues that most affect our community. Sessions will feature inspiring Latinas from a variety of backgrounds, including politics, beauty, fitness, health care, entertainment, activism, and music, among others. 
Eva Longoria (left) & America Ferrera (right)

"Poderistas is a community created to build and advance the power of Latinas. We are very proud of what we have accomplished in just one year, and we can't wait to bring our community together again this September," said America Ferrera, activist, actress , producer, director and co-founder of Poderistas. "Our goal has always been to help Latinas generate power, change the way others see us, and even transform the way we see ourselves. We are delighted to be able to do this work and we can't wait to see our ' Power in Action 'during the summit ". 

"Our Poderistas community has grown very rapidly over the last year, and Latinas from across the country have joined in to share their diverse stories and experiences, as well as to harness our unique power," said Eva Longoria, activist, actress, producer, director and co-founder of Poderistas. "I am very much looking forward to meeting with our community this September at our Latinas Make a Difference Summit 2021 and hearing from the incredible array of speakers that we have in our program." 

For the full summit schedule, visit:  https://poderistas.com/summit2021/
Pope Francis Joins Ad Council and COVID Collaborative's "De Ti Depende" Campaign to Inspire Confidence in COVID-19 Vaccines
By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire.   Photo 1 by Radio Cooperativa.  Photo 2 by Revista ECCLESIA  
The pope and six cardinals and archbishops from the United States, South and Central America are featured in a new public service announcement that will reach global audiences, conveying a message of hope and unity. 

New York, Aug. 18, 2021  - To continue to increase confidence in COVID-19 vaccines, specifically in communities disproportionately affected by the virus, the Ad Council and COVID Collaborative presented today a new public service announcement that includes Pope Francis and six cardinals and archbishops from North, South and Central America. Representing the first Ad Council campaign designed to be distributed to a global audience, the video messages are offered in English, Spanish, and Portuguese to reach communities around the world, and remind viewers that vaccines against COVID-19 are safe, effective and save lives. The new production, made in cooperation with the Vatican's Dicastery for Comprehensive Human Development Service, is part of the groundbreaking COVID-19 Vaccine Education Initiative of the Ad Council and COVID Collaborative. 
"Thanks to God and the work of many, today we have vaccines to protect ourselves from COVID-19, aid Pope Francis." Getting vaccinated with vaccines authorized by the competent authorities is an act of love. I ask God so that each one can contribute their little grain of sand, his little gesture of love, no matter how small love is, it is always great. " 

Recent data shows that the United States has to continue to make progress on COVID-19 vaccines in the country. Currently, 72% of the US adult population and 67% of Hispanic adults are vaccinated with at least one dose. Globally, COVID-19 cases are increasing, especially in North, South, and Central America, in countries such as Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, El Salvador, Honduras, Mexico, and Peru, where rates of fully vaccinated people they range from only 5.5% (Honduras) to 30% (El Salvador). Although access to vaccines remains a challenge, trust in vaccines also presents an obstacle. 

To reach this global audience and inspire confidence in vaccines as part of its broader "De Ti Depende" campaign, the Ad Council and COVID Collaborative are proud to collaborate on this public service announcement with His Holiness Pope Francis, Bishop of Rome, Archbishop José Horacio Gomez Velasco (Los Angeles, CA, USA), Cardinal Carlos Aguiar Retes (Mexico City, Mexico), Cardinal Óscar Rodríguez Maradiaga (Tegucigalpa, Honduras), Cardinal Cláudio Hummes ( São Paulo, Brazil), Cardinal Gregorio Rosa Chávez (San Salvador, El Salvador) and Archbishop Héctor Miguel Cabrejos Vidarte (Trujillo, Peru). 

"The role of trusted messengers in educating and inspiring their fans is undeniable, and has been a central element of our COVID-19 Vaccine Education Initiative from the beginning," said Lisa Sherman, President and CEO of the Ad Council. "For the world's more than one billion Catholics, the pope is one of the most trusted messengers and has an unmatched influence. We are so grateful to him and to the cardinals and archbishops for lending their voices and platforms to help the people of everyone to feel more confident in vaccines. "

This project is one of the most important collaborations of the "De Ti Depende" campaign with trusted messengers, to provide factual and life-saving information to populations who doubt about COVID-19 vaccines, helping them to make informed decisions for themselves and their families. Other influential personalities and trusted messengers who have participated include former Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, Jimmy Carter, and former First Ladies Michelle Obama, Laura Bush, Hillary Clinton, and Rosalynn Carter; musicians Foreigner, Eric Church, Ashley McBryde and Darius Rucker; the actors Wanda Sykes, John Leguizamo, Luis Guzmán and Loni Love; athletes Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Jaren Jackson, Jr., Chester Pitts, Sean Johnson, Preston Wilson, Drew McIntyre, and Rocky NoHands; religious leaders such as Bishop TD Jakes, Dr. Barbara Williams-Skinner, the Rev. Dr. Walter Kim, Father Manuel Dorantes, and the Rev. Gabriel Salguero; medical experts Dr. Anthony Fauci, Dr. Tom Frieden, Dr. Kizzmekia S. Corbett, PhD, and Dr. Cameron Webb; and more. To date, the initiative has included more than 1,124 influencers, who have created 1,638 pieces of content, with a cumulative reach of 50 million. 

Pep Boys Awards $ 100,000 in Scholarships to 15 Aspiring Automotive Technicians in the United States 

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire.   Photo 1 by Radio Cooperativa

The Company Invites Award Winners To Participate In #PepBoysRoadTrip Events As Its Centennial Celebration Continues Across The Country 

Philadelphia, July 29, 2021 - Pep Boys, one of the nation's leading automotive service networks, today announced the 15 winners of its annual Find Your Drive $ 100,000 scholarship program. The company increased to $ 100,000 investment during this 100 or year of operations, to commemorate its centennial and continue the emphasis on critical initiative "Race to 2026", a program designed to recruit and support talented technicians in the automotive industry and closing the United States skills gap . 
Pep Boys recently announced the 15 recipients of their annual $ 100,000 Find Your Drive scholarship program, including this $ 10,000 scholarship recently awarded to Valentin Davy during the #PepBoysRoadTrip Orlando Centennial Road Trip Kickoff event. Davy is a student at the Universal Technical Institute in Orlando, Florida. 

The 2021 scholarship winners will have a special opportunity to participate and be recognized during the #PepBoysRoadTrip, a personalized Pep Boys-branded bus that travels across the country and visits the communities where the company offers its services. To follow the #PepBoysRoadTrip journey and see the upcoming centennial celebrations, visit @PepBoysAuto .

"For 100 years, Pep Boys has supported the coaches who keep America moving," said Brian Kaner, CEO. "This year's Find Your Drive scholarship program is another example of how we are preparing Pep Boys to serve the drivers of the future. Our industry thrives when we have talented technicians in service areas, and we are excited to recognize these 15 students who really excel in the field. " 

This year's scholarship program included five $ 10,000 scholarships for qualified students training to be professional automotive technicians in major metropolitan areas: Houston, Texas; Los Angeles California; Orlando, Florida; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and Caguas, Puerto Rico. 

Students receiving $ 10,000 scholarships for the 2021-2022 academic year are: Valentin Davy, Miami, Florida. Universal Technical Institute, Orlando, Florida Jonathan Cotto, Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico. Mech-Tech College Caguas, Puerto Rico Eli Alvarez, Hutto, Texas. Texas State Technical College, Waco, Texas Julien Vargas, Lehighton, Pennsylvania. Universal Technical Institute, Exton, Pennsylvania Cecilia Ledesma, El Monte, California. Rio Hondo College, Whittier, California 

The 10 additional scholarships of $ 5,000 were awarded to qualified students in other areas of study. The United States students who received a $ 5,000 scholarship for the 2021-2022 academic year are:

John Paul Jansen, Bellevue, Nebraska. Pittsburg State University, Pittsburg, Kansas Kasey Tarantino, Pennsburg, Pennsylvania. Pennsylvania College of Technology, Williamsport, Pennsylvania Hannah Armstrong, Shamrock, Texas. Universal Technical Institute, Irving, Texas Esperanza Murguia, San Dimas, California. Universal Technical Institute, Avondale, Arizona Daniel Gorski, Chicago, Illinois. Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Carbondale, Illinois Mark Jones, Mountainside, NJ. Ohio Technical College, Cleveland, Ohio Erick Poole, Waukegan, Illinois. Lincoln Technical Institute, Melrose Park, Illinois Nicail Andres Ruiz Alcaide, San Juan, Puerto Rico. Mech-Tech College, Caguas, Puerto Rico Derek Deddo, Midlothian, Illinois. Lincoln Technical Institute, Melrose Park, Illinois Zachariah Riehle, Milan, Indiana. University of Northwestern Ohio, Lima, Ohio

Restaurant operators donate 10 million meals through the Chick-fil-A Shared Table program 

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire

Surplus food is given to partner organizations to help fight hunger in local communities
Atlanta, July 26, 2021  - Chick-fil-A and its local franchised restaurant operators recently surpassed the goal of donating more than 10 million meals to those in need through the Chick-fil program -A Shared Table ™, which helps fight food insecurity in local communities across the country. Since its inception in 2012, the food donation program has grown to include more than 1,200 restaurants in 47 states and Washington, DC, ensuring that leftover food from Chick-fil-A® restaurant kitchens is turned into meals. for those who might otherwise go hungry. 
"At Chick-fil-A we are committed to positively impacting the local communities we serve, and the Chick-fil-A Shared Table is one way to help care for those in need," said Rodney Bullard, Vice President of Accountability Chick-fil-A Corporate Social. "We know that a nutritious meal is a fundamental need for millions of people, and we are very proud of the incredible achievement that restaurant operators, their Team Members and local partner organizations have achieved through this initiative. Chick-fil-A Not only is Shared Table a sustainable solution to tapping food surpluses, it is also a program that has a tangible impact on our communities as we continue to fight food insecurity. "

In partnership with the Food Donation Connection, Chick-fil-A Shared Table connects Chick-fil-A restaurants with local shelters, soup kitchens and non-profit organizations. Once paired, the restaurant's Team Members regularly pack surplus food for the partner organizations to collect and distribute to those in need. 

"It is a tremendous honor to be able to build relationships with local organizations and know that together we can make a positive impact in our community," said Carmenza Moreno, Operator of Chick-fil-A North Collins Street in Dallas, Texas. "About 80% of surplus food is now distributed through the Chick-fil-A Shared Table, and we are honored to be able to give back to our community in this way."

"We are grateful to be a part of the Chick-fil-A Shared Table program, which allows us to provide food to hundreds of people in need each week," said Bill DeHass of the Clermont Senior Services Lifelong Learning Centers, which distributes food to seniors in Cincinnati, Ohio. "With this collaboration, seniors receive a hot meal at our centers and greatly enjoy the dishes that incorporate items from the Chick-fil-A menu." 

In addition to the Chick-fil-A Shared Table program, Chick-fil-A has an established partnership with Feeding America to expand its commitment to fighting hunger. With the opening of each new restaurant, Chick-fil-A donates $ 25,000 to Feeding America and the funds are distributed to restaurant partners in their communities to help fight hunger. Since partnering with Feeding America began in 2020, Chick-fil-A has contributed $ 6 million to support Feeding America's mission to ensure equitable access to nutritious food. 

The Chick-fil-A Shared Table program is part of Chick-fil-A's corporate social responsibility programs, which demonstrate our commitment to creating moments of caring: for individuals, for our communities, for others through our food and for our planet. To see other ways Chick-fil-A positively impacts local communities, visit https://www.chick-fil-a.com/about/giving-back.

National Health Foundation Receives Major Donation of $ 586,000 from Providence Southern California to Develop Recovery Care and Community Health Services 

 By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire 

Los Angeles, July 16, 2021 - National Health Foundation (NHF), a leading organization of health equity and recuperative care providers, will reach more homeless Angels with the support of a $ 586,000 grant from Providence Southern California. With these funds, NHF will offer its proven model of recuperative care to the homeless who leave the hospital and need a place to recover from illness or injury, as well as access to comprehensive services that promote well-being and the evolution towards housing. permanent. 
Jeffrey Thompson, chairman of the NHF board; Bernie Klein, M.D., executive director of Providence Holy Cross Medical Center; Kelly Bruno, NHF President and CEO; Tanya DeHoyos, NHF Director of Personnel. (PRNewsfoto / National Health Foundation) 

The incredible investment comes at a crucial time as Los Angeles battles a growing homeless crisis and attempts to meet a growing need for health care and community resources for its most vulnerable populations. Since 2009, the National Health Foundation has met needs through its recuperative care model that includes an innovative approach to trauma-aware, patient-centered care, along with nurses, social workers, and lodging placement experts. with wide availability. In 2020, 1,129 guests stayed at the National Health Foundation's recuperative care facilities, 44% of whom transitioned to stable housing. 

"We are humbled and honored by the gift from Providence, which demonstrates a common vision for a revolutionary approach to health care and housing," said Kelly Bruno, President and CEO of the National Health Foundation. "We look forward to expanding our services and being a positive force in the fight against homelessness and health inequalities in our communities." 
With the support of Providence, the National Health Foundation will provide 2,307 additional nights of recuperative care for approximately 173 people. Thanks to its talented staff and commitment to organizational values ​​such as diversity, fairness and inclusion, guests are connected to a spectrum of accommodation and support services that seek to bring each of the 173 guests closer and closer to a home. permanent. 

"Providence's goal is to create healthier communities," said Bernie Klein, M.D., executive director of Providence Holy Cross Medical Center. "By presenting this grant to the National Health Foundation, Providence is partnering with an exceptional organization to improve the health and well-being of a very vulnerable population." 

For more information on the National Health Foundation's model of recuperative care, visit  https://nationalhealthfoundation.org/health-equity-initiatives/housing/

Jeep® celebrates 80 years of building an electric present and future 

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire 

Auburn Hills, Mich., July 15, 2021 - On July 15, 1941, the former Willys-Overland Co. signed a contract with the United States Department of War to begin production of the first military Jeep vehicle. Eighty years later, the Jeep brand thrives in every corner of the world with an expanding product line into new segments, a community of loyal customers, and the use of 4xe technology for electric vehicles as a natural evolution of those 80 years of experience. leadership in 4x4 capabilities. 
"We celebrate our 80th anniversary and continue to move up and forward," said Christian Meunier, CEO of the Jeep brand. "We are expanding our product portfolio into new segments, with the 3-row Jeep Grand Cherokee L, while also making a strong foothold in the premium SUV market with the new Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer. Next up in our An attractive global product line will be the new Jeep Grand Cherokee, which will be equipped, for the first time in history, with 4xe plug-in hybrid technology. We are fully committed to the vision of a zero-emission future, which is why by 2025 we will offer Jeep versions All-electric, zero-emission 4xe in each and every segment of the SUV market". 

To celebrate this event and in tribute to its vision of a zero-emission future, the Jeep brand today published on its social networks the 80th anniversary version of the "Jeep Life Electrified" video, which was premiered at Stellantis EV Day 2021 on July 8. Through the love story of a couple, the video shows the exceptional nature of the electrification process of the Jeep brand. The piece intertwines various vehicles of the brand, with future technology and with the global Jeep community with the goal of establishing the promise of a brighter future. The piece features the new song "Give me the Future", performed by Bastille. 
80 years of freedom. From the Jeep Wrangler 4xe to concept vehicles and development items, welcome to the Electrified Jeep Life. Jeep. There is only one.

"We are committed to making Jeep the greenest and most exciting SUV brand. Electrifying the Jeep vehicle line will allow people to get around on electric power alone, providing an efficient and fun driving experience, and offering the ability to enjoy. even more off-road capability in near total silence, "said Meunier. 

The vision of a zero-emission future is another important milestone in the 80-year history of a brand that continues to be defined by a sense of community, freedom in the great outdoors, pioneering spirit and groundbreaking innovations in the world of 4X4.

Maria Hinojosa and Enrique Santos among the honorees for the HPRA Awards Bravo! 2021 

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HPRA recognizes Hispanic leaders in the media and public relations industry who have followed exceptional leaders throughout their careers 

New York, July 1, 2021 - The National Hispanic Public Relations Association (HPRA) is proud to recognize Maria Hinojosa, host, producer, and journalist, and Enrique Santos, president and creative director of iHeart, like the recipients of the Bravo! 2021 to the Journalist of the Year and President Award, respectively. Other industry leaders who will be recognized at this year's gala include Pioneer of the Year award winner and Royal Caribbean Group Director of Global Communications Rosanna M. Fiske, and Diversity and Inclusion Award winner and director. of Diversity, Equality and Inclusion of Verizon Magda Yrizarry. The awards dinner Bravo! Annuals will be held in New York City, at the Lotte New York Palace Hotel on September 15, 2021. 
Winners of the HPRA Bravo 2021 Awards (PRNewsfoto / HPRA) 

"The HPRA is proud to honor and celebrate these valued individuals who have demonstrated an unwavering commitment to exalting Hispanic voices, raising awareness of issues affecting communities, and promoting causes that bring social betterment to Hispanics in industry and throughout the United States, "said Sonia Díaz, president of the national HPRA and general vice president of Miami-based Balsera Communications. "Maria, Enrique, Rosanna and Magda use their position to empower their communities and, at the same time, set an example for the next generation of communication professionals, at a time when inspiring Hispanic leaders are very important to our success. ". 

Now in its eighth year, the National Bravo! 2021 celebrates the best corporate, agency, and nonprofit marketing and public relations teams and the groundbreaking work they did. Those who received the National Bravo! 2021 were collectively elected by the executive leaders of the HPRA and its board of directors. This year's event is made possible in part by the generous support of Aflac. 

For more information on the rewards program, visit:  https://hprausa.org/bravo/

Zeel's partnership with the New York City Vaccine Command Center expands home vaccination available to anyone 12 and older 

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire & Beth Amorosi, beth.amorosi@zeel.com, 917-208-7489.   Photo by latino 4u   

New York, June 24, 2021 - Zeel, a leading technology platform providing health and wellness services for the home and office, announced the expansion of its partnership with New York City. Anyone over the age of 12 will now be able to receive the vaccine at home through the city's innovative outreach program. 
The home immunization program is free to all residents of the five boroughs and is fully supported by the New York Immunization Command Center. 

"We are excited to be able to offer this essential service, and it is an honor to work for our great city," said Samer Hamadeh, CEO and Co-Founder of Zeel. "We feel fortunate to be able to get involved and will continue to dispatch the dynamic nursing staff, across the Zeel platform to as many locations as possible, for as long as necessary, until everyone who wishes is vaccinated." 

Zeel sends up to 20 teams of three; nursing professional, driver and administrator to each home, with the capacity to vaccinate up to 200 residents per day. The company estimates that from now until the end of the summer it will be able to vaccinate 8,000 people. Raymond Estrada, former captain of the New York Fire Department and a nurse on the Zeel platform, commented that he is moved by the outpouring of gratitude: "When we arrive at their doors they feel that there is hope, a real light at the end of this terrible tunnel." . 

Eligible New York City residents can register for the program at https://www.zeel.com/vaccine/details or by calling 646-586-3593.  

Law Firms Investigate South Florida Building Collapse 

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire & Alex Storer, (814) 881-0344, astorer@forthepeople.com.   Photo by El Universal 

Miami, June 28, 2021 - Morgan & Morgan and Saltz, Mongeluzzi & Bendesky are investigating and exploring possible legal action regarding last week's collapse of a high-rise condo in Surfside, Florida.
At this time, the firms are speaking with the families of those affected by the tragic incident. Officials indicated that 55 of the 136 apartments at Champlain Towers South Condos on Collins Avenue collapsed during the early hours of Thursday morning. Four people have been confirmed dead, and the fate of 159 others is still unknown. 

"The families and individuals affected by this tragedy deserve justice, but now, more than anything, they need answers," said Morgan & Morgan attorney Rene Rocha. "We are actively investigating what caused the building to collapse, if there were warning signs beforehand that were missed or ignored, and if the system of building codes and regulations, which is intended to prevent these types of disasters from occurring, failed. We are working tirelessly to find answers and will hold all those responsible for this tragic catastrophe accountable for their actions and omissions to the fullest extent of the law. "

Morgan & Morgan and Saltz, Mongeluzzi & Bendesky, together, have tens of thousands of hours of collapse experience, and are currently co-directing counsel on a lawsuit that is being raised over the Hard Rock collapse. 

Hotel in New Orleans. The firms have also litigated the FIU bridge collapses, the Market Street Building in Philadelphia, the Tropicana parking lot in Atlantic City, and other building collapse cases.

"Pleibol!" Looks to Smithsonian Summer 2021 

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire 

The exhibit explores the impact of Latinas / Latinos through baseball objects, stories and photos

Washington, June 29, 2021 - This summer, the crack of the bat and the roar of the crowd will resound in the neighborhood fields and stadiums of the Major League. On July 2, "Pleibol! In the Barrios and the Big Leagues," a bilingual exhibit, will open at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. 

Roberto Clemente, Forbes Field, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, around 1967. Courtesy of The Clemente Museum  

A high school letterman-style jacket, handmade Cuban ball, and recreation league jerseys are displayed along with the Pittsburgh Pirates baseball helmet that belonged to Roberto Clemente, Anthony Rendon's children's jersey, and an autographed ball from the Olympic Gold Medal Winning 2004 US Women's Softball Team to highlight the breadth of experience and talent that Latinas / Latinos have brought to America's entertainment. 

The museum's Albert M. Small Document Gallery captures the excitement of sport with heroes that transcend life, inspirational quotes, graphics, photographs, more than 60 memorabilia and fan memories. A six-minute video produced with La Vida Baseball plays in a loop, capturing the energy and excitement of baseball while taking a look at the lives of Latino and Latin American players and their communities. "Pleibol!" It shows the passion and dedication of Latino communities and how their incredible talents have transformed American culture and society through the lens of baseball, the national pastime. 
Glove restitched with needle and cord, La Puente, California, 1965.    

"'Pleibol! Presents the major stories of the Major League, but first and foremost it is rooted in communities and in the reality of who was allowed to play ball and where," said Margaret Salazar-Porzio, curator of the Cultural and Community Life Division of the museum. "The story we tell shows how Latinas and Latinos have used baseball to achieve their dreams, challenge prejudice and build communities." 

Throughout the 20th century, in the United States and Latin America, baseball provided Latinas / Latinos with recreational opportunities, a means to make ends meet, a socially acceptable space to join the community, and a field for that workers in agriculture and industry organize for rights and justice.

A CPSC report shows that the rate of drownings in children remains high and that the majority of deaths are of children under the age of five. 

 By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire.   Photos by New Jersey Latino News 

Fewer children took swimming lessons during the COVID-19 pandemic, putting them at risk

Washington, June 8, 2021 - The annual drowning and submersion report released today by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reminds families that Safety in the water should be one of your priorities, especially when you return to the community pools and resume your water activities in the hot season. Drowning remains the leading cause of unintentional death among children ages one to four.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is an independent federal agency created by Congress in 1973 and charged with protecting the American public from unreasonable risks of serious injury or death from more than 15,000 types of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction.

The latest CPSC data shows: An increase in fatal pool or spa-related drowning incidents among children under the age of 15. On average, 397 pool or spa-related fatal drowning cases were reported per year between 2016 and 2018, involving children under the age of 15. 75% of fatal drownings reported between 2016 and 2018 involved children under the age of five, and 83% of these were in residential swimming pools. 

"As we enter the summer months, parents and caregivers need to be aware of the impact of the pandemic on their children's swimming ability and water safety," said Robert Adler, Acting President of the CPSC . "The latest CPSC report confirms that the majority of child drownings involve children under the age of five, whose limited experience in the water due to recent social distancing restrictions could put them at higher risk of drowning. With fewer of children who attended swimming lessons last year, it is essential to update these and other survival skills, while practicing greater vigilance in places where swimming activities are included, and also in those that do not. " 
While the report shows that the number of fatal non-fatal drowning incidents treated in the hospital emergency room related to swimming pools or spas decreased from 2019 (6,300 injuries) to 2020 (5,800 injuries), the CPSC cautions that the changes are not statistically significant. From 2018 to 2020, 78% of non-fatal drowning incidents occurred among children under the age of five. 

The lower number of drownings is likely due to limitations in summer activities, including public or group swimming, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Fher Olvera and Alejandro Fernández join President Joe Biden's Month of Action to promote vaccination among Latinos 

By PRNewswire-Hispanic PR Wire & Monique Sowinski, MoniqueSowinski@livenation.com.   Photo 1 by El Sol de la Florida.  Photo 2 by Periódico Mi Ciudad TV

Los Angeles, June 9, 2021 - Fher Olvera (Maná) (left), Alejandro Fernández (right) and Dr. Anthony Fauci have teamed up in an effort to get the Latino community vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus. National Action Month will help mobilize the race to reach the goal of 70% of adults in the United States having at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. So by July 4, even more people can have the protection they need to be safe from this pandemic that has killed nearly 600,000 Americans. 
"The Covid-19 pandemic has been devastating for all communities across the country especially for the Hispanic community" - expressed Dr. Fauci. 

Both Fher and Alejandro have shown a sincere and ongoing commitment to helping the Latino community in the United States. This is the third social collaboration between Fher and Alejandro in the last year. During the 2020 Presidential election, the two joined forces in support of "Vota por Nosotros," which encouraged the Latino community to register and vote. This effort was focused on states with a large Latino population such as Nevada, Arizona and Georgia, which were decisive in the results of the election. Earlier this year Olvera and Fernández came together again, this time in support of immigrant rights in the "We Are Home" campaign calling for just and equitable immigration reform. Now they join their voices to encourage their fans across the United States to "roll up their sleeves" and get vaccinated for the good of the entire community. 

"We have joined the global fight against the pandemic," said Fher and Alejandro. "Text us VACCINE at 8-2-2-8-6-2 to find a vaccination center near your community." 
Joe Biden, President of USA

The Administration's efforts will focus on what we know works best to ensure that everyone has equitable access to the vaccine: person-to-person actions that connect people to key resources and information like Vaccines.gov. The Month of Action will include calls and texts to people in areas with low vaccination rates and murals in neighborhoods near clinics where people can be vaccinated immediately. Over the next month, national organizations, local government leaders, religious and community leaders, businesses, employers, influencers, celebrities, athletes, schools, youth, and thousands of volunteers across the nation will work together to achieve vaccinate their communities.

"Thank you Fher and Alejandro for joining me in sharing this message." - Dr. Fauci

St. Jude Memphis Marathon® Weekend Celebrates 20 Years of 'Running,' Approaching $ 100 Million Raised Since 2002 

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire

The 20th anniversary event will include new proposals and activities prior to the race day, which will be on Saturday, December 4. 

Memphis, Tenn., June 1, 2021 - The St. Jude Memphis Marathon® Weekend presented by Juice Plus + ® turns 20 in December of this year and there are reasons to start celebrating early: the long-awaited Memphis event is reaching $ 100 million raised since its first edition. Since 2002, the year 2,900 marathon and half marathon runners hit the streets of Memphis to participate in the first ever St. Jude Memphis Marathon Weekend, tens of thousands of participants have rallied for what today has become the largest single-day fundraising event to benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital®. 

The St. Jude Memphis Marathon® Weekend presented by Juice Plus + turns 20 in December of this year and there is reason to start celebrating early: the long-awaited Memphis event is reaching $ 100 million raised since its first edition. 

Over the years, the number of participants in the event, which includes marathon, half marathon, 10K run and 5K run, has grown to more than 26,000 in 2019. They brought with them a spirit of camaraderie, inexhaustible enthusiasm and tireless dedication to St. Jude's mission: discovering the cures that save children. Thanks to these loyal friends of the St. Jude Heroes® program and all the people who support them, families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, transportation, room and board - because the only concern of families should be help your children to live. 

"We are excited to welcome thousands of St. Jude runners and friends back to beautiful Memphis this year to safely participate in the 20th Annual St. Jude Memphis Marathon Weekend, with options to continue participating virtually and welcoming people from all over the world as well, "said Richard C. Shadyac, Jr., President and CEO of ALSAC, the fundraising and awareness organization of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. "Over the past two decades, hundreds of thousands of St. Jude friends from around the world have come together to run, walk, and raise money for the children of St. Jude. Their support makes a difference in the lives of St. Jude. St. Jude patients and their families, and we look forward to seeing what we will accomplish together on this unification day in December. " 

The 2020 event became a totally virtual experience in which the participants ran in support of St. Jude from - the place and method of choice -, either from an air base in Kuwait, in a local park together with their families. or even singing the typical song in the Swiss Alps. This year, participants can choose to attend the event in person in Memphis or participate in the virtual experience from wherever they are.

Enrollment and Fundraising Registration is now open, and taking into account the general enthusiasm for the return to the races this year, it is recommended that those interested register as soon as possible to secure a place in the event:  https://www.stjude.org/get-involved/fitness-fundraisers/memphis-marathon.html

Despite being disproportionately affected by COVID-19, Latinos have engaged with the United States during the pandemic and are ready to lead the nation's economic recovery. 

 By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire 

Study Finds Latinos' Well-Being and Successful Recovery from This Pandemic Has Big Implications for a Strong U.S. Economy 

Los Angeles, May 27, 2021 - Despite being disproportionately affected by COVID-19, Latinos rose up and engaged with the United States during this pandemic and are ready to fuel the nation's economic recovery, according to the recent report The Latino Community Stepping Up for the Community and How They Will Drive America's Recovery, commissioned by the Latino Donor Collaborative (LDC). The first data on unemployment rates since the pandemic indicate that Latinos will be the driving force behind the economic recovery. 
"The well-being and successful recovery of Latinos from this pandemic has great implications for a strong US economy," said Sol Trujillo, president of the Latino Donor Collaborative. Latinos represent a significant portion of the working-age population. Along with higher productivity rates and younger ages, they are the engine of future workforce growth, and their results will determine the success of the future American workforce.  Their well-being and success are important, not just for Latinos, but for all Americans. " 

The report also revealed that Latino workers have been vital to essential functions of society during the COVID-19 pandemic. His contributions are particularly significant in industries such as agriculture, food processing, commercial cleaning services, healthcare, and construction. And not only in the states where Latinos represent a greater proportion of the population (California, New Mexico, Arizona, Florida, Nevada, Texas, etc.), but in what we call "driving states", which are states where Latinos they now account for 10-20% of the labor force, voters, and GDP output. Such "push states" are Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Connecticut, West Virginia, Rhode Island, Mississippi, Ohio, Maryland, Oklahoma, Kansas, and Louisiana. 

The pandemic created a special job category: essential frontline workers who had to continue their job duties to keep essential services available. Many of those essential jobs were filled by Latinos who had to work to support their families. 

Essential workers were more vulnerable to health risks, and many of these workers earned lower wages and were less likely to have health insurance than non-essential office workers. 

Throughout the pandemic, Latinos have served on the front lines as essential workers, from the fields in the Central Valley to the corridors of our hospitals in Los Angeles, and have stepped forward for all Americans. In fact, two out of three undocumented workers who file taxes with an Individual Taxpayer Number (ITIN) work in an industry that is considered essential. 

Vaccinate4Love Awareness Campaign Featured on LinkNYC Kiosks Across New York City

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire
New York, May 18, 2021 — As full vaccination becomes the national key to going maskless, with hesitancy still rampant, “efforts to overcome vaccine hesitancy are taking on ever greater urgency,” say Dr. Jacqueline Jones and Davia Temin, co-founders of the grassroots public awareness capaign Vaccinate4Love: Doctors’ Orders.Vaccinate4Love Awareness Campaign Featured on LinkNYC Kiosks Across New York City. 

Responding to this need, LinkNYC – the first-of-its-kind communications network providing free Wi-Fi, phone calls, device charging and access to social services – has partnered with Vaccinate4Love to spread the message on New York’s streets. Digital displays with messages encouraging “Don’t Hesitate – Vaccinate” are now featured on 1,800 kiosks throughout the greater New York City area. To date, vaccination rates for residents 18 and older vary dramatically by borough, ranging from 31% of adult residents in the Bronx fully vaccinated to 50% in Manhattan. Brooklyn has a 34% full vaccination rate among its residents, with Staten Island at 38% and Queens at 41%. 
In addition to the LinkNYC partnership, Vaccinate4Love’s new strategic partners include Cision PR Newswire, Grand Central Partnership, New York Yankees, Transit Wireless, United Way, and many more. The @Vaccinate4Love campaign, launched in March, has spread nationally over Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and LinkedIn… 

The Vaccinate4Love campaign is supported by a group of strategic allies:  https://vaccinate4love.org/partners/

Hispanic Communications Network and La Red Hispana Join Association for Farmworker Opportunity Programs to Improve Access to Pesticide Safety Information in Spanish-Speaking Communities 

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire & Mercy Padilla, mercy.padilla@hcnmedia.com, (410) 903-1496 

Washington, May 10, 2021- Hispanic Communications Network (HCN), along with La Red Hispana and its multimedia networks, join forces with the Association of Agricultural Worker Opportunities Programs (AFOP) to raise awareness about the health disparities faced by female farmworkers in the United States due to exposure to pesticides, lack of access to adequate medical care, among others. 
"Exposure to pesticide residues can cause devastating preventable health hazards. Through AFOP, we ensure that more than 40,000 agricultural workers a year are provided with life-saving tools to prevent a health problem due to exposure to pesticides "said Melanie Forti, Director of Health and Safety Programs at AFOP. 

AFOP's health and safety programs operate the largest and most extensive national pesticide exposure and safety program for agricultural workers in the country. Through its collaboration with AFOP, HCN is helping to raise awareness and improve access to existing programs among farmworker communities, in order to enhance the outreach of AFOP's trained educators in the field, and in turn expand to other rural and emerging markets, with the aim of reducing and preventing injuries and illnesses from pesticide exposure. 

"Raising awareness among farmworkers about ways to reduce the risks of pesticide exposure by following the health measures promoted by AFOP will help improve the well-being of some of the most valuable and vulnerable members of our communities," said Alison Rodden, Director HCN executive. "HCN, through its association with AFOP for more than a decade, seeks that Hispanic agricultural workers and their families have access to appropriate health information and resources in their culture and language. This approach is fundamental to promoting safety. among one of our most underserved essential worker groups in America." 
In an effort to inform farmworkers about pesticide exposure and safety, HCN is launching a nationwide radio campaign featuring public service announcements with human interest and education stories on its daily radio shows on La Red Hispana. . Additionally, the initiative will include live mentions during Welcome to America, HCN's weekly radio show dedicated to immigration, naturalization, and adaptation to life in the United States, hosted by renowned journalist José López Zamorano. 

These initiatives will take place during Agricultural Worker Women's Health week, which runs from May 9 to 15, in an effort aimed at increasing public awareness and understanding of the health risks faced by agricultural workers. and their families.

Norma V. Cantú is named president of the United States Civil Rights Commission 

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire & Angelia Rorison, publicaffairs@usccr.gov, 202-376-7700.   Photo by UTRGV

Washington, May 3, 2021 - Today, by unanimous vote, the commissioners of the United States Civil Rights Commission agreed to the appointment of Norma V. Cantú (l) by President Joseph R. Biden as president of the commission, which marks a milestone for the Commission as the first Latina woman to hold the presidency. 

Ms. Cantú is Professor of Education and Law at the University of Texas at Austin, specializing in Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and education law. Ms. Cantú joins the Commission with a distinguished record of public service, including eight years as Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights Education during the Clinton Administration and most recently as a member of the "Agency Review Team" for Biden-Harris transition education. 

The positions of president and commissioners of the Civil Rights Commission of the United States last a period of 6 years. 

The Commission offers her sincere gratitude to former President Catherine E. Lhamon for her four years of tireless service on the Commission. Ms. Lhamon continues to work to defend the civil rights of all Americans as the Deputy Director of the National Policy Council for Racial Justice and Equity. 

"I look forward to advancing the Commission's mission on civil rights issues facing our nation today, in collaboration with my esteemed colleagues from the United States Commission on Civil Rights," commented the newly appointed Commission Chair, Norma V. Cantú. 

The United States Civil Rights Commission is the only independent, bipartisan entity charged with advising the President and Congress on civil rights and reporting annually on the enforcement of civil rights at the federal level. Our 51 State Advisory Committees offer a broad perspective on existing civil rights issues at the state and local levels. For information about the Commission, please visit www.usccr.gov and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Goya Foods Announces Annual Goya Scholarship Fund Winners  

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire 

Eight students will receive up to $20,000 scholarship 

Jersey City, NJ, May 4, 2021 - Goya Foods, America's Largest Hispanic-Owned Food Company, Announces Eight Winners of the National Goya Culinary Arts Scholarship and Goya Scholarship for Employees, which is offered to the sons and daughters of company employees. 
Goya Foods, America's Largest Hispanic-Owned Food Company, Announces Eight Winners of the Goya Culinary Arts Scholarship, offered nationally, and the Goya Employee Scholarship, offered to sons and daughters of the company's employees. 

The Goya Culinary Arts Scholarship recipients for the 2021-2022 academic year are: Jordan Montoya (New Mexico), Riana Irani (Florida), Ploy Wongkeaitaroon (Ohio) and Anthony Trabasas (New York). The Goya Employee Scholarship recipients are Kelly Macias (New Jersey), Maria Carrero (Texas), Keicy Gonzalez (Virginia) and Felix Torres (South Carolina). 

"Goya has a long history of actions to support the community, among which are the educational aid programs aimed at strengthening the personal and professional development and growth of our young people and the educational system," said Bob Unanue, President of Goya Foods. "The Goya Scholarship Programs bear witness not only to Goya's commitment to our community and to our employees, but they also help promote the importance of higher education." 

The Goya Culinary Arts Scholarship Program is competitively available nationwide for students who wish to enter an institution accredited to two- or four-year programs for their first degree in Culinary Arts or Food Science. Scholarships are awarded in the amount of $ 5,000 per academic year and are renewable for up to three additional years as long as the student remains eligible to receive these grants. Applicants were selected based on standard requirements approved by Goya and evaluated by Scholarship America®, including academic achievement, leadership, community service, and financial need.

Amplio launches Esperanza, the first digital curriculum in spanish for students with dyslexia in its class

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire & Morgan Moritz, mmoritz@piercom.com, 512-745-2575

Esperanza offers a multisensory educational program for bilingual students with dyslexia to improve in the areas they need  
Austin, Texas, April 29, 2021 - AmplioSpeech ("Amplio"), developer of a digital platform that connects students, educators and therapists with advanced technologies to help students with special needs, announced today the launch of Esperanza, a digital curriculum in spanish for students with dyslexia developed by Dr. Elsa Cárdenas-Hagan. The Texas Education Agency (TEA) offers the Amplio digital intervention platform with the Esperanza curriculum for free to all 1,029 school districts. Earlier this year, Amplio and TEA launched a digital intervention platform in English for students with dyslexia using the Multisensory Teaching Methodology (MTA), developed by Margaret Taylor Smith, which is also available for free in all school districts in Texas. Esperanza is the first digital curriculum in spanish for students with dyslexia in its class. 

"Using advanced technologies, Amplio's platform facilitates individualized, results-focused interventions and intensive digital guided practice based on student progress," said Dr. Yair Shapira, founder and CEO of Amplio. "We are excited to offer the first digital curriculum in Spanish for dyslexic students with Esperanza, which will help bilingual students receive education in their native language."
"Spacious was designed to be used in the classroom, during a lesson, and when remote classes are required," added Dr. Shapira. "At a time when educators and parents are concerned about the tremendous damage caused by the loss of academic knowledge and the 'roll back of COVID,' we must think outside of the box so that our students and educators quickly make up for this lost time".

Because it identifies specific sounds, words, and general reading concepts, interventionists can use Esperanza to offer individualized and differentiated therapy to bilingual or spanish-speaking students with dyslexia. Using advanced technologies such as artificial intelligence and natural language processing, the platform functions as an extension of the interventionist by evaluating student responses and providing visual and audio cues to support the class. Recently, Amplio tested Esperanza on independent software developers from Ysleta and Crowley, which had a direct impact on more than 40 students with dyslexia. 
Dr. Elsa Cárdenas-Hagan, director of the Valley Speech Language and Learning Center and a partner at Amplio, commented: "I have always wanted all children to have access to high-quality reading interventions. The demand for digital resources and online for students. Amplio's platform enables the Esperanza Spanish-language educational program to reach more students, with the benefit of highly trained professionals who now have access to real-time data that improves and informs academic teaching. On the Broad platform, we can further streamline our mission of offering every bilingual child the opportunity to read and learn." 

In May 2020, TEA turned to Amplio to address the learning challenges students face in speech and language therapy programs, due to the COVID-19 outbreak and the shift to remote learning from home. Speech and language pathologists have access to the Amplio platform and interact remotely with students to provide the speech therapy required by each student's Individualized Education Program (IEP). More than 10,000 students have received services through the Amplio platform, and this alliance has effectively enabled speech and language pathologists and interventionists to support large numbers of cases virtually, while providing valuable documentation, monitoring and supervision services.

WEB:  https://www.ampliospeech.com/

COVID-19 vaccine denied to clinic serving Houston's most vulnerable immigrant population 

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire 
The denial comes five months after the clinic was approved to distribute the vaccines. 

Houston, April 19, 2021 - Texas Health and Human Services recently told Hillcroft Physicians Clinic, P.A. (Hillcroft), after five months of waiting, that their doctors will not receive COVID vaccines to distribute to the immigrant population that sorely needs them.
"Five years ago the government launched an investigation into the Hillcroft Physicians Clinic. At that time, the clinic was growing rapidly offering medical services to thousands of newly arrived immigrant patients who depended on Medicaid for vital medical services for their families," he said Ali Fazel, attorney for Dr. Farizani, medical director of the Hillcroft Physicians Clinic. "Hillcroft is unique in that it provides medical services primarily to refugees from war-affected countries. Staff speak ten different languages, making it possible to provide medical services to a population from more than 30 countries. Some of these new Americans have little experience with the health system, which has sometimes led some to misunderstand issues related to continuity of service or become confused about who is caring for their family members, despite efforts by Hillcroft staff to educate them and explain them about the complex structure of the medical services in the United States This lack of understanding fueled the government investigation into Hillcroft and may have been the reason why the Texas Department of Health and Human Services denied Hillcroft the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine to their patients.

"For more than 20 years, Hillcroft Physicians has served more than 200,000 patients in nearly 700,000 visits. There has never been a single action taken by the Texas Medical Board or any lawsuit brought against any of the medical professionals or providers who work at the Hillcroft Physicians Clinic. Hillcroft keeps its doors open to serve the patients it holds dear.

Domino's® and Nuro Launch Autonomous Robot Pizza Delivery on the Streets 

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire 

Select Houston Customers Can Receive Domino's Delivered By Nuro's Self-Contained, Custom Vehicle R2 Starting This Week 

Ann Arbor, Mich., April 12, 2021 - Domino's (NYSE: DPZ), the world's largest pizza company based on global retail sales, and Nuro, the leading driverless delivery company, are launching autonomous pizza delivery In Houston. Starting this week, select customers who place a prepaid order through dominos.com on certain days and times to Domino's in Woodland Heights, located at 3209 Houston Ave.; they can choose to have their pizza delivered by Nuro's R2 robot. Nuro's R2 is the first fully autonomous, unoccupied street vehicle approved for commercial delivery by the US Department of Transportation. 
Starting this week, Domino’s and Nuro launch autonomous pizza delivery service at home in Houston.

This collaboration between Domino's and Nuro will introduce an entirely new delivery experience for pizza lovers. Here's how it works: Select customers who place a prepaid order on the participating Domino's website can choose to have their order delivered by R2. Selected customers will receive text alerts that will update them on the location of the R2 and provide them with a unique PIN to receive their order. Customers will also be able to track the vehicle with GPS on their order confirmation page. Once R2 arrives, customers will be prompted to enter their PIN on the robot's touch screen. The R2 doors will then gently swing upward, revealing the customer's hot Domino's order. 

"We are very excited to continue to innovate the delivery experience for Domino's customers, testing autonomous delivery with Nuro in Houston," said Dennis Maloney, Domino's Senior Vice President and Chief Innovation Officer. "There is still a lot to learn about the autonomous delivery space for our company. This program will allow us to better understand how customers respond to deliveries, how they interact with the robot, and how it affects store operations. The growing demand for pizzas with great taste creates the need for more deliveries and we look forward to seeing how autonomous delivery can work together with existing Domino's delivery experts to better serve customer needs. " 
"Nuro's mission is to improve everyday life through robotics. Now, for the first time, we are launching autonomous deliveries in the real world with R2 and Domino's," said Dave Ferguson, co-founder and president of Nuro. "We are very excited to introduce our autonomous delivery robots to a select group of Domino's customers in Houston. We can't wait to hear what they think." 

To view the full Domino's menu or to order, visit:  https://www.dominospr.com/

PepsiCo Bebidas Norteamérica becomes an official partner of Los Angeles Football Club 

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire

Irvine, Calif., April 6, 2021 - PepsiCo Beverages North America (PBNA) announced today that it has partnered with the Los Angeles Football Club (LAFC) in a five-year agreement to become its official soft drink, and partner supplier of water and energy drink for the Club, where it will serve its main brands to fans through all its events. To celebrate this new alliance, PBNA will work with the LAFC foundation and with LAFC goalkeeper Pablo Sisniega to continue efforts to contribute to the community, restoring a futsal field located near the Banc de California stadium, which will enrich the lives of more than thousand families and increase the pride in the community towards the game. 
Pablo Sisniega, LAFC goalkeeper welcomes Pepsi to the Banc of California Stadium as an official LAFC partner. 

"We wanted our partnership with LAFC to go beyond the team and focus on empowering and enhancing their fans. PepsiCo is working hard to strengthen Hispanic communities through our commitment to Racial Equity Day. Restoring this field it is just one of the ways we are investing in the future of the Hispanic Angels and providing one more escape point to demonstrate their passion and pride for the sport they love - soccer, "said Division President Johannes Evenblij. PepsiCo Beverages North America West. Addressing the lack of soccer fields in the Los Angeles community, especially predominantly Hispanic neighborhoods, PBNA hopes to provide a safe field where pride shines and the most watched sport can be played in local homes. 

For this need, PBNA will help restore the futsal court located at 32nd Street / USC Performing Arts Magnet to improve the health and well-being of 1,100 students and their families. In recent years, the school has submitted several proposals requesting a new court with the goal of creating a safe and fun space for its students. This court will fill a huge need in this traditionally underserved community, providing opportunities to access the game that so many love.
"We are proud to partner with Pepsi on this multifaceted initiative that will bring so much joy and unity to our city, our sport and our Club," said LAFC Co-Chair Larry Freedman. "While it will be great to see the Pepsi brand in action at all LAFC home games and events at the Bank, it will be even better to see how they work together with our foundation and Pablo to restore a local field and provide much-needed equipment to members. of our community. " 

In addition to the restoration of the field, PBNA and the LAFC foundation will team up to distribute soccer kits to hundreds of local families at the school so they can enjoy the sport at home as well. Kits will include a soccer ball, co-branded accessories like a drawstring mesh bag, refreshing towels and a set of training cones. 

"I know how important it is for families to enjoy the unity and passion that our sport represents," said LAFC goalkeeper Pablo Sisniega. "What Pepsi is doing for the Hispanic community in LA is important, and I am honored to be a part of this program that uses play to bring hope to so many in our city."

The National Hispanic Cannabis Council is inaugurated with the purpose of promoting cannabis education, entrepreneurship and economic opportunities 

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire & Daniela Duarte, 562-544-8293.  Photos by El Planteo
The national nonprofit was founded by leading cannabis entrepreneurs to empower America's Hispanic community, which is underrepresented in the legal cannabis industry and has long borne the brunt. of the prohibition of cannabis 

Denver, March 25, 2021 - The National Hispanic Cannabis Council (NHCC, in Spanish Consejo Nacional Hispano del Cannabis) was inaugurated this Thursday with the purpose of empowering the Hispanic community of the United States through education, entrepreneurship and economic opportunities. Considering that 36 states have approved cannabis for medicinal use, the new national non-profit organization seeks to raise awareness on the health, economic and legal aspects of cannabis, as well as promote participation and leadership in the cannabis industry legal, where Hispanics are currently underrepresented. It will also advocate for public policies that support its mission. 

"Cannabis prohibition in the United States was established in large part due to prejudice against Mexican immigrants, and has had a disproportionate impact on the Hispanic community since then," said Brian Vicente, founding member of the NHCC board. , and a partner member of the national cannabis law firm Vicente Sederberg LLP. "The NHCC will work to repair the damage caused by the old prohibition policies and to ensure that the Hispanic community benefits from the new legal provisions that come to replace them. We are excited to launch this organization at a time of unprecedented economic opportunity in the United States. emerging legal cannabis industry. 
"The NHCC will be made up of people and companies from all over the country that will be organized through local delegations. The organization will offer education and networking events at the local level, as well as opportunities at the national level to interact with specialists from the fields of medicine, policy, and advocacy, among other areas. 

The NHCC was founded by leading cannabis entrepreneurs, representing a variety of major companies, including Can It Industries, LLC; Cresco Labs; Folsom and Forge; Moxie; Trulieve; and Vicente Sederberg LLP. The council is governed by a national board of directors, and is chaired by CEO Antonio Valdez, a consumer marketing specialist with more than two decades of experience marketing to the Hispanic community. Valdez was instrumental in launching the nation's first Hispanic real estate trade association, the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals (NAHREP), where he served as a founding board member. For more information, visit https://nhccouncil.org/

The moratorium will end soon; Foreclosure Prevention Consultations Available to DC Residents

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire & Nick Soto, 1-800-281-3824, help@uhusa.org

Washington, March 24, 2021 - United Homes of America (UHA) offers free consultations to residents of Washington, D.C. With millions at risk of losing their homes, UHA is assisting delinquent mortgage companies with the application process from start to finish. Mortgage Council at:  https://www.uhusa.org/

Millions of homeowners have been economically affected by COVID-19, and it has sparked a housing crisis with around 10 million homeowners behind on their mortgage payments. 

As part of Biden's promise to bring relief to a nation in crisis, registration for moratoriums have been extended until June 30. 
An eviction moratorium agreement is reached when a borrower has difficulties with his payments. Under the agreement, the lender agrees to reduce or suspend mortgage payments for a certain period of time. An agreement not to initiate foreclosure during the moratorium period is included. 

TIME PASSES - One in 14,164 housing units had a foreclosure application in January 2021, and an estimated 1.8 million mortgages will be seriously delinquent when the default ends. 

This summer, homeowners once protected by default will have to keep up with their monthly payments. Some borrowers will be required to repay overdue mortgage payments within 6 to 12 months after the end of the moratorium. 

UNITED HOMES OF AMERICA UHA - is a non-profit organization committed to helping 10,000 homeowners avoid foreclosure. Due to the circumstances, a large number of homeowners seek advice during the pandemic, consultations that UHA now offers free of charge. 

"I have three children who depend on me, I have faced foreclosures and I know the pressure of not knowing where to turn; The purpose of UHA is to help the community find real alternatives and solutions" Tony Rivas is the founder of UHA. 

With personal consultations valued at around $ 1,000 per consultation, UHA is dedicated to providing financial assistance, honest resources, and personalized homeowner solutions - at no cost.

PREVENTION IN HURRY - Homeowners with questions about loans, moratorium, or financial advice during the pandemic can schedule meetings with UHA to find personalized solutions. Mortgage and financial resources available at:  https://www.uhusa.org/

Florida Technical College and Miami Dolphins Distributed 1,000 Meals to Needy Families 

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire & Claudia Santa Cruz ǀ 786-218-3009

Hundreds of Families Across Miami-Dade County Received Packaged Meals at a Serv-Car Food Distribution Event at Florida Technical College's South Miami Campus in Cutler Bay 

Miami, March 15, 2021 - To commemorate the launch of Florida Technical College's (FTC) new Culinary Arts Program at its South Miami campus in Cutler Bay, the FTC joined forces with the Miami Dolphins Foundation Food Relief Program to organize last Thursday a food distribution campaign via a service car for hundreds of needy families. 
Mike & Jackie's Catering minority business was tasked with cooking the 1,000 meals while FTC students packed them, a collaboration with the Miami Dolphins Foundation Food Relief Program to help alleviate food insecurity and stress experienced by families in the county. of Miami-Dade while generating jobs and income for local minority restaurants in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and its ongoing economic impact. Hot meals were offered free of charge through the partnership of 11 local nonprofits. 
"This partnership was the perfect way to help formally mark our launch of the new Culinary Arts Program on the South Miami campus," said Dr. James Michael Burkett, president of Florida Technical College. "Our students gained hands-on experience and hundreds of families in need benefited as our community continues to forge a path toward recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and the economic fallout." 
Florida Technical College is committed to a multi-year partnership calling the FTC the "Official Culinary School of the Miami Dolphins" and together, they will collaborate on multiple initiatives to help the most affected local communities. 

"The Miami Dolphins recognize that food insecurity is an ongoing issue facing our community in the wake of COVID-19," said Jason Jenkins, Miami Dolphins Senior Vice President of Communications and Community Affairs. "Through our partnership with the FTC, we can continue to find ways to come together and be part of the solution to help feed our neighbors." 
Florida Technical College's 12-month Culinary Arts Diploma program, available on the South Miami campus, offers students hands-on opportunities to acquire the skills and knowledge necessary for careers in the culinary industry, including a variety of internship positions. administration, supervision and cooking. FTC's South Miami campus will also add professional restaurant-inspired cuisine in the near future. 

CVS Health adds 119 vaccination points against COVID-19 in California 

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire
Woonsocket, Rhode Island, March 11, 2021 - In an ongoing effort to slow the spread of the virus and help reopen communities, CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) announced today that it will begin delivering vaccines to populations. eligible beginning Sunday, March 14 at 119 additional CVS pharmacies throughout California. As of Saturday, March 13, it will be possible to schedule an appointment for the last vaccinations, as the stores receive the shipments of the vaccines. The additional vaccination points are in addition to the 167 previously arranged stores in the state, for a total of 286 CVS pharmacies in charge of administering the vaccine in California. 

"We are proud to help expand access to the vaccine for as many people as possible to enable reopening attempts in the communities we serve," said Neela Montgomery, president of CVS Pharmacy and executive vice president of CVS Health. "Feedback on every aspect of the vaccination process has been very positive, from the digital experience to the interaction with our team of healthcare professionals, whose incredible efforts bring us closer to the eventual end of the pandemic." 
Vaccines from CVS pharmacies that are part of the California immunization network will be available to individuals who meet the state's eligibility criteria, as well as K-12 faculty and staff and care services personnel. childish. Patients must register in advance at CVS.com or through the CVS Pharmacy app. Those without internet access can contact the CVS customer service line at [(800) 746-7287]. People who approach the vaccination site without an appointment will not be given the vaccine. 

The supplies used in the state's expanded immunization process are provided directly by the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program. CVS pharmacies participating in the vaccination process are located in the following counties: Alameda, Fresno, Imperial, Kern, Kings, Los Angeles, Madera, Monterey, Napa, Orange, Riverside, Sacramento, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Luis Obispo, San Mateo, Santa Barbara, Santa Clara, Sonoma, Stanislaus, Ventura and Yolo. As more supplies become available, the company will expand access to more branches in more California communities. 
California's 286 vaccination sites are among the nearly 1,200 CVS pharmacies in 29 states and Puerto Rico where the company is administering the vaccine, which include Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana , Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, New Jersey, Nevada, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, Vermont, and Virginia. Depending on supplies, the vaccines will eventually be available at CVS pharmacies across the country, with the capacity to deliver between 20 and 25 million injections per month. 

Here you will find multimedia resources, including support material (b-roll) and photos of long-term care facilities and COVID-19 vaccination in stores. More information on the steps CVS Health has taken to address the pandemic is available in the company's COVID-19 resource center, which is updated frequently.

National Consumer Protection Week: FDA Is Vigilant in Protecting Consumers Against COVID-19 Vaccine Scams 

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire & Judy McMeekin, Pharm. D., Associate Commissioner for Regulatory Affairs  

It has been said that there is good fishing in troubled waters and that has been the case with fraudsters seeking to profit from anxiety and fears associated with COVID-19. Accordingly, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is on the lookout for charlatans seeking to profit from the pandemic.
Public health protection for consumers is the hallmark of our mission, and the FDA remains vigilant to protect consumers from fraud, which undermines public confidence in legitimate COVID-19 vaccine efforts. While vaccine distribution is underway throughout the country, schemes and unsavory efforts to mislead and scam the American public are plentiful. 
The FDA is well-equipped to identify and thwart medical product scams. The Office of Regulatory Affairs’ Health Fraud Branch, the Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI), and the Office of Enforcement and Import Operations work collaboratively with colleagues in the FDA’s medical product centers, the FDA’s Office of Chief Counsel, and the HHS Office of Minority Health, as well as other government agencies such as U.S. Customs and Border Protection and the U.S. Department of Justice.

This united federal effort has enabled the agency to minimize the impact of fraud on consumers. For example, OCI agents, working with partner agencies, quickly investigated, charged, and obtained guilty pleas from a Georgia man and his company for selling misbranded drugs advertised to treat COVID-19. Like the snake-oil salesmen of old, the suspect in this case said his $19 “Immune Shot” could “LOWER your risk of COVID-19 by nearly 50%.” The suspect targeted individuals aged 50 and older with sales pitches, including company website statements such as “The NEXT FIVE MINUTES could save your life,” “… Immune Shot could be the most important formula in the WORLD right now due to the new pandemic,” “Immune Shot is Not a Luxury, It is a Necessity Right Now,” “Point Blank, if YOU Leave, YOU are at Risk,” and “Is Your Life Worth $19? Seriously, Is It?” 

Judy McMeekin (r), Acting Commissioner for Regulatory Affairs, FDA Judy McMeekin, Pharm. D. 

In another case, an OCI agent went undercover to arrest a fraudster who was posing as a biotech expert. The suspect in this case claimed to have created an injectable COVID-19 vaccine that he offered to inject in customers for $400-$1,000 each. In early March 2020, undercover OCI agents contacted the suspect through social media posts. The suspect claimed he had developed and administered vaccines for cancer and COVID-19. Around the same time, the state of Washington Attorney General issued a cease and desist letter, telling the suspect to stop making claims and offering his “vaccine” for COVID-19. Undeterred, the suspect indicated to undercover agents the warning had just increased demand for his injections, which he now called an “immunogen” instead of a vaccine. Despite entering a consent decree with the state of Washington to stop selling his purported vaccines, the suspect continued to communicate with the undercover OCI agent and traveled to Idaho to “vaccinate” the agent, where he was arrested.

Queensboro FC announces a strategic alliance with Bayamón Fútbol Club 

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire.   Photo 1 by FutbolBoricua.net.   Photo 2 Supplied 

New York, March 4, 2021 - In March 2022, Queensboro FC (QBFC) will begin competing as New York City's new professional soccer team, based in Queens, playing in the United Soccer League (USL). Today, QBFC announced a strategic alliance with the Puerto Rican club Bayamón Fútbol Club (Bayamón FC), to give the island's young players the opportunity to become part of the QBFC Academy. Founded in October 2020, the QBFC Academy is a development team for under-19 players to train, compete and improve their skills with the goal of turning professionals in the first team's inaugural season. The Coach and Sports Director of Queensboro FC, Josep Gombau, will be present at the first "Tryouts" for the Academy that will take place in Puerto Rico on March 21, in which invitations will be extended to selected players to join the team in New York City as part of the QBFC International Residency program. Information about registration for the Tryouts can be found at  https://www.queensborofc.com/bayamonfc .
Bayamón FC (photo), is the largest soccer club in Puerto Rico, which in 2016 became the first member of the network of international DV7 Soccer academies, sponsored by soccer legend and co-owner of QBFC, David Villa. This announcement serves as the first of many international agreements that QBFC plans to form with international clubs around the world. 

New York has the largest population of Puerto Ricans of any city in the world and QBFC will be the bridge that connects the continent with the island through the unitary force of soccer. The club will not only provide "a path to professional soccer" so that Puerto Rican talent discovered by Bayamón FC and QBFC can receive the opportunity to play in New York City, but will also create reciprocal exchange opportunities for local players. they can also enjoy soccer in Puerto Rico. In addition, preseason training and future friendly matches will take place in Puerto Rico, making use of proven quality facilities such as the Bayamón Soccer Complex and the Juan Ramón Loubriel Stadium, Puerto Rico's national stadium. 

"Outside of the island itself, the cultural heartbeat of Puerto Rico is here in New York City. We are very proud to have Bayamón FC as our partner," says Gombau. "QBFC is proud to be a sports organization that puts the local community first. For that reason, we are looking forward to strengthening the ties that unite with the Nuyoricans, and Puerto Ricans in general, offering opportunities to young players who aspire to become. in professional players shortly ". 
"This alliance represents a very important step for Bayamon FC. It has always been a priority for our club to put the best resources available to our players and with this agreement that we signed with QBFC we will be able to give them real opportunities to play soccer professionally in the United States. ", says Alberto Santiago, President of Bayamón FC. 

"We welcome the collaboration agreement with Queensboro FC (QBFC) which will give the opportunity to open the doors to talented young people who practice soccer in PR to become professionals playing in the United Soccer League in the United States," he says Ramón Luis Rivera Cruz, mayor of Bayamón. "We are confident that the tryout will be a success, taking place within the current protocols to guarantee the safety of the participants. Bayamón always supports all sports initiatives and has first-rate facilities." For more information, visit https://www.queensborofc.com/ .

The Denver Museum of Nature and Science presents the Stonehenge exhibition, with 400 original objects and revolutionary scientific advances 

 By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire 

March 1, 2021, Denver - The "Stonehenge" exhibit will open at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science this Friday, March 12, featuring 400 objects and the revolutionary scientific breakthroughs behind some of the latest discoveries about of this prehistoric monument. 
Designated a World Heritage Site, and described as inspiring, magical and sacred, Stonehenge, in Wiltshire, England, is one of the most famous landmarks in the UK. The monument was once made up of erect rock hoops and horseshoes, some topped with horizontal "lintels." The largest rocks are approximately 23 feet (7 meters) high, 9 feet (2.7 meters) wide, and weigh more than 50,000 pounds (22,680 kilograms). Scientific analyzes have revealed that some of the rocks were transported from the Preseli Mountains in Wales, an incredible distance of more than 150 miles (240 kilometers), without modern means of transportation available. 

"Great mysteries and intrigue surround Stonehenge," said Erin Baxter, curator of anthropology at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. "This world-class exhibition allows visitors to explore and experience all those questions, as well as stumble upon the latest in scientific research." 
Visitors will explore this ancient environment and learn how local people lived, how the monument was built and its changes over time, and how modern science continues to polish history. 

"We are fortunate to bring this world-class exhibit to Denver and to share its wonders with the Colorado community and many others," said George Sparks, president and CEO of the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. "What is truly admirable is the depth of knowledge we now have regarding what these huge, silent rocks tell us. We look forward to sharing with our visitors this extraordinary journey through ancient mysteries and modern discoveries." 
For centuries, scholars and visitors alike have wondered about this unique prehistoric monument. Thanks to the latest scientific research, archaeologists estimate that Stonehenge was built between 3000 BC. and 2000 BC 

The exhibition is curated by Mike Parker Pearson, Professor of British Late Prehistory at the Institute of Archeology at University College London. This exhibition is produced by MuseumsPartner in Austria in collaboration with English Heritage. 

If you were exposed to water from the Flint Water treatment plant between April 25, 2014 and November 16, 2020, your rights may be affected by a $ 641 million settlement 

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire.   Photo by Voz de América

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT EAST DISTRICT OF MICHIGAN / The deadline to register for the Agreement is March 29, 2021. 

February 26, 2021, Flint, Michigan - This notice explains a class action settlement in the Flint Water cases. The notice applies to you if at any time during the period from April 25, 2014 to November 16, 2020 ("Exposure Period"): 
(1) were exposed to water from the Flint Water Treatment Plant ("FWTP") and were 18 years of age or older at the time of exposure; or (2) you were 18 years of age or older when you owned, rented, or lived in a residential property serviced by the FWTP or was legally responsible for paying for such water, at that time; or (3) you owned or operated a business that received FWTP services or was legally responsible for paying for such water, during that time. 

What is the lawsuit about? The lawsuits allege that Flint residents and others who used or were exposed to FWTP water between April 25, 2014 and November 16, 2020, suffered personal injury, property damage, economic loss or otherwise. damage or injury as a result of exposure, use, or obligation to pay for contaminated water. The lawsuits claim that when the City of Flint switched to the Flint River as a water source in 2014, the water was not properly treated, leading to corrosion of pipes and the release of lead and other contaminants into the water. Plaintiffs allege that exposure to contaminated water received from Flint's water treatment plant (located at 4500 Dort Highway, Flint, Michigan 48506), during the period of April 25, 2014 through November 16, 2020, has caused a public health crisis. 

The Defendants in conciliation deny any and all alleged responsibility, irregularity, infractions and / or damages. The Court has not decided who is right. 

Who is included? The Settlement Class includes all persons or entities that are or could claim personal injury, property damage, commercial economic loss, unfair enrichment, breach of contract, or seeking any other type of damage or redress. Specific details about the Settlement Class and Subclasses are available at  https://www.officialflintwatersettlement.com/.

Attorney at Saavedra Law Firm, PLC named in Super Lawyers for the third consecutive year 

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire & Saavedra Law Firm, PLC, Laura Saavedra, Marketing Coordinator, laura@legalbetter.com, 602-753-8917 

Phoenix, February 24, 2021 - Freddy Saavedra (photo), founding attorney of Saavedra Law Firm, PLC, a Phoenix, Arizona civil litigation and personal injury firm, was selected by Thomson Reuters as the 2021 Super Lawyers Rising Star in the injury field personal. This is the third consecutive recognition of him. 
While Super Lawyer recognition in each state is limited to just 5% of attorneys, no more than 2.5% can be named on the Rising Stars list. The selection process for Rising Stars and Super Lawyers is the same with just one exception: attorneys eligible to be Rising Stars must be 40 years or less or have been in business for 10 years or less. 

Saavedra Law Firm, PLC is a civil litigation firm representing businesses and consumers in commercial disputes, breach of contract lawsuits, and personal injury lawsuits. While its offices are located in Phoenix, Arizona, the Saavedra Law Firm serves clients throughout the state. The firm offers legal representation to clients in both English and Spanish. 

Freddy Saavedra practices in the fields of civil litigation, personal injury, and social security disability. He is a graduate of the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona State University. Mr. Saavedra is also a veteran of the United States Armed Forces, with 11 years of service in the Army and missions in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Iraq. Mr. Saavedra is an AV rated attorney from Martindale-Hubbell and a member of the American Bar Foundation. He is also a life member of the Disabled American Veterans.
Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters company, is a ranking service for outstanding attorneys from more than 70 practice fields, who have been widely recognized by peers and boast significant professional achievements. The annual selections are made through a patenting process that comprises several phases and includes a survey among attorneys at the state level, an independent candidate evaluation investigation, and peer reviews in the different practice areas. The result is a truthful, comprehensive and diverse list of exceptional attorneys.

Toyota donates $1 million to support Texans affected by historic winter storm
By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire 

Plano, Texas, February 25, 2021 - After winter storm Uri left millions of Texans without power or water last week, North Texas-based Toyota Motor North America (TMNA) has pledged a donation of 1 million dollars to support the victims of the natural phenomenon. The aid will go to both clients and various non-profit organizations based in Texas. 
"We take our role as community leaders seriously, so when winter storms hit millions of people right in our neighborhood, our top priority was to help Texas recover from this adversity," said Sean Suggs , vice president of TMNA's Social Innovation group. "Texans have supported our company in a thousand ways and we want to help our neighbors come out of this emergency stronger than ever." 

Toyota offers all of its employees in the United States support in their personal recovery efforts from unexpected catastrophic events. Additionally, Toyota will match up to $10,000 in individual employee contributions to nonprofits recovering from the storm. 

Toyota Financial Services (TFS) announced that it is offering payment relief options to customers affected by the storms. This comprehensive assistance program includes any Toyota Financial Services (TFS) or Lexus Financial Services (LFS) customer in the declared disaster areas. Financial lease and financing clients who live in affected areas and were affected may choose to avail themselves of various payment relief options, including the following: extensions and deferred payments of finance leases, redirection of billing statements arranging payments by phone or online

Colgate Launches Bright Smiles Kids Awards Display of children's talent and creativity to inspire smiles 

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire 

New York, Feb.23, 2021 - A toothy tune brush, dental instrument tray, or a scientific smile? Anything is possible at the Colgate Bright Smiles Kids Awards, which unleash children's creativity to promote healthy dental habits and celebrate National Children's Dental Health Month. 
Sponsored by Bright Smiles, Bright Futures (BSBF) ®, Colgate's initiative that addresses children's oral health, the organizers of the Bright Smiles Kids Awards are receiving entries from groups of children between the ages of 6 and 14 who upload videos or slide shows to showcase musical, scientific, artistic, journalistic, technological, culinary and other projects that highlight the importance of oral health. Children must be enrolled in schools, clubs, after-school programs, or activities supported by formal organizations. Entries will be evaluated by local advisory councils, and scholarships of up to $ 1,000 will be awarded to schools or organizations that support winners from all nine regions of the Colgate BSBF program. The national first place winner and the next two finalists (eligible for up to $ 5,000 in scholarships) will be selected by live public vote at the Bright Smiles Kids Awards event, which will take place online in May. 

Entries must include a video or slide presentation of up to two minutes in length that shows and describes the project. All registrations require official endorsement from a formal school or organization. In addition, they must be submitted via Colgate's Bright Smiles Kids Awards site, https://kidsawards.wishpondpages.com/. YouTube video URLs are also accepted.

Businesses and consumers who purchased a molded interior door between March 1, 2014 and September 4, 2020 could receive $ 25 or more from a $ 19.5 million global class action settlement 

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire

A Federal Court authorized the issuance of this notice. This is not a request from an attorney.

Richmond, Va., Feb.23, 2021 - The following notice was jointly issued by Robins Kaplan LLP, Gustafson Gluek PLLC, and Joseph Saveri Law Firm and has been authorized by the US District Court. US for the Eastern District of Virginia, in In re: Indirect Buyer of Molded Interior Door Antitrust Litigation (# 3: 18-cv-00850-JAG). 

“Indirect Purchaser States” means the following states: Arizona, Arkansas, California, Florida, Hawaii, Kansas, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, West Virginia, and Wisconsin. 

The lawsuit, In re: Indirect Buyer's Antitrust Litigation of Molded Interior Doors, Case No. 3: 18-cv-00850-JAG, pending in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, alleges that JELD-WEN, Inc. and Masonite Corporation ("Settling Defendants") agreed to price interior molded doors ("Interior Molded Doors, IMD") and, as a result, independent IMD consumers and indirectly purchased businesses did not intended for resale may have paid more than they should have. While the settlement defendants have agreed to settle, they have not accepted the fact that they have committed a crime or are responsible or owe money or benefits to the plaintiffs. The Court has not decided who is right. 

Who is included? 

You are a member of the Settlement Class if you indirectly purchased a standalone non-resale IMD between March 1, 2014 and September 4, 2020. Purchases must have been made in an indirect buyer status or while residing there at the time of purchase. "Indirectly" means that you purchased the independent IMD from someone other than the settlement defendants (for example, you purchased a separate IMD at Home Depot, Lowe's, or a lumberyard). 

IMDs are a type of interior door made by sandwiching a wooden frame and a hollow or solid core between two molded door panels, rather than making the entire door from solid wood. A "freestanding molded interior door" is an IMD that is not incorporated as part of a larger product (such as a home purchase) or a service (such as a home door installation). For example, you are included if you are (a) a consumer who purchased an IMD to install in their home OR (b) a business or commercial contractor who purchased an IMD to include it as a service provided to a customer or for their own use . Standalone IMDs contain patterns and do not include flush doors that do not have patterns or embossments. 

Definitions of IMD, Independent IMD, Indirect Buyer Status List, and more are available on the settlement website:  https://www.interiormoldeddoorsettlement.com/?utm_source=PRN_Spa&utm_medium=WhoIsIncluded&utm_campaign=IMD

COVID-19 Update: USDA, FDA Underscore Current Epidemiologic and Scientific Information Indicating No Transmission of COVID-19 Through Food or Food Packaging 

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire.   Photo by Alimentos Ecuador

The following is attributed to Acting USDA Secretary Kevin Shea and Acting FDA Commissioner Janet Woodcock, M.D. 

Silver Sprtng, Maryland, February 18, 2021 - After more than a year since the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak was declared a global health emergency, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention continue to underscore that there is no credible evidence of food or food packaging associated with or as a likely source of viral transmission of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), the virus causing COVID-19. 

Our confidence in the safety of the U.S. food supply remains steadfast. Consumers should be reassured that we continue to believe, based on our understanding of currently available reliable scientific information, and supported by overwhelming international scientific consensus, that the foods they eat and food packaging they touch are highly unlikely to spread SARS-CoV-2. 
It’s particularly important to note that COVID-19 is a respiratory illness that is spread from person to person, unlike foodborne or gastrointestinal viruses, such as norovirus and hepatitis A that often make people ill through contaminated food. While there are relatively few reports of the virus being detected on food and packaging, most studies focus primarily on the detection of the virus’ genetic fingerprint rather than evidence of transmission of virus resulting in human infection. Given that the number of virus particles that could be theoretically picked up by touching a surface would be very small and the amount needed for infection via oral inhalation would be very high, the chances of infection by touching the surface of food packaging or eating food is considered to be extremely low. 

The USDA and the FDA are sharing this update based upon the best available information from scientific bodies across the globe, including a continued international consensus that the risk is exceedingly low for transmission of SARS-CoV-2 to humans via food and food packaging. For example, a recent opinion from the International Commission on Microbiological Specifications for Foods (ICMSF)External Link Disclaimer, stated: “Despite the billions of meals and food packages handled since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, to date there has not been any evidence that food, food packaging or food handling is a source or important transmission route for SARS-CoV-2 resulting in COVID-19.” Additional literature reviewsExternal Link Disclaimer and analysesExternal Link Disclaimer from other countries agree. 
In addition, considering the more than 100 million cases of COVID-19, we have not seen epidemiological evidence of food or food packaging as the source of SARS-CoV-2 transmission to humans. Furthermore, transmission has not been attributed to food products or packaging through national and international surveillance systems. Food business operations continue to produce a steady supply of safe food following current Good Manufacturing Practices and preventive controls, focusing on good hygiene practices and keeping workers safe. 

Based on the scientific information that continues to be made available over the course of the pandemic, the USDA and FDA continue to be confident in the safety of the food available to American consumers and exported to international customers.

Industry giants launch Pitaya Entertainment, a new podcast company for Latinos in the United States

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire.   Photo by musicalatina    

Early additions include some of the most popular Latino personalities and influencers in the entertainment world 

Los Angeles, February 16, 2021 - Five top executives from the entertainment, podcasting and advertising industries join forces to create Pitaya Entertainment, a new company dedicated to producing podcasts for Latinos in the United States. Pitaya Entertainment launches with six podcast series from some of the most popular Latino personalities in the entertainment world, including television stars, award-winning comedians, and top YouTube influencers, adding up to a combined network of over 27.5 million. followers. All six series launched over the past two weeks debuting on the Apple Podcast charts. Two of them reached positions 1 and 2 in popularity in the United States according to Apple's Top 200 for podcasts in Spanish. 
"While podcasts are gaining popularity in the United States, the Latino audience has not been sufficiently served or developed, and Latino voices are substantially underrepresented in podcast publishing. Pitaya Entertainment aims to change this reality by bringing podcasts to the forefront. the Latino community, "said Zach Horowitz, Managing Partner and Co-Founder. 

All of Pitaya Entertainment's initial podcasts will be weekly unscripted talk show series hosted by well-known Latino personalities with an extensive loyal fan base, and will be published in both traditional and online media. 

Most of the series will be in Spanish, others will be in English and Spanghlish, all directed and about Latinos.  All will be free to the audience, with worldwide access through multiple platforms such as Apple Podcasts, Spotify, YouTube, Google Podcasts, Amazon Music, Pandora and on the Pitaya Entertainment website:  https://www.pitaya.fm/

The hosts of podcasts at Pitaya Entertainment are as diverse as the Latino American community itself. Debut series includes Mexican Americans, Puerto Ricans, Cuban Americans, and Venezuelan Americans. A deep and powerful connection with their followers is something that all presenters have in common.

We Are All Human and Estrella Hispana present the infographic "We Are Latino At Heart" 

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire & Marisa Garcia de Celismarisa@weareallhuman.org, +52 3314178702 
New York, February 10, 2021 - Despite the fact that the Hispanic community has increased its representation and influence in the entertainment industry, there are still many spaces in which this representation is far from being a reality. 

About We Are All Human - We Are All Human is a foundation dedicated to promoting equity, diversity and inclusion initiatives. Our vision is that every human being values every human being. Our mission is to advocate for each person to be respected and empowered, focusing on our common sense of humanity. By focusing on the universal values that make us all human, we can reach points of convergence, eliminate discrimination, and achieve a more equitable society.

Women who were cared for by Dr. James Heaps at UCLA medical facilities may be entitled to participate in a class action settlement 

By PR  Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire.   Photo by Los Angeles Times

Seattle, February 8, 2021, Seattle - A Proposed Class Action Settlement May Affect You If You Were A Woman Cared By Dr. James Heaps ("Dr. Heaps") (photo), at University Medical Facilities of California in Los Angeles ("UCLA") for different time periods between January 1, 1983 and June 28, 2018. The lawsuit pending in the United States District Court for the Central District of California is AB et al. v. Regents of the University of California et al., Case No. 2: 20-cv-09555-RGK-E ("lawsuit"). 
What is the lawsuit about? The women who sued ("Plaintiffs") allege that Dr. Heaps assaulted, abused and engaged in harassing and offensive behavior toward female patients while he was an OB / GYN at UCLA medical facilities and that the University Regents California ("Regents") did not respond adequately. Dr. Heaps and the Regents ("Defendants") deny the Plaintiffs' allegations. The Court has not decided who is right. 

Who is affected? You are a "Class Member" if you are a woman who was cared for by Dr. Heaps at (1) the UCLA Student Health Center (now the Arthur Ashe Student Health and Wellness Center) on January 1, 1983 to June 30, 2010; (2) UCLA Medical Center (now UCLA Ronald Reagan Medical Center) from January 1, 1986 to June 28, 2018; or (3) Dr. Heaps' medical office located at 100 UCLA Medical Plaza from February 1, 2014 through June 28, 2018.

What can you get from the Settlement? The $73 million Settlement Fund will be used to pay Settlement Class Members' claims and any Class Representative service awards approved by the Court. In addition to the monetary benefits, the Regents will make institutional changes at UCLA. The Settlement Fund will not be reduced to pay for attorneys' fees and costs or Administrative Expenses.

Detailed information on the Settlement is available at  https://www.uclaheapssettlement.com/. You can also contact the Settlement Administrator by phone toll free at 1-888-921-0726 or by mail at UCLA Heaps Settlement, c / o JND Legal Administration, PO Box 91386, Seattle, WA 98111.

HFC, non-profit organization for Alzheimer's, organizes the first virtual CareCon, opening a free and safe space for caregivers 

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire.   Photo by Science  

Los Angeles, February 5, 2021 - HFC, the national Alzheimer's nonprofit organization, announces HFC's CareCon presented by Kensington Senior Living, a free virtual event designed specifically for caregivers and family members of people with Alzheimer's and dementia of all the world. The HFC CareCon will be held on Friday, February 19, 2021 with the leadership of Lauren Miller Rogen, Co-Founder of HFC, and the special participation of Seth Rogen, also Co-founder. HFC's CareCon is designed to empower caregivers with support, knowledge, and community through a two-hour event to be held through the Zoom platform. Celebrities participating as moderators include Sean Hayes, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Leeza Gibbons, Kimberly Williams-Paisley, and Ashley Williams. CareCon's mission is to celebrate and support caregivers on their journey, especially during these increasingly isolated times of the COVID-19 pandemic. 
"Because my mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease when she was just 55 years old, I understand the emotional burden of caring for a loved one, and I empathize with caregivers and the isolation conditions of COVID-19 they have been affected, "said Lauren Miller Rogen, co-founder of HFC. "We decided to create CareCon to provide a safe space for caregivers, with community support and educational resources to help them on their journey." 

To enable caregivers to connect with each other and provide an open forum to resolve questions and knowledge about caregiving, caregivers can personalize their experience by choosing between two paths of care: Connecting with the Community and Taking Care of You. Since Alzheimer's is disproportionately affecting the Latinx community, HFC will also be hosting the event in Spanish. To secure your FREE participation in CareCon, register at https://www.donatehfc.com/event/hfc-carecon/e309056.

"Kensington Senior Living is honored to sponsor HFC's inaugural CareCon and passionately support HFC's mission of raising global awareness of brain health and offering support to caregivers and families of people with Alzheimer's. We believe this event It will offer caregivers new tools and best practices to ease their path of care, "said Tiffany Tomasso, Co-Founder of Kensington Senior Living. 

"It is humbling to think about the courage and strength that millions of Americans who care for family members, friends and others living with Alzheimer's disease and dementia demonstrate day after day," said Alisha Alaimo, president of Biogen US. "We are proud to support HFC's CareCon to help rally, empower and celebrate the Alzheimer's community of caregivers."

Celebrate Game Day with Domino's® 

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire.   Photo 1 Supplied.   Photo2 by Fox Sports
Ann Arbor, Mich., February 1, 2021 - Big gatherings and parties may seem like a distant memory, but one thing remains the same: On the biggest game day of the year, football fans across the country will take their seats. in front of their respective televisions and enjoy pizza, and Domino's (NYSE: DPZ) corporate and franchise stores are ready to deliver. 

Whether you're ordering a meal for one or the whole family, when it comes to delivering a satisfying game day feast, there's only one play to remember: Domino's $5.99 mix and match deal. Football fans can please everyone by choosing two or more of the following menu options for only $5.99 each: Medium Two-Topping Pizzas, Bread Twists, Salads, Marbled Cookie Brownies, Specialty Chicken, Baked Sandwiches, Stuffed Cheesy Bread , eight pieces of boneless chicken wings or pasta. 
"Favorite football Sunday is one of the busiest days of the year for Domino's," said Jenny Fouracre, a Domino's spokeswoman. "Members of the Domino's Corporate Store and Franchise team are gearing up for this day, as well as the two finalist teams facing off. It takes focus, practice, a great player lineup, and extra effort to pull it off on game day. Domino's stores across the country have prepared by hiring, ordering more ingredients, and practicing the art of precision pizza making." 

Domino's is committed to providing hot, delicious and safe food the way customers want it, whether it's touch-free or for delivery. Stores across the US also offer Domino's Carside Delivery ™, which gives customers the option to stay in their vehicle while a team member delivers their order to them in the store parking lot, to make it a Convenient contactless carry experience. 

To view the full Domino's menu and place an order, visit https://www.dominospr.com/ .

Staying home due to COVID-19 combined with Super Bowl LV can pose a danger to children from falling furniture and televisions; CPSC publishes new data in its report 

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire.   Photo 1 by Mediotiempo.   Photo 2 by The Mama Store
Washington, January 28, 2021 - As families spend more time in their homes given the restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, children are at greater risk of being injured or even dying from falling furniture and televisions. The latest report from the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) on this topic highlights the ongoing need for parents and caregivers to take safety measures to prevent children from running the game. risk of furniture or television falling on them, including the use of low-cost, easy-to-install anti-tip devices to protect your children; and thus, avoid worries. Millions of people will watch the Super Bowl (Super Bowl LV) on February 7, and now is the time to secure all televisions in your home, including those purchased during holiday sales or especially to watch the "Big Game."

The CPSC report shows alarming statistics. Between 2000 and 2019, 451 children under the age of 17 died after furniture and televisions fell on them. During the period from 2017 to 2019, an annual average of 11,100 children were treated in hospital emergency rooms for injuries related to these falls. 79% of deaths from furniture and television falls involved children under the age of six. 75% of infant deaths involved a television. 

"Injuries and deaths from falls from furniture or televisions are among the most tragic we have observed," said Robert Adler, Acting President of the CPSC. "Parents and caregivers of children do not suspect that the bookcase or dresser in their child's room can be dangerous, but they are a hidden danger in the home. A furniture or a television is overturned very quickly - literally, in the blink of an eye, and often in the close presence of a parent. " 

According to a 2020 CPSC survey, many parents and caregivers did not secure furniture and televisions because they believed it was not necessary as long as they were watching the children. All too often this belief is false, as can be seen in the latest CPSC video, where actual footage of furniture falling onto children shows how the incidents could have resulted in deaths. The media can download the "Still With You" video:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jpnn6gNZpBI

While Others Make Cuts, National Health Foundation Partners with Chrysalis to Increase Job Opportunities 

 By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire 

Los Angeles, January 28, 2021 - For many, the pandemic has caused devastating problems in their lives, from losing their jobs or housing to experiencing food insecurity. Yet for others, the pandemic has provided an opportunity for a new beginning, especially in the New Year. 
Chrysalis customer and National Health Foundation official, Paul serves snacks to guests at NHF's Project Roomkey center. 

In May 2020, the National Health Foundation (NHF) launched a temporary recuperative care facility as part of Project Roomkey, a statewide initiative to house people who were living on the streets, with the goal of mitigating the spread of COVID-19 . To recruit the center's staff, NHF partnered with Chrysalis, a local nonprofit organization dedicated to serving low-income and homeless people during their transition back to the job market. 

"Through our partnership with Chrysalis, people are gaining valuable personal and professional skills that open doors for them to play different roles in healthcare, something that would not otherwise be possible for them," shared Kelly Bruno, President and CEO of the National Health Foundation. 

"The people we serve are our neighbors, friends and family who are most at risk of experiencing the devastating health and economic effects of the pandemic," said Mark Loranger, president and CEO of Chrysalis. "The recruitment opportunities with the National Health Foundation offer a tool that not only represents entry to a new job that will keep them financially secure during these unsettling times, but also opens the door to a new path in their lives." 

Throughout the pandemic, 13 temporary employees have moved into full-time roles as Guest Service Associates at the National Health Foundation. In this role, they continue to offer support services to guests of NHF's permanent recuperative care centers in Pico-Union and Mid-City. For some, this represents an opportunity to use their life experiences in service to those who are currently homeless. For others, like Dwona Beroit, this job is allowing them to explore other careers in health, such as social work. 

The Nutrition Facts Label and MyPlate can help you make healthier eating choices in 2021 

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire
Silver Spring, Maryland, January 26, 2021 - Thinking about making healthier eating choices as part of your New Year's resolutions, but don't know where to start? The new Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2020-2025, encourages Americans to make changes in their food and drink choices based on their personal, cultural and traditional preferences, to in order to achieve better eating patterns. The update of the nutrition information label (https://www.fda.gov/food/new-nutrition-facts-label/la-nueva-etiqueta-de-informacion-nutricional) and MyPlato (https://www.myplate.gov/es/myplate-plan) are good tools to set goals for a healthier eating pattern and stick with it year-round. 

Use the Nutrition Facts label to make healthier food choices. 
The updated Nutrition Facts label (https://www.fda.gov/media/137918/download) can help you make informed choices that help create lifelong healthy eating habits and adhere to the recommendations of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. The label presents important nutritional information about packaged foods and beverages, including information such as serving sizes, calories, and nutrient information.

So what's new on the label? 
* Serving size now appears in bigger, bold type, and some serving sizes have been updated. The serving sizes have been updated to better reflect the amounts that people traditionally eat or drink. 
* Calories are now displayed in bigger, bold type. * Daily values ​​have been updated. 
* Added sugars, vitamin D, and potassium are now listed on the label. Manufacturers must report amounts in addition to the percent daily value for vitamins and minerals. 

 Here are some ways to get the most out of labels this new year. 
* Use the Nutrition Facts label to keep track of calories and use the serving information to help you choose the serving size that's right for you. 
* When shopping for groceries use labels to compare different foods. Increase the frequency of products high in fiber, vitamin D, calcium, iron, and potassium, and low in saturated fat, sodium, and added sugars.

Toyota Research Institute and Stanford University Dynamic Design Lab study how to improve car safety 

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire 

Los Altos, Calif., Jan.15, 2021 - What if every driver in dangerous situations had the instinctive reflexes of a professional racing driver and the calculating foresight of a supercomputer to avoid a collision? Researchers at the Toyota Research Institute are working with Stanford's Dynamic Design Lab to make this vision a reality. 
The engineers 'research focuses on how to integrate professional drivers' instincts into autonomous driving technology. Their goal is to design a new level of active safety technology and share it openly in such a way that Toyota and other manufacturers can deploy it on the roads. 

"Fatal car accidents occur every day that are the result of extreme situations in which most drivers would need superhuman skills to avoid a collision," said Gill Pratt, CEO of TRI and chief scientific officer of Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC). "The reality is that every driver has vulnerabilities, and to avoid a collision, drivers sometimes must execute maneuvers that are beyond their capabilities. Through this project, TRI will learn from some of the best drivers in the world to develop sophisticated control algorithms that elevate human driving skills and keep people safe. This is the essence of the Toyota Guardian ™ approach. " 

Auto accidents cause about 40,000 deaths annually in the United States, and about 1.25 million worldwide. Toyota's goal is to reduce that amount to zero. While most collisions occur in everyday situations, there are times when drivers have to execute maneuvers that approach or even exceed the vehicle's maneuverability limits. For example, when facing wet or slippery asphalt, professional drivers may decide to "drift" the car around a curve. 

"Since 2008, our laboratory has been inspired by human race car drivers to design algorithms that allow autonomous vehicles to maneuver in the most challenging emergency situations," said Professor Chris Gerdes of the Dynamic Design Laboratory at Stanford University. "With this research we have the opportunity to bring these ideas much closer to saving lives on the road." 
About the Toyota Research Institute
- The Toyota Research Institute (TRI), created in 2015, seeks to develop active technologies for vehicle safety and autonomous driving, robotics and other human-amplified technologies. Under the leadership of Dr. Gill Pratt, TRI researchers harness artificial intelligence for the benefit of society and to improve the human condition by creating a future where everyone has the freedom to move, interact and explore. TRI is headquartered in the United States, with offices in Los Altos, California, Cambridge, Massachusetts, and Ann Arbor, Mi

CPSC and Luyuan Urge Consumers to Stop Using Luyuan Youth ATV Vehicles Due to Risk of Collision and Violation of Safety Regulations 
By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire

Washington, Jan. 15, 2021 - The US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Luyuan Inc. ask consumers to stop Immediately use youth models of ATVs (also known as ATVs, ATVs, or ATVs, among others) to prevent serious injury and even death. These youth vehicles do not comply with CPSC safety regulations.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is an independent federal agency created by Congress in 1973 and charged with protecting the American public from unreasonable risks of serious injury or death from more than 15,000 types of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction. To report a dangerous product or a product-related injury, call the CPSC hotline at 1-800-638-2772, or visit  https://www.saferproducts.gov/. Further recall information is available at  https://www.cpsc.gov/

Youth vehicles are intended for children aged six and over, as evidenced by advertising and product dimensions. However, Luyuan vehicles do not meet the mandatory maximum speed limits or other regulatory requirements for vehicles intended for children under the age of 10, posing a risk of high speed collision that could cause serious injury or death to children. 

 Luyuan distributed these vehicles from August 2018 to August 2020. The model references of these youth vehicles are: LY-ATV-40A, LY-ATV-40D, LY-ATV-40E and LY-ATV-40I. These vehicles may have a label on the front that states: "This ATV is subject to LUYUAN INC's ACTION PLAN approved by US Consumer Product Safety Commission on August 7, 2009" (This ATV is subject to the LUYUAN, INC. ACTION PLAN. approved by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission on August 7, 2009), or a label on the engine that states: "IMPORTED BY LUYUAN, INC." Some of these vehicles were sold under the GBMOTO or GoBowen brand names. 

The CPSC asked Luyuan to recall this product from the market. Luyuan has stated that he is working to offer consumers a solution to resolve the safety risks that have been identified for these vehicles. CPSC and Luyuan urge consumers to stop using ATVs immediately and to report any incidents to CPSC at  https://www.saferproducts.gov/.

NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises Expands leadership team in its Revenue and Distribution Strategy unit
By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire

The company adds media veterans to increase monetization efforts driven by growing video consumption by Latinos across all platforms 

Miami, Jan.12, 2021 - NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises today announced the appointment of two new executives in its expansion of its Revenue and Distribution Strategy business unit to develop and increase opportunities monetization of content in the US and around the world. Effective immediately, Ezequiel Fonseca Zas joins Telemundo in the newly created position of Senior Vice President of Revenue Strategy and Distribution, and  Carmona-Botana has been appointed to the new position of Vice President of Content Monetization. Both executives will be located in Miami, Florida. Fonseca Zas will report directly to Peter Blacker, Executive Vice President, Commercial Director and Head of DTC Licensing, and Carmona-Botana will report to Fonseca Zas.

Ezequiel Fonseca Zas (l), appointed Senior Vice President of Revenue Strategy and Distribution 

"I am delighted to welcome these two exceptionally qualified media experts to the Telemundo team," said Blacker. "Ezequiel and Malu both bring unique and deep expertise in Spanish and English media, which will help us expand multilingual formats and experiences on the AVOD, SVOD and DTC platforms that Telemundo has pioneered for more than ten years in the US and around the world."

Fonseca Zas will be responsible for growing and managing Telemundo Enterprises' content distribution and monetization strategies, in close coordination with those in charge of Telemundo's content (Entertainment, Global Studios, Sports and News), as well as with the Distribution teams. and NBCUniversal Licenses. He will also oversee the search and development of future large-scale revenue-generating projects across the company, leveraging the transformation of the US and global media markets. 

Malu Carmena-Botana (r), joins as Vice President of Content Monetization. 

Carmona-Botana will be responsible for strategic planning and management of key partnerships, including development, implementation, and short-term and long-term growth strategies. Carmona-Botana will also work closely with content teams to align the network's content strategies and NBCUniversal's Peacock team to increase the company's revenue across all platforms.

Francisca Restaurant announces its expansion plans for 2021 in Times Square 

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire & Carlos Mayz, carlosmayz2@gmail.com

The emblematic restaurant, a Latin American gastronomic reference in Miami, will open 12 new locations

Miami, Jan.7, 2021 - Following the official announcement with an audiovisual campaign in Times Square, Francisca Restaurant - one of the most successful Latin American gastronomic concepts in Miami - reported that it will open 12 new locations in Florida as part of its expansion projects for this 2021. 
The video with the news, broadcast from the advertising heart of the United States, is part of a campaign that exalts the history of Francisca, after its opening in 2016 in the city of Doral and its consolidation plans in the North American market in recent years. 

"We are happy to share this announcement with our customers and allies. The growth of Francisca Restaurant, a brand with a Venezuelan seal, is due to the immense support we have received from day one. After hundreds of requests, we decided to open more locations in other cities Florida, "said Jesús Pita, CEO of the company, from New York. 

After the opening of the first location in Doral 4 years ago, Francisca Restaurant has 3 other operational locations in Miami, Miami Lakes and Miramar and currently generates more than 190 jobs for the community. The next cities where new locations will open are Brickell, Orlando, Kendall, Davie and others to be announced soon. 

Levin de Grazia, CEO of Bocas Group, said that the corporation's plans are focused on bringing Latin American flavors to all of Florida and the United States and that Francisca will offer the possibility of participating to small, medium-sized businessmen and entrepreneurs to invest in a license to work and grow under the backing of one of the most successful brands in the restaurant industry in South Florida.
Under the slogan Success is cooked over charcoal, Francisca Restaurant established itself as the headquarters of Miami's charcoal chicken, unique in its style and flavor, and as a meeting place and celebration of Latin American gastronomy.

Joseph was acquired by Urban Home Entertainment for video-on-demand distribution worldwide 

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire 

Richmond, Virginia, December 28, 2020 - Soulidifly Productions, a film company whose mission is to produce meaningful and uplifting stories that are entertaining and beautifully told, has partnered with TRIAL X FIRE, LLC, the distribution arm of Urban Home Entertainment , to release Joseph to the public worldwide on video on demand starting December 24, 2020, on Amazon Prime and Vimeo. 
The film, Joseph, aligns with the "Year of Return" (2019) and the "Decade of Return" (2020-2030) currently expressed by African leaders and global influencers as more people seek answers in the present looking for clues from the past. It is the winner of the 2020 "Best Diaspora Narrative Film" award at the African Film Academy Awards. It has been endorsed and supported by the governments of Ghana, Jamaica and Barbados and included in the "Year of Return" of the Ghana Tourism Authority."

"Joseph will provide viewers with a deeper understanding of how the search for truth can be healing, especially in times of social and political unrest," said BK Fulton, founding president and CEO of Soulidifly Productions. "This film aligns with the 'Year of Return' of 2019 and the 'Decade of Return' currently being expressed by African leaders and global influencers as more people seek answers in the present by searching for clues from the past." 

Joseph, filmed in Ghana, Jamaica and Barbados and produced by Step by Step Productions with the assistance of Soulidifly Productions, was awarded the 2020 "Best Diaspora Narrative Film" award at the African Film Academy Awards. . Joseph is a dramatic feature film about Joseph King, a young Jamaican doctor who has a burning desire to reconnect with the roots of his family; with the Ashanti tribe in Ghana. The search for the "return home" creates family conflicts. Joseph's curiosity for Africa is further fueled by a friend from medical school, who bragged about his homeland, Ghana. His stories contradict what Joseph hears and sees about Africa in the media. A grave tragedy, a chance meeting and an unfulfilled promise lead Joseph to an uncertain fate. 

You can access the trailer:  https://www.soulidifly.com/joseph

FDA Takes Additional Steps to Fight COVID-19 by Issuing Emergency Use Authorization for Second COVID-19 Vaccine 

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire.   Photo by Revista Medicina y Salud Pública

The action follows a comprehensive evaluation of available information on safety, efficacy, and manufacturing quality from FDA's career scientists, input from independent experts 

Silver Spring, Md., Dec. 21, 2020  - Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued an emergency use authorization (USA) for the second vaccine for the prevention of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2, for its acronym in English). The emergency use authorization allows Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine to be distributed in the US for use in individuals 18 years of age and older. 
"With the availability of two vaccines now for the prevention of COVID-19, the FDA has taken another crucial step in the fight against this global pandemic that is causing large numbers of hospitalizations and deaths in the United States every day," said the FDA Commissioner, Dr. Stephen M. Hahn, MD "Through the FDA's open and transparent scientific review process, two COVID-19 vaccines have been licensed in an accelerated time frame, while maintaining the rigorous safety, efficacy, and manufacturing quality standards necessary to support the emergency use authorization that the American people expect from the FDA These standards and our review process, the same standards that we have used in the review of the first COVID-19 vaccine and that we intend to use for any other COVID-19 vaccine, included input from independent scientific and public health experts, as well as a comprehensive analysis of the data by the agency's career staff. " 

The FDA has determined that Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine has met regulatory criteria for the issuance of an EUA. The totality of available data provides clear evidence that Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine can be effective in preventing COVID-19. The data also shows that the known and potential benefits outweigh the known and potential risks, supporting the company's request that the vaccine be used in people 18 years of age and older. By making this determination, the FDA can assure the public and the medical community that it has conducted a thorough evaluation of the available information on safety, efficacy, and manufacturing quality. 

Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine contains messenger RNA (mRNA), which is genetic material. The vaccine contains a small fragment of the SARS-CoV-2 virus mRNA that instructs cells in the body to produce the virus's characteristic "spike" protein. When a person receives this vaccine, their body produces copies of the spike protein, which does not cause disease, but triggers the immune system to learn to react defensively, producing an immune response against SARS-CoV-2.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: FDA Authorizes First COVID-19 Test for Self-Testing at Home 

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire.   Photo by WIPR

Silver Spring, Maryland November 17, 2020 - Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued an emergency use authorization (EUA) for the first COVID-19 diagnostic test for self-testing at home and that provides rapid results. The Lucira COVID-19 All-In-One Test Kit is a molecular (real-time loop mediated amplification reaction) single use test that is intended to detect the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 that causes COVID-19. 
“The FDA continues to demonstrate its unprecedented speed in response to the pandemic. While COVID-19 diagnostic tests have been authorized for at-home collection, this is the first that can be fully self-administered and provide results at home. This new testing option is an important diagnostic advancement to address the pandemic and reduce the public burden of disease transmission,” said FDA Commissioner Stephen M. Hahn, M.D. “Today’s action underscores the FDA’s ongoing commitment to expand access to COVID-19 testing.” 

The Lucira COVID-19 All-In-One Test Kit test has been authorized for home use with self-collected nasal swab samples in individuals age 14 and older who are suspected of COVID-19 by their health care provider. It is also authorized for use in point-of-care (POC) settings (e.g., doctor’s offices, hospitals, urgent care centers and emergency rooms) for all ages but samples must be collected by a healthcare provider when the test is used at the POC to test individuals younger than 14 years old. The test is currently authorized for prescription use only. 
The test works by swirling the self-collected sample swab in a vial that is then placed in the test unit. In 30 minutes or less, the results can be read directly from the test unit’s light-up display that shows whether a person is positive or negative for the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Positive results indicate the presence of SARS-CoV-2. Individuals with positive results should self-isolate and seek additional care from their health care provider. Individuals who test negative and experience COVID-like symptoms should follow up with their health care provider as negative results do not preclude an individual from SARS-CoV-2 infection.

Mobility Unlimited Challenge Winner Receives $1 Million For Ultralight Smart Wheelchair

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire

London, Dec. 18, 2020 - The winner of the three-year Mobility Unlimited Challenge has been announced, and Phoenix Instinct, UK, will receive $1 million to further develop its smart wheelchair made of ultra-light carbon fiber, bring it to market and ultimately transform millions of lives in the community of people with disabilities in search of a greater good. 
The Toyota Mobility Foundation, created by Toyota in 2014, launched the $4 million global challenge in 2017 in partnership with Nesta Challenges, in a bid to drive innovation in the field of assistive technologies for people with lower limb paralysis, This being a sample of Toyota's mission of Mobility for All and its broader vision of bringing happiness to all. 

The challenge brought together talented engineers, innovators and designers from around the world to present their designs for innovative devices, integrated with the latest technologies, to enhance mobility and independence for end users. More than eighty teams from 28 countries around the world participated. 

The University of Pittsburgh Human Engineering Research Laboratories (HERL) led the evaluation of the submissions and provided guidance along with a team of Toyota subject matter experts, with the winner selected by a panel of expert judges. 

Designed by Phoenix Instinct, the Phoenix i uses intelligent systems to automatically adjust its center of gravity, making the ultralight carbon fiber frame extremely stable and easy to maneuver. It uses power assist on the front wheels to reduce painful vibrations and minimize user fatigue. The intelligent electric braking system automatically detects if the user is going downhill and adjusts to maneuver their descent. 

WEB:  http://toyotamobilityfoundation.org/en/

$10 million grant from exact sciences to support Unidos Contra El Cancer's initiative to improve colorectal cancer detection and prevention 

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire.   Illustration by National Cancer Institute

The new grant will fund colorectal cancer prevention research and public awareness efforts to increase screening, with a focus on medically disadvantaged communities. 

New York, Dec.17, 2020 - Hoy Unidos Contra El Cáncer® (Stand Up To Cancer, SU2C) unveiled a collaborative initiative aimed at improving colorectal cancer screening, screening early and its prevention in the United States. Transformative $ 10 million grant from Exact Sciences, a provider of cancer screening and diagnostic tests, will fund a "dream team" of colorectal cancer researchers, as well as a broad public awareness campaign to increase screenings and screenings. . 

The new dream team will receive the grant in early 2021 and will identify communities near anchor institutions that serve minorities and medically disadvantaged communities, determine the unique local needs of those areas, and convert the At-risk participating communities in "United Against Cancer Zones" with high colorectal cancer detection rates. The dream team will provide free colorectal cancer screenings in identified areas and study samples obtained through approved tests for colorectal cancer, including colonoscopy, CT colonography, flexible sigmoidoscopy, and home stool tests that they analyze DNA and / or blood in stool. The research will aim to develop better approaches to intercept colorectal cancer. 
Fellowships will also be funded for early career researchers who are committed to studying health equities and inequalities with respect to colorectal cancer. Public awareness campaigns will target medically disadvantaged communities to increase awareness of the importance of colorectal cancer screening and early detection, and the availability of multiple effective screening options, such as traditional colonoscopy, as well as options used at home.

If you purchased a KeVita Master Brew Kombucha product anytime before September 16, 2020, you may be entitled to receive money from a class action lawsuit settlement. 

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire.   Photo by Kombucha Portal  

Westlake Village, Calif., Dec. 14, 2020  - Bradley / Grombacher LLP issues the following information regarding the KeVita Master Brew Kombucha Product Agreement. 
There is a proposed settlement in the class action lawsuit accusing KeVita, Inc. ("Defendant") of violating state laws regarding the labeling and marketing of KeVita Master Brew Kombucha products. The defendant denies wrongdoing and rejects all allegations in this lawsuit. If you purchased Kevita Masterbrew Kombucha at any time before September 16, 2020, you may be entitled to receive cash compensation as part of the settlement, up to $ 60 if you have proof of purchase or up to $ 9 if you don't. has. 

To receive monetary payment, you must submit a claim form by January 14, 2021. Claim forms are available at http://www.masterbrewsettlement.com/ and can also be requested by calling 1-844-702 -2784. 

For complete details, including the claim form, court documents and other information, please visit http://www.masterbrewsettlement.com/ or contact the settlement administrator at 1-844-702- 2784. Más sobre el texto fuenteSe requiere el texto fuente para obtener información adicional sobre la traducción Enviar comentarios Paneles laterales

The versatility of pork stands out this Christmas season in the hands of Mexican celebrity Ana Patricia Gámez 

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire 

Des Moines, Iowa, Dec. 10, 2020 - While these end-of-the-year holidays will be different, there are still many tasty ways to celebrate, share love, and pass on Hispanic family traditions to your loved ones in safe way. Ana Patricia Gámez (l), the Mexican-born celebrity and presenter, has collaborated with the National Pork Board to share joy and delicious recipes as part of its most recent Urban Menu campaign, which collects traditional recipes from three major Hispanic-influenced cities in the country ( Miami, Los Angeles, and El Paso), with the goal of celebrating cultures from around the world and encouraging Latinos to enjoy pork in the most authentic way possible - as street food. 

Through Menu Urbano, Ana Patricia Gámez and three influential personalities knowledgeable about Hispanic food offer consumers a virtual experience full of flavor and cultural heritage, by introducing them to different cultures, flavors and traditions through street foods that can prepare at home during the end of the year season. Recipes and tips are also shared to save time when recreating these authentic dishes made with pork such as: pork quesadillas, cochinita pibil burgers and pork pozole. 

"Within Hispanic culture, the power of food goes beyond taste. We cook to express love, to keep our family traditions alive, and to remember special people and moments in our lives, especially during the end of the year holidays." , expressed Ana Patricia Gámez. "The celebrations will be different this year, but the love and connections to our cultural heritage will never change. Recreating the recipes I grew up with, like my plate of pork pozole, on Christmas Eve is one of the ways I'm passing on the traditions from my family to my little ones, and I'm making sure they experience, through food, the same love I have for our culture. " 

The Pork Es Sabor platform:  https://www.instagram.com/porkessabor/ has become a source of inspiration that invites consumers to try a variety of street food recipes, made with pork, from Latin American countries such as Mexico, Venezuela, El Salvador and Peru, among others. Más sobre el texto fuenteSe requiere el texto fuente para obtener información adicional sobre la traducción Enviar comentarios Paneles laterales

Gaby Natale is the First Latina Author Published by HarperCollins Leadership 

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire 

New York, December 8, 2020 - Gaby Natale, triple EMMY award-winning journalist, speaker, and entrepreneur breaks barriers by becoming the first Latina author published by the prestigious HarperCollins Leadership imprint when her book The Virtuous Circle (The Virtuous Circle) hit all bookstores on January 5, 2021. 

"I believe that every time we choose to pioneer, we help the world move forward. This door that I am about to open is not just for me. It is a door that I hope is also there for others. Especially for those whose voices are there. underrepresented or misrepresented, "explains Natale. 

By joining forces with HarperCollins Leadership, Natale becomes the first Hispanic-origin author to join the ranks of an impressive roster of bestselling writers including John C. Maxwell and Rachel Hollis, among others. 

"Throughout her career, Gaby Natale has been a trailblazer. She is the kind of leader and motivating force that we love to highlight at HarperCollins Leadership," said Jeff James, vice president and publisher. "Readers from all backgrounds can benefit from your example and wisdom to define and achieve our purpose." 

Why is it that some people who seem to have everything going for it never reach their potential while others who are born in adversity achieve every goal they set for themselves? That is the question that gives rise to The Virtuous Circle:  https://hcleadershipessentials.com/pages/the-virtuous-circle .

The book not only tells the success stories of prominent personalities around the world, but also traces the unlikely path of Natale, who went from being unemployed in her native Argentina to an entrepreneur and journalist who won three Emmy Awards in the United States. 

Puerto Rico is looking for top-level professionals to boost its economic development  

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire 

Nonprofit ConPRmetidos launches platform highlighting tropical island's idyllic quality of life and promising career opportunities San Juan, Puerto Rico, 

December 4, 2020 - As the island of Puerto Rico, a U.S. protectorate in the Caribbean, advances on its path to economic transformation, the tropical paradise is joining forces to attract world-class professionals from various sectors to accelerate its mission. The most recent initiative is the ElComebackPR.org program:  https://www.elcomebackpr.org/about/, a platform aimed at both Puerto Rican professionals living and working in the diaspora and non-Puerto Rican businessmen and workers. 
Developed and directed by ConPRmetidos, a non-profit organization based in Puerto Rico, the objective of the program is to connect professionals and anyone who wishes to contribute to the island economy with employment opportunities on the island. Through various tools and resources that make it possible to establish contacts with the main players and provide valuable information for professionals in countless sectors, the first functional phase of the platform focuses on the technology sector, specifically on software development and design. , as well as finance, accounting, business analysis, and digital marketing. 

"ElComebackPR.org is an invitation for Puerto Rican professionals who have left the island to return and, with their talent, contribute to the economic transformation of Puerto Rico. The invitation is also open to non-Puerto Rican professionals, who can take advantage of the many Island advantages: quality of life and vibrant culture, infrastructure, US laws and regulations, a family banking and financial ecosystem, and much more, "said Isabel Rullán, executive director of ConPRmetidos. 
The executive also noted that Puerto Rico is prepared for progress, rooted in its spirit of resilience. The local business ecosystem is strong and has a variety of companies in many sectors that carry out actions that affect the local market, the United States and the international. "Puerto Rico's economic development strategy, together with our infrastructure, business climate and culture, make Isla del Encanto a true Island of Opportunities," said Rullán. 

"Progress depends entirely on the power of people. Our mission is to communicate to people who have gained professional experience and who miss their family, or who want to enjoy all that Puerto Rico has to offer, that this is a great opportunity to to come back and boost our economy. At the same time, we want to retain local talent and let them know that there are job opportunities in this industry, "added Rullán.

Mopec integrates new distributors in Latin America 

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire

With agreements in nine countries, the company offers mass fatality and funeral products and services
Madison Heights, Michigan, Dec. 1, 2020  - Mopec, a leading provider of high-quality autopsy, anatomy, pathology, and morgue products and equipment, recently signed distribution agreements in nine countries in the Americas Latina, thus expanding the company's global product network. 
"These agreements demonstrate our constant commitment to offer high quality products and services around the world," said Alan P. Díaz, Director of International Marketing for Mopec. "We are ready to work with our new partners and continue to grow our international relationships." 

Recently signed agreements and available products include:  Chile: Arquimed: Mortuary chambers, autopsy tables, thanatology stations, macroscopy stations, autopsy saws, thanatological instruments,  Colombia: Macrosearch,  Costa Rica: IFR: The entire Mopec catalog,  Ecuador: SIMED,  Mexico: IVG: Autopsy saws, tables and trolleys for autopsies, equipment for lifting and transporting bodies, solutions for the care of mass fatalities and funeral services, pathologies, macroscopy stations,  Panama: The House of the Doctor,  Paraguay: Infotec,  Puerto Rico: Bio-Nuclear,  Peru: SIMED. 
In addition to supplying specific products in the aforementioned countries, Mopec's team of experts is available to offer products and services for personalized emergency care preparations, response to mass fatalities, and increased capacity to support the COVID-19 pandemic. The company recently released the whitepaper The Future of Mass Fatality Preparedness, which provides valuable insights and guidance on best practices in eventuality preparedness. To access the whitepaper or for more information about Mopec products and services, visit  https://www.mopec.com/

About Mopec:  Mopec, a company based in Madison Heights, Michigan, is a manufacturer and distributor of high quality equipment and products for pathology, anatomy, funeral services and necropsies. Founded in 1992, Mopec stands out for its extensive engineering processes, superior design, and market-leading quality. Mopec is part of Better By Design and specializes in solutions for hospitals, universities, morgues and a wide variety of segments. Mopec is committed to creating innovative products and offering high quality customer service. For more information, visit  https://www.mopec.com/

New COVID-19 Vaccine Unit Opens in Montefiore and Albert Einstein College of Medicine 

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire.   Pnoto by TrialSite News
The majority of participants in the vaccine trial will be people of color and over 65 

Bronx, NY, November 23, 2020 - Montefiore Health System and Albert Einstein College of Medicine just inaugurated their new COVID-19 vaccination unit today that will enroll participants in clinical trials to test the effectiveness of the vaccines against the new coronavirus. The unit is led by Barry Zingman, MD, Professor of Medicine at Einstein and Clinical Director of Infectious Diseases in the Moses division of Montefiore Health System. 

This vaccination unit is inaugurated at a time of strong global expansion of coronavirus infections, with a daily infection rate in the United States of about 200,000. Montefiore's goal is to ensure that more than half of all trial participants are made up of adults especially affected by COVID-19 and, more specifically, over 65 years of age. It is a fact that across the country the people most affected by this pandemic are older individuals and communities of color. 

"The Montefiore and Einstein legacy is characterized by providing cutting edge medical services with inclusive criteria," said Andrew D. Racine, MD, PhD., System Senior Vice President, Montefiore Chief Medical Officer and Professor of Pediatrics at Einstein. "By ensuring that underrepresented patients are included in this COVID-19 immunization research over time, we will help ensure the efficacy and safety of vaccines for these patient groups." 
The new vaccine unit grows out of Montefiore and Einstein's knowledge base and leadership in COVID-19 trials and in providing vital clinical care to thousands of people in the community. This unit has begun enrolling participants for the AZD1222 trial of the AstraZeneca-Oxford vaccine. Dr. Zingman is Montefiore's principal investigator for this vaccine - one of 13 COVID-19 immunizations in Phase III clinical trials and the first to be evaluated at Montefiore and Einstein. He was also the Montefiore and Einstein principal investigator of the National Institutes of Health's ACTT-1 and ACTT-2 trials, tasked with evaluating remdesivir (already approved by the FDA to treat hospitalized COVID-19 patients) and joint use. remdesivir and baricitinib, respectively. 

Since last March, Montefiore and Einstein physician-scientists have studied the impact of COVID-19 on almost every serious health problem - from asthma to cancer. Additionally, they examined health inequalities in local communities and helped determine which treatments work best against COVID-19. 

Pancreatic Cancer Collective Announces New Public Service Communication Campaign with Keesha to Raise Awareness About Pancreatic Cancer Clinical Trials
By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire

New York, Nov.23, 2020  - The Pancreatic Cancer Collective, an initiative of the Lustgarten Foundation and Unidos Contra El Cáncer, today announced the launch of a new public service announcement campaign. PSA), in collaboration with Unidos Contra El Cancer Ambassador and Actress,Writer and Director Keesha Sharp (L), to raise awareness of pancreatic cancer research. The campaign launches with a print public service announcement on Thursday, November 19, World Pancreatic Cancer Day, which will appear in print, digital and outdoor media. An animated public service announcement will be featured in December, exploring the life and survival journey of Bob Minetti, a participant in the Pancreatic Cancer Collective clinical trial, featuring the voiceover of Mrs. Sharp. 

Keesha Sharp's mother, whose works include Marshall (2017), FOX's Empire series, and Lethal Weapon, passed away from pancreatic cancer earlier this year. Now, Ms. Sharp is on a mission to make sure that every family, including families of color, facing a higher incidence rate for pancreatic cancer, knows their options when it comes to treatment. 

"Losing my mother to pancreatic cancer was devastating, but that experience made me decide to help other people not have to go through the same thing. I was tremendously saddened to realize that many people don't know where to go for answers. including people from underprivileged communities, "Sharp said. "I hope that by sharing my experience and collaborating with the Pancreatic Cancer Collective on this campaign, I can help raise awareness about the cancer clinical trials that are available as an option, as well as the importance of continuing to fund them.

"Pancreatic cancer is the third leading cause of cancer-related death in the United States, and black Americans have an incidence rate about 20% higher than any other racial or ethnic group. While pancreatic cancer clinical trials allow researchers to study innovative new treatments that can save lives, they often have low participation by racial and ethnic minorities. Pancreatic Cancer Collective's new campaign aims to raise awareness of treatment options to increase diversity in pancreatic cancer clinical trials to ensure that patients of all racial and ethnic backgrounds equally benefit from the potential of treatments against cancer. 

For more information, visit:  https://pancreaticcancercollective.org/

CPSC releases latest data for injuries and deaths related to toys, holiday decorating and cooking; announces 2020 toy recalls 
By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire.   Photo 1 by Terrell Hogan.   Photo 2 by CPSC

November 20, 2020, Washington, D.C. – The holidays normally are a time to get together in person with friends and family. However, the pandemic may mean virtual celebrations this year. Regardless of how you celebrate, it’s important to protect yourself from possible dangers associated with holiday trees, candles, and cooking fires, as well as unsafe toys.
To keep the season safe, here’s what you need to know: 

TOYS Data: Choking on small parts and riding toy injuries: CPSC reports that in 2019, there were an estimated 162,700 toy-related, emergency department-treated injuries and 14 deaths to children younger than 15, with most of the deaths associated with choking on small parts, like small balls and small toy parts and riding toys. 

Toy recalls: continue to decline, with nine toy recalls in fiscal year 2020, three involving a lead violation, compared to 172 recalls in 2008, with 19 involving lead violations. Toys were also recalled for defects, such as choking, entrapment, ingestion and laceration hazards. Recalled toys present choking, entrapment, ingestion and laceration hazards, among other hazards that pose the threat of death or injury to a child. Scooters: The number of injuries associated with non-motorized scooters significantly decreased from 2015 to 2019 for children younger than 15, from about 45,500 to about 35,600 injuries. 

Tips: Follow age guidance and other safety information on the toy packaging, and choose toys that match your child's interests and abilities. Get safety gear, including helmets for scooters and other riding toys–helmets should be worn properly at all times and be sized to fit. Keep small balls and toys with small parts away from children younger than age 3, and keep deflated balloons away from children younger than 8 years old (discard broken balloons at once). 

COOKING Data: Cooking fires are the # 1 cause of residential fires. An average of 1,700 cooking fires occur on Thanksgiving Day each year, more than three times the average number on any other day of the year. In the last two decades, there were 220 fire or scald/burn incidents involving turkey fryers, resulting in 81 injuries and $9.7 million in property loss. 

Tips: Never leave cooking food unattended on the stove. Keep children away from the cooking area, and keep flammable items, like potholders and paper or plastic bags, away from the stove and oven.
Only fry a turkey outside and away from your home–not inside your garage, or on your porch. Do not overfill the oil in the turkey fryer and follow the manufacturer’s instructions on use, including thawing your turkey thoroughly and maintaining control of the oil temperature. 

DECORATING Data: On average, there are about 200 decorating-related injuries each day during the holiday season, with about half of the incidents involving falls. And in the 2018 holiday season, about 17,500 people were treated in emergency rooms due to holiday decorating-related injuries. In the 2019 holiday season, there were six deaths associated with holiday season decorations. From 2015 to 2017, on average, there were about 100 Christmas tree fires and about 1,100 candle fires (in November and December), resulting in 20 deaths, 160 injuries and nearly $50 million in property damage each year.

Tips: Make sure your live Christmas tree has plenty of water, and look for the "Fire Resistant” label when buying an artificial tree. Place burning candles in sight, away from flammable items, and blow them out before leaving the room. Only use lights tested for safety by a national recognized testing laboratory. Throw out sets with broken or cracked sockets, frayed or bare wires, or loose connections. To view and share a Holiday Safety video, b-roll of a dry Christmas tree, turkey fryer and candle burn and a poster, and for more information on how to be safe during the holidays, please visit CPSC’s Holiday Safety Information Center. 

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: FDA Authorizes First COVID-19 Test for Self-Testing at Home
By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire.   Photo by WCSJ

November 17, 2020 Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued an emergency use authorization (EUA) for the first COVID-19 diagnostic test for self-testing at home and that provides rapid results. The Lucira COVID-19 All-In-One Test Kit is a molecular (real-time loop mediated amplification reaction) single use test that is intended to detect the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 that causes COVID-19. 
“The FDA continues to demonstrate its unprecedented speed in response to the pandemic. While COVID-19 diagnostic tests have been authorized for at-home collection, this is the first that can be fully self-administered and provide results at home. This new testing option is an important diagnostic advancement to address the pandemic and reduce the public burden of disease transmission,” said FDA Commissioner Stephen M. Hahn, M.D. “Today’s action underscores the FDA’s ongoing commitment to expand access to COVID-19 testing.” 

The Lucira COVID-19 All-In-One Test Kit test has been authorized for home use with self-collected nasal swab samples in individuals age 14 and older who are suspected of COVID-19 by their health care provider. It is also authorized for use in point-of-care (POC) settings (e.g., doctor’s offices, hospitals, urgent care centers and emergency rooms) for all ages but samples must be collected by a healthcare provider when the test is used at the POC to test individuals younger than 14 years old. The test is currently authorized for prescription use only. 
The test works by swirling the self-collected sample swab in a vial that is then placed in the test unit. In 30 minutes or less, the results can be read directly from the test unit’s light-up display that shows whether a person is positive or negative for the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Positive results indicate the presence of SARS-CoV-2. Individuals with positive results should self-isolate and seek additional care from their health care provider. Individuals who test negative and experience COVID-like symptoms should follow up with their health care provider as negative results do not preclude an individual from SARS-CoV-2 infection.

Three essential reasons about access to technology 
By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire.   Photo by Inforber Sistemes

Redmond, Wash., Nov.17, 2020 - We know that talent is anywhere, but not opportunity. As the digital economy continues to rapidly transform the way we learn, work and play; a key piece is still missing in various communities in the United States: access to technology. Now more than ever, it is important that all Americans have access to digital tools, training, knowledge and devices so that they can be part of the 21st century economy. 

This lack of access to technology and everything it offers us is known as the digital divide. Here are three reasons why access to technology and digital skills are so important in 2020 and beyond. 
1. Jobs demand digital skills. Millions of Americans continue to lose their jobs as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. However, it is estimated that over the next five years, the global workforce will have 149 million new technology-oriented jobs. Therefore, for those who are looking for work today and tomorrow, it will be in their interest to have digital skills, that is, capacities and skills to use digital devices, communication applications, as well as networks and online programs. Microsoft recently launched a free online program to deliver digital skills training to people around the world to help empower them, allowing them to secure these available jobs. 

2. Technology enables organizations to achieve more. Access to 21st century technology can help businesses and nonprofits achieve greater success. It can streamline processes, help organizations expand their reach and impact, and help them be more efficient and productive. This is when individuals, organizations and businesses are able to achieve more, when communities win. 

3. High speed internet is a must. The effort to electrify rural areas within the United States in the 1930s allowed new technologies to transform those areas. Today, high-speed Internet (also known as broadband) can similarly provide the infrastructure to modernize rural America. More than 157 million Americans do not use the Internet at broadband speeds, making it impossible for them to work or "go to school" from home or access essential services such as banking and Telehealth. Since the pandemic forced people into lockdown, broadband has been a lifesaver, but those without access have been left behind. Furthermore, rural communities without broadband face higher unemployment rates and fewer educational and economic opportunities. Every American deserves to have access to broadband and the benefits it brings. 
All Americans, regardless of where they live, should have the opportunity to participate in the digital economy. It is a matter of equity. Take a look at the TechSpark program and learn how Microsoft works together with local people and organizations across the country to help ensure that all communities are able to thrive.

Cryptocurrency Leaders and Blockchain Legends Meet in Puerto Rico to Address the Future of the Internet and the Global Economy November 16
By Erika Zapanta, erika@transform.pr 

San Juan, Puerto Rico, November 16, 2020 - Crypto Mondays, Dorado Genesis and the Act 20/22/60 Special Committee of the Puerto Rico Chamber of Commerce, today announced their first joint event, “THE FUTURE OF THE INTERNET AND THE GLOBAL ECONOMY”, will be held on Monday, November 16, 2020. Cryptocurrency leaders will gather together for the 3-hour online event transmitted from Puerto Rico. The cryptocurrency and blockchain event will be powered by Zoom, starting at 5:00 PM AST as part of the Global Entrepreneurship Week. 

Agenda topics will cover bitcoin, mining, stablecoin and staking fundamentals, no barrier entry, entrepreneurship opportunities in crypto, the 4th Technological Revolution and the future of the internet and the global economy. 

The event welcomes all attendees ranging from those new to the crypto world to expert crypto traders. Registration is available at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-future-of-internet-and-the-global-economy-tickets-128702439461 .

The 10th Annual Toyota Dream Car USA Art Contest Opens November 16 

Por PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire
Plano, Texas, Nov.11, 2020  - Protecting the environment and imagining a better world are recurring themes among many of the car designs that won in the Toyota Dream Car USA Art Contest. This free contest will begin in the United States on November 16, 2020. From that date, until January 31, 2021, young Americans between the ages of 4 and 15 will be able to submit their artwork for entry. Contest details (official regulations, artwork requirements, entry form, class activities for teachers) are available at https://www.toyotadreamcarusa.com/

Grace Sun with her Jellyfish Car (PRNewsfoto / Toyota Motor North America) 

Sisters Grace and Lynn Sun were among the winners of the Toyota Dream Car USA Art Contest last year. The artistic approach of the drawing of each of them was according to their own interests, revealing the contrast in their dimensions and even using different media. "Because I like to read fantasy and fiction, my dream car design includes imaginary objects and landscapes," were the words of nine-year-old Grace, an aspiring writer and illustrator who drew The Jellyfish Car. his part Lynn, 11 years old, drew The Eco Car and commented that his "designs are mainly inspired by many everyday objects, any type of object that has unique characteristics." She dreams of becoming a designer one day.  
Each year, the Toyota Dream Car USA Art Contest opens the call for people to submit their artistic works, which are received and classified into one of three categories: Category 1 (4 to 7 years), Category 2 (8 to 11 years) and Category 3 (12 to 15 years). The judges evaluate the works in each category in terms of originality, artistic character and execution of the concept. 

Toyota Motor Corporation organized the first world competition in 2004, in Japan. Currently, about 90 countries organize their own national competitions under the same regulations, but with calls in different periods. To learn more about the worldwide contest, visit www.Toyota-DreamCarArt.com. For the complete list by status and position of the winners, finalists, and semifinalists from the United States in the Toyota Dream Car USA Art Contest last year, click here:  https://www.toyotadreamcarusa.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/FINAL-FY20-Toyota-Dream-Car-USA-Winners-Finalists-and-Semi-Finalists-Organized-by-State-and-Award-Level-3-18-20.pdf

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: FDA Authorizes First Test that Detects Neutralizing Antibodies from Recent or Prior SARS-CoV-2 Infection
By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire.   Photo by NJ Urban News
November 06, 2020 Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration authorized the first serology test that detects neutralizing antibodies from recent or prior SARS-CoV-2 infection, which are antibodies that bind to a specific part of a pathogen and have been observed in a laboratory setting to decrease SARS-CoV-2 viral infection of cells. The FDA issued an emergency use authorization (EUA) for the cPass SARS-CoV-2 Neutralization Antibody Detection Kit, which specifically detects this type of antibody:  https://www.fda.gov/media/143584/download 
Although the FDA has previously issued EUAs to more than 50 antibody (serology) tests, those tests only detect the presence of binding antibodies. Binding antibodies bind to a pathogen, such as a virus, but do not necessarily decrease the infection and destruction of cells. It’s important to note that the effect of neutralizing antibodies for SARS-CoV-2 in humans it is still being researched. 

 “The ability to detect neutralizing antibodies can help us gain additional insight into what the existence of antibodies may mean for patients as we continue the fight against COVID-19,” said Tim Stenzel, M.D., Ph.D., director of the Office of In Vitro Diagnostics and Radiological Health in the FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health. “There are still many unknowns about what the presence of SARS-CoV-2 antibodies may tell us about potential immunity, but today’s authorization gives us another tool to evaluate those antibodies as we continue to research and study this virus. Patients should not interpret results as telling them they are immune, or have any level of immunity, from the virus.”

The FDA cautions patients against using the results from this test, or any serology test, as an indication that they can stop taking steps to protect themselves and others, such as stopping social distancing, discontinuing wearing masks or returning to work. The FDA also wants to remind patients that serology tests should not be used to diagnose an active infection, as they only detect antibodies that the immune system develops in response to the virus, not the virus itself.

miR Scientific and the Government of Puerto Rico Announce an Unprecedented Cooperation Agreement for the Impact Assessment and Deployment of their Prostate Cancer Liquid Biopsy Test in Puerto Rico 

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New York and San Juan, Puerto Rico, November 3, 2020 - miR Scientific, LLC, a health sector company whose purpose is to transform cancer management in the world and the Administration of Puerto Rico Health Insurance (ASES) announced today the signing of a cooperation agreement aimed at evaluating the clinical and economic viability of the miR Sentinel ™ PCC4 test (miR Sentinel ™ prostate test) and its impact in Puerto Rico. 
The agreement formalizes the explicit intention to commercially deploy the company's Sentinel ™ prostate test in Puerto Rico, in an effort to alleviate the disease burden of prostate cancer on the island. The San Juan Bautista School of Medicine will appoint the principal investigator to supervise the feasibility studies. 

"The prevalence of prostate cancer and its economic burden in Puerto Rico are debilitating and the government of Puerto Rico is willing to deploy the most innovative solutions in the fight against prostate cancer," said Jorge Galva, executive director of ASES. "The innovative Sentinel ™ PCC4 test developed by miR Scientific is non-invasive and can detect prostate cancer very accurately, as well as can classify the risk level of the disease based only on a single urine specimen and without the need for Invasive biopsies. This will allow us to manage the disease much better, allocate resources more efficiently and target high-risk patients who need definitive treatment quickly, "he added. 

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer and the most common cause of cancer death among men in Puerto Rico. The current standard of care for the diagnosis of prostate cancer relies on invasive blood PSA tests and rectal examinations that result in needle biopsies that are invasive, painful, high-risk, and expensive, and in most cases Are not necessary. Due to these drawbacks, current standards are only used by a small fraction of the age-appropriate male population in Puerto Rico, which makes the health and economic burden of the disease even heavier and limits the opportunities to identify more dangerous cancers. early to allow best results. 
The award-winning miR Sentinel ™ Prostate Test is a non-invasive liquid biopsy urine test that can, from a single urine specimen, accurately detect molecular evidence of prostate cancer and then classify severity, or level of risk, of the disease. The high-throughput, proprietary technology is based on the analysis of small non-coding RNAs (sncRNAs) extracted from urinary exosomes and recently received Innovative Device Designation by the United States Food and Drug Administration. 

 The miR Sentinel ™ Prostate Test is expected to be available for sale in the United States in early 2021 and in select markets in Europe and Asia in late 2021.   

The Nights of Lights will begin earlier this year in San Agustín
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Saint August, Fla., Oct. 29, 2020  - St. Augustine's annual Nights of Lights celebration returns this year, but this time the Christmas cheer is coming sooner to the Historic District. The twenty-seventh annual Christmas light display will begin on November 14 and run through January 31. 
And for the first time this year, visitors will be able to enjoy a tour in Spanish through the magnificent lighting of the Nights of Lights in San Agustín. Which is very fitting, considering that the Nights of Lights in St. Augustine have their origins in the Spanish tradition of displaying a white candle in windows during the Christmas season. 

During the seasonal display, downtown stores stay open later, allowing visitors to dine while gazing at the lights and explore the shops in the decorated buildings. Trains and trams offer special seasonal tours of the best areas, and there are also a variety of special tours - from hikes to electric cart rides and even tours to see the lights from the water and from the air. 

The lights bring holiday cheer to visitors and locals in St. Augustine, who can enjoy the display in various corners of the city, from the dazzling lights along the bayfront to the Christmas tree, located in downtown the Plaza de la Constitución; and from dusk to dawn. 

The celebration, which was chosen in 2011 and 2012 by National Geographic as one of the top ten Christmas lighting displays in the world.  For more information, visit the Convention and Visitors Bureau website at:  https://www.floridashistoriccoast.com/.

Avoid a horror house this Halloween 
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Ann Arbor, Michigan, Oct. 28, 2020 - According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), trick-or-treating on Halloween is a high-risk activity. Still, even during the pandemic, 57% of adults in the United States have plans to hand out candy.i With COVID-19 cases continuing to rise in the country, public health experts at NSF International do a call to families and communities to come up with safer ways to celebrate the season. 

To support good health practices in the country, NSF International is inviting those who do not want to distribute candy on Halloween to display in their window a graphic of a ghost, this will be a symbol for this season that indicates that those who are asking for sweets should avoid that house. 

To bolster support for households, NSF designed a series of simple ghost graphics that can be downloaded for free from its website. By displaying these graphics on doors or windows, homes can reduce their risk of exposure this Halloween and possibly save lives in the process. 

Paul Medeiros, Managing Director of Advisory and Technical Services at NSF International, commented: "Halloween is a very fun time of year, but the coronavirus is really scary. You can still enjoy Halloween but without risking yourself or others. Keep in mind Note that there are other ways to celebrate safely. To help families and communities stay safe this Halloween, we recommend avoiding those trick-or-treating and keeping doors closed. We hope that by displaying these fun downloadable ghost graphics on your windows help reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 this October 31 ".

NSF International plays an important role in reducing the spread of COVID-19 in the United States through its "Checked by NSF" program, which is an independent verification of COVID-19 prevention measures to verify that they are are implementing the highest level procedures and protocols.

FDA Approves First Treatment for COVID-19
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October 22, 2020 Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the antiviral drug Veklury (remdesivir) for use in adult and pediatric patients 12 years of age and older and weighing at least 40 kilograms (about 88 pounds) for the treatment of COVID-19 requiring hospitalization. Veklury should only be administered in a hospital or in a healthcare setting capable of providing acute care comparable to inpatient hospital care. Veklury is the first treatment for COVID-19 to receive FDA approval. 
This approval does not include the entire population that had been authorized to use Veklury under an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) originally issued on May 1, 2020:  https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/drugsatfda_docs/label/2020/214787Orig1s000lbl.pdf.  In order to ensure continued access to the pediatric population previously covered under the EUA, the FDA revised the EUA for Veklury to authorize the drug’s use for treatment of suspected or laboratory confirmed COVID-19 in hospitalized pediatric patients weighing 3.5 kg to less than 40 kg or hospitalized pediatric patients less than 12 years of age weighing at least 3.5 kg. Clinical trials assessing the safety and efficacy of Veklury in this pediatric patient population are ongoing. 

“The FDA is committed to expediting the development and availability of COVID-19 treatments during this unprecedented public health emergency,” said FDA Commissioner Stephen M. Hahn, M.D. “Today’s approval is supported by data from multiple clinical trials that the agency has rigorously assessed and represents an important scientific milestone in the COVID-19 pandemic. As part of the FDA’s Coronavirus Treatment Acceleration Program, the agency will to continue to help move new medical products to patients as soon as possible, while at the same time determining whether they are effective and if their benefits outweigh their risks.” 

Under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, approval of a new drug product requires substantial evidence of effectiveness and a demonstration of safety for the drug’s intended use(s). In considering approval of a drug, the FDA conducts a benefit-risk assessment based on rigorous scientific standards to ensure that the product’s benefits outweigh its risks for the intended population. This is different from the standard used in the issuance of an EUA. 

The approval of Veklury was supported by the agency’s analysis of data:  https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/drugsatfda_docs/nda/2020/214787Orig1s000Sumr.pdf from three randomized, controlled clinical trials that included patients hospitalized with mild-to-severe COVID-19.

The Home Depot Expands Home Learning Resources for Kids Through Virtual Field Trips 

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New behind-the-scenes audiovisual content seeks to support families and teachers with hundreds of free interactive educational projects online 

 Atlanta, Oct.22, 2020  - The Home Depot®, the world's largest home improvement retailer, today announced its new Virtual Field Trips educational video series. ), which will be added to the DIY library of workshops, where The Home Depot vendors will offer behind-the-scenes tours and presentations for kids about the processes that make products that eventually make it into reality. the store shelves. 
;"This year learning looks significantly different as parents have had to find new ways to teach and entertain their children at home," said Lisa DeStefano, vice president of brand marketing and creative for The Home Depot. "Beginning with Bonnie Plants in October and Back to the Roots in November, our Virtual Field Trips offer fun and exclusive tours, specifically selected for young creators. From plant genetics to supply chain, we've broken down these stages into creative videos. interactive and easy to follow, and we have accompanied them with DIY projects that awaken the excitement of traditional excursions in the families' homes." 

 The Home Depot has set out to expand its partnership with Discovery Education into spring 2021 to offer more digital resources and projects on its Science Fair Central platform:  https://sciencefaircentral.com/.  Science Fair Central was initially launched in 2017 and has so far provided more than two million teachers and students with a variety of beginner STEAM projects, information on science processes, materials listings, and much more. Discovery Education is the world leader in standardized digital curriculum resources, integrating content and professional learning in K-12 classrooms. This expanding alliance reinforces The Home Depot's support for the nation's youngest creators since launch. of its monthly workshops for children more than 20 years ago.

Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas opens health center in Lubbock
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Birth Control, Breast and Cervical Cancer Screenings, STI Testing, and Other Health Care Services Now Available 

Lubbock, Texas, Oct. 23, 2020 - Today, Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas announced the opening of its new Lubbock health center. 

"Planned Parenthood is pleased to return to Lubbock with a new health center and provide reliable and affordable health care services," said Ken Lambrecht, President and CEO of Planned Parenthood of Greater Texas. "Our goal at Lubbock is to contribute to the healthcare network by providing essential healthcare services. We are proud to be a part of the diverse and friendly Lubbock community."

"Everyone deserves a healthy, happy life free of shame and stigma," said Angela Martinez, manager of the Lubbock Health Center. "We welcome everyone to our health center and look forward to being a health care resource for the Lubbock community." 

"I represent one in five women who have trusted Planned Parenthood for their health care needs," said Kimberleigh Gonzalez Williams, a Lubbock mother and healthcare professional. "Sex education and health care options must be accessible and affordable for all, and Planned Parenthood helps make this a reality in our community." 

The Planned Parenthood Health Center in Lubbock is open for in-person medical appointments and same-day and next-day telemedicine for patients seeking the following health care services: 

Breast and cervical cancer screenings methods of birth control (including IUDs and implants), testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) HIV,  testing PrEP and PEP medications to prevent HIV transmission, treatment for vaginal and urinary tract infections, annual wellness check-ups, HPV Vaccines, Flu Vaccines, and Other Essential Health Care Services. 

Medical and surgical abortion services will be provided next year.  

Consumers ask for warning labels about the risk of cancer caused by drinking alcohol 

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Alcohol Justice and National Public Health Agencies Call for Federal Action
San Rafael, Calif., Oct. 22, 2020 - Alcohol Justice, along with public health and consumer protection activists from across the country, filed a petition today with the Office of Commerce and Taxation. to Alcohol and Tobacco (TTB) from the Treasury Department. The petition urges the TTB to inform Congress that an update of the government's health warning on alcoholic beverages is required, which should include a warning statement about the risk of cancer, such as: WARNING: According to the Director General of Public Health Services, drinking alcoholic beverages can cause cancer, including breast and colon cancer. 
"Alcoholic beverage corporations are responsible for the carcinogenic effects of their products, and the public should know it," said Bruce Lee Livingston, CEO / CEO of Alcohol Justice. "Alcoholic products must require cancer risk warning labels across the country." 

In signing the petition, Alcohol Justice joined the American Institute for Cancer Research, the Consumer Federation of America, the American Society of Clinical Oncology, the American Public Health Association, Breast Cancer Prevention Partners, the Center for Cancer Sciences. Public Interest and the Alcohol Policy Alliance of the United States. 

 A 1988 law required all alcoholic beverages to carry a warning statement about the risks associated with driving motor vehicles and drinking alcohol during pregnancy. The group of applicants insists that, given the overwhelming evidence of the relationship of alcohol consumption with the risk of developing cancer of the breast, oral cavity, esophagus, larynx, pharynx, liver and colon and rectum, TTB is bound by it. law to inform Congress that this change in labeling is now necessary. 

Dr. Sylvia E. Rosas of Boston was named president-elect of the National Kidney Foundation
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New York, Oct. 20, 2020 - The National Board of Directors of the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) has appointed nephrologist Sylvia E. Rosas of the Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston (left), as its president-elect. mandate that will begin in October 2022.
"I would like to thank the NKF leadership for the opportunity to advocate for the 37 million adults in the US with kidney disease," said Dr. Rosas. "I look forward to working alongside [NKF] CEO Kevin Longino, current [NKF] President Dr. Paul Palevsky, and staff in these momentous times for kidney health and advocacy. The Advancing American Kidney Initiative Health will transform nephrology care in our nation, and NKF will be there to advocate for our nephrology patients and professionals." 

Dr. Rosas is a nephrologist and epidemiologist at Joslin Diabetes Center, director of the Latino Kidney Clinic, associate professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, and nephrologist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. 

"I am very pleased that Dr. Sylvia Rosas is serving on the NKF Board as President-elect," noted Dr. Palevsky. "I have known Dr. Rosas for many years and have had the privilege of collaborating with her regularly on research. She is a passionate advocate for her patients and all patients with kidney disease. It is a great contribution that she joins the national leadership. of the NKF to improve the lives of patients with kidney disease and raise awareness of kidney disease among one-third of the adult population at risk of developing it, "said Dr. Palevsky, current president of the NKF. 

Dr. Rosas completed her training in Internal Medicine at Michael Reese Hospital / University of Illinois, Chicago. She received training in clinical nephrology and a master's degree in clinical epidemiology from the University of Pennsylvania. She also completed the Wharton management program. She has been a nephrologist for 21 years. 

Dr. Rosas investigates the epidemiology of the complications of metabolic and cardiovascular diseases in patients with kidney disease, particularly diabetic kidney disease. He has also evaluated the differences in the health of people with kidney disease, particularly those of Hispanic or Latino origin. She grew up in Puerto Rico and lived in Bogotá, Colombia, as a teenager and a medical student.

"The NKF is honored to have Dr. Rosas join the Board of Directors as President-elect," said Anthony E. Tuggle (right), Chairman of the NKF Board of Directors and a kidney transplant recipient. "We are especially fortunate at this time of intersection between kidney disease, pandemic and racial inequality in healthcare to have a nephrologist who is also an epidemiologist and advocate for diversity in our leadership. I want to thank Dr. Rosas for bring his talents to the NKF at this critical time. "

Ozarka® brand of 100% natural mineral water creates drive-in movie festival to celebrate the beauty of Texas

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Dallas, Texas, October 16, 2020 - We’re excited to announce the first-ever Ozarka® Brand Drive-In Film Festival, a time-honored tradition for Texans, celebrating the beauty of Texas and offering good old-fashioned fun for the community. The film festival will be hosted by Dallas Film on select weekends and cities throughout October and November. 
Ozarka® will be bringing Texans together for a special showing of notable Texas films (as voted on by Texans). To honor frontline and essential workers during this time, Ozarka® will also be holding special “Frontline Friday” screenings on the day before each public event to give frontline workers a little relief with their families during this hectic time. 

For those interested in attending the drive-in film festivals, each event is free and will be filled on a first come, first park basis – so get there early to get a good spot! Attendees have the chance to receive a premium Ozarka® goodie bag when they bring 10 empty plastic bottles to recycle at designated recycling bins during each event. The goodie bags will include sought after movie concessions like popcorn and snacks from local Texas companies. 

Thank You For Recycling, Texas!  To support the natural beauty and health of its home state, Ozarka® will donate $25,000 to the non-profit Keep Texas Beautiful, to fund programs that improve recycling access and education in rural Texas communities. 

Ozarka® has also made another large commitment to recycling, by recently announcing that it will use recycled plastic across its still water portfolio, including a line of 100% recycled & recyclable bottles. Ozarka® has been committed to Texas for more than 50 years. 

Through the Ozarka® Brand Drive-in Film Festival, the brand hopes to further this mission by celebrating and respecting the natural gifts and traditions of Texas and encourages its community to do the same. 

For more information on the Ozarka Drive-In Festival, visit:  https://www.ozarkawater.com/drive-in-film-festival

New Christmas Stamp Features ‘Our Lady of Guápulo’ Christmas stamp features ‘Our Lady of Guápulo’
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What: The U.S. Postal Service will dedicate a Christmas stamp featuring a detail of “Our Lady of Guápulo,” an 18th-century oil painting.  News of the stamps is being shared with hashtags #ReligiousStamps and #ChristmasStamps.  

Angela Curtis, vice president, Retail and Post Office Operations, U.S. Postal Service Tey Marianna Nunn, director and chief curator, Art Museum and Visual Arts Program, National Hispanic Cultural Center 

When: Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020, at 11:30 a.m. EDT 

Where: The virtual stamp event will be hosted on the U.S. Postal Service’s Facebook and Twitter pages. For more information, visit https://about.usps.com/newsroom/events/our-lady-of-guapulo-forever-stamp-ceremony.htm. A pictorial postmark of the First Day of Issue location in New York City is available at  https://store.usps.com/store/results/stamps/_/N-9y93lv.

Background: This Christmas stamp features a detail of “Our Lady of Guápulo.” Painted in the 18th century by an unknown artist in Cuzco, Peru, “Our Lady of Guápulo” is from the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Enrobed in a pyramidal gown speckled with jewels and holding a scepter woven with roses and leaves, a crowned Virgin Mary looks down at a similarly adorned Christ Child in her left arm. A red rosary ropes across the center of her dress and down to her right. Art director Greg Breeding designed the stamp. It is being issued as a Forever stamp, which will always be equal in value to the current First-Class Mail 1-ounce price. Postal Products Customers may purchase stamps and other philatelic products through the Postal Store at usps.com/shopstamps, by calling 800-STAMP24 (800-782-6724), by mail through USA Philatelic, or at Post Office locations nationwide. The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations. ###

Voto Latino registers the largest number of Latino voters in history and surpasses one million registered voters; raises 35 million and mobilizes 3.7 million Latino voters by 2020 

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The organization reaches the registration goal of 500,000 voters for the 2020 election cycle, more than double its 2018 results 
Washington, Oct. 13, 2020  - Voto Latino, the nation's largest Latino voter registration organization, announced today that it has officially registered 1,057,090 Latino voters to date, the most in the history. Specifically for the 2020 election cycle, Voto Latino has surpassed its goal of 500,000 voters and has registered more than 558,000 voters to date across the country. This number of registered voters is more than double the results the organization achieved in the previous election cycle in 2018, and is expected to increase daily by thousands in key states through Election Day, Tuesday, November 3. Notably, Voto Latino has registered 257,294 voters in Texas alone, more than the organization's total nationwide registrations in 2018. Remarkably, this milestone was achieved during the COVID-19 pandemic, thanks to the first digital infrastructure of Voto Latino and the use of innovative tools based on technology.

"Our results reflect the deep desire of the Latino community to participate in this election," said María Teresa Kumar, president and CEO of Voto Latino. "For too long, our community has been ignored by political leaders. Two years ago, at Voto Latino we made a big gamble: invest in our infrastructure and start initiatives early to face reality. This year, for the first time. , the Latino community will be the second largest voting bloc in the country, and we were ready. We will mobilize 3.7 million people and show our strength this November." 
Additionally, Voto Latino has raised $ 35 million, more than double its original goal for the 2020 election cycle, with a new goal of raising $ 37 million by Election Day. As a result, the organization has been able to step in and fill the gaps in voter registration left in traditional face-to-face programs and is in a position to mobilize more than 3.7 million new Latino and low-voting voters in six states decisive, including Arizona (400,000), Florida (1,000,000), Nevada (175,000), North Carolina (175,000), Pennsylvania (150,000) and Texas (1,800,000). The organization will undertake promotional efforts to ensure that this election is free and fair for the final stretch of the electoral season in the country.

Use curtains and blinds without cords to avoid the risk of strangulation of babies and children 

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire 

Washington, October 13, 2020 - Curtain and blind cords are a hidden danger in the home. During October, National Window Covering Safety Month, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) encourages consumers to check all their shades and blinds in order to verify that they do not have accessible cords, as they present a risk of strangulation for babies and children. 

"Accessible window cords are dangerous," said Acting CPSC President Robert Adler. "Even if tied high or so-called 'safety clamps' are used, children can be strangled and killed in less than a minute. Curtains and blinds without cords, or with inaccessible cords, are the only safe option to use in homes, nurseries or any other place where there are young children. 

"Between 2014 and 2019, 46 infant and child deaths related to strangulation with curtains and blinds were reported to the CPSC. That equates to an average of about 8 children (ages 12 and under) who die each year from strangulation with a cord from window coverings. 

What should parents and caregivers do to prevent strangulation with curtain and blind cords? 

Buying is installing curtains and blinds without cords, which are available in most stores and online. Make sure that the product description indicates that it does not have laces. 

If you are unable to replace your current shades or blinds with cordless ones, the CSPC recommends the following: 

- Eliminate any hanging cord, shortening it as much as possible. 
- Keep all curtain and blind cords out of the reach of children. 
- Verify that the cord stops are installed and adjusted properly to limit movement of the internal lift cords. 
- Secure continuous loop cords for curtains and blinds to the floor or wall. 
- Move cribs, beds, other furniture and toys away from windows and window covering cords, preferably to another wall. 

For more information, visit the CPSC Window Coatings Information Center:    https://cpsc.gov/Safety-Education/Safety-Education-Centers/Window-Covering

Penélope Cruz, Ricky Martin, Salma Hayek, Zoe Saldana, Edgar Ramírez and Alejandro Sanz star in a PSA in Spanish to alert voters to the problem of "Naked Ballots" in Pennsylvania and 15 other states

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The Public Service Announcement (PSA) urges voters to submit their ballots correctly and as soon as possible 

New York, Oct. 9, 2020 - Six of the most important Spanish-speaking celebrities star in a new announcement to direct public attention to laws requiring voters in 16 states, including the major Pennsylvania hinge state, insert the vote-by-mail ballots in two separate envelopes to be counted. If the ballots are not placed correctly, the vote is considered "naked", and in Pennsylvania and New Jersey it is discarded. Due to this "naked ballot rule," hundreds of thousands of mailed votes may be rejected, potentially having a major impact on US election results. 
In this short film, celebrities Penelope Cruz, Ricky Martin, Salma Hayek, Zoe Saldana, Edgar Ramírez, and Alejandro Sanz explain to voters how they should vote by mail correctly, and encourage them to do so as soon as possible, well in advance. to the critical presidential election in November. 

The ad was created by RepresentUs, a pro-democracy, anti-corruption and non-party group, but is released without any identification so that its public distribution is as wide as possible. It has been shared for free with hundreds of civic and political organizations from across the political spectrum to share with their supporters - from the Republican National Committee to the Democratic National Committee, and from the R Street Institute to Indivisible. As the coronavirus pandemic continues, the number of North American voters casting their ballot by mail for the 2020 elections is expected to be greater than ever. The purpose of the announcement is to clarify the steps that voters who submit their ballots by mail must follow in order for their state board of elections to accept and count them.
"Naked ballots are the same as failed punches in previous ballots," explained Josh Silver, Co-Founder and CEO of RepresentUs. "In fact, if you do not use the correct pen color or do not put together the ballot to mail in the correct way, your vote may not be counted. It is not a partisan issue, it affects everyone who considers vote by correspondence. We are grateful to this talented and committed group for making an attention-grabbing video so that everyone understands what they need to do to confirm that their vote will be counted." 

For more information on naked ballots, please visit:  https://www.nakedballots.org/

New research reveals racial justice is the top motivating factor for young voters of color 

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A national survey reveals that structural inequality, police brutality and the coronavirus pandemic are the issues that most concern young voters of color heading into the elections 

Washington, Oct. 7, 2020  - Young voters of color say they will be voting in November because they want to see a change from racism and systemic inequality, according to a number of polling groups and the results of a recent survey released today by the National Advancement Project Office. The information was collected as part of the organization's Young Voters of Color Get Out the Vote campaign. The campaign, which launches today, aims to motivate and mobilize youth of color, as it is recognized that Black, Latino, Native American and Asian American voters represent one-third of all eligible voters in 2020. 
A national survey reveals that structural inequality, police brutality and the coronavirus pandemic are the issues that most concern young voters of color heading into the elections. (PRNewsfoto / Advancement Project National Office) 

A national poll of 1,915 Black, Latino, Native American, and Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) voters ages 18-24 found that youth of color were more motivated to vote with bold messages than they focus on the issues that matter most to them: racism and systemic inequality. 

"Young voters like me are eager to vote in the November election and are struggling to understand the voting environment," explained Kelsey Perine, a senior at Southern University and A&M College, and a member of the Young Voters advisory committee. of Color from Advancement Project. "For young people, it can be difficult to register in states like Louisiana, and it can be complex to sift through information carefully to find out what is true and what is not true. We need to hear about the issues that matter to us and what to do if we are pushed aside. of the elections ". 

Key results from the national survey (+/- 3% margin of error) and from three survey groups included the following: The main issues that motivate young people to vote in November are: racial justice, the coronavirus pandemic and police brutality. Concerns about exposure to the coronavirus, confusion about new voting methods, concerns about the post office, and a lack of knowledge about voting by mail indicate that more education is required on how to vote. 

Although young people feel great skepticism about the national political system, they continue to participate in their communities: 27% of those surveyed said they have attended protests this year, and 25% said they volunteered with or without a charity. profit in 2020. 

Qualitative data shows that many feel very excluded from the political process and conversations. Messages describing voting as an "obligation of all citizens in a democracy" resonated less with young voters of color. 

"Young people of color have led the racial justice movement this summer, with significant achievements around the police. They are leading racial justice campaigns on the streets, and this fall they want to vote on the issues that have the greatest meaning for their communities." said Judith Browne Dianis, executive director of the National Advancement Project Office. 

Poll results indicate that 78% of young voters of color have taken one or more political action this year by signing a petition, posting or sharing content online, and attending protests. One in four young people said they have participated in a protest.

CDC and AMA Partner with Ad Council to Promote Flu Vaccination to Reduce Deaths and Hospitalizations During the COVID-19 Pandemic 

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire

Many people in the United States, including nearly 40% of Black and Latino / Hispanic adults, are undecided about flu vaccination this season. Experts warn that a severe flu season during the COVID-19 pandemic could be devastating. 
New York, Oct. 6, 2020 - The Ad Council, the AMA (American Medical Association), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the CDC Foundation today announced a new campaign, No One Has Time for the Flu, to encourage people in the United States to get vaccinated against the flu. In a normal season, up to 45 million people in this country get sick with the flu and up to 810,000 are hospitalized. The campaign seeks to encourage more people to get vaccinated against influenza to protect themselves, their families and their communities, something that will also help conserve medical resources as hospitals and doctors continue to care for COVID-19 patients. 

 The Nobody Has Time for Influenza campaign will be implemented nationwide during the 2020-2021 flu season, with a particular emphasis on engaging the Black and Latino / Hispanic communities. Long-standing inequalities that place undue burdens and barriers on these communities have resulted in disparities in flu vaccine coverage and disproportionate effects of flu. 

 According to CDC estimates for the 2019-20 flu season, Latino or Hispanic adults had the lowest flu vaccination coverage (38.3%), followed by black adults (41.2%). %). White adults had the highest flu vaccine coverage (52.8%). 
A new CDC analysis of 10 flu seasons from 2009 to 2019, adjusted for age, revealed that blacks had the highest flu hospitalization rates (68 per 100,000) compared to Latinos or Hispanics (44 per 100,000) and whites (38 per 100,000). 

 Additionally, a July 2020 survey by the Ad Council revealed that 40% of black respondents and 39% of Hispanics / Latinos were undecided about getting a flu shot this season, compared to just 24 % of respondents non-Hispanic white. 

Campaign ads tell audiences to visit VacunateContraLaInfluenza.org:  https://getmyflushot.org/?_ga=2.40721314.1838274263.1602005561-1876210884.1602005561 for more information, such as where to get the flu vaccine in each area.

McDonald's Welcomes the Order of J Balvin on Menus Across the US 

By PRNewswire-Hispanic PR Wire

Chicago, Oct. 5, 2020 - After so much hype created last month by celebrity collaboration on their menu, the Golden Arches bring the "Vibes" to their customers. McDonald's will feature the exclusive order of J Balvin, the superstar and renowned global ambassador of reggaeton, on its US menu. 

The J Balvin Order includes a Big Mac Burger, Medium World Famous Fries with Ketchup, and an OREO® McFlurry, available at participating restaurants October 5 - November 1. Customers who select the J Balvin Order through the McDonald's deals section of the app will receive the free OREO® McFlurry. 

"J Balvin is an international icon who has topped charts around the world and been nominated for coveted awards," said Morgan Flatley, McDonald's U.S. Chief Marketing Officer. "During her tours, she has always frequented McDonald's restaurants, and now we are excited to offer her favorite order on our menus across the country." 

The J Balvin Order will be available to order in the restaurant, take out, Drive Thru, through McDelivery, or using the McDonald's app. 

"I've been a long-time McDonald's fan, and so I'm excited to join the short list of global icons that have been featured with an order in their name. I'm honored to share my exclusive order with my fans and all the surprises that will come with this association, Lego! ", comments J Balvin. 

With over 25 billion streams and 35 million records sold worldwide, J Balvin is considered one of the best-selling artists of all time. Following the launch of the first famous order in September, this is only the second time a celebrity's name has been featured on the McDonald's menu since 1992. 

 Follow us to discover even more surprises together with J Balvin in the coming weeks.

"No Limits - No Regrets" chronicles a record-breaking, high-octane cross-country motorcycle adventure 

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire & Evie Reichel, |evgr@att.net | (210) 872.3843.   Photo by Goodreads  

San Antonio, October 2, 2020 - When Ax DeKruif crossed the Florida border, his body began to shake. The San Antonio resident had been driving his BMW S1000RR at high speeds for more than 25 hours trying to break the record for cross-country motorcycle travel; He only had his canteen and some dried meat. 

He left San Diego on April 12, 2014 and had less than 36 hours to reach Jacksonville beach. He put his motorcycle in gear and the journey, which lasted 33 hours and 10 minutes on April 14, is one of DeKruif's chronicles in his book and film documentary, "No Limits - No Regrets," released on Amazon this year. 

DeKruif admits that he is an extremist. "I have an addictive personality," he says. "I have a need for excesses." 

He earned an engineering degree from Iowa State University. He used those skills to retrofit his motorcycle with a spare fuel tank; termic vision; a "throttlemeister", his version of cruise control; and Bluetooth communication to your helmet. He documented those steps in a video. 

To physically prepare for the challenge, he modified his diet, eliminated carbohydrates, alcohol, and worked out daily in the gym to improve endurance and flexibility. 

Since he was born with a heart murmur, his girlfriend Sunshine urged him to see a cardiologist a few years before the cross-country challenge. He was 34 years old; the doctor made it clear that his heart was weakened. Following heart valve surgery, DeKruif had trouble breathing and underwent a second open heart surgery. He spent 17 days in the hospital, a month in recovery, and lost 18 kilos. 

When Ax began gathering ideas for the book and documentary, Sunshine's health deteriorated. He suffered a seizure; they thought he had recovered, but a second seizure revealed that he had cancer. In November, he passed away. 

For DeKruif, the book and documentary were a way to overcome her grief and honor the six years he shared with her. "For me, 'No Limits, No Regrets' means telling our story," he says. "The focus is obviously travel and motorcycles, but she was a big part of that life." 

Federal judge approves class action lawsuit, orders Trump administration to stop denying pandemic relief funds to incarcerated people 

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire.   Photo 1 by Center for American Progress & Photo 2 by Monroe County Community College

Oakland, California, Sept. 29, 2020  - On September 24, 2020, Judge Phyllis J. Hamilton of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California issued an order by which approves a class action lawsuit in favor of people held in state and federal prisons, together with the plaintiffs' request for an injunction requiring the United States Department of the Treasury, the Internal Revenue Service of the The United States (IRS) and the United States of America stop withholding CARES Act stimulus funds, from plaintiffs or any member of the lawsuit, solely on the basis of their incarceration status.
A report by the Treasury Department inspector general confirms that by early May 2020, the IRS had determined that at least 80,000 incarcerated people were entitled to receive payments of more than $ 100 million. Thus, the judge's order will make it possible for more than $ 100 million to be awarded to members of the lawsuit who require immediate assistance. 

Congress passed the CARES Act to provide urgent financial assistance during the crisis resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. Incarcerated people, and their families released, are among the most economically disadvantaged in the country. According to one study, people who are incarcerated had a median income of just $ 19,185 before being incarcerated, compared to $ 41,250 median income for non-incarcerated people. Low-income families are disproportionately more likely to have a relative behind bars. The same reality is observed in black, Latino and Native American families. 
However, the Treasury has refused to issue stimulus payments already authorized by Congress to eligible incarcerated persons, further exacerbating the economic disadvantages faced by these individuals and their families. The lawsuit alleges that more than 1.4 million incarcerated people have been affected by the actions of the accused parties. Many of these people depend on the financial assistance of family members and friends who are at large, who are already suffering due to the current economic crisis. 

For more information, visit https://www.lieffcabraser.com/cares-act-relief/. The case is Colin Scholl, et al., V. Steven Mnuchin, et al. The case number is is 20-cv-05309-PJH.

THE. Care Health Plan and Blue Shield of California Promise Health Plan reopen their Resource Centers and offer free Wi-Fi for telehealth consultations 

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire

 Los Angeles, Sept. 23, 2020  - L.A. Care Health Plan and Blue Shield of California Promise Health Plan (Blue Shield Promise) began to reopen jointly operating Community Resource Centers, which had previously closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Some services are available by appointment only in a safe environment.
THE. Care Health Plan and Blue Shield of California Promise Health Plan began to reopen jointly operating Community Resource Centers, which previously closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Located in Pomona, Lynwood, East L.A. and Palmdale, the staff is ready to assist with member services, enrollment in state and local assistance programs, and support in finding a variety of resources such as food and housing assistance. The centers also offer a new benefit: free Wi-Fi for those who need telehealth services. 
Some services are available by appointment only in a safe environment. The four centers, located in Pomona, Lynwood, East L.A. and Palmdale, will have staff to assist with member services, enrollment in state and local assistance programs, and support in finding a variety of resources such as food and housing assistance. The centers also offer a new benefit: free Wi-Fi for those who need telehealth services.

Considering the significant increase in demand for telehealth visits during the pandemic, as well as the reality that many low-income people lack extensive mobile data plans, L.A. Care and Blue Shield Promise are improving community members' access to high-quality healthcare through telehealth stations at each resource center. 

 "The centers are taking all the precautions recommended by public health officials to ensure the safe delivery of services," said Francisco Oaxaca, L.A.'s chief of Communications and Community Relations. Care. "While we have been offering virtual programs during the closure to help our communities stay active, healthy and informed, it is a great thrill to welcome our members back in person and by appointment to provide them with the personalized experience they deserve."
Currently, the Community Resource Centers in Pomona and Lynwood are open Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. The Community Resource Centers in East L.A. and Palmdale will open October 1 with the same hours and days of operation. Safety is a top priority, so all who enter will have their temperature taken, must wear masks and respect social distance rules, while the facilities will be cleaned frequently. 

 "A lot of community members need help," said Kellie Todd Griffin, senior director of Community Engagement and Providers for Blue Shield of California Promise Health Plan. "By reopening our centers safely, we ensure that the community has access to the support and services they need in these difficult times. The centers will serve as a resource where they can connect with their communities." 

The reopening of the centers is part of the collaboration of the two health plans that provides for the transition of the L.A. Family Resource Centers. Care to a larger network of joint L.A. Community Resource Centers Care and Blue Shield Promise to reach a larger population in Los Angeles.

STEP in Modern Manufacturing: Female Leaders Receive Award for Career Excellence 

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire 

Toyota Employees Honored with National Award for Leadership in Manufacturing 

Washington, September 25, 2020 - Three Toyota employees were honored last night in a virtual ceremony with the STEP Ahead Award for Women in Manufacturing (science, technology, engineering and production) awarded by The Manufacturing Institute. 

Ericka Mendez (r), recipient of the STEP Award, Toyota Motor Manufacturing of Baja California 

The STEP Ahead Award was created to honor female leaders with careers in the fields of science, technology, engineering and production for their excellence and outstanding leadership. This year, 130 women were recognized, from production plants to executive leaders, including three Toyota employees. 

"Toyota is very proud of the outstanding achievements of our 2020 STEP Ahead recipients," said Chris Reynolds, Managing Director, Manufacturing and Corporate Resources, Toyota Motor North America. "Our female staff's commitment to excellence and dedication to customers helps inspire younger generations of women to consider future careers in manufacturing and mobility." 

Karen Cooper (l), recipient of the STEP Award, Toyota Motor Manufacturing of Kentucky 

In 2016, 47 percent of the workforce in the United States were women, but only 29 percent were in manufacturing, constituting one of the largest manufacturing groups of wasted talent. 

"Women are significantly underrepresented in manufacturing when the industry is in the midst of a labor crisis," said Carolyn Lee, executive director of The manufacturing Institute. "Closing the gender gap in the industry will make progress towards closing the skills gap, empowering more women to join positions in manufacturing and driving the industry together." 

Lauren Powell (r), recipient of the STEP Award, Toyota Production Engineering and Manufacturing 

Center The STEP Ahead Awards are part of the STEP Ahead Initiative, an initiative started to review and promote the role of women in the manufacturing industry through recognition, research and leadership, to close the gender gap in the industry. 

Previously, 18 Toyota employees have received this prestigious accolade.

Be heard. Be represented. Be counted! 

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire & Christopher Allbritton, UnidosUS Director of Media Relations, news@unidosus.org 

Washington, September 24, 2020 - The census is a count of all the people living in the United States. It's done every 10 years, and the results matter - they help determine how districts are organized, how many seats districts get in the House of Representatives, money for state and local programs, and much more.

We must all be counted to show what America really is like. To protect the well-being of children and families. To give your community the funds and resources it needs and the representation it deserves.
Complete the census by the September 30 deadline. Get started right now at https://my2020census.gov/. You do not need your postcard or official Census code. 

What is the census for? - The census determines how district lines are drawn at all levels of government and the distribution of congressional seats in the United States House of Representatives. It also helps determine how $ 1.5 billion in federal funding is distributed to state and local programs. These include Medicaid, Medicare, SNAP, Title I Grants, and Head Start. 

Everything that is shared in the census is completely private and anonymous and it is against the law for any information to be used against us. 

Frequent questions 

How can I respond to the census? - Your household will receive an invitation to respond to the census online, by mail, or by phone. If you do not respond, a census enumerator will visit you before September 30. 

Who are the census enumerators? -The enumerators are census takers who interview the residents of each household who have not responded to their census invitation. 
Do I have to complete the census questionnaire or is it optional? - You are required by law to complete the census form. If you do not fill it out or do not answer all the questions, a census worker will visit your home to complete the questionnaire. 

Will the citizenship question be on the census form? - No. In June 2019, the Supreme Court ruled that a citizenship question cannot be included in the 2020 census. 

Is the census data confidential and is it safe for everyone to respond? - The Census Bureau is required by law to protect and maintain the confidentiality of any personal information it collects. Your answers may not be used for law enforcement purposes or by any government agency or court in any way, nor by the FBI, CIA, DHS or ICE. 

What is UnidosUS doing to ensure a complete and accurate count of the Latino population? - At UnidosUS, we are working to help maximize the count of Latinos in the 2020 Census, particularly among Hard-to-Count Populations (HTCs). To do so, we meaningfully engage our affiliated organizations and partners in strategic locations and leverage the resources and visibility of UnidosUS to achieve this goal. Learn more here and follow us @WeAreUnidosUS on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

BuscaBeneficios.org connects Latinx seniors with billions of dollars in benefits 

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire

Arlington, Va., Sept. 21, 2020 - The National Council for Older Adults (NCOA), a respected organization with national leadership, working to ensure that all people can age well, has Launched BuscaBeneficios.org, a free and confidential online tool, in Spanish, that connects Latinx seniors with billions of dollars in federal, state, local and private benefits to pay for daily expenses. The culturally competent search engine is based on the NCOA's well-known BenefitsCheckUp®, which has helped millions of older adults find billions of dollars in benefits to pay for food, medicine, utilities and more.
"Every person deserves the resources to age with dignity and financial security," said NCOA President and CEO Ramsey Alwin. "BuscaBeneficios.org is part of the NCOA's commitment to aging well for everyone, especially Hispanic older adults who face disproportionate risks of poverty. We are proud to launch this site during Hispanic Heritage Month, as another way to empower to older adults with culturally competent and reliable information. 

"As part of its outreach to Hispanic / Latino seniors, the NCOA has also launched Chequeo Contra Caidas, an online screening tool in Spanish that allows seniors to assess their risk of falling, one of the greatest health risks to as people age. Users receive a personalized report with culturally competent resources for fall prevention in Spanish, including a video, tips, and brochures. 
"The NCOA is creating more content in Spanish and formalizing critical connections with Hispanic / Latino organizations," said Vivian Nava-Schellinger, Director of Community Partnerships and Network Activation for the NCOA. "Our partnerships with the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), Latinos for A Secure Retirement, San Ysidro Health, Borderland Rainbow Center, and senior centers that serve Latinx seniors allow us to continue training our grandparents, grandmothers, and family to grow old well ". 

The NCOA Spanish website also includes content about the COVID-19 pandemic, scams, and more:  https://www.ncoa.org/about-ncoa/bienvenidos-a-ncoa/covid-19-recursos-para-adultos-mayores-y-sus-cuidadores/ .  For more information, visit https://www.ncoa.org/about-ncoa/bienvenidos-a-ncoa/ .

Simply Put partners with Auli'i Cravalho, Disney's Moana, to raise public awareness of the number of children who have not been counted in the 2020 census

By PR Newswire

New York, Sept. 15, 2020 - Beginning Sept. 17, 2020, and through the conclusion of the census, simply put, a non-profit organization creating content for underserved communities, along with educators from the first children, caregivers and librarians across the US, will host virtual sleepovers in which families fill out the census and watch the animated movie WE COUNT! A 2020 Census Counting Book for Young Children (and the Grownups who Love Them) A 2020 Census Counting Book for Young Children (and the Adults Who Love Them), starring actress Auli'i Cravalho , interpreter of Disney's character Moana These parties support the participation of families in the census, with two million children who have not yet been counted in the 2020 census.

More than 600,000 copies of WE COUNT !, in 15 languages, have been sold or donated to organizations across the country. The book uses various artists representing their own cultural heritage to help tell the story of who, how, and why children and families living in complex homes and reflecting the true demographics of the United States count for the census.

"In Moana, the people of my island were counting on me to make a difference. Now our communities are counting on each and every one of us, young and old, to make a difference by completing the census," said Auli'i Cravalho.

More than $ 160 billion a year in federal funds for programs that help young children and families are allocated solely on the basis of the census count. When young children are miscounted, federal funds intended to help them and their communities thrive are misallocated or not distributed at all, including funds earmarked for Children's Medicaid and the SNAP food stamp program.

"As of September 3, 2020, only 59 percent of young children had been counted in census areas at high risk of being underestimated, leaving out nearly two million young children living in the most vulnerable situations." said demographer Bill O'Hare, Ph.D.

Video:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1PmGcpsiEXM

The WE COUNT! Book, animated video and virtual pajama party tools are free at https://www.wecountkids.org/

A new charter school for at-risk students arrives in Austin in August

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire

Austin, Texas, Sept. 15, 2020 - Austin has thousands of residents who are considered Youth with an Opportunity, 16-24-year-olds who are not in school or training. part of the workforce. Those who have dropped out of high school are more likely to live in poverty, be a drain on public resources, be incarcerated or have children in their teens. Children of school dropouts are more likely to drop out of school as well, perpetuating a generational chain of poverty.

A Learn4Life student learns in one-on-one interaction with her supervising teacher with her baby in her arms.

"We appreciate the confidence expressed by members of the Texas State Board of Education in our ability to re-incorporate Austin students," said Kenya Jackson, the chair of the board of Texas First Education, the nonprofit organization. based in Texas that opens the Learn4Life-Austin program. "We are pleased to bring a proven model of education to Texas."

For 20 years, Learn4Life has been committed to breaking the circle of dropouts by creating individual classrooms for at-risk students who have struggled in traditional schools or who have fallen so far behind that they will not be able to graduate with their class. Through a personalized teaching model, students receive individual support, a flexible program, integration services and job training, all with practices based on the consideration of traumatic situations.

Many of its 49,000 at-risk students in California, Michigan and Ohio have suffered trauma such as foster care, homelessness, hunger, abuse, school abuse, illness, shelter for political or religious reasons, and even human trafficking. Eighty percent have low income, in many cases they are pregnant or teenage parents, and most enroll after leaving school, with delays of more than a year in regular studies. Learn4Life's trauma-based approach helps teens build their resilience to support a positive transition to adulthood once they have earned their diploma.

Learn4Life succeeds with 90% of its students, getting them back in education, helping them graduate, and preparing them for a life beyond high school, with training and job placement. Nearly half enroll in post-secondary education upon graduation from Learn4Life.

Putting students back in school means putting money back in the state. Instead of creating a lifelong drain on public resources, the thousands of school dropouts saved progress to become productive and contributing members of society. Each dropout who achieves their diploma is six times more likely to vote; 67 percent less likely to be unemployed and eight times less likely to be incarcerated. Watch this video to learn more about Learn4Life's model for changing students' stories.

WEB:  https://learn4life.org/

GAP is the first airport group in the world to certify all its airports in the ACI Accreditation of Sanitary Measures program

By PR Newswire

Guadalajara, Mexico, September 10, 2020  -  The Airports Council International (ACI) is pleased to announce the accreditation of all airports that are part of Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacífico (GAP) in the Accreditation of Measures program ACI Airport Health Accreditation - AHA. In this way, GAP becomes the first airport group in the world to successfully accredit all its airports in the AHA program.

GAP is the largest private airport group in Mexico and one of the most important in America

The ACI Airport Sanitary Measures Accreditation (AHA) program supports airports in evaluating the new sanitary measures and procedures implemented as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic in accordance with the recommendations issued by the Recovery Working Group of Aviation (CART) of ICAO and in line with the joint health protocols of the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).

"Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacífico reaffirms its commitment to the safety of passengers, employees and the general public by accrediting the group's 14 airports in the ACI Sanitary Measures Accreditation program (AHA). In this way, GAP becomes the the first Airport Group in the world to demonstrate that all its airports have implemented their sanitary measures in a satisfactory way and in accordance with the recommendations of the ICAO CART and the best practices of the industry ", highlights Rafael Echevarne, Director General of ACI-LAC.

"Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacífico's priority is to give its passengers a safe and pleasant travel experience. As proof of this is this accreditation, which keeps us in the leadership of health security at the international level, applying the best protocols and measures in all of our airports, "said Raúl Revuelta, CEO of Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacífico.

How a high school is helping disadvantaged students with their needs for on-site health care and covid-19 screenings at no cost

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire & Ann Abajian, Learn4Life, PR@learn4life.org, (844) 515-8186

Fresno, California, September 11, 2020 - Among the challenges facing low-income families, access to healthcare is as important a concern as receiving a quality education. A Fresno high school is working to improve access to health care for its at-risk students through a new partnership that locates a clinic next to its learning center.

United Health Centers of the San Joaquin Valley will open a clinic alongside a Learn4Life learning center in Fresno so students and their families can access health care, including medical exams, immunizations and COVID-19 tests at no cost .

"We do our best to make comprehensive, immersive services available to our students so they can focus on earning their diploma," explains Shellie Hanes, area supervisor for Learn4Life, a network of nonprofit charter schools that offers a program. personalized and flexible to help students who have dropped out and students behind. "Most of our teens lack access to health care, so offering this service on site is a huge advantage for our students, especially our teen moms."

This month, United Health Centers (UHC) of the San Joaquin Valley will open a clinic alongside Learn4Life Fresno in Manchester Center so that students and their families can access health care, including medical exams, immunizations, dental and health care. the vision. The clinic is committed to offering students and their families licensed dental, medical, and eye exams, behavioral health assessments, vaccinations, prenatal services, and health education classes. A certified recruitment specialist can help enroll students and their families in Medi-Cal, Covered California, and CalFresh. Free covid-19 tests are available on site.

The new United Health Center in Manchester Center is located at 1901 East Shields Avenue in Fresno and will be open weekdays from 7:30 a.m. at 4:30 p.m. from September 14. For more information, visit https://unitedhealthcenters.org/manchester

Author Milda Sainz's most recent published work, I Believed and I Lived, presents a hopeful and faith-filled message to those battling cancer and their families.

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire

Miami, Sept. 11, 2020  -  I Believed and I Lived, is a work written by the hand of the author Milda Sainz, born in Cuba on January 15, 1959. She grew up in Havana and he graduated from a Secretarial School. She emigrated to the United States in June 1989 and settled in Miami. That day she fell in love with the United States, the country that welcomed her with open arms. Since then, she has worked in various fields and has specialized and studied in the real estate sector. Milda has two children, who are the most important thing in her life. Her favorite hobby is cooking, especially baking and baking. She is passionate about plants and flowers. Her favorites are orchids. After having a second chance at life, she achieved something she always dreamed of: writing a book; although she never thought she would write about surviving cancer. Today she is still battling this disease and looking forward to a bright future. This book is dedicated to everyone affected by cancer, especially her mother, who passed away in 2019, ten years after surviving the disease.

The author of this interesting literary work, Milda Sainz, tells us a little about it: "This is a true testimony and a warning for health that any abnormal symptoms in our body could make the difference between life and death. . We must fight for our lives and believe in our God and medical treatments. Being positive is the best medicine. It will make us better warriors to win in the fight for our lives, the fight to stay close to our loved ones and those we love. who need us. This book reveals how cancer survivors survive and is also a call to help and support them. I want to honor the Innovative Cancer Institute, the Miami Cancer Institute, all specialists, assistants and therapists for their love of medicine! I also want to thank my family, I love them! "

Published by Page Publishing, author Milda Sainz's work, I Believed and I Lived, presents us with a hopeful and faith-filled message for those who are in the fight against cancer and their families, highlighting as the aptitude that We take against this disease can change our health and strengthen us.

For people who like to read a fresh narrative, where experiences are captured to provide the reader with a point of reflection on their individual experiences and tools to achieve full health; They can do so by reading this book by purchasing I Believed and I Lived at any bookstore, or at Apple iTunes, amazon.com https://www.amazon.com, Google Play or Barnes and Noble online stores.

For additional information or any questions you can contact Page Publishing, through the following number: 866-315-2708.

Mental health: how to recognize there is a problem and where to find help

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire

Washington, Sept. 3, 2020  - When a person has mental health problems, they often feel isolated, frustrated and overwhelmed. All areas of your life are affected, including the way you think, feel, and act.

Learn about the importance of mental health diagnoses, help, and treatment.  This USAGov guide can help you recognize the warning signs and find resources for seeking support.

Mental health and mental illness or disorder are not the same It is quite common to hear that people use these terms as if they were synonymous, however, mental health and mental illness are two very different things. We explain:

Mental health includes the emotional, psychological and social well-being of a person. It also determines how a human being handles stress, relates to others, and makes decisions.

Mental illness or disorder represents the highest percentage of health problems in the United States. They alter a person's way of thinking, behavior and mood. The best known are depression, schizophrenia, and bipolar disorder.

There are conditions that are temporary, while mental illnesses or disorders are permanent and affect the ability to function from day to day. A person's mental health may be severely affected, but this does not necessarily mean that they have or will develop a mental illness. While, on the other hand, a person who does have a mental illness may have periods of emotional stability and social well-being.

Recognize the warning signs - It is very important to identify the warning signs that could indicate that you or a loved one may have a mental health problem:

Stop sharing with people or situations you used to enjoy
Suffering from sleep disorders such as insomnia
Have energy levels well below normal
Using drugs or alcohol excessively
Have sudden mood swings that affect your relationships
Where to find help

Get helpful information by visiting the National Institute of Mental Health (NIH) website:  https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/index.shtml or get immediate help by calling the following numbers:

The National Suicide Prevention Line at 1-888-628-9454. Your call is confidential and will be answered in Spanish.  For treatment information from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, call 1-800-662-4357.  If you need support after a disaster or emergency call 1-800-985-5990.

If you were injured by a malfunctioning Takata airbag, you may still be eligible for compensation through the processing of personal injury or wrongful death claims by the Bailiff and Case Manager.

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire.   Photo by noticias.ve.autocosmos.com

Boston, Aug. 31, 2020  -  The following statements are from Professor Eric D. Green, paralegal assigned to the Individual Redress Fund and Administrator of the Trust for Compensation for Torts Caused by the Takata Air Bags , created in the Takata bankruptcy cases, under the jurisdiction of the Department of Justice.

Takata Defective Airbag Claims

Professor Eric D. Green, in his capacity as judicial assistant and administrator, announced a compensation program in May 2018 for those who have suffered or will suffer personal injury or wrongful death due to the breakdown or aggressive deployment of a Takata airbag with ammonium nitrate as a stabilizing and inflating agent ("defect in the inflator of Takata airbags"). Under the program, applicants will be able to seek compensation from the Department of Justice's $ 125 million Individual Remedy Fund ("IRF") and / or the Takata Air Bag Tort Compensation Trust ("TATCTF") of approximately $ 140 million. Claims processing is ongoing and eligible applicants still have time to act.

There are three types of claims that can be filed by people who have suffered injuries or wrongful death as a result of a defective Takata airbag inflator: (i) an "IRF claim" against Takata for compensation from the IRF, the reparation fund for personal injury and wrongful death under the supervision of the judicial assistant and established in the framework of the Reparation Order entered by the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan in connection with the criminal case against Takata before the Department of Justice, US v. Takata Corporation, case no. 16-cr-20810 (E.D. Mich.); (ii) a "trust claim" against Takata to obtain compensation from the TATCTF, the personal injury and wrongful death trust under the supervision of the administrator and established in connection with the Reorganization Plan in the Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware, Takata Chapter 11, and (iii) a "POEM claim" against a Participating Original Equipment Manufacturer ("POEM"; currently the only POEM is Honda / Acura) to obtain POEM compensation , which must be resolved through the TATCTF under the supervision of the administrator.

Each of these three types of claims has its own eligibility requirements; however, each claim covers only physical injury and wrongful death as a result of a defective Takata airbag inflator. Claims related to injury or wrongful death as a result of other elements of the airbag, such as failure of the airbag to deploy, spontaneous deployment, non-inflator collision injuries, or unrelated financial losses injury or death are not covered by any of the three types of claims described here.

Individuals can access claim forms that include detailed instructions for filing a claim and are located on the IRF website, http://www.takataspecialmaster.com/ or on the TATCTF website,  http://www.takataairbaginjurytrust.com/ .

Chinese and Latin American media unite to overcome the global crisis

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire

Beijing, Aug. 28, 2020  -  Released a joint statement by the China Media Group (CMG) and its Latin American media partners calling for a robust collaborative force to help the global community overcome the covid-19 pandemic and effectively promote the construction of a Sino-Latin American community with a shared future and a community of health for humanity.

The statement was made during the 2020 Latin American Partners Online Media Cooperation Forum, which was held in Beijing on August 28.

CMG and its Latin American media partners released the joint statement.

During the forum, 33 guests from 15 organizations from 10 Latin American countries and China discussed in depth how to overcome the difficulties and advance together in the fight against the pandemic.

In his opening remarks, Shen Haixiong, president and editor-in-chief of the CMG, said: "Instead of spreading rumors and creating problems, the media should report the truth; instead of creating divisions, they should seek to build consensus; instead to blame other countries, they must strive to combat the pandemic scientifically, and ultimately, they must spread confidence, not malicious attacks. "

Shen noted that, in the post-pandemic period, Chinese, Latin American and Caribbean media should further strengthen cooperation and improve the mechanism for sharing news content, explore and create new forms of cooperation, and learn about from others on new applications of media technology.  Shen stated: "We must adhere to the principles of objectivity, impartiality and truthfulness in the dissemination of important news and jointly show the voice of the Chinese, Latin American and Caribbean media to promote the construction of a health community for humanity." .

Alicia Bárcena, Executive Secretary of ECLAC, said: "While we are facing a global context full of uncertainty, our association must be further strengthened, becoming more balanced and egalitarian. The media have a fundamental role in bridging the knowledge gap mutual that still exists between both sides of the world. "

"The media carry an immense responsibility," said Juan Carlos Isaza, executive director of AIL. Isaza said that the media not only have an obligation to hold governments to account, but also to support those who do all they can to fight the pandemic, as well as bring hope to the public who expect authentic and reliable news.

Guests from China and Latin America participated in the online roundtable.

When China was hit hard by the virus, 17 AIL members sent joint condolence videos to show solidarity and support for the country. To the best of its capabilities, the CMG also offered support and assistance to some Latin American media when the pandemic spread through Latin America and the Caribbean.

João Carlos Saad, President and CEO of the Rede Bandeirantes de Comunicação, detailed in his inaugural address how the CMG quickly dispatched anti-pandemic materials to affected areas and thanked him for his quick and considerate reaction.  "China and Brazil will continue to have a strong synergy in the future," Saad said.

José Luis Manzano, founder of Grupo América, harshly criticized the attacks and questions against the World Health Organization (WHO).  "We must strengthen the construction of WHO and help it become the source of knowledge and authority in the field of health," said Manzano.

During the forum, five Chinese and Latin American media representatives and experts participated in an online roundtable on "Strengthening Collaboration and Defeating the Pandemic."

In his view, the media will be an important driver of economic recovery. Strengthening cooperation between Chinese and Latin American media will help regain investment and consumer confidence

Goya responds to urgent calls for help and prepares food to distribute to the victims of Hurricane Laura

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire

Brookshire, Texas, Aug. 28, 2020 -  Goya Foods, the largest Hispanic-owned food company in the United States, is responding to urgent calls for help from organizations and food banks and prepares to distribute food to victims who are in the path of Hurricane Laura.

In times of desperate need, Goya has always been at the forefront of humanitarian relief efforts and in times of disaster, providing millions of pounds of nutritious food around the world. "As part of our tradition of immediate response during emergencies, we send our aid in the form of food and send our love and prayers for rebuilding. We are and will always be a company of passionate people who care about helping people in need. "said Bob Unanue, president of Goya Foods.

This donation is part of Goya Gives, a global program committed to promoting the general well-being of communities through social responsibility, environmental initiatives, and company values. In response to the pandemic, the company has been distributing an ongoing donation of millions of pounds of food to food banks throughout the country, Puerto Rico, and South America, as well as 20,000 protective masks to healthcare providers. During Hurricane Maria, Goya donated more than 1 million pounds of food to the people of Puerto Rico, as well as to those who suffered from hunger during government unrest in Venezuela, to the people of Haiti during the earthquake, and at home during Superstorm Sandy. and Hurricanes Isaac, Harvey, and Irene. Since 1936, giving back has been Goya's heart and has always been part of the company's DNA.

For more information on Goya Gives, visit:  https://www.goya.com/en/

Learn4Life: This is the worst time to get in the way of school choice

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Los Angeles, Aug. 26, 2020  - As legislation to help public schools tackle the distance learning crisis is being weighed, opponents of school choice have added clauses that reduce or eliminate funding for private charter schools without classrooms, like Learn4Life. Far from undermining a successful method of teaching and encouraging student engagement in times of crisis, decision makers should highlight and adapt traditional public schools to a flexible and proven model as they transfer students in and out of face-to-face learning.

Learn4Life student maintains the necessary physical distance while learning in a personalized, face-to-face learning environment.

Learn4Life is a network of charter, nonprofit private schools serving at-risk students who have struggled in traditional high schools and dropped out of classes, or are so far behind that they won't be able to graduate with their classmates. These schools offer a personalized learning model that has facilitated their adaptation to distance learning.

"As soon as our students had laptops and Wi-Fi hotspots in the first week, we were able to resume one-on-one instruction to help them stay motivated and active. Teachers need to shift focus and focus on intensive, personalized instruction; they need to replace instruction on video with large groups that lasts all day with a few hours a week in individual sessions, one on one, or in small groups, "explained Dr. Caprice Young, National School Superintendent.

Dr. Young points out that too many teens are bored and struggling with distance learning. Teachers are teaching kids who, in all likelihood, are in different reading grades and have different concentration skills, special needs, or difficulties with the English language. It is crucial that teachers identify strategies that will dramatically increase the effectiveness of distance learning during the pandemic. The traditional high school model, with five or six subjects and 25-40 students per class, does not work online.

Learn4Life serves over 49,000 students and helps them earn a diploma, job training, and develop life skills at no charge. Most are from minority groups, socially and economically marginalized, and are no longer of high school age (Learn4Life serves students up to 22 years of age). It is common for them to be teenage mothers or fathers, or to have adult responsibilities, such as the need to work or take care of members of their families.

Returning students to schools means returning money to the economy. Instead of generating an eternal drain on public resources, the hundreds of thousands of rescued school dropouts become productive people who enrich society. These graduates are on their way to breaking the general chain of poverty, as many are the first in the family to earn a high school diploma.

Here you will find more information about how this life-saving charter school has been supporting the most underserved student populations since before the pandemic and during the pandemic:  https://learn4life.org/personalized-learning/

J.R. Dunn Jewelers Gives Out Epic Marriage Proposal Using Billboard

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Lighthouse Point, Florida, August 24, 2020 - J.R. Dunn Jewelers, the family-owned luxury jewelry store, launched a giveaway before Valentine's Day this year, just before the COVID-19 pandemic all but shut down South Florida. J.R. Dunn wanted to do something special and help one lucky winner of "Say it Big" by proposing an extravagant proposal in front of millions of people on South Florida's busiest highway, I-95.

Patrick made his proposal in a big way, via a billboard on I-95 in South Florida! Credit: Christina Cernik Photography

Patrick Callahan of Delray Beach, Florida, was the lucky winner. The winner's announcement was made in March, but unfortunately COVID-19 forced him to reschedule his elaborate proposal multiple times. Patrick wanted to propose to the love of his life, Taylor, after six years of being together. One weekend in August, Taylor thought they were going to take a weekend trip to the Florida Keys for his birthday, but first they made a stop at Miami's Deering Estate, a beautiful historic property and garden from the years. 1920 located facing the ocean, which was once the home of Charles Deering. From the center of the Deering Estate's garden are two beautiful rows of palm trees that stretch out to the ocean. Patrick brought Taylor to the center of this beautiful setting and proposed to her with a beautiful solitaire diamond engagement ring. She answered yes!

After a celebration, the couple were on their way to a surprise dinner with all of their closest family and friends when they walked past J.R. Dunn reading: "Taylor, will you marry me? - Patrick", next to one of the couple's favorite photos. Taylor was absolutely in awe of the endless surprises Patrick had planned. Check out the video of the proposal to see their gape reaction as they got closer! And it didn't stop there ... Patrick even arranged to have a photoshoot in front of the fence!

Proposal Video: Click here to watch:  https://vimeo.com/446260549.  Video Credit: JTC Films

Domino's® Will Hire 20,000 New Team Members to Help Busy Stores Feed Hungry Families Nationwide

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Ann Arbor, Michigan, Aug. 17, 2020 - Domino's Pizza Inc. (NYSE: DPZ), the world's largest pizza company based on global retail sales, and its franchises are committed to providing safely hot, delicious food to families in local communities across the U.S.

To continue providing excellent service, Domino's corporate stores and franchises are looking to fill more than 20,000 jobs, including delivery experts, pizza cooks, customer service representatives, managers and assistant managers. In addition, supply centers in the United States are also hiring members for their production and warehouse equipment, as well as CDL-licensed drivers.

"It's a privilege to be able to feed families across the country and give them a little sense of normalcy during this pandemic," said Tom Curtis, vice president of operations and support for Domino's. "The health and safety of the brand's customers and store team members is our priority, so Domino's continues to offer contactless delivery and take-out orders in addition to Domino's Carside Delivery ™."

Domino's stores in the US have also implemented various cleaning, sanitizing and contactless service precautions based on advice from federal, state and local health and safety experts. These measures include the use of face masks at all times, the use of a pizza pedestal for non-contact pizza deliveries, blocking of seats inside stores, and increasing the frequency of cleaning all surfaces that are touched. regularly.

As new stores continue to be built and existing stores across the country remain under heavy workload, the need to find great team members continues to be a priority for store managers in corporate and franchise stores across the country. . What starts out as a part-time job can turn into a career, as more than 95% of Domino's franchise owners in the US began their careers as part-time team members.

To apply or learn more, visit https://jobs.dominos.com/dominos-careers/. For more information on what Domino's is doing in relation to COVID-19, please visit  https://biz.dominos.com/web/media/covid-19.

Selecting and Serving Produce Safely:  As you enjoy fresh produce, follow these safe handling tips to help protect yourself and your family

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Fruits and vegetables are an important part of a healthy diet. Your local markets carry a wide variety of nutritious fresh fruits and vegetables. However, harmful bacteria that may be in the soil or water where produce grows can come in contact with fruits and vegetables and contaminate them. Fresh produce may also become contaminated after it is harvested, such as during storage or preparation.

Eating contaminated produce can lead to foodborne illness, often called “food poisoning.” So as you enjoy fresh produce, follow these safe handling tips to help protect you and your family.

Buy Right.  You can help keep produce safe by making wise buying decisions.

Choose produce that is not bruised or damaged.  When buying pre-cut, bagged or packaged produce — such as half of a watermelon or bagged salad greens — choose only those items that are refrigerated or surrounded by ice.  Bag fresh fruits and vegetables separately from raw meat, poultry, and seafood when packing them to take home from the market

Store Properly.  Proper storage of fresh produce can affect both quality and safety.

Store perishable fresh fruits and vegetables (like strawberries, lettuce, herbs, and mushrooms) in a clean refrigerator at a temperature of 40° F or below. Use a refrigerator thermometer to check! If you’re not sure whether an item should be refrigerated to keep its quality, ask your grocer.  Refrigerate all produce that is purchased pre-cut or packaged .

Separate for Safety.  Keep fruits and vegetables that will be eaten raw separate from raw meat, poultry, and seafood — and from kitchen utensils used for those products.

Wash cutting boards, dishes, utensils, and countertops with soap and hot water between preparing raw meat, poultry, and seafood and preparing produce that will not be cooked.  If possible, use one cutting board for fresh produce and a separate one for raw meat, poultry, and seafood.  If you use plastic or other non-porous cutting boards, run them through the dishwasher after use

Prepare Safely.  When preparing any fresh produce, begin with clean hands. Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and warm water before and after preparation.

Cut away any damaged or bruised areas on fresh fruits and vegetables before preparing and/or eating. Throw away any produce that looks rotten.  Wash all produce thoroughly under running water before preparing and/or eating, including produce grown at home or bought from a grocery store or farmers’ market. Washing fruits and vegetables with soap, detergent, or commercial produce wash is not recommended.  Even if you do not plan to eat the skin, it is still important to wash produce first so dirt and bacteria are not transferred from the surface when peeling or cutting produce.  Scrub firm produce, such as melons and cucumbers, with a clean produce brush.  After washing, dry produce with a clean cloth towel or paper towel to further reduce bacteria that may be present on the surface.

What About Pre-Washed Produce?

Many pre-cut, bagged, or packaged produce items are pre-washed and ready-to-eat. If so, it will be stated on the packaging, and you can use the produce without further washing.  If you choose to wash produce marked as “pre-washed” or “ready-to-eat,” be sure that it does not come in contact with unclean surfaces or utensils. This will help to avoid cross contamination.

About Foodborne Illness.  Know the Symptoms

Consuming dangerous foodborne bacteria will usually cause illness within 1 to 3 days of eating the contaminated food. However, sickness can also occur within 20 minutes or up to 6 weeks later. Although most people will recover from a foodborne illness within a short period of time, some can develop chronic, severe, or even life-threatening health problems.  Foodborne illness can sometimes be confused with other illnesses that have similar symptoms. The symptoms of foodborne illness can include:  Vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal pain.  Flu-like symptoms, such as fever, headache, and body ache

Take Action.  If you think that you or a family member has a foodborne illness, contact your healthcare provider immediately. Also, report the suspected foodborne illness to

Contact the Consumer Complaint Coordinator in your area.  For more information on preventing foodborne illness, see Safe Food Handling: Four Simple Steps:  https://www.fda.gov/food/buy-store-serve-safe-food/safe-food-handling

Removery's INK-nitiative will remove racist and hate tattoos for free

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire

Austin, Texas, August 12, 2020 - In celebration of National Tattoo Removal Day on August 14, 2020, Removery - the world's largest specialized provider of tattoo removal, change and fading services - will present the INK-nitiative . This program provides free, safe and effective tattoo removal services to ex-inmates, members of organized crime gangs, survivors of human trafficking and domestic abuse, or anyone wanting to remove racist or hateful tattoos. or radicalized.

Every customer who removes a tattoo at Removery contributes to the program: For every customer who pays, the company will donate a full removal service to someone who meets the program's requirements. The community outreach initiative aims to rid people of destructive images or painful memories of the past and help them enter a brighter future.

Photo by Voice of Anerica

"Removery is a place of inclusion and empowerment, and we are committed to eradicating the sources of discrimination, injustice and hatred," said Tom Weber, CEO of Removery. "Through INK-nitiative, we provide an important tool to people who want to make a real change in their life, inspire others, and confidently walk the path of positive self-reinvention. And every client who undertakes the process of eliminating their tattooing with us is a vital element of the INK-nitiative: giving someone else the gift of renewal. "

The INK-nitiative is a reinvention of the INK program, a similar initiative created by Removery's predecessor, The Finery. INK (I Now Know) helped more than 150 clients remove tattoos that were the result of indoctrination into prison culture, as well as forcibly "brand tattoos" on victims of human trafficking, and in recent months has received many shows of interest in tattoo removal with hate messages.

Terrance Lewis, who was incarcerated for 21 years for a crime he did not commit, had his tattoos removed through the INK program. He founded the Terrance Lewis Liberation Foundation to advocate for others who have been wrongfully convicted and to challenge misconduct by the District Attorney and Police.

"My tattoos helped me survive the pain of prison, but coming out did not reflect the person I wanted to be or how I wanted to spend my life," Lewis said. "By removing the physical scars from my past, I start from scratch to embark on the next chapter of my life and journey, currently working to reform the criminal justice system. I will be eternally grateful."

Christian Picciolini, who used to preach violent extremism, is a peace advocate, author, producer and public speaker who has had his own racist tattoos removed and now helps others overcome hatred. He leads the Free Radicals Project, a global terrorism prevention and disengagement network and one of many like-minded organizations helping to promote the new initiative.

"The true untying of hate and extremism is a long and difficult process that involves a lot of self-reflection, going through numerous changes and working hard to repair the pain and damage caused," Picciolini said. "Getting rid of the physical hatred in one's body is an important step in building a new life rooted in love. Free Radicals is excited to support Removery in their efforts to help former extremists on their way to create change. positive".

Enrollment in the program is now open, and people who meet the above requirements can CLICK HERE:  https://removery.com/book-consultation/, to submit an application. Tattoos must be visible on the hands, neck, face, or other identifiable areas. Applicants will be enrolled according to capacity, and asked to commit to completing treatment and aftercare.

Video:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DEa58zU7N34

Panda Express® Partners with Dakota Fanning for Annual Panda Cares Day ™ Celebration to Support Youth in Need in Health and Education

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Rosemead, Calif., Aug. 7, 2020 - After establishing its inaugural Panda Cares Day ™ in 2019, Panda Cares®, the philanthropic arm of Panda Express®, commemorates its anniversary on August 8, every year with a celebration of giving back to the community. To mark the occasion, Panda this year teamed up with actress and children's advocate Dakota Fanning to virtually read children's stories to children across the country at eight Children's Miracle Network (CMN) hospitals and 80 Boys & Girls Club of America (BGCA) locations. Dakota surprised the children with a video full of words of encouragement, followed by the reading of the story "All Are Welcome" by author Alexandra Penfold and illustrator Suzanne Kaufman. For more than 20 years, Panda Cares' vision has been to empower young people to learn, lead and prosper for a brighter future through health and education, creating powerful pathways of learning and care focused on the holistic well-being of children across the country.

Actor Dakota Fanning Reads "All Are Welcome" by Author Alexandra Penfold & illustrator Suzanne Kaufman as Part of Panda Cares Day ™ Celebration

The parade-type parties at the BGCA and visits to the CMN hospitals were held in 88 locations, where Panda organizes virtual reading of stories. As part of the celebrations, the organizations received a total of 88,000 books for children, aimed at developing reading skills, improving critical thinking skills and broadening their perspectives. In addition, through its Panda Cub Club ™ initiative, established earlier this year, Panda offered fun activities to do at home to encourage learning through play. Both the CMN hospital network and the BGCA have collaborated with Panda Cares for years and have enabled the foundation to support millions of children and families over the years.

"As a family business, we believe it is our responsibility to foster the spirit of kindness in our extended family of customers and associates. It has been an honor to witness everyone come together to advance our mission to inspire better lives," said Dr. Peggy Cherng, Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Panda Express. "Panda Cares Day has a special place in our hearts for many reasons. The number 8 is the luckiest number in Chinese culture and represents prosperity. The number is believed to bring good fortune in life, which is why we established the Panda Cares Day on August 8 to share good fortune with the communities we serve. "

Following a pledge to donate $ 25 million to Children's Miracle Network hospitals to fund the Panda Cares Centers of Hope in 2019, Panda Cares opens its eighth Panda Cares Centers of Hope on Panda Cares Day 2020 at Lurie Children's Hospital in Chicago, Illinois, which this year happens to be celebrating its 8th anniversary. The Panda Cares Center of Hope fosters hope and promotes healing by providing specially created programs to address the total well-being of each child, including their physical, emotional, mental and spiritual needs. Therapeutic play, art therapy, and counseling services are just a few examples of the wide range of services designed at the Panda Cares Center of Hope to give children the courage and strength they need to thrive. Since last year, Panda and CMN Hospitals have opened the Center of Hope in several hospitals in the United States including California, Texas, Nevada, Hawaii, Washington D.C. and Arizona.

To extend the festivities to its guests, the Chinese-American food brand has organized a virtual fundraising event on August 8, to continue to boost donations and support children from the most disadvantaged communities. When a guest places an order in the mobile app or on the Panda Express website using the promo code 'PandaCaresDay', Panda Express will donate 28% of online sales before tax to their local CMN hospital.

Panda Cares is financed through the donation program in restaurants and on its website, and by donations from its associates at Panda Express, Panda Inn, and Hibachi-San; as well as the partners and founders of Panda Restaurant Group. The foundation provides food, end

Miami FC and UNANIMO Deportes launch partnership to promote soccer

By PR Newswire-Hisapnic PR Wire

Miami, Aug. 7, 2020 - Miami FC, Miami's oldest and most successful professional soccer team, has partnered with UNANIMO Deportes to promote sports and family entertainment in Miami.

Tomas Granitto - Miami FC

The sole objective is to serve the community of families who love soccer.

During 2020, UNANIMO Deportes will be the Official Sponsor of Miami FC and all its activities and content on radio, social networks and in different newspapers. They will cover the games of the first professional team in the USL Championship and in turn will also cover the Youth Academy and their progress in the league and the different championships.

During their live Sports Rush programs, Monday through Friday and from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM EST, fans will be able to access exclusive promotions such as raffles for match tickets, official jerseys and team merchandise and even experiences VIP with the players of the first team and their coaching staff.

"We know how important UNANIMO Deportes is to the local community, and that means a lot to us," said Miami FC President Paul Dalglish. "UNANIMO Deportes will help us promote our club to the real Miami. We are a club from the Miami community and this agreement is another example of that."

"We are very excited to be able to work with Miami FC. It is a soccer team with an important legacy in Miami and with great success in its League, which is also committed to the community and to the development of future sports idols, to through their youth soccer camps, "said Lino García, President of UNANIMO Deportes.

Declaration on the donation of more than 60,000 N95 masks to community centers that offer physical and mental health services to disadvantaged Hispanic communities

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Washington, August 6, 2020 - "As we continue to see the increase in COVID-19 cases in Hispanic communities, we thank the Committee of 100 (C100) for their generous donation of more than 60,000 masks with FDA-approved N95 respirator to 15 of our member agencies, which are providing world-class physical and mental health services during COVID-19. Today more than ever we have to support each other, "said Dr. Jane L. Delgado , President and CEO of the National Alliance for Hispanic Health.

COVID-19 rates are more than 3 times higher for Hispanics than for non-Hispanic whites, and the need for personal protective equipment (PPE) is crucial for those providing first-line care to affected communities. The need for personal protective equipment has been heard in the Senate Finance Committee last week, and is part of the House-passed HEROES Act and the HEAL Act that is being debated in the Senate to address the pandemic of COVID-19 in progress.

"C100 is proud to provide much-needed personal protective equipment to community agencies that provide physical and mental health services in Hispanic and colored communities where people are suffering from the pandemic," said Zhengyu Huang, president of C100. "We appreciate the partnership with the Alliance to help disadvantaged people and build an alliance between Americans of Hispanic and Chinese descent."

"All of our health workers deserve the PPEs that are necessary to continue to provide care during this pandemic, while protecting their health and that of their colleagues, their families, and their communities. This donation helps Alliance members meet their mission, and helps ensure that no case of COVID-19 spreads simply because a health worker lacks a protective mask, "Dr. Delgado concluded.

WEB:  https://www.healthyamericas.org/

Bugs Bunny Stamps Now Available Nationwide

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The Forever stamps celebrate this 'mischievous rabbit' who has cunningly foiled the plans of his enemies and delighted cartoon audiences for 80 years.

Washington, July 27, 2020  -  The US Postal Service today issued the Forever stamps commemorating Bugs Bunny on the occasion of his 80th birthday. Following the virtual commemoration ceremony, the Bugs Bunny stamps are now for sale at Postal Mail branches across the country and online at usps.com/bugsbunny80.

"It is a special privilege to celebrate the 80th anniversary of one of the most popular and iconic characters in history," said dedicated dedication officer Kristin Seaver, chief information officer and executive vice president of the US Postal Service. "Bugs He is both timeless and timely, a costume artist who can bail out and win any battle, thanks to his ingenuity and witty costumes. He simply brings together the talent, costume or personality necessary to escape any dangerous situation. "

Seaver was joined in this ceremony by Pete Browngardt, executive producer of "Looney Tunes Cartoons", and Alex Kirwan, supervising producer of "Looney Tunes Cartoons". The virtual presentation of the stamps can be seen on the Postal Service's Facebook and Twitter pages.

The stamp artwork was developed in association with Warner Bros. Consumer Products, and includes the work of Warner Bros. Animation artists. The stamps show iconic moments from Bugs Bunny's career. Warner Bros. Animation artists also created the designs on the reverse side of the stamp sheet. Greg Breeding was the designer and William J. Gicker, the artistic director for the Postal Service.

The 20-sheet Bugs Bunny stamp will be issued as Forever stamps, meaning they will always have the same value as the current price of 1 ounce postage on First-Class Mail. The news about the stamps is shared on social media with the hashtags #BugsBunnyStamps and # BugsBunny80.

Customers can purchase stamps and other mail products at The Postal Store at  https://store.usps.com/store/results/stamps/_/N-9y93lv?_requestid=340643 by calling 800-STAMP24 (800-782-6724), by mail through the USA Philatelic:  https://store.usps.com/store/product/stamp-collectors/usa-philatelic-P_012007 or at Postal Mail branches at the whole country.

Domino's® Launches Home Theater Festival Contest

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Make a movie at home that shows your love for Domino's for a chance to win free pizza for a year

Ann Arbor, Michigan, July 27, 2020 - Do you love Domino's? Do you want free pizza for a year? Are you going crazy at home? Fear not, Domino's Pizza, Inc. (NYSE: DPZ) has the perfect solution for a fun-filled day. Customers can now enter the Domino's Homemade Film Festival Contest by submitting a home-made movie that shows their love for Domino's, for a chance to win free pizza for a year.

Customers can now enter the Domino’s Homemade Film Festival Contest by submitting a home-made movie that shows their love for Domino’s, for a chance to win free pizza for a year.

"Millions of people in the United States are spending more time than ever at home and looking for family entertainment activities," said Kate Trumbull, Domino's vice president of advertising. "What better way to have a fun day than to make a home movie and with it, have a chance to win free pizza for a year? Domino's could even use some of the materials received in a future TV commercial!

The Domino's Home Film Festival is accepting videos through August 21 through www.DominosFilmFest.com. Customers will be able to visit the website to vote for their favorite home movie between September 7-11. On September 18, Domino's will announce the grand prize winner, who will receive free pizza for one year on $ 1,560 Domino's electronic gift cards. The second place winner will receive a $ 500 Domino's electronic gift card and the third place winner will receive a $ 200 electronic gift card.

The Domino's Home Cinema Festival was inspired by the brand's latest lo-fi TV spot, which was shot on an iPhone.

For the full list of requirements and to read about some inspiring ideas for filming, for example: how you look forward to your delivery of Domino's, visit  https://www.dominosfilmfest.com/ .

NO PURCHASE REQUIRED. The delivery period ends on 8/21/20 at 3:00 p.m. ET. Open to legal residents of the 50 United States / D.C., who are at least 18 years old when participating. Underage participants must obtain parental / guardian permission to participate. See the Official Rules for more details:  https://rules.creativezing.com/DominosFilmFest/

SafeatHomePPE.com and MascarasYSalud.com sites are launched to help families protect their health with masks, gloves, disinfectants and other EPP products

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire & Misty Becker, Safe at Home PPE, (323) 678-3180, help@safeathomeppe.com

Commerce, California, July 23, 2020  -  Safe at Home PPE, a California-based company dedicated to personal protective equipment for families, announced that it is launching its new site today:  https://www.safeathomeppe.com/ and the site in Spanish:  https://www.mascarasysalud.com/.

Safe at Home PPE is a Los Angeles-based minority-owned provider that supplies personal protective equipment for families and businesses.

"Safe at Home PPE was developed to offer EPP (Personal Protective Equipment) products at reasonable prices and specifically for families. We want to make sure that families get, in a unified place and where it is easy to buy, medical grade masks, gloves, disinfectants and other good quality products that help protect health. We also wanted to make sure that our supply did not use the medical PPE industry, and we used our manufacturing supply chain to produce them. We seek to make all of our products meet with FDA regulations and we put prices as low as possible to help families, "said Oscar George, CEO of Safe at Home PPE and Mascaras Y Salud.

www.SafeatHomePPE.com and www.MascarasYSalud.com offer facial coatings including 3-layer masks, face shields and KN95 filter masks, plus PVC gloves (latex free for people more prone to allergies) and PPE kits for The whole family takes care of their safety in a simple way. They also offer non-contact thermometers, disinfectants, and wipes.

"COVID-19 has infected more than 3 million people in the US and more than 140,000 have succumbed to it. As families dare to return to their jobs, school, and - in a more sense Simple - to take back your lives, providing necessary safety products that are comfortable and accessible is our main goal, "said Oscar George.

SafeatHomePPE.com and MascarasYSalud.com are also donating 10% of all sales through July 31 to the Hispanic Scholarship Fund, HSF to assist Hispanic students in their education.

Four tips to avoid becoming a victim of a scam

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire & usamedia@gsa.gov, 202-969-7143

Washington, July 22, 2020 - Phone calls or emails from imposters posing as federal employees are becoming more common. Don't fall into the trap of scam artists posing as government agents offering help to get your financial impact payoff faster or threatening to send the police home, arrest you for not paying your taxes, or take away your Social Security benefits.

If you suspect that you are being the victim of a scam or fraud:

*Do not transfer money or pay with a prepaid debit card even if you are insisted. Just don't do it.
*Never share personal information like your Social Security number, credit card or others.
*Do not click on the links sent to you by email, instead open a new window and search for the official website of the appropriate agency.
*Report it.

For more information on these and other scams and to learn how to identify and report them, visit the USAGov scams and fraud page:  https://www.usa.gov/scams-and-frauds

USAGov, a federal program that connects you to the information and services of the agencies, departments and programs of the United States Government. USAGov helps you find answers to your questions in English and Spanish. Contact us by phone, or through social networks on Facebook or Twitter.

Dahua Technology Launches Retail Epidemic Security Protection Solution to Improve Operational Security in Stores During Covid-19

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire & Khadine Sanhueza, Comsmarket Latam, khadine@comsmarket.com, +507 at 67472797

Kingston, Jamaica, July 21, 2020  - A recent AP News report shows that many of the world's top non-essential retailers have been affected by covid-19. According to Neil Saunders, managing director of GlobalData Retail, more than 190,000 stores have temporarily closed, representing nearly 50% of the retail space in the United States. At the same time, Swedish fashion retailer H&M hinted that, after temporarily closing 3,441 of its 5,062 stores worldwide, it may be forced to lay off some employees permanently. How to survive during the pandemic and take effective prevention and control measures when resuming work have become important considerations for retailers worldwide.

In response to the challenges facing the retail industry, Dahua Technology, a leading global provider of video-centric smart Internet of Things solutions and services, launched a professional Retail Epidemic Safety Protection Solution for help retailers maintain the safety of operations and improve business efficiency during the pandemic, as well as offer up-to-date plans to increase return on investments after business resumption.

Dahua's Retail Epidemic Safety Protection Solution features body temperature monitoring and customer flow control, thus combining two AI-enabled technology benefits to deliver double value to retailers by helping to reduce the spread of the virus and create an experience Safe shopping in stores for customers.

Dahua's body temperature monitoring camera enables highly accurate monitoring of body temperature, from ± 0.3 ℃ (with black body). With built-in AI algorithm, you can simultaneously monitor a group of people up to a distance of three meters, allowing quick and contactless access. If installed at the entrances of supermarkets and shopping malls, it can assist retailers with a preliminary detection of abnormal body temperatures in employees and customers. It notifies users to take appropriate action before temperatures change significantly, thereby enabling the appropriate protocol to be applied and for a second check by medical professionals, if necessary.

For retailers requiring limited customer flow during the pandemic, the Dahua AI People Accounting Chamber can automatically and accurately calculate, in real time, the number of people entering the store to avoid congestion and help mitigate the spread of the epidemic. When the number of shoppers exceeds the set value, the device triggers an alarm, shows on the digital signage at the store entrance that the number of people inside is complete, and reminds customers to wait at the door. No additional employees are needed to manually count customers at the door, which can help retailers reduce labor costs and improve their management efficiency.

Excellent licensed store in Jamaica:  Beauty Queen Plaza, 13 Crane blvd, Fairview Shopping Center, Montego Bay.  Tel .: 876-631-7317

WEB:  https://www.dahuasecurity.com/

United Against Cancer® announces new research and education initiative dedicated to improving health equality for low-income patients with lung cancer

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire

New York, July 16, 2020 - United Against Cancer today announced a new $ 5 million grant from Bristol Myers Squibb to fund research and education initiatives aimed at achieving equality in health for low-income patients with lung cancer, including black people and people living in rural communities. Despite recent progress in treating lung cancer, the disease remains the leading cause of cancer death in the U.S. with particularly high death rates in rural communities and among black men.

Research initiatives funded by the three-year grant will consist of matching grants to current United Against Cancer research teams. The matching grants will be geared toward identifying new and innovative methods of diagnosis and treatment for patients with lung cancer who are in need. These supplemental grants will be designed to initiate pilot projects where lung cancers, health inequalities, and rural health care converge. For example, ensuring that access to life-saving treatment is available to groups that have traditionally been underrepresented.

In early 2021, a United Against Cancer Innovation Summit will launch the project, which will unite lung cancer experts with researchers who specialize in equal health and access. The competitive grant application and selection process for the proposed projects will be overseen by the United Against Cancer Scientific Advisory Committee.

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the entrenched inequities in health care faced by communities of color in the US Many of the same economic and social conditions that actively contribute to inequalities in testing and treatment for COVID-19 have created inequalities in cancer care for decades. Currently, only 4% of cancer clinical trial participants are black and 5% are Hispanic, according to FDA data. United Against Cancer and Bristol Myers Squibb are committed to addressing problems in inequalities in cancer care. The United Against Cancer Health Equality Initiative is dedicated to increasing diverse participation in cancer clinical trials and Bristol Myers Squibb has demonstrated its commitment to promoting health equality by supporting programs that address inequalities in health care and extend medical breakthroughs to needy communities worldwide.

"We are very grateful to Bristol Myers Squibb for this grant, which unites our common goals of improving cancer care for low-income communities," said Sung Poblete, PhD, RN, executive director of United Against Cancer. "This is the kind of commitment and collaboration necessary to ensure that all cancer patients benefit equitably from advances in research and treatment."

"Despite the astonishing recent progress in cancer diagnosis and treatment, the inequalities in care experienced by low-income patient populations are persistent and acute," explained Adam Lenkowsky, general manager and chief of Oncology, Immunology, Cardiovascular , Bristol Myers Squibb in the USA "As a company focused on transforming patients' lives through science, we are dedicated to improving the health outcomes of all patients.  Our support for United Against Cancer's work to make Facing the burden of lung cancer among diverse and rural communities is another extension of our ongoing commitment to ensure that every patient has access to quality care. "

WEB:  https://standuptocancer.org/who-we-are/science-leadership/

Consumer Confidence Among Hispanics Increases During Second Quarter of 2020 Not Withstanding COVID-19 Persistence

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire & Paul Owers, (561) 379-8597, powers@fau.edu

Boca Raton, Florida, July 16, 2020 - Consumer confidence among US Hispanics increased in the second quarter, even though it was clear that the coronavirus pandemic would not be a temporary setback.

The Business and Economics Polling Initiative (BEPI) at Florida Atlantic University conducts surveys on business, economic, political, and social issues with main focus on Hispanic attitudes and opinions at regional, state and national levels.

The Hispanic Consumer Sentiment Index increased from 81.3 to 82.8 during the first quarter, according to the Florida Atlantic University Business and Economics Survey Initiative (FAU BEPI) at the FAU Business School. The index is higher than the consumer sentiment index for the global population, which was 78.1 in June, as published by the University of Michigan.

Hispanic consumer confidence weakened in late 2019 as there was growing concern that the longest expansion in the economy in history was destined to succumb. But confidence collapsed in the first quarter of 2020 after the first cases of COVID-19 in the US caused a devastating closure of non-essential businesses and a loss of millions of jobs.

"Perhaps what has contributed to the optimism of the second quarter is the reopening of the economy, low interest rates and considerable discounts by businesses very eager to increase sales" - said Monica Escaleras, Ph.D., director of FAU BEPI.

In the second quarter of 2020, a smaller number of Hispanics reported being better economically than the previous year, but 71 percent of them indicated that they are more optimistic about their future economic situation, which shows an increase compared to the first quarter. 2020 when 58 percent of them were protesting about it.

Regarding the country's economic outlook, 46 percent of respondents to the survey said they expect good economic conditions for the coming year, compared to 34 percent in the first quarter. In addition, 60 percent of respondents to the survey are confident in the long-term economic outlook, compared to 57 percent in the first quarter. Hispanics who self-identified as Republicans (70 percent) are more optimistic about the country's long-term economic outlook than Democrats, Independents, and unregistered voters.

Despite better overall mood, fewer Hispanics in the second quarter (42 percent) believe this is a good time to buy high-value household items, compared to the first-quarter percentage (a 53 percent).

As consumer confidence increases, fewer Hispanics disagree with the performance of US President Donald Trump, compared to the first quarter. This disapproval percentage fell 5 points, from 56 percent to 49 percent.

The sample consisted of 741 Hispanics 18 years of age or older than 18, and took place from March 1 to June 30. The margin of error is +/- 3.60 percent.

WEB:  https://business.fau.edu/departments/economics/business-economics-polling/

Working for our country. As part of the Hispanic Prosperity Initiative Goya gives 1 million cans of chickpeas and 1 million pounds of food to food banks in the United States

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire

Jersey City, NJ, July 12, 2020 -  As part of the Hispanic Prosperity Initiative, an executive order implemented to improve Hispanic American access to educational and economic opportunities, Goya Foods, the America's largest Hispanic-owned food company and iconic institution in the Hispanic community, announced the donation of a million cans of chickpeas grown in the United States and a million pounds of produce to food banks throughout the country, who desperately need food for families affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Goya Gives is a national program committed to promoting and supporting the general well-being of our communities through social responsibility, environmental initiatives, and company values. (PRNewsfoto / Goya Foods, Inc.)

"I am honored to be part of the Hispanic Prosperity Initiative and to support and celebrate the contributions of the Hispanic community. We are committed to our country and the need to give back, because it is the right thing to do," said Bob Unanue, President of Goya Foods. . "Our country faces a moment of historic challenge, but together, we will meet that challenge and continue to work toward greatness, focusing on a solid recovery and maintaining hope for a healthier future for all."

From its humble beginnings and through the Goya Gives company program, Goya has a long history and tradition of supporting communities in times of disaster. Goya has always supported health, nutrition and education initiatives, and has donated millions of pounds of food to food banks, organizations, schools, hospitals and healthcare providers worldwide.

For more information about Goya Gives, visit:  https://www.goya.com/en/

Taxpayer lawsuit against the Oakland Police Department and the City of Oakland

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire & Eduardo G. Roy lawyer, Prometheus Partners L.L.P., Eduardo.roy@prometheus-law.com, (415) 527-0255

Oakland, California, July 7, 2020 - More than 50 minority carriers will file a petition in support of a lawsuit filed by Steven Fajardo, a retired Hispanic police officer who has filed a lawsuit File against the Oakland Police Department (DPO) and the City of Oakland. Steven Fajardo seeks to obtain declaratory relief and precautionary measures that prevent the disbursement and waste of public funds in the unauthorized process used by the DPO that favors a single large transportation partner of the Port of Oakland known as Dreisbach Enterprises. The DPO allegedly granted Dreisbach secret non-compliance permits necessary for the operation of heavy trucks on the streets of West Oakland and within the Port. The lawsuit, filed in the Alameda Superior Court, is before judge James Reilly in case No. RG 20061840.

Port of Oakland truckers angry at the Oakland Police Department for granting secret permits and giving the Port's corporate partner an illegal advantage at the expense of truckers and public safety.

According to the lawsuit, a former DPO police officer (who is Caucasian) violated City ordinances when he unilaterally amended critical "Trailer Safety Requirements" from four tires per axle to just two tires per axle, although neither is the current one. Neither the police chief nor his predecessor had formally established new or additional safety and equipment criteria to determine whether a heavy truck meets the safety requirements of the law. At no time were the public or independent truckers notified of this potential or actual change, nor was it posted on the Port's website until four years later.

This secret change took place after the Port entered into a lucrative agreement for the construction of a refrigeration plant in the Port with a joint venture between Dreisbach and the Lineage Logistics conglomerate. These changes, made without critical public comments and hearings, allegedly allowed only Dreisbach to receive special permits from the DPO to use special chassis that give Dreisbach an immense and disproportionate economic advantage at the Port over African American, Mexican-American, and other minority truckers racial

Ignacio De La Fuente, a former Oakland City Councilman and transportation industry expert, summed up the concerns of more than 50 independent minority truckers supporting the lawsuit as follows: "As if local law enforcement had not Having done enough damage to the African-American, Mexican-American, and other minority communities, the DPO clandestinely and unfairly manipulated the system in favor of the City's partner (Dreisbach) at the expense of small independent minority truckers attempting to subsist in this period. which is already difficult financially. "

Mr. Fajardo is represented by Eduardo G. Roy (r), a prominent Bay Area African American and Hispanic attorney, who warned: "It is time for the Mayor and the City of Oakland Acting Chief of Police to immediately stop the permits. Dreisbach's illegal specials and undue favoritism, and investigate the systemic injustice and disproportionate impact that these illegal and unsafe policies and practices are having on our African American, Mexican-American, and other minority communities.We have uncovered a lot of evidence to show the City before the acting police chief considers other changes or policies. " Mr. Roy also represents Dreisbach's competitor PCC Logistics and Pacific Transload Systems in a separate lawsuit against Dreisbach that has been pending since December 2018 and has a trial date for February of next year in the Alameda Superior Court, case No. RG18931876.

Medicaid And CHIP Give Parents Peace Of Mind If Children/Teens Are Sick Or Get Injured

By PR Newswire-Hisapnic PR Wire

The Connecting Kids to Coverage National Campaign, an Initiative of the U.S Department of Health & Human Services’ Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Issues New Resources to Remind Parents That Free/Low-Cost Coverage Provides Access to Vital Benefits Like Immunizations, Check-Ups, Dental Care, and More For Those Eligible

Baltimore, July 1, 2020 -  Millions of children in the United States don’t have health coverage. As a result, it may be difficult or impossible for them to access the care they need if they get sick or injured. But, the majority of the nation’s uninsured children up to age 19 are eligible for free or low-cost health coverage through Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) offered in their state. With Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), parents get the peace of mind that comes with knowing their children can get preventive health care to stay healthy.

Parents can rest easier knowing medical bills won’t jeopardize the family’s financial security. They can apply for the comprehensive benefits these programs provide at any time of the year. This includes doctor’s appointments, hospital visits, prescriptions, immunizations, dental visits, mental health services, and more. Parents may also be eligible for Medicaid, even if they have applied in the past. In most states, families of four earning up to nearly $50,000 (or even higher in some states) may qualify for either Medicaid or CHIP.

Children who have health insurance generally have better health throughout their childhood and into their teens, leaving parents and guardians with one less thing to worry about. Children covered under CHIP are also more likely to have a usual source of care, including dental care, and are more likely to have had a well-child visit in the past year relative to children without insurance.

To help people learn more about CHIP and Medicaid, the Campaign developed a suite of resources, including an animated video showing families and why health coverage is important for the expected and unexpected. Print-ready elements, social media content for external outreach, and a web-button that directs audiences to resources to find coverage are also available.

Video:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=35qCiqZWaaQ&feature=youtu.be

WEB:  https://www.insurekidsnow.gov/initiatives/peaceofmind/index.html

Self-Project Launches Editorial Series on Hispanic Impact

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire

Los Angeles, July 2, 2020 - Self-Project today launched a new editorial series titled the 'Hispanic Impact Report.' This multi-article series will focus on the impact Hispanics have on the automotive market and the efforts manufacturers are making to earn their trust and loyalty to brands. An unpublished segment of the report will be published each week throughout the summer, culminating in September, during Hispanic Heritage Month.

"This is a critical time for Hispanic consumers and many are waking up to the great significance of their purchasing power, especially young buyers who are more socially and environmentally focused than their parents," said Camilo Alfaro, Founder and CEO of Autoproyecto. "As a result of this change in consumer habits, we are altering our journalistic efforts to locate ourselves beyond mere product recommendations, to include more socially conscious reasons when we recommend certain brands above others." Alfaro also acknowledged that "our readers demand more responsible and transparent reporting - they understand that they are voting with their wallets."

According to the Selig Center for Economic Growth, the Hispanic market, valued at $1.5 trillion, is the largest ethnic market in the United States, and includes more than one in six people living in the American union.

As a whole, the Hispanic population has a younger average age, is above the indexes in terms of use of digital platforms, enjoys constantly growing incomes, and shows a higher population increase when compared to the general market. . According to various censuses and vehicle purchase reports, Hispanics account for 18% of the United States population, yet they account for 24% of all car sales and have the potential to buy more vehicles at the same time. throughout his life, than those who are not Hispanic.

"The series has been developed to address the lack of information on Hispanics, regarding the auto industry," added Alfaro. "The 2010 Census created a great deal of marketing-oriented energy for Hispanics, but since 2015, information and access to that information has decreased. With the results of the 2020 Census around the corner, we believe there will be a renewed interest in the Hispanic community and we plan to be on the front lines, reporting information that helps vehicle manufacturers' marketing experts reach this demographic more effectively. "

The Hispanic community has been seen as the sleeping giant, because of its untapped potential. Nowhere is this more evident than in the Hispanic automotive market.

Hip Hop Public Health Releases Spanish Music Video "20 Seconds Or More" - An Educational And PSA Initiative To Counter The Rise Of COVID-19 In US Latino Communities

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire

New York, July 1, 2020 - Following the successful educational and awareness campaign "20 Seconds or More" that reached over 100 million people when it was launched in April in response to the pandemic of Covid-19 in the United States, the Hip Hop Public Health (HHPH) organization announced today the release of the song and video clip in Spanish "20 seconds or more", an artistic work that mixes Latin musical styles and Hip Hop rhythms to promote the practice of hand washing to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

The initiative is led by Dr. Olajide Williams, Chief of Staff, Department of Neurology, New York-Presbyterian / Columbia University Irving Medical Center, and artist Doug E. Fresh, both co-founders of HHPH; and Lori Rose Benson, the executive director of HHPH. Philanthropic support was provided by the Bristol Myers Squibb Foundation and the Organization for Latino Achievement, a Bristol Myers Squibb human resources group.

The goal of the "20 Seconds or More" campaign is to encourage and inspire Latinos to follow hygienic protocols and help stop the spread of this deadly virus that has disproportionately affected communities of color in the United States. According to data from the United States Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the percentage of Latinos affected by the coronavirus is practically equivalent to that of the white community (around 34%), although Latinos represent a much larger portion small of the population. In June alone, cases of coronavirus among Latinos nearly tripled.

"Although Hispanics represent 18% of the United States population, approximately 27% of Covid-19 deaths are in this community, and this disparity will grow as the infection rate increases in this group," said the Dr. Olajide Williams. "Latinos are being disproportionately affected by Covid-19 due to morbid peculiarities such as diabetes; the fact that many multi-generational Hispanic families share housing, making it difficult for social distancing and quarantine; and the disproportionate representation of workers Latinos in essential sectors such as the meat industry, food stores, and distribution and warehousing companies.On the other hand, and unlike other segments of the population, the fear of being tested for the virus and seeking medical attention due to immigration status. it also contributes to this disparity. "

At a pace reminiscent of the popular tune from "La Murga", "20 Seconds or More" is an original theme with an important message. The verses were written and performed by a new generation of Latino artists and musicians, including: Dose, Fabián, Leisley, and Toby Love. The complex production brings together artists and prominent personalities in a powerful and uplifting rap showcasing the depth, breadth, and diversity of the Latin diaspora. For more information on the biography and the list of participating artists (hhph.org/20SegundosOMas).

"20 Seconds or More" is accompanied by an energetic four-minute video featuring pioneering rapper and civil defender of public health Doug E. Fresh, along with more than 20 artists, influencers, healthcare workers and activists determined to bring about change through creation and free expression.

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

Latinos for a Secure Retirement Marks "Boost Your Budget" Week July 13-17 with a Cafecito Orientation on Benefits for Seniors in San Antonio

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire

San Antonio, July 1, 2020 - Latinos for a Secure Retirement is committed to empowering all older adults in San Antonio to age well. From July 13-17, 2020, the organization will partner with the National Council on Aging (NCOA) to mark Boost Your Budget Week with the Cafecito event to talk about how older residents are doing it. hanging in the middle of COVID-19 and how they can qualify for benefit programs that save you money.

An estimated $ 30 billion in public and private benefits go unclaimed each year because older adults don't know them or know how to apply. Latinos for a Secure Retirement is harnessing the power of people and the digital power to connect qualifying older adults with programs that will help them pay for food, medicine, rent, utilities and more.

"COVID-19 has had a severe impact on the health of older adults and their financial security," said Abigail Zapote, executive director of Latinos for a Secure Retirement. "Now more than ever is the time to explore how you can increase your budgets through benefits. We will offer elderly Latinos a free benefit analysis during our Cafecito."

In San Antonio alone, there are more than 10,000 older adults who are eligible for benefit programs, but are not registered to receive them. For older adults living on a fixed income, benefits like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and the Medicare Low Income Subsidy can make a significant difference in supporting your desire to stay healthy, financially safe, and independent in the community.

"Having access to benefit programs means that our older friends and neighbors don't have to cut pills in half, skip meals, or turn off the air conditioner in the middle of summer to make ends meet," said Zapote. "We are here to help older adults understand the benefits they may be entitled to and take the necessary steps to apply for them."

In San Antonio, Amerigroup is also supporting Boost Your Budget Week. "At Amerigroup, we know that increasing access to services that address the social factors of health is important in helping consumers lead healthier lives," said Ken Satrom, president of Medicare businesses for Amerigroup in Texas. . "We proudly support this initiative because we are committed to improving the lives of people and the health of communities."

Boost Your Budget Week is a national effort sponsored by the NCOA to educate older adults about benefit programs. El Cafecito, offered by Latinos for a Secure Retirement, will be held virtually on July 15 from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m., EDT. The event is free, but those interested must register online:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/discovering-benefits-boosting-your-budget-tickets-106583532214

Video:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=38np5UAEyiw

Paused reopens and use of masks to contain infections in the US

By EFE Agency

People have lunch at the Terra Ristorante Italiano outdoors in Greenwich, Connecticut USA.

June 27, 2020, Washington - Governors from different states have delayed the advance of the measures to reopen their economies and have begun to urge citizens to use some type of facial cover in the face of the advance of the coronavirus in the US, which on Friday already broke its daily record with more than 45,000 new cases.

The spike in contagion in Texas and Florida, one of the pioneers in easing restrictions in the midst of the pandemic, forced its authorities to back down on some decisions, such as reopening the bars in the oil state or prohibiting the sale of alcoholic beverages in the second.

ComEd's goats bring safety, reliability and fun to customers' electric power

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire & Kappie Kopp, Kappie.kopp@mslgroup.com, (312) 937‑1343

Goat herding program returns for the second year with a joyous and educational social media campaign

Chicago, June 25, 2020 -  Goats, with their charming bleating and beees, their eco-friendly lifestyle and direct work ethic, are the perfect workforce for ComEd. For the second year, more than 200 goats occupy a place in ComEd's ranks for a specific grazing program, allowing a safer and more sustainable way of removing vegetation on hard-to-reach terrain and helping to ensure reliable electric power.

"At ComEd, we are excited about opportunities to create innovative and sustainable solutions for our communities," says Michelle Blaise, senior vice president of Technical Services at ComEd. "And this is even better when we can do our job while bringing joy and education to Illinois homes. We are excited to continue this innovative goat herding program and share it with everyone."

In late June and early July, Kiko goats are grazing under the ComEd power line in the city of Beijing, southern Illinois. Kiko goats are a robust breed known for their great appetite. The animals are under a loan scheme to ComEd from Goats on the Go goat grazing company. On average, a goat can clear one acre (4,000 m2) of land per week, equivalent to what a team of people can accomplish, with the help of machinery, in the same period of time.

"Excessive vegetation can cause power outages, especially when a storm occurs," says Blaise. "With the help of goats to clear foliage and brush, we have an environmentally friendly, efficient and safe alternative for our teams to remove vegetation in difficult places. They also have a lot of personality."

To highlight this unique program, the first of its kind at an electric power company in the Midwestern United States, ComEd created a joyous and educational campaign called "Goatternship," which will run on its social media channels through Nov. 14. of July.

The "Goatternship" campaign chronicles the experiences of this summer task force and shares the life stories of individual goats, with names like "Selena Goatmez" and "Great Goatsby," along with features of the traditional internship experience, including orientation session, practical training and performance evaluations.

To find out more about the goats and track their progress, you can visit ComEd's social media: Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

About ComEd - Commonwealth Edison Company (ComEd) is a unit of the Chicago-based Exelon Corporation (NASDAQ: EXC), the nation's leading competitive electric power provider, with approximately 10 million customers. ComEd serves approximately 4 million customers in northern Illinois, or 70 percent of the state's population. For more information, visit ComEd.com and contact the company via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

CORE and SOMOS Community Care announce the opening of five sites for COVID-19 screening in confessional churches in the hardest hit communities in New York City

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire

New York, June 18, 2020  - Dr. Ramón Tallaj, founder and president of SOMOS Community Care, a network of more than 2,500 primary care physicians serving nearly 800,000 New Yorkers , the vast majority of whom are immigrants, in the Bronx, Queens, Brooklyn and Upper Manhattan and CORE (Community Organized Relief Effort), the non-profit emergency aid organization, jointly founded by Sean Penn and Ann Lee, announced today the opening of five new sites for COVID-19 screening in marginalized communities in New York City. The new test sites will be located in confessional churches and will be staffed by the SOMOS network of physicians and by CORE staff located in Brooklyn and the Bronx.

The free trial will be done using safe, shallow nasal swab without exposure, to anyone who wants to have it, including symptomatic and asymptomatic people of all ages. At the test sites no identification is required. To set up an appointment, call 1-833-SOMOS-NY. Those who do not have an appointment are also welcome.

The testing sites are part of a joint commitment by the Cuomo administration and SOMOS Community Care to reach members of minority communities who have historically been isolated due to language, income and social status - the underlying barriers to better economic health and well-being that has been devastatingly exposed by the COVID-19 pandemic. SOMOS has been maintaining trilingual test sites since March and has already tested more than 80,000 New Yorkers.

According to Dr. Ramón Tallaj, New York City has been devastated by the coronavirus pandemic, especially in predominantly immigrant and minority member communities in the Bronx. "Because it is the poorest district and one of the hardest hit by COVID-19 as a result of profound health disparities, Bronx residents have suffered the highest death rates from a pest that disproportionately affects the poor. I thank God every day for allowing us to serve these communities. This makes you live life with a purpose. Our partnership with Sean Penn and CORE is a welcome contribution to the vital work of SOMOS. Contributing requires a lot of heart and selflessness qualities that are very rare these days, "says Dr. Ramón Tallaj.

"We all saw with a mixture of anguish and admiration how New York, New Yorkers and their leadership came to the forefront of the nation. Now that CORE begins testing for COVID-19 in the most marginalized communities, in partnership With Governor Cuomo, Dr. Tallaj and SOMOS Community Care, and the people of New York, we do it with gratitude, "said Sean Penn, CORE Co-Founder.

The first day of testing was Monday, June 15, 2020 at the Young Christian Church, located at 8700 18th Avenue in Brooklyn at 9:00 a.m. at 1:00 p.m. and testing continues through Wednesday, June 17, 2020.

The subsequent extension of the COVID-19 screening sites will take place at four denominational churches in the Bronx beginning June 18 and ending September 1, 2020, at 9:00 a.m. at 1:00 p.m.

*Heavenly Vision, 2868 Jerome Avenue, Bronx
*Morning Star Full Gospel Church, 464 E Tremont Ave, Bronx
*FLOW Ministries, 901 East Tremont Avenue, Bronx
*Burke Avenue Baptist Church, 1280 Burke Ave, Bronx

Denver Museum of Nature and Science to open The Art of Brick on June 25

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire.   Photo by Fortune

Denver, June 17, 2020  - "The Art of the Brick", a fascinating art exhibition by Nathan Sawaya, well-known contemporary artist of one of the toys The World's Most Famous LEGO® Bricks opens June 25 at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.

Designed to inspire ingenuity and creativity, "The Art of Brick" is the world's largest and most elaborate LEGO art exhibition, featuring 100 works of art. The exhibition includes original pieces, plus new versions of famous masterpieces, along with an innovative multimedia collection of LEGO brick images produced in conjunction with award-winning photographer Dean West.

"The Art of Brick 'takes LEGO to a place that no one expects and shows us things never seen before," said Nathan Sawaya, the brick artist.

Visitors will get closer to the fan favorite, "Yellow," a life-size sculpture of a man opening his chest from which cascading thousands of yellow LEGO bricks.

"The Brick Art exhibit is an exciting mix of fine art, math, science and engineering," said Ian Miller, a paleontologist at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, and an advisory curator of the exhibit. "I grew up playing with LEGO bricks, and I wish I would have had access to the artistic depth that LEGO bricks offer when building my castles when I was little."

For more information, visit https://www.dmns.org/visit/exhibitions/the-art-of-the-brick/?vanityurl=brick

About the Denver Museum of Nature and Science - The Denver Museum of Nature and Science is the Rocky Mountain region's primary resource for informal science education. Connect with the Museum on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

The Premier League returns to the courts and UNANIMO Deportes Radio will bring excitement to fans, exclusively in the United States

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire

Miami, June 16, 2020 - The best soccer league in the world returns to the fields after the forced stoppage by COVID-19, and UNANIMO Deportes, the official radio station in Spanish, from the Premier League in America will bring all the action and excitement to the fans.

"The Premier League is considered the best league in the world today, and UNANIMO Deportes Radio is pleased to be able to bring this level of competition to Latino fans in the United States," said Lino Garcia, President of UNANIMO Deportes. "We are very proud of our partnership with talkSPORT and the Premier League, and we are delighted that the ball will roll again and that we can bring that excitement to the fans. This reflects our commitment to our associates and our audience."

Premier League broadcasts will be available through the UNANIMO Sports affiliate network nationwide, and by connecting via iHeart, TuneIn or Radio.com. The information, opinion and analysis of the matches will be covered in the shows of the chain, on the web:  https://unanimodeportes.com/ and the Social Networks, @UnanimoDeportes, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

New campaign promotes fishing and navigation to relieve the stress of the pandemic

By PRNewswire-Hispanic PR Wire

"Get On Board" Launches to Help Americans Find Mental Health in the Water

Alexandria, Virginia, June 15, 2020  -  As COVID-19 continues to affect the mental health of Americans, Take Me Fishing and Discover Boating launch a new public service campaign called Get On Board ( get on board) to raise awareness of the health benefits of fishing and navigation.

Get On Board is a Take Me Fishing and Discover Boating public service initiative to raise awareness of the health and well-being benefits of fishing and boating while complying with social distancing. The campaign invites all people to prepare, get out, and leave stress behind. Find out more at  https://www.takemefishing.org/how-to-fish/fishing-resources/get-on-board/ or  https://www.discoverboating.com/ and join the movement on social media with the hashtag #TheWaterIsOpen.

The campaign is based on the latest consumer research from Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation (RBFF), the national nonprofit organization behind the Take Me Fishing brand. According to the current Special Report on Fishing, "relax and calm down" is the experience most associated with the activity. The report also found that almost 1 in 3 participants reported that the best thing about fishing is "getting away from daily demands."

"Fishing is not just about fish," said Stephanie Vatalaro, RBFF Senior Vice President of Marketing and Communications. "For a long time, people have turned to fishing and boating for stress relief. Given the uncertainty of today's world, the calming effect of water offers a unique appeal. For many people, fishing and boating they are vital to your mental health and well-being. "

Other data suggests that interest in fishing and shipping has continually grown amid the COVID-19 pandemic. According to a recent survey, 1 in 5 Americans says they are now more likely to try these activities than before the pandemic. Among those with children, the statistic is 1 in 4.

Photo bywww.yumping.com.mx

"Outdoors is a very appropriate remedy for stress and anxiety," said Dr. Sue Varma, a nationally recognized psychiatrist associated with Take Me Fishing. "Being in nature supports each of the pillars of mental health: mindfulness, mastery, meaningful engagement, and movement. Fishing, in particular, fosters mindfulness by helping you get away from distractions; it favors mastery by teaching you a new skill. Provides meaningful engagement through quality time with people with whom you share quarantine, and promotes physical movement by exposing you outdoors without requiring strenuous exercise. From a psychiatrist's perspective, fishing is a smart way to follow the guidelines of social distancing and, at the same time, prioritize your health and well-being ".

"Whoever you are, we could all use a little encouragement right now," Vatalaro said. "Whether you are experienced in fishing and boating or a beginner, this is a great time to get ready, get out, and leave your worries behind. The water is there for everyone, and we are all invited to hear the call. and Get on Board. "

The United States Postal Service releases national rankings for dog attacks

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire.   Photo by Hoy Los Ángeles

National Dog Bite Awareness Week begins June 14

Washington, June 11, 2020  - The number of United States Postal Service (USPS) employees attacked by dogs across the country dropped to 5,803 in 2019 - more than 200 fewer than in 2018 and more than 400 fewer since 2017. Today, the USPS highlights technologies that help reduce potential attacks, while unveiling its annual list of cities with the highest number of dog attacks. As part of the National Dog Bite Awareness Week, which runs from Sunday, June 14 to Saturday, June 20, the organization also highlights safety-related initiatives aimed at protecting its employees and provides advice to owners of pets.

"Even during these difficult times, it is important for our customers to understand that mail carriers continue to come to homes daily and that they need to deliver mail safely," said Chris Johnson, manager of the USPS Security Awareness Program. "We are confident that we can keep attack trends continuing to decline, and the best way to do that is by increasing the general awareness of the entire population."

Tips and technology - According to Johnson, there are two ways that technology supports postman safety: The first is through mobile delivery devices, the hand-held scanners that postmen use to confirm deliveries to customers, which have a function to indicate the presence of a dog in an individual direction. The second way is the Informed Delivery service, which alerts customers to the arrival of mail and packages at their homes, allowing them to plan for the postman's arrival and to keep the dogs safe.

The Postal Service provides the following safety tips: When a postman delivers mail or packages to your door, take your dog to a separate room and close the door to it before opening the front door. Dogs have been known to break in through mesh doors or glass pane windows to attack visitors.
Parents should remind children and other family members not to pick up mail directly from mail carriers in the presence of the family pet. The dog may interpret the delivery of the mail by the postman to the family member as a threatening gesture.

If a postman feels threatened by a dog, or if a dog is loose or on a leash, its owner will be asked to fetch the mail from a post office or other facility until the postman is sure that the pet is locked up. If the dog is wandering around the neighborhood, the dog owner's neighbors will also be asked to fetch the mail from the local post office.

For more information related to your area, contact your local USPS Corporate Communications professional:  https://about.usps.com/newsroom/media-contacts/usps-local-media-contacts.pdf

Messianic Jewish leaders speak out on George Floyd's tragic death

PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire.   Photo by IBTimes Singapore

Official Statement of the United States Messianic Jewish Alliance and the International Alliance of Messianic Congregations and Synagogues

Philadelphia, June 9, 2020 - The leadership of the Messianic Jewish Alliance of America (MJAA) and the International Alliance of Messianic Synagogues and Congregations (International Alliance of Messianic Congregations and Synagogues) (IAMCS), on behalf of their respective communities, wish to express their deep sadness as we unite in line with national grief over the tragic death of George Floyd. We send our heartfelt prayers to Mr. Floyd's family and friends, and express our sincerest sympathies, in unity with our African American brothers and sisters who are currently feeling the pain of the fight against racial hatred, which dates back several centuries. behind.

As a Jewish people, we know the pain of not receiving equal treatment from other people. We are very familiar with the inhumanity and suffering that are a consequence of the discrimination and persecution that, throughout history, have caused the death of so many of our people.

We condemn the horrendous act committed by those who unfairly took Mr. Floyd's life. As the famous words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr say: "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere." We couldn't agree more. The Minneapolis tragedy has touched us all. As Dr. King well knew, the Bible teaches us many principles of how men should live, but none is more fundamental and urgent in our time than the word that Yeshua (Jesus) gave us regarding the brotherhood of the human race. : "And this is my commandment: love one another, as I have loved you." (John 15:12).

Those of us who love the United States and believe that it is a nation very blessed by God, we must, however, recognize how much our great land has been stained by the sin of racism. Although the United States has made significant and significant progress in promoting everyone's civil rights, it is sometimes difficult to imagine whether, or how, the country can ever overcome such a great sin. However, we are hopeful, as Holy Scripture declares: "Above all, love one another deeply, because love covers a multitude of sins." (I Peter 4: 8).

We love our African American brothers and sisters and we hope and pray that the tragic and unnecessary death of Mr. Floyd will perhaps bring the people of this great country to a place of greater love and understanding.

Virgin MiamiCentral continues to expand its vision and welcomes you to one of the favorite coffee beverage brands in the United States

By PRNewswire-Hispanic PR Wire

Led by an enterprising African-American woman, the global coffee beverage chain will open a flagship branch in the heart of Downtown Miami, and create about 25 jobs at a time when the unemployment rate is reaching record highs in the country.

Miami, June 10, 2020  - Virgin MiamiCentral, the new mixed-use project that combines transportation, luxury residences, business, and leisure welcomes the long-awaited Starbucks that will open 24 hours a day. day (the only one in the area) and soon to a Chick-fil-A. The popular brands will join a vibrant group of stores that span more than 100,000 square feet and span three blocks in downtown Miami.

The new 24-hour Starbucks, which opened Monday, June 8, is located on the Virgin Miami Central shopping boulevard on the first floor between the corner of 5th Street and 1st Avenue in Downtown Miami. This Starbucks headquarters is a partnership with JFC Miami, a dynamic food operator led by an African-American woman, Ramona D. Hall, and celebrated NBA champion and partner, Udonis Haslem. Known for offering artisanal coffees, premium teas, and delicious snacks, the Starbucks Cafe integrates with the neighborhood as the latest addition to this burgeoning urban center.

This Starbucks headquarters will create 25-30 new jobs and open with modified operations in response to COVID-19. "At a time when unemployment is at record levels, at JFC Miami we are very fortunate to continue creating new jobs," said Hall, "Since opening our first store, we have emphasized the importance of job creation in communities where our businesses are located. "

To celebrate the opening on Monday, June 8, Virgin MiamiCentral's Starbucks offered free drinks and a reusable rate to its first 100 customers. In addition, all nurses and emergency personnel in uniform or with identification verifying their employment position will receive a free Grande Classic coffee until June 30.

Riviana Foods donates more than 22,000 bags of rice to Bronx firefighters who are at the forefront of the fight against COVID-19

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire

The Carolina Rice Unites campaign benefits more than 200 firefighters and their families

New York, June 2, 2020 - Riviana Foods Inc., the largest American processor, marketer and distributor of branded rice products and white rice products, announced today that it has donated more than 22,000 bags of rice, as well as 4,500 boxes of rice and Carolina grain mixes, to benefit Bronx firefighters who are at the forefront of fighting the COVID-19 pandemic and their families.

The "Carolina Rice Unites" initiative highlights the heroic work of 200 firefighters from 15 Bronx fire stations. In addition to product donations, Riviana created and delivered to each fire station a gift basket with kitchen utensils, recipe cards, and thank-you notes to show the company's gratitude.

"Riviana has always shown her commitment and dedication to our first responders who are at the forefront of combat. As COVID-19 continues to affect us on a daily basis, we remain enormously grateful for the tireless efforts of our firefighters, as they are often the first to get there, "said Sandra Kim, Riviana's senior vice president in charge of Marketing. "Our hope is to bring them and their families simple, nutritious meals with a homemade flavor. They spend so much time away from home that they deserve to spend less time in the kitchen and more time at the table with their loved ones."

"On behalf of the Uniformed Firefighters Association, we want to thank Riviana Foods and Carolina Rice for their support of New York City firefighters and our families," said Bobby Eustace, vice president of the Uniformed Firefighters Association. "In these unequaled times, our members continue to fight against the daily emergencies of New York City as well as against the growing dangers of the COVID-19 pandemic. Our firefighters appreciate the donation: thoughts, prayers and acts many do not go unnoticed. "

About Riviana Foods Inc. -  Riviana Foods Inc. is North America's largest processor, marketer, and distributor of branded rice and white rice products, and its second-largest pasta producer. Riviana's family of well-known brands includes Minute®, Mahatma®, Success®, Carolina®, Comet®, Adolphus®, Blue Ribbon®, RiceSelect®, Gourmet House®, Ronzoni®, Creamette®, Skinner®, San Giorgio®, Prince®, Catelli®, American Beauty®, No Yolks®, Wacky Mac® and Light & Fluffy®. Learn more at Riviana.com, or follow Carolina on Facebook and Instagram at @carolinariceusa.

Website:  https://www.riviana.com/

Declaration of the National Alliance in response to the death of George Floyd

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire & Shaelyn Macedonio, shaelyn@publiccharters.org
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The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools released the following statement:

Washington, June 1, 2020 - This is a time of great pain for our nation. Last week we witnessed in horror the release of a video showing the murder of George Floyd, an unarmed and non-violent black man, while under police arrest. Then we saw the outbreak of anger and outrage in the United States. Protesters took to the streets in all 50 states and the pain was enormous, palpable, and fully visible.

The National Alliance of Public Charter Schools supports the African American community and condemns this wrongful death. We mourn the loss of George Floyd's life and the lives of so many others before him, both those who have been named and those who have not been mentioned. Sadly, the history of our country is full of incidents like this that deeply move us and threaten the ideals that we as Americans consider sacred.

In the spirit of healing and bringing about positive change, today we announce a $ 10,000 contribution to the Equal Justice Initiative, a nonprofit organization that works to end mass incarceration, excessive punishment and racial inequality. This contribution matches the donation made by the California Charter Schools Association, and we encourage others who support charter schools or who work directly in the industry to make a contribution if possible.

Charter schools serve 3.3 million students. A disproportionate number are black and Hispanic, and attend schools in communities like the community where Mr. Floyd was killed.

As an organization, education is how we change the world. We fundamentally believe in the power of quality education to change the trajectory of children's lives. Furthermore, we believe that when adults know more and better, they can do better things for students and for the community at large.

We send our deepest condolences to Mr. Floyd's family, and we hope that his unfortunate death will be the last to occur.

WEB:  https://eji.org/

Blue Shield of California Awards Additional $ 300,000 in Grants to Community Groups That Support Youth Mental Health

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire

Oakland, California, May 28, 2020 - Blue Shield of California continues its commitment to programs focused on the resilience of California youth by announcing additional grants of $ 300,000 to go to nonprofits who are addressing mental health issues in San Diego and Alameda counties. This is in addition to the $ 10 million the company will invest long-term in youth mental health.

The grants are part of Blue Shield's BlueSky initiative, a long-term campaign to improve awareness, active advocacy, and access to mental health resources among California middle and high school students. The initiative launched last fall and offers mental health therapy services for students in Alameda and San Diego counties.

"Building on the success of our BlueSky program, we are offering additional support to reach youth who are unable to participate in the mental health services available in schools due to COVID-19," said Kimberley Goode, senior vice president of External Affairs for Blue Shield. "We want to support as many non-profit groups as possible to help them use innovative solutions to increase youth resilience. These funds will help these organizations offer programs for more teens who are facing daily stressors."

The $ 300,000 will be divided into 18 different grants: 9 in Alameda County and 9 in San Diego County. These organizations were chosen for their variety of health programs including arts, sports, advocacy, music, leadership, multilingual / cultural aspects, gender and sexual identity, and remote consultations in mental health.

BlueSky is Blue Shield's long-term commitment to supporting the mental health of California's middle and high school students by increasing the presence of additional therapists in schools, training teachers to help them detect symptoms of mental health problems and empower students with resources to support their mental health in person and online.

Since last fall, the BlueSky initiative has offered more than 3,000 psychological therapy sessions at 19 schools in Alameda and San Diego counties. In addition, students from around the country submitted some 60,000 tips and suggestions for reducing youth stress as part of The New State of Mind campaign that began in April in collaboration with DoSomething.org, the nation's largest youth organization. and to social change.

If you purchased certain Roundup® Weed & Grass Killer products, you may be entitled to payment of a Proposed Class Action Settlement

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire & Richman Law Group, Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman, P.C. and Winston & Strawn, LLP

Kansas City, Missouri, May 28, 2020 - The following notice is being jointly issued by Richman Law Group, Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman, P.C. and Winston & Strawn, LLP and has been licensed by the United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri, in Lisa Jones et al. vs. Monsanto Company, et al. (No. 4: 19-cv-00102-BP).

The parties have reached a Settlement that settles a class action lawsuit, Lisa Jones et al. vs. Monsanto Company, et al. (No. 4: 19-cv-00102-BP), pending in the United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri (the "Court") against Monsanto Company, the manufacturer of Ready-to-Use Weed Roundup® & Grass Killer III, Roundup® Ready-to-Use Weed & Grass Killer Plus, Roundup® Weed & Grass Killer Super Concentrate and Roundup® Weed & Grass Killer Concentrate Plus (the "Roundup® Products").

The lawsuit alleges that a statement on the back label of these Roundup® Products, "acting on an enzyme found in plants but not in people or pets," is false and misleading. Monsanto denies these allegations and any crime. The Settlement avoids costs and risks for Class Members resulting from continuing the lawsuit, provides compensation to buyers of Roundup® Products during the relevant time period, and releases Monsanto and others from liability for related claims.

Who is included? - You can be a Class Member if you purchased: (1) Roundup® Ready-to-Use Weed & Grass Killer III; (2) Roundup® Ready-to-Use Weed & Grass Killer Plus; (3) Weed & Grass Killer Concentrate Plus by Roundup®; or (4) Roundup® Weed & Grass Killer Super Concentrate found in a package with a label that included the statement "acts on an enzyme found in plants but not in people or pets" or a substantially similar statement.

The time period during which purchases are included in this Agreement varies from state to state, depending on the statute of limitations of each state. Visit the Settlement website at https://roundupwgksettlement.com/ to determine if your purchase is eligible for compensation.

How can I obtain more information? - Visit the Settlement website at  https://roundupwgksettlement.com/, contact the Claims Administrator at (833) 909-2007, or contact the Class Counsel at (718) 705-4579.


FDA Introduces New Nutrition Facts Label

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire

Silver Spring, Maryland, May 27, 2020 / PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE / - Have you heard? Nutrition Facts Label is debuting a new look! The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has renewed the Nutrition Facts label on food and beverage packaging. This major update is the first in more than twenty years and is based on up-to-date scientific information and public comment. In order to help you interpret the new label, the FDA created the information campaign The New Nutrition Facts Label. How does it benefit you? as part of its Nutritional Innovation Strategy. This information can help you make informed choices about the foods you eat to help you adopt healthy eating habits for a lifetime.

What's new on the label? - Changes to the Nutrition Facts label make it easier to meet our nutrition goals and follow the recommendations in the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. What do you need to know to get the most out of labels the next time you buy food? Here we tell you:

*Serving size and calories now appear in larger, thicker font.
*Portions have been updated to better reflect the usual amounts of consumption in food and beverages.
*Daily nutrient values ​​were updated.
*The label now lists the added sugars, vitamin D, and potassium in the ingredients.

How does it benefit you? - The Nutrition Facts Label can help you choose the right foods for a healthy diet. The FDA information campaign on the Nutrition Facts Label includes a set of materials to interpret and use the label, and educate others about the changes. The FDA website provides an overview of the campaign, as well as links to materials for dietitians, doctors, health educators, and teachers. The social media kit contains newsletter texts, social media messages, campaign videos, and data sheets to share. Plus, the "What's New" fact sheet can help you familiarize yourself with label renewal and give you more information.

We invite you to use the materials in this campaign to help increase awareness of these changes and understanding and use of the Nutrition Facts label. The next time you go to the supermarket, look for the new Nutrition Facts label to help you make more informed decisions about food and beverage options for you and your family.

Video:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RpleYQPgT1M

WEB:  https://www.fda.gov/food/new-nutrition-facts-label/la-nueva-etiqueta-de-informacion-nutricional

Do not transmit: Wear a mask

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire & Adolph P. Falcón, afalcon@healthyamericas.org, (202) 797-4341

Washington, May 27, 2020 - "Enjoy the summer and the hot weather, but please don't broadcast. Wear a mask!" said Dr. Jane L. Delgado, president and CEO of the National Alliance for Hispanic Health (the Alliance). "In a recent outing in my neighborhood, I was surprised to see that only 1 in 5 people walking wore face masks." Dr. Delgado emphasized.

The new campaign against COVID-19 "Wear a mask to save a life" is the last resort developed by the Alliance and can be downloaded free of charge at    http://www.healthyamericas.org/. "In these times of social distancing and isolation within our homes, it is important to remember that we should all wear a face mask when we go out. This way, you can still enjoy your outdoor activities, protecting yourself and others," said Dr. . Thin.

The message of wearing a mask came when Edgar Gil Rico, Director of Innovation and Program Development of the Alliance was doing his daily exercise and noticed that most of the people were not wearing a mask. "I run at 5 am to practice social distancing and wear a mask. I was surprised to see how many people did not wear one to cover their mouth and nose." The importance of a mask has many dimensions. "You can't tell just by looking at someone, whether or not they have COVID-19. Wearing a mask is what we can do to protect each other," Dr. Delgado emphasized.

Video:  https://prnewswire2-a.akamaihd.net/p/1893751/sp/189375100/serveFlavor/entryId/1_tiz2jbzc/flavorId/1_brauy8tp/prn_folder/MNR/prn_id/Publish+Order+Part%3a+2814051-1+file+identifier%3a+2280281/prn_flavor/HD_MP4/prn_filename/FACEMASK-SPANISHv3-ID-f2e62334449b

Campaign to use life jackets among Hispanic families

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

Washington, May 20, 2020  -  The United States Water Sports Foundation (WSF) in collaboration with Hispanic Communications Network (HCN), launches for the fourth consecutive year its successful multimedia educational campaign, to Promote this summer the use of life jackets among all members of Latino families across the country.

According to the Recreational Navigation Statistics Report from the US Coast Guard. USA From 2018, many Latinos, especially males, avoid wearing the life jacket because they consider it uncomfortable, even when there is a new generation of lighter, less restrictive and more comfortable vests, or they wear a vest that does not correspond to their weight or size.

"The campaign emphasizes that putting on a life jacket for water activities should be as common and normal as the use of seat belts in cars. In addition, familiar situations are presented to make it clear that safety includes all members of the house, "said Jim Emmons, director of nonprofit grants for the Water Sports Foundation (WSF).

Eight out of every 10 deaths during activities in the water have the common denominator that the victims did not wear their life jackets and many of the boats involved in accidents did carry the life jacket, but the occupants did not use it for different reasons.

Statistics show that the Latino community has one of the highest percentages of people, especially children, who cannot swim.

"That is why the campaign continues efforts to inspire a culture of maritime safety among the Spanish-speaking public, through Public Service Messages on the network of affiliated stations of HCN, because it is demonstrated that the use of life jackets is life-saving," said the HCN President Alison Rodden.

Seven out of 10 accidents that occurred in 2018 in aquatic activities had during the summer season in the months of May, June, July and August; Also 59% of the total number of people who died from these accidents happened during these four months of the year.

The Public Service Messages, which will be broadcast in May by the network of affiliated stations of La Red Hispana, as well as their digital platforms on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, also have educational content as they teach what are the appropriate vests for adults and children, as well as help to verify if they correspond to our weight and size, and if they are approved by the United States Coast Guard. Funding for this campaign comes from a grant from the Sports Fishing and Navigation Restoration Trust, administered by the United States Coast Guard.

WEB:  https://www.laredhispana.org/

Children are not immune to the coronavirus; New Study of Pandemic Epicenter Describes Serious Reactions of Children with COVID-19

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire.   Photo by vea.global

New York, May 19, 2020 - Although most children infected with the new coronavirus have mild symptoms, there is a minority that requires hospitalization and an even smaller group that must be admitted to intensive care. . A new report by pediatric anesthetists, infectious disease specialists, and pediatricians at Children's Hospital at Montefiore (CHAM) and Albert Einstein College of Medicine describes the characteristics and clinical outcomes of children hospitalized with COVID-19 during the early days of the pandemic.

The report, published in the Journal of Pediatrics, compares data from 46 patients between one month and 21 years of age who received medical care in a general unit or in CHAM's Pediatric Critical Care Unit (UCCP). This is the largest single-center study to date in the United States to describe in detail the full spectrum of COVID-19 in hospitalized children.

The researchers determined that children who required intensive care had higher levels of inflammation and required more respiratory support than children treated in a general medicine unit. Of the children attended at the UCCP, almost 80% presented Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS) –which usually affects adults with severe symptoms of COVID-19– and almost 50% were connected to a ventilator. On average, children admitted to the UCCP remained in the hospital four days longer than children admitted to the general unit. The CHAM and Einstein researchers also found that despite both obesity and asthma being highly prevalent among the children in this study, neither factor influenced the level of care received.

"We know that obesity in adults is an aggravating factor of the disease; however, surprisingly, our study determined that children admitted to the intensive care unit did not have a higher prevalence of obesity than those in the general unit" , says study principal investigator Jerry Y. Chao, MD, M.Sc., pediatric anesthesiologist at CHAM and Adjunct Professor of Anesthesiology at Einstein.

The researchers also determined that more than half of the children had no known contact with individuals who would have tested positive for the COVID. This may reflect that the virus is spread through asymptomatic people and that COVID-19 is more prevalent in communities with high population densities.

Fortunately, most children with COVID-19 are progressing well, and in fact, some do not even have symptoms; but this research reminds us that children are not immune to this virus and that some even require higher levels of attention. intensive, "says lead study author Shivanand S. Medar, MD, FAAP., Cardiac Intensive Care Specialist at CHAM and Adjunct Professor of Pediatrics at Einstein. "These preliminary findings contribute to our understanding of COVID-19 in pediatric patients, but further research would be necessary to determine how it really impacts children."

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: FDA Authorizes First Antigen Test to Help in the Rapid Detection of the Virus that Causes COVID-19 in Patients

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire.   Photo by MARCA Claro USA

May 09, 2020 - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued the first emergency use authorization (EUA) for a COVID-19 antigen test, a new category of tests for use in the ongoing pandemic. These diagnostic tests quickly detect fragments of proteins found on or within the virus by testing samples collected from the nasal cavity using swabs. The EUA was issued late Friday to Quidel Corporation for the Sofia 2 SARS Antigen FIA. This test is authorized for use in high and moderate complexity laboratories certified by Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA), as well as for point-of-care testing by facilities operating under a CLIA Certificate of Waiver.

Diagnostic testing is one of the pillars of our nation’s response to COVID-19 and the FDA continues to take actions to help make these critical products available, including by issuing EUAs. During this pandemic, there have been two types of tests for which the FDA has issued EUAs. One type are polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests, a molecular diagnostic testing technique that detects the genetic material from the virus and can help diagnose an active COVID-19 infection. The other type are serological tests that look for antibodies to the virus, which can help identify individuals who have developed an adaptive immune response to the virus, as part of either an active infection or a prior infection (serological, or antibody, tests should not be used to diagnose active infection).

This latest FDA authorization is for an antigen test, which is a new type of diagnostic test designed for rapid detection of the virus that causes COVID-19. Each category of diagnostic test has its own unique role in the fight against this virus. PCR tests can be incredibly accurate, but running the tests and analyzing the results can take time. One of the main advantages of an antigen test is the speed of the test, which can provide results in minutes. However, antigen tests may not detect all active infections, as they do not work the same way as a PCR test. Antigen tests are very specific for the virus, but are not as sensitive as molecular PCR tests. This means that positive results from antigen tests are highly accurate, but there is a higher chance of false negatives, so negative results do not rule out infection. With this in mind, negative results from an antigen test may need to be confirmed with a PCR test prior to making treatment decisions or to prevent the possible spread of the virus due to a false negative.

Bonnie and Clyde ambush museum needs your help...

By Chuck Clegg

April 15, 2020 - Please consider donating to help the museum remain open. Any little bit helps. Perry Carver, Organizer, Gibsland, LA

Bonnie and Clyde Ambush Museum Website:  http://bonnieandclydeambushmuseum.com/?fbclid=IwAR2Q6AmbARitkOPNgAiNsNUT248VRK5Z5enScrpb-YC4vMhIAS0XN6QD5PA

(This campaign no longer accepts donations)

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The US Department of Health and Human Services. USA Delivers Fifty Tablo Mobile Dialysis Systems to New York Hospitals as COVID-19 Disaster Recovery Measure

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire

San José, California, May 8, 2020  -  Outset Medical, a commercial-stage company supplying its novel technology to the growing global market for dialysis services, announced today with the Department of Health and US Human Services. USA (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, HHS) and in collaboration with the New York State Department of Health delivering 50 Tablo ™ hemodialysis systems to hospitals in New York City and Long Island. The first five hospitals include Long Island Jewish Medical Center, North Shore University Hospital, Mount Sinai South Nassau, Staten Island University Hospital - North Headquarters and Brooklyn Hospital Center, Downtown campus. Five more hospitals in New York City are anticipated to receive Tablo systems in a short time as part of this same delivery.

At right, the Tablo Hemodialysis System.

It is the first time that HHS has shipped Tablo systems to emergency locations since the signing of a multi-year contract with Outset in October. The agency's stated mission for this unique mobile technology is to serve patients receiving dialysis in communities affected by natural disasters.

"The COVID-19 virus stops kidney function in some patients and exceeds the ability of some communities to offer the life-saving dialysis service to all who need it during the pandemic," said Leslie Trigg, executive director of Outset Medical.

New York City is hardest hit, and the unexpected attack of the coronavirus on the kidneys led to a significant lack of dialysis equipment and supplies, including dialysate, the sterile solution used with most dialysis machines. Outset Medical and HHS worked closely with the New York State Department of Health to inspect hospitals to identify those across the city with the most problems meeting the demand for acute dialysis.

"Tablo is ideal for meeting pandemic emergency needs because medical professionals can quickly learn how to use the system. All they need is an outlet and tap water for systems to produce dialysate when needed, which is critical to Being able to do dialysis sessions. We are honored to partner with HHS during this crisis and we are ready to help during future emergencies, "said Leslie Trigg.

In addition to the delivery of Tablos by HHS, the systems are also used locally at NYU Tisch Hospital, NYU Brooklyn, NYU Winthrop, the Veterans Medical Center (VA) in Manhattan, and Mt. Sinai Oceanside to help meet the needs for more cases of acute kidney injury.

Kia Motors 'Telluriders' continue to distribute face shields to hospitals and medical centers across the country

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire

The latest deliveries were destined for New Jersey hospitals

Irvine, California, May 9, 2020 -  Kia Motors continues its Accelerates Good campaign by donating personal protective equipment (PPE) to hospitals and medical facilities across the country. Yesterday, a group of volunteers called "Telluriders" delivered face shields to Morristown Medical Center / Atlantic Health in Morristown, New Jersey.

The deliveries are part of Kia's Accelerating Good initiatives, which include continued donations of face shields to medical centers in New Jersey, Southern California and Georgia. The face shields are assembled at the Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia plant in West Point and the brand plans to donate 300,000 face shields across the country to help fight COVID-19. Additionally, Kia donated $ 1 million to nonprofit partners that help America's homeless youth population.

Kia Motors "Telluriders" continue to distribute face shields to hospitals and medical centers across the country (PRNewsfoto / Kia Motors America)

Olympic athlete Allyson Felix joins March of Dimes Council of Celebrity Activists

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire

Arlington, Virginia, May 6, 2020 - March of Dimes, the leading nonprofit in the fight for the health of all mothers and their babies, announced today that Allyson Felix (photo), the holder of nine Olympic medals, has joined her Council of Celebrity Activists to raise awareness among the population about the maternal and child health crisis affecting the country. Felix will begin her participation with It Starts With Mom, a virtual talk that will be broadcast live on May 7 on Facebook Live, where she will talk about pregnancy and motherhood. The March of Dimes recently launched the It Starts With Mom campaign to provide tools and materials on pregnancy and childbirth to moms, moms-to-be and women trying to conceive.

Felix is ​​the most decorated Olympic track and field athlete in history, having 25 gold medals between the Olympic Games and World Championships, but it was not easy for her to become a mother. Her daughter Camryn was born premature at 32 weeks due to emergency caesarean section due to pre-eclampsia and was at risk of death. After the birth of his daughter, Felix was in negotiations with Nike to renew his sponsorship contract and the brand offered him 70% less than in the previous agreement. Her powerful op-ed in the New York Times on this matter not only caused Nike to change her maternity policy; In addition, it contributed to highlighting the problems faced by working mothers throughout the country. She even testified before Congress in 2019 to talk about her experiences in the context of the maternal health crisis affecting black women.

"In the United States, women face unfair disadvantages and obstacles every day, just because they are mothers. Difficulties often start even earlier, during pregnancy, in a country where complications and premature pregnancy are still rampant. It is an honor promote the work of the March of Dimes and join the fight for the health of all mothers and their babies, "said Allyson Felix, Olympic athlete and member of the March of Dimes Council of Celebrity Activists.

"We are happy that Allyson has agreed to join the March of Dimes team as a national activist. Her life is a source of inspiration, but it should also be a catalyst. The health issues affecting mothers and their babies deserve our attention. , and should promote popular interest to ensure the availability of the programs, information and materials necessary to provide the best possibilities for health for mothers and strength for babies. This becomes even more important in the context of the pandemic COVID-19 that strikes the medical system and further exacerbates the maternal and child health crisis, "said Stacey D. Stewart, president and CEO of the March of Dimes.

The Toyota USA Foundation continues to consolidate the Company's constant task in humanitarian work by COVID-19

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire

Plano, Texas, May 5, 2020 - Amid growing demand for emergency aid due to COVID-19, the Toyota USA Foundation awarded $ 2.5 million in grants to a number of organizations without for profit throughout the country. The funds address essential needs - particularly food assistance - in crucial urban locations and in many communities where Toyota operates, in addition to e-learning programs to help maintain youth engagement.

Toyota Mississippi, Mid-South Food Bank and Mississippi National Guard Reserve collaborate in mobile food warehouses to serve residents of the northern Mississippi area. (PRNewsfoto / Toyota Motor North America)

"We have focused the attention of our foundation in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) to support the increase in demand for food assistance across the country," said Mike Goss, president of the Toyota USA Foundation. "As we approach summer, and looking beyond time, we also recognized the need to support a variety of e-learning programs with resources to expand access, engage youth and parents, and help teachers. "

To date, including the aforementioned grants, Toyota has provided more than $ 8 million in funds and in-kind donations, including the making and donation of more than 500,000 face shields for healthcare professionals.

"In addition to contributing funds, team members are sharing their incredible spirit and expertise to collaborate on humanitarian relief efforts," said Chris Reynolds, managing director of Manufacturing and Corporate Resources at Toyota Motor North America. "To meet the growing needs across the country, it is essential to scale up the work of nonprofits across the country and help create awareness and credible information to understand the risks and share steps on how to avoid contracting the virus."

Community service announcements for African American and Hispanic communities can be accessed by clicking here. For more information on the tasks being undertaken by Toyota for COVID-19, click here: https://pressroom.toyota.com/topic/covid-19-information/

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: FDA Issues Emergency Use Authorization for Potential COVID-19 Treatment

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire.   Photo 1 by YouTube.   Photo 2 by OpenWHO.

May 01, 2020 - Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued an emergency use authorization for the investigational antiviral drug remdesivir for the treatment of suspected or laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 in adults and children hospitalized with severe disease. While there is limited information known about the safety and effectiveness of using remdesivir to treat people in the hospital with COVID-19, the investigational drug was shown in a clinical trial to shorten the time to recovery in some patients.

“FDA’s emergency authorization of remdesivir, two days after the National Institutes of Health’s clinical trial showed promising results, is a significant step forward in battling COVID-19 and another example of the Trump Administration moving as quickly as possible to use science to save lives,” said HHS Secretary Alex Azar. “NIH, FDA, and scientists across America and around the world have worked tirelessly with patients to get us this new potential treatment for COVID-19. The seamless cooperation between government and private industry under the President’s all-of-America approach to COVID-19 is getting treatment options to patients in record time.”

The emergency use authorization allows for remdesivir to be distributed in the U.S. and administered intravenously by health care providers, as appropriate, to treat suspected or laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 in adults and children hospitalized with severe disease. Severe disease is defined as patients with low blood oxygen levels or needing oxygen therapy or more intensive breathing support such as a mechanical ventilator.

“From day one, the FDA has been committed to expediting the development and availability of potential COVID-19 treatments. Today’s action is an important step in our efforts to collaborate with innovators and researchers to provide sick patients timely access to new therapies where appropriate, while at the same time supporting research to further evaluate whether they are safe and effective,” said FDA Commissioner Stephen M. Hahn, M.D. “There’s tremendous interest among all parties to identify and arm ourselves with medicines to combat COVID-19, and through our Coronavirus Treatment Acceleration Program, the FDA is working around-the-clock and using every tool at our disposal to speed these efforts.”

Based on evaluation of the emergency use authorization criteria and the scientific evidence available, it was determined that it is reasonable to believe that remdesivir may be effective in treating COVID-19, and that, given there are no adequate, approved, or available alternative treatments, the known and potential benefits to treat this serious or life-threatening virus currently outweigh the known and potential risks of the drug’s use.

The EUA also requires that fact sheets that provide important information about using remdesivir in treating COVID-19 be made available to health care providers and patients, including dosing instructions, potential side effects and drug interactions. Possible side effects of remdesivir include: increased levels of liver enzymes, which may be a sign of inflammation or damage to cells in the liver; and infusion-related reactions, which may include low blood pressure, nausea, vomiting, sweating, and shivering.

Following the declaration by the Secretary of HHS that circumstances exist justifying the emergency use of unapproved products, the FDA may issue an emergency use authorization to allow unapproved medical products or unapproved uses of approved medical products to be used in an emergency to diagnose, treat, or prevent serious or life-threatening diseases or conditions caused by chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear threats when there are no adequate, approved, and available alternatives.

Link:  https://www.fda.gov/drugs/coronavirus-covid-19-drugs/coronavirus-treatment-acceleration-program-ctap

Tips for managing stress

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire & usamedia@gsa.gov, 202-969-7143.   Photo by Universia

Washington, April 29, 2020 - Stress is a common reaction when faced with a challenge or major change in our lives and affects people of all ages. That is why it is very important to know how to recognize it, to know techniques to handle it in a healthy way and to know when to seek professional help.

Learn to recognize it: Stress can be caused by personal, health, money, study or work problems, among other factors. Symptoms can occur in the form of insomnia, alteration in eating habits, sudden mood swings, chronic fatigue and excessive consumption of alcohol and cigarettes, among others.

Apply healthy techniques to manage it: if stress becomes chronic it can harm your digestive system, disturb sleep and even affect your reproductive system. To avoid the negative impact on your health, it is important that you learn to manage stress in a healthy way. For example, following an exercise routine, doing some relaxing activity, such as meditation, and above all, seeking help if the time comes when you can't handle it by yourself.

Know where to find professional help: If you have already tried to manage your stress with different healthy techniques, but you cannot, it is likely that you need the help of a professional. If you feel very overwhelmed, are self-medicating, using drugs, or are having suicidal thoughts, you should seek help immediately. Call one of the helplines or seek professional services that can give you the support you need:  https://www.usa.gov/espanol/salud-mental-y-abuso-de-sustancias?utm_campaign=%2B%2B%20Salud&utm_medium=email&_hsenc=p2ANqtz--RSBbtUrgPbw6KhD_V3Rmb0kE0U4bSjokDc-3fpOBDZJ_EC_n67oakQNK4Nx8lvzGgyJtEipm3w3mn5ek5aTaEnbAVUw&utm_source=hs_email&hsCtaTracking=705648e1-ad16-4b23-bf9d-8805b7c542da%7C134786c5-5c67-4ddb-a631-9004882f716e#item-211590

Kia Motors Delivers 15,000 Facial Protectors for Medical Use to the Georgia Emergency Management Agency

 By PRNewswire-Hispanic PR Wire

Irvine, California, April 27, 2020 - In response to the lack of personal protective equipment (PPE) caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Kia Motors has delivered an initial supply of 15,000 protectors Facials manufactured at Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia (KMMG) to the Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA).

"Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia asked how it could help, and then stepped forward to provide life-saving equipment for the heroes who are on the front line of the battle against COVID-19," said Pat Wilson, Commissioner of the Department of Georgia Economic Development. "We reiterate our thanks to Kia for being such a strong partner in our family of companies that make products in Georgia."

Face shields are assembled by paid volunteers from KMMG, which has put in place various security measures to protect team members, such as taking the temperature with a scanner, providing face masks and gloves, and locating workstations farther away. .

Kia will gradually increase the production of face shields, reaching a maximum capacity of 200,000 units per month, in support of the donations that the company has scheduled for the next few weeks to medical facilities in Southern California and New York. Face shield manufacturing is the latest expansion to Kia's "Speed ​​Up Good" program and follows the company's commitment to donate a total of $ 1 million to partner nonprofits that help homeless youth in across the country, including Covenant House, StandUp for Kids, and Family Promise. Kia's donation will provide much-needed shelter and care to help combat the spread of COVID-19. Previously, Kia had donated N95 masks and gloves to medical facilities across Orange County, California, where the brand's U.S. headquarters are located.

Kia will continue to explore how to best use its resources and support its valued customers and communities during this period.

Link Wireless makes a triumphant return to Puerto Rico

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire & Maureen Castellon, Maureen.Castellon@qlinkwireless.com

Dania Beach, Fla., April 23, 2020  - Starting April 22, Q Link Wireless will provide new subscribers in Puerto Rico with the following:

3GB data, unlimited calls and text messages, free sim card shipping, telephone bills at no cost for life.

New subscribers can bring their own phones and will be welcome in the Q Link Wireless family with a 5GB bonus for a total of 8GB available until April 30. Take action now to call your loved ones, stream videos, and connect to the world.

"Q Link Wireless is delighted to be back in Puerto Rico," explains Issa Asad, founder and CEO of Q Link Wireless. "Families who participate in government programs should know about this benefit that allows them to communicate with their loved ones, medical services, and employers every month for free."

More than 43 percent of the island's families receive nutritional assistance and participate in government programs. Having a phone is now a right to ensure security, connection and peace of mind. Q Link Wireless provides reliable service with no monthly phone bills, Puerto Rico can continue to prosper.

"Q Link Wireless is guided by the mission of connecting our subscribers with their loved ones, employers, and medical services," says Asad. "We are delighted that Puerto Rico is joining the Q Link family and connecting to the world."

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: FDA Authorizes First Test for Patient At-Home Sample Collection

By PRNewswire-Hispanic PR Wire (FDA NEWS RELEASE).   Photo by Drug Topics

April 21, 2020 - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration authorized the first diagnostic test with a home collection option for COVID-19. Specifically, the FDA re-issued the emergency use authorization (EUA) for the Laboratory Corporation of America (LabCorp) COVID-19 RT-PCR Test to permit testing of samples self-collected by patients at home using LabCorp’s Pixel by LabCorp COVID-19 Test home collection kit.

“Throughout this pandemic we have been facilitating test development to ensure patients access to accurate diagnostics, which includes supporting the development of reliable and accurate at-home sample collection options,” said FDA Commissioner Stephen M. Hahn, M.D. “The FDA’s around-the-clock work since this outbreak began has resulted in the authorization of more than 50 diagnostic tests and engagement with over 350 test developers. Specifically, for tests that include home sample collection, we worked with LabCorp to ensure the data demonstrated from at-home patient sample collection is as safe and accurate as sample collection at a doctor’s office, hospital or other testing site. With this action, there is now a convenient and reliable option for patient sample collection from the comfort and safety of their home.”

This reissued EUA for LabCorp’s molecular test permits testing of a sample collected from the patient’s nose using a designated self-collection kit that contains nasal swabs and saline. Once patients self-swab to collect their nasal sample, they mail their sample, in an insulated package, to a LabCorp lab for testing. LabCorp intends to make the Pixel by LabCorp COVID-19 Test home collection kits available to consumers in most states, with a doctor’s order, in the coming weeks.

The LabCorp home self-collection kit includes a specific Q-tip-style cotton swab for patients to use to collect their sample. Due to concerns with sterility and cross-reactivity due to inherent genetic material in cotton swabs, other cotton swabs should not be used with this test at the present time. The FDA continues to work with test developers to determine whether or not Q-tip-style cotton swab can be used safely and effectively with other tests.

This authorization only applies to the LabCorp COVID-19 RT-PCR Test for at-home collection of nasal swab specimens using the Pixel by LabCorp COVID-19 home collection kit. It is important to note that this is not a general authorization for at-home collection of patient samples using other collection swabs, media, or tests, or for tests fully conducted at home.

NAMI Post Guide Spanish Resources for Mental Health During COVID-19

By PRNewswire-Hispanic PR Wire & Richele Keas, rkeas@nami.org, (571) 329-2495
Photo by EMS World

Arlington, Virginia, April 22, 2020 - Today, NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the largest community organization of mental health of the nation, he published the Spanish edition of its Guide Resources and information COVID-19, NAMI COVID-19 information and Resources . The guide addresses frequently asked questions, and lists resources available in Spanish.

NAMI understands the need to provide information and resources about COVID-19 culturally relevant to the Hispanic and Latino communities so they can help themselves and their loved ones. We recognize that vulnerable communities and those living with mental health conditions face challenges with COVID-19 virus, such as social isolation and difficulties with finding medical care. The guide presents a variety of topics related to mental health and COVID-19, including anxiety management, how to find online communities, how to get low-cost services, and more.

"Today it is more important than ever that everyone has access to vital information to stay healthy and safe for yourself and loved ones. For this reason we created the guide, NAMI COVID-19 information and resources," said Daniel H. Gillison, Jr., CEO of NAMI. "Our hope is that with providing this resource in Spanish, we help reduce barriers and increase access to needed services to promote the NAMI mission to help all those affected by mental conditions, to have a better life ".

NAMI is proud to partner with Hispanics in Philanthropy to help the diverse Latino communities in the US. UU.  "The collection of resources in Spanish in the guide help for staff in the extensive network of organizations that we fund have a resource user to better inform members of the community," said Ana Marie Argilagos, CEO and president of Hispanics in Philanthropy.

To view the guide, visit https://www.nami.org/Support-Education/NAMI-HelpLine/COVID-19-Information-and-Resources/Covid-19-Guia.  English for updates on mental health and COVID-19, visit the website https://www.nami.org/Support-Education/NAMI-HelpLine/COVID-19-Information-and-Resources on COVID-19 updated periodically by NAMI.

Murphy Medical Associates provides immunity tests for coronavirus without medical order

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire & Dr. Steven Murphy, Murphy Medical Associates, Steven.murphy@greenwichdocs.com, 203-554-8166

The goal is to keep people healthy and free hospitals

Greenwich, Connecticut, April 21, 2020 - Murphy Medical Associates today announced it will offer immunity tests for immunoglobulins against SARS COV2 in www.CoronaTestCT.com . As a first test center from the car ( "Drive Thru") for the new coronavirus SARS COV2 on the east coast, Murphy has both medical schools and local people as volunteers to help flatten the curve. These tests COVID-19 are offered without medical order. Murphy Medical Associates has established a successful public-private partnership with several local health departments in Fairfield and New Haven County, CT.

Murphy Medical Associates representation of the antibody to the coronavirus. CoronatestCT.com tests for IgG antibody corresponding to this are available without medical order.

"With a record decline in death rates, it was obvious that we should follow the best practices of Korea, including screening and testing of immunity. As physicians dedicated to keeping healthy to our patients, we feel the need to provide this attention to all the counties of Fairfield, New Haven and Westchester, "said internist licensed physician Dr. Steven AR Murphy, chief physician of Castle Connolly.

The evidence from the car are a procedure established in South Korea and the UK, but have not yet been fully implemented in the United States. Patients can register online at www.CoronaTestCT.com to schedule screening procedures and tests, or come to the center and register with a visit telemedicine. 6 centers are 1 East Putnam Avenue, Greenwich, CT , 460 Shippan Avenue in Stamford, CT, 1000 Main Street in Stratford, CT, 88 North Avenue in Westport, CT, 80 High School Road in Darien, CT and 150 Whalley Avenue, New Haven, CT . In doing immunity tests by Drive Thru system and the outdoors, we keep the patient safe at the center and to the public. Our medical center provides all orders and follow-up care for the patient, relieving hospitals of the burden of tracking.

"This is a great screening tool to determine what percentage of our patient population had him or what percentage of the medical staff has been exposed to the virus," said David Pride, associate director of microbiology at the University of California San Diego.

The evidence from the car at Murphy Medical Associates are offered without medical order because they provide medical services. Due to recent legislation, there is no cost to any patient, and all expenses will be billed to insurance patients. If the patient does not have insurance, the cost is equal zero. For more information about the tests from the car to the new coronavirus, visit  https://coronatestct.com/ .

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: FDA Encourages Recovered Patients to Donate Plasma for Development of Blood-Related Therapies

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire.   Foto por ABC News

As part of the all-of-America approach to fighting the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has been working with partners across the U.S. government, academia and industry to expedite the development and availability of critical medical products to treat this novel virus. Today, we are providing an update on one potential treatment called convalescent plasma and encouraging those who have recovered from COVID-19 to donate plasma to help others fight this disease.

Convalescent plasma is an antibody-rich product made from blood donated by people who have recovered from the disease caused by the virus. Prior experience with respiratory viruses and limited data that have emerged from China suggest that convalescent plasma has the potential to lessen the severity or shorten the length of illness caused by COVID-19. It is important that we evaluate this potential therapy in the context of clinical trials, through expanded access, as well as facilitate emergency access for individual patients, as appropriate.

The response to the agency’s recently announced national efforts to facilitate the development of and access to convalescent plasma has been tremendous. More than 1,040 sites and 950 physician investigators nationwide have signed on to participate in the Mayo Clinic-ledExternal Link Disclaimer expanded access protocol. A number of clinical trials are also taking place to evaluate the safety and efficacy of convalescent plasma and the FDA has granted numerous single patient emergency investigational new drug (eIND) applications as well.

During this challenging time, many people are asking what they can do to contribute to the COVID-19 response. Those individuals who have recovered from COVID-19 could have an immediate impact in helping others who are severely ill. In fact, one donation has the potential to help up to four patients. Convalescent plasma can also be used to manufacture a biological product called hyperimmune globulin, which can similarly be used to treat patients with COVID-19.

People who have fully recovered from COVID-19 for at least two weeks can contact their local blood or plasma collection center today to schedule an appointment. We encourage individuals to consider donating and hope this information will serve as a helpful resource to facilitate this important act of kindness.

Link:  https://www.redcrossblood.org/donate-blood/dlp/plasma-donations-from-recovered-covid-19-patients.html

Meet Linda, a virtual simulator who helps cancer survivors stay healthy amid the coronavirus pandemic

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

Washington, April 13, 2020 - Hispanic Communications Network / The Hispanic Network and the National Association of Directors of Chronic Diseases (NACDD) today launched an unprecedented campaign in Spanish to promote the use of a virtual simulator , with the goal of improving the quality of life for Latino cancer survivors and their families, with useful information on good eating habits, physical activity, anti-anxiety strategies and much more. This information may be particularly important for cancer survivors, especially during these times of public health emergencies due to the coronavirus.

The "Talk to Someone" simulator enables cancer survivors to ask questions and engage in conversations about four of the most important health issues to prevent cancer from coming back: alcohol use, tobacco use, nutrition and physical activity, anxiety and depression . As a cancer survivor, Linda offers brief, informative, and emotionally supportive responses to help shape positive behavioral changes.

The multimedia campaign, which will take place from April 13 to May 3 at a time when staying healthy is more important than ever, presents for the first time to the Spanish-speaking public in the United States Linda, a virtual breast cancer survivor who has the ability to engage in thousands of conversation options with recent cancer survivors. For example: How to overcome anxiety, what exercises they can do ... what they should eat ... or how to cope with emotional changes after diagnosis.

Vivián Díaz-Espinosa (L), a cancer survivor who was responsible for the care of her father, who died of advanced lung cancer, will also be available to the media to share her personal experience and will speak about the importance of having resources to help survivors and loved ones enjoy a better quality of life.

Nearly 17 million cancer survivors live in the United States, and that number could rise to 22 million by 2030 thanks to early detection and new treatments, according to official statistics. The coronavirus pandemic has raised public interest in the best way to protect and keep cancer survivors healthy.

LaRedHispana.com will also serve as an information center with calls to action to encourage conversations with Linda. HCN will present useful information and links, as well as audiovisual materials through a page dedicated to the campaign at    https://www.laredhispana.org/

DIVERSITY in Ed supports teachers and schools with the Virtual Teacher Recruitment Fair on April 15, 2020

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire & Trina Edwards, DIVERSITY in Ed, editor@diversityined.com, (281) 265-2473

Houston, April 10, 2020 - DIVERSITY in Ed magazine and online service will host the Virtual Teacher Recruitment Fair, their fifth annual virtual teacher recruitment fair, from 11 a.m. until 5 pm. US Central Time (CET)

DIVERSITY RECRUITMENT PARTNERS (DIVERSITY in Ed) is a certified vendor that partners with school employers who are committed to recruiting and hiring teachers of diverse backgrounds.
DIVERSITY in Ed also extends its sincere support to the entire community of educators, administrators, students, and parents affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. All staff will work remotely during this time to observe and support "social distancing" and will be available to school partners and job applicants during their normal business hours.

DIVERSITY in Ed, with its proven approach to nationwide teacher recruitment, is proud to continue to offer digital solutions to support educators and school administrators across the country seeking to continue teacher recruitment during this period of uncertainty. 85 school districts in 28 states have already registered, and other schools will be able to register online at https://diversityrecruitmentexpo.vfairs.com before the April 10 deadline.

The event offers a unique opportunity for bilingual, multi-lingual, job-seeking teacher candidates to connect with hiring representatives in real-time, in a live virtual environment. The virtual trade show is an innovative and efficient platform that will create a great experience that will lead to more connections and, ultimately, more hiring for those who attend. Admission is free for all job applicants.

In addition to its annual virtual job fair, DIVERSITY in Ed offers a year-round job board where candidates and schools can create profiles to connect. Trina Edwards, editor of DIVERSITY in Ed, said: "Now more than ever, we are committed to promoting teachers, job applicants, and school administrators to find excellent candidates from diverse backgrounds who can rise to the occasion and support students in a difficult time. We need candidates to be proactive and sign up and attend this free recruiting event. "

For more information about DIVERSITY's Ed Virtual Teacher Recruitment Fair, or to register to attend, please visit https://diversityrecruitmentexpo.vfairs.com/ or call 281-265-2473.

Goya Foods makes an initial donation of more than 200,000 pounds of food and more than 20,000 masks across the country during the COVID-19 pandemic

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire

Jersey City, NJ, April 9, 2020 - Goya Foods, the largest Hispanic food company in the United States, has made an initial donation of more than 200,000 pounds of food, equivalent to more than 170,000 meals, to organizations, food banks, food pantries and soup kitchens, as well as more than 20,000 protective masks across the country. Goya will continue to donate to those facing difficulties during the COVID-19 pandemic.

"We are facing an unprecedented national crisis and Goya has always stepped forward in times of desperate need. As a core business, our Goya teams are working 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to satisfy the overwhelming demand for food and ensuring that grocery store shelves across the country are supplied with nutritious products, while providing food to communities that are food insecure or cannot reach supermarkets, "said Bob Unanue, President of Goya Foods.

Donations were made directly to Catholic Charities of New York and Newark, Food Education Fund, The Sisters of Life, The NY Common Pantry, in collaboration with New York City FC, City Harvest in New York, The Community FoodBank of New Jersey, Secaucus Food Pantry, Familias de Cristo Rey High School, Jersey City Medical Center, The City of Jersey City for the Homeless, Holy Name Hospital and Kingsborough Community College; Caring for Friends in Philadelphia; Feeding South Florida; The Houston Food Bank, Latino Learning Centers Inc., Texas Center for Community Affairs, Texas Feeding Alliance and Catholic Charities of San Antonio in Texas; The Salvation Army Little Village, Catholic Charities Casa Latina and Children's Hunger Fund in Chicago. With the support of each organization, the food has been and will continue to be distributed to families, children, the homeless and the elderly communities.

"We are very grateful to Goya Foods, who allow us to serve those most in need, regardless of the circumstances. We have never seen a crisis like this and we are truly grateful for Goya's leadership and quick response to provide nutritious food to families, children and our elder communities, "said Antonio Fernández, President and CEO of Catholic Charities of San Antonio.

COVID 19 has dramatically impacted the livelihoods of the communities, businesses, places of worship and organizations that normally provide food on a daily basis to the homeless, the elderly and the food insecure. Unemployment has soared, and the need for nutritious food is at its greatest demand.  For more information on Goya Gives, visit https://www.goya.com/es/

Video:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HER-yyYMGXA

Always directed by the doctor, Conviva's dynamic puts doctors in charge during the coronavirus pandemic, while calm patients

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire & Boza Agency, Tyler Sminkey, 786-390-8510, tsminkey@boza-agency.com

Miami, April 8, 2020 - Conviva Care Centers, a healthcare-led, physician-led organization, has brought together six healthcare companies to provide a unified and focused approach to the senior (elderly) patient. The coronavirus pandemic brings to the fore the value of the expertise of its medical teams at numerous centers in Florida and Texas.

"We continually work with health experts in the field, medical societies, and agencies. Being a physician-led organization, Conviva focuses on leading the fight against COVID-19. Minimizing the risk of infection is a priority," said Dr. Steven. Lee, President of Conviva Physician Group. "This is the time to invite action for all of our healthcare providers to join. Our clinicians and physicians are ready to meet the challenges of any emergency or health crisis."

Doctors at the Conviva Physician Group are on the front lines of a pandemic of enormous proportions. Conviva will offer telemedicine visits as an option for patients so that they can visit our doctors from the comfort and security of their own homes. A telemedicine visit can be arranged with the Conviva provider by calling their center to schedule. If a patient needs to see a professional, they can call their center to make an appointment. "As clinicians and physicians, we play a critical role as healthcare providers, but we are also a great resource for providing timely, accurate and evidence-based information," said Dr. Lee. "We understand the concerns of the patients and we realize that there is a lot of anxiety. We are here to help in whatever way is necessary."

Being at the forefront of senior patient care requires team members, doctors, and nurses to take all precautions, including the use of personal protective equipment such as gloves, gowns, masks, and face shields. "We must stay healthy to help our patients stay healthy," said Dr. Lee. "The public trusts us, and we are doing everything in our power to protect our staff while caring for our older patients."

COVID-19 symptoms include cough, fever, and shortness of breath. Patients experiencing difficulties should call their Conviva primary care physician for an evaluation, and all patients with or without symptoms should stay home and take precautionary measures such as social distancing and self-quarantine.

The best way to be safe: Be informed about coronavirus symptoms, potential contact, and limit exposure. "Patients can take advantage of the telemedicine services provided by Conviva and know that our centers are taking every possible measure to combat this widespread virus," said Dr. Lee. "It is a very variable situation that changes minute by minute, day by day, but we want the public to know that our teams of doctors, nurses and support staff are responding in the best possible way."

WEB:  https://www.convivacarecenters.com/

Feeding Those in Need: Domino's® is Giving 10 Million Slices of Pizza Nationwide

By  PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire & Sodelba Alfaro, ROX United, salfaro@roxunited.com

Each Domino's store will donate 200 pizzas in their local communities

Ann Arbor, Michigan, April 6, 2020 - Domino's Pizza, Inc. (NYSE: DPZ) and its national franchisee system are collaborating together during this unprecedented crisis to do something we already do well every day: feed people pizza. Domino's and franchise-owned stores throughout the US They will donate approximately 10 million slices of pizza within their local communities, starting this week.

Domino's is collaborating with its franchisees as part of this national effort so that hospitals and medical centers, school-age children and their families, health departments, supermarket workers, and others in need can enjoy hot and delicious pizza. Domino's franchisees, corporate managers, and their local store employees know their neighborhoods better and will begin this week to help those in need by providing pizza to people and organizations that are meaningful to their communities. All 6,126 stores nationwide are expected to be part of this effort.

"We have a long history of feeding people during times of crisis and uncertainty. When we were looking at how we could help, we knew we could use the reach of our national brand to make a difference in thousands of local neighborhoods," said Russell Weiner, director of operations and president of Domino's in the United States. "We have franchisees and our own stores across the country that are already doing wonderful work in their communities and we know that by expanding those efforts together we will be able to help even more people who are in difficult situations right now."

Domino's franchisees are already helping their local communities - "We empowered our managers to look for opportunities in their local neighborhoods to donate pizzas to people in need," said Pat Farmer, Domino's franchisee with stores in the Seattle-Tacoma area. "This help may be for families, public workers or even those who are going to work in our supermarkets. Stores are currently actively seeking out who will be the next to help. They are proud of how they are making a difference during difficult times."

"We take our responsibility seriously and it is an honor to be able to offer food to people in need as well as to those who are working to save lives during this difficult time," said Jason, Shifflett, Domino's franchisee for the Memphis area.

Shifflett is committed to donating an additional 1,000 pizzas to people in need in her community. San Diego franchisee Shane Casey is matching the 1,000-pizza pledge for its Southern California neighborhoods. Franchisee Jim Gronemann has already personally delivered pizzas to families in LaPorte, Indiana and has pledged to do so weekly. Domino's will continue to share the stories of franchisees and corporate store teams that are making a difference in their communities, at  https://biz.dominos.com/web/media/stories.

Solis Health Plans Contributes Medical Personnel to COVID-19 Testing Center in Hialeah

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire

Call 305-COVID-19 to make the appointment

Miami, April 4, 2020 - Solis Health Plans, a Medicare Advantage plan, is pleased to join the initiative to bring COVID-19 testing to seniors in South Florida. Under the leadership of former State Senator René García and Miami-Dade County Commissioner Esteban Bovo, Solis and PrimeCare Family Medical Centers are bringing medical personnel and personal protective equipment to help with testing for the coronavirus at Amelia Earhart Park in the city of Hialeah starting Thursday, April 2.

The COVID-19 testing center for car access will focus on testing residents 65 years of age and older who are experiencing symptoms of the coronavirus. The tests will only be offered to people who meet the criteria and have made an appointment in advance by calling 305-COVID-19 (305-268-4319). The call center opens at 9:00 a.m. m. daily and will remain open until the next day's appointments are filled. People arriving by car will be accepted. People who arrive on foot, bicycle or motorcycle will not be allowed to enter. The people who will be tested must sit next to a working window and only two people will be allowed in the vehicle: the driver and the passenger. The test kits have been donated by Testing Matters.

"Solis Health Plans is dedicated to helping the South Florida community gain access to coronavirus testing," said Daniel Hernandez, CEO of Solis Health Plans. "Our top priority is to give our community the medical care it needs, as quickly and easily as possible. We thank former Senator Garcia and Commissioner Bovo for allowing us to participate in this important initiative."

Appointed individuals should enter Amelia Earhart Park (401 E 65th Street, Hialeah, FL 33013) through the entrance to Palm Avenue and 65th Street in Hialeah. The tests will be carried out at the roundabout immediately next to the entrance.

For more information on Solis Health Plans, please visit  https://www.solishealthplans.com/alert/coronavirus

Trial for possible coronavirus treatment begins in Montefiore and Einstein

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire & Tracy Gurrisi, 347-913-2716, tgurrisi@montefiore.org, Elaine Iandoli, 347-852-8679, elaine.iandoli@einsteinmed.org

Experimental therapy may help people with severe complications of COVID-19

Bronx, NY, April 3, 2020  - The Montefiore Health System and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine are cooperating in a clinical trial to evaluate the experimental drug remdesivir in hospitalized people with severe COVID infection- 19. The trial is funded by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), integrated into the National Institute of Health (NIH also by its English acronym). This treatment has the potential to help patients with severe pulmonary complications as a result of COVID-19. The participant selection process started and is still ongoing.

Montefiore-Einstein is one of 46 test centers across the country and the first to open in New York State. NIAID launched this international multi-center initiative to determine whether remdesivir, a broad-spectrum antiviral drug, works against the viral infection causing COVID-19. Remdesivir has had promising results in animal models in both Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), both caused by human coronaviruses.

This randomized, 'double-blind', placebo-controlled trial is led by principal investigator Barry Zingman, MD, professor of medicine at Einstein and Clinical Director of Infectious Diseases, in the Moses Division of the Montefiore Health System. The trial is 'adaptive', that is, it can be modified to incorporate other treatments in the research process. "This flexibility allows us to include other therapies to the test, step by step, to improve treatment as the pandemic progresses," says Dr. Zingman.

Participants in the trial are hospitalized coronavirus-infected patients with confirmed positives and pulmonary complications with respiratory distress, supplemental oxygen, abnormal chest radiographs of pneumonia, or mechanical ventilator.

People in this treatment group will be given 200 mg of remdesivir intravenously on the first day of study enrollment, and another 100 mg daily during hospitalization for a total of 10 days. The placebo group will receive an equal volume of a solution similar to remdesivir, but with inactive ingredients.

Montefiore and Einstein's strong clinical trial infrastructure has contributed to their selection and rapid approval to participate in this trial.

The Federal Drug Administration, the country's highest pharmacological authority, has not yet approved any drugs to treat COVID-19.

Remdesivir is an investigational antiviral therapy developed by Gilead Sciences, Inc.

WEB:  https://www.montefiore.org/

Tablo® Hemodialysis System Receives FDA Approval for Home Dialysis

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire

The first new device authorized for home hemodialysis in 15 years

San José, California, April 2, 2020 - Outset Medical, a leading innovative medical technology company that brings first-of-its-kind technology to the growing global dialysis market, announced today that the Food Administration and US Drugs. USA The FDA authorized the Tablo Hemodialysis System for use by patients at home. The new authorization for home use expands the existing use indication on the Tablo label for use in facilities for acute and chronic care, and for the first time enables healthcare providers to carry the same dialysis machine from the ICU at home.

Tablo enters the market at a crucial time, amid the COVID-19 pandemic and a renewed national focus on home dialysis to improve patient outcomes while lowering cost. In mid-2019, President Trump and the Secretary of the United States Department of Health and Human Services Alex Azar announced an executive order to help Americans with kidney failure. An important component of the policy was to ensure that 80% of all new dialysis patients started treatment at home or received a transplant by 2025. The emergency of COVID-19 further increases the urgency of giving dialysis patients Currently treated in centers the option of home treatment.

"Tablo was designed to simplify dialysis, make it easier and more accessible for patients to take advantage of the safety, convenience, and flexibility of dialysis at home," said Outset Medical CEO Leslie Trigg. "We are proud to offer them this new, life-enhancing option, particularly in light of the COVID-19 related challenges that dialysis patients and providers are experiencing."

Currently, more than 500,000 Americans undergo dialysis treatments three or more times per week, which typically take four hours per treatment. Approximately 100,000 new patients start their treatment each year. However, only 12% receive it at home, where they are more comfortable, productive and empowered.

WEB:  https://www.outsetmedical.com/

FDA Requests Removal of All Ranitidine Products (Zantac) from the Market

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire.   Photo by Infobae

April 01, 2020, Silver Spring, Md. - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today announced it is requesting manufacturers withdraw all prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) ranitidine drugs from the market immediately. This is the latest step in an ongoing investigation of a contaminant known as N-Nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) in ranitidine medications (commonly known by the brand name Zantac). The agency has determined that the impurity in some ranitidine products increases over time and when stored at higher than room temperatures and may result in consumer exposure to unacceptable levels of this impurity. As a result of this immediate market withdrawal request, ranitidine products will not be available for new or existing prescriptions or OTC use in the U.S.

“The FDA is committed to ensuring that the medicines Americans take are safe and effective. We make every effort to investigate potential health risks and provide our recommendations to the public based on the best available science. We didn’t observe unacceptable levels of NDMA in many of the samples that we tested. However, since we don’t know how or for how long the product might have been stored, we decided that it should not be available to consumers and patients unless its quality can be assured,” said Janet Woodcock, M.D., director of the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. “The FDA will continue our efforts to ensure impurities in other drugs do not exceed acceptable limits so that patients can continue taking medicines without concern.”

NDMA is a probable human carcinogen (a substance that could cause cancer).

With today’s announcement, the FDA is sending letters to all manufacturers of ranitidine requesting they withdraw their products from the market. The FDA is also advising consumers taking OTC ranitidine to stop taking any tablets or liquid they currently have, dispose of them properly and not buy more; for those who wish to continue treating their condition, they should consider using other approved OTC products. Patients taking prescription ranitidine should speak with their health care professional about other treatment options before stopping the medicine, as there are multiple drugs approved for the same or similar uses as ranitidine that do not carry the same risks from NDMA. To date, the FDA’s testing has not found NDMA in famotidine (Pepcid), cimetidine (Tagamet), esomeprazole (Nexium), lansoprazole (Prevacid) or omeprazole (Prilosec).

In light of the current COVID-19 pandemic, the FDA recommends patients and consumers not take their medicines to a drug take-back location but follow the specific disposal instructions in the medication guide or package insert or follow the agency’s recommended steps, which include ways to safely dispose of these medications at home.

The FDA continues its ongoing review, surveillance, compliance and pharmaceutical quality efforts across every product area, and will continue to work with drug manufacturers to ensure safe, effective and high-quality drugs for the American public.

The FDA encourages health care professionals and patients to report adverse reactions or quality problems with any human drugs to the agency’s MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program:

Complete and submit the report online at https://www.fda.gov/safety/medwatch-fda-safety-information-and-adverse-event-reporting-program; or Download and complete the form, then submit it via fax at 1-800-FDA-0178.

AARP Innovation Labs launches "My Community with AARP", a digital platform to seek help and also offer assistance in your community during the coronavirus pandemic

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire & media@aarp.org, 202-434-2560.   Photo by oooraleusa.com

Washington, March 31, 2020 - My community with AARP, a new bilingual online platform launched today by AARP Innovation Labs, allows users to organize and find local groups of volunteers to help collect food , provide financial aid, or provide emotional support to neighbors, friends, and loved ones. Across the country, these informal online groups - also called "mutual aid" groups - support communities to stay in communication at a time when people must practice social distancing to stay healthy.

"In these times of so much uncertainty, we must come together as one people; and we can start by helping others in our own communities. You can volunteer to pick up groceries or prescription drugs, or something as simple as talking to someone on the phone. These are things that make the difference in a moment of fear and isolation, "said Karina Flores Hertz, director of Communications and Strategies at AARP. "This innovative platform digitally connects people so they can find help, or offer their services to their communities. AARP continues to fight for people 50 and older and for all generations, and My Community with AARP is one more way. of supporting our communities. "

My community with AARP includes several resources to help those who feel isolated, depressed, overwhelmed, or anxious. Users can:

*Request a call in Spanish from an AARP volunteer or trained counselor.
*Easily create an account with Savo to connect with family members more easily.
*Participate in "The Mighty", a safe and compassionate digital community for people facing health problems and for their caregivers.

Social isolation is a common problem, even before the coronavirus pandemic. A study published by the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine and funded by the AARP Foundation, indicated that 43% of adults age 60 and older reported feeling lonely. And while social isolation and loneliness are serious health problems in and of themselves, they can also exacerbate other existing health problems, such as lung and heart disease and diabetes. My community with AARP helps people connect with volunteers in their community who are willing to help neighbors with unique needs.

My community with AARP: (https://aarpcommunityconnections.org/es/) is already working and its use is completely free, in addition, it is not necessary to be an AARP member to participate.

Beware of Fraudulent Coronavirus Tests, Vaccines and Treatments

While many Americans are sheltering at home to help “flatten the curve” and slow the spread of coronavirus disease (also called COVID-19), they might be tempted to buy or use questionable products that claim to help diagnose, treat, cure, and even prevent COVID-19.

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire

Silver Spring, Md, March 26, 2020 - Because COVID-19 has never been seen in humans before, there are currently no vaccines to prevent or drugs to treat COVID-19 approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The FDA is working with vaccine and drug manufacturers to develop new vaccines for and find drugs to treat COVID-19 as quickly as possible. Meanwhile, some people and companies are trying to profit from this pandemic by selling unproven and illegally marketed products that make false claims, such as being effective against the coronavirus.

Photo of senior woman reading label on medicine bottle next to photo of multiple pills strewn out across a pile of money.

These fraudulent products that claim to cure, treat, or prevent COVID-19 haven’t been evaluated by the FDA for safety and effectiveness and might be dangerous to you and your family.

The FDA is particularly concerned that these deceptive and misleading products might cause Americans to delay or stop appropriate medical treatment, leading to serious and life-threatening harm. It’s likely that the products do not do what they claim, and the ingredients in them could cause adverse effects and could interact with, and potentially interfere with, essential medications.

The FDA has also seen unauthorized fraudulent test kits for COVID-19 being sold online. Currently, the only way to be tested for COVID-19 is to talk to your health care provider. The FDA has not authorized any test that is available to purchase for testing yourself at home for COVID-19. You will risk unknowingly spreading COVID-19 or not getting treated appropriately if you use an unauthorized test. The FDA knows that having a home test for COVID-19 would be very helpful and is actively working with test developers on this. But currently the FDA has not authorized any home test for COVID-19.

There Are No Vaccines or Medicines for COVID-19, Yet - The FDA is working with medical product developers to rapidly advance the development and availability of vaccines and treatments for COVID-19. Although there are investigational COVID-19 vaccines and treatments being studied in clinical trials, these products are in the early stages of development. They haven’t yet been fully tested for safety or effectiveness, or received FDA approval.

Fraudulent COVID-19 products can come in many varieties, including dietary supplements and other foods, as well as products claiming to be tests, drugs, medical devices, or vaccines.

The FDA has been working with retailers to remove dozens of misleading products from store shelves and online. The agency will continue to monitor social media and online marketplaces promoting and selling fraudulent COVID-19 products.

Recently, the FDA and the Federal Trade Commission issued warning letters to seven companies for selling fraudulent COVID-19 products. The products cited include teas, essential oils, tinctures, and colloidal silver (see product photosExternal Link Disclaimer on Flickr):  https://www.flickr.com/photos/fdaphotos/albums/72157713334402986.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: FDA Helps Facilitate Veterinary Telemedicine During Pandemic

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire.   Photo by animalshealth.es

Silver Spring, Maryland,March 24, 2020 - As part of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s ongoing commitment to combatting the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and providing flexibility across FDA-regulated industries, the agency announced today that it intends to temporarily not enforce certain requirements in order to allow veterinarians to better utilize telemedicine to address animal health needs during the pandemic.

“The FDA recognizes the vital role veterinarians play in protecting public health. This pandemic has had impacts on many of our everyday lives and professions, and during this time, we need to provide veterinarians with the latitude to expand the use of telemedicine in the care of animals, not only pets but also the animals that produce our food,” said FDA Commissioner Stephen M. Hahn, M.D. “The FDA is providing flexibility that will help veterinarians maintain the health of animals during the pandemic, while allowing for the social distancing that is so important in limiting the further spread of coronavirus disease across the country and the world.”

The agency intends to temporarily suspend enforcement of portions of the federal veterinarian-client-patient relationship (VCPR) requirements relevant to certain FDA regulations. The VCPR is the professional relationship between the veterinarian, client (e.g., animal owner or caretaker), and the animal patient(s). The federal VCPR definition requires that veterinarians physically examine animal patients and/or make medically appropriate and timely visits to the location where the animal(s) are kept. Therefore, the federal VCPR definition cannot be met solely through telemedicine.

In order to help veterinarians utilize telemedicine to address animal health needs during the COVID-19 pandemic, the FDA generally does not intend to enforce the animal examination and premises visit portion of the VCPR requirements relevant to the FDA regulations governing Extralabel Drug Use in Animals and Veterinary Feed Directive (VFD) drugs. This will allow veterinarians to prescribe drugs in an extralabel manner or authorize the use of VFD drugs without direct examination of or making visits to their patients, which will limit human-to-human interaction and potential spread of COVID-19 in the community.

For example, the owner of a sick dog could share a video with a veterinarian. If necessary, the veterinarian could then prescribe a drug not approved for use in dogs or for that illness (extralabel use). As another example, a veterinarian could remotely examine and diagnose a group of food-producing animals with a skin disease, and then authorize the use of certain drugs in the animals’ feed.

Although the FDA intends to temporarily suspend certain federal VCPR requirements, veterinarians still need to consider state VCPR requirements that may exist in their practice area.

Free Kids Meals Available at Participating School Sites Across California

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire & Rachel Bonachea, Dairy Council of California, (916) 633-3935, RBonachea@DairyCouncilofCA.org

Sacramento, Calif., March 20, 2020 - In response to community mitigation measures to curb the spread of the COVID-19 virus, school districts across California have closed and communities issue warrants. take refuge and not go out asking people to stay home. National restrictions are unprecedented, and for the millions of children and families who depend on free school-provided meals for food, providing easy-to-find information on where to access free food could make a difference, helping to make sure that children feed and can go to bed satisfied.

To provide California families, as well as our education and nutrition partners, with a comprehensive and aggregated list of school sites with free meals for children throughout the state, Dairy Council of California, at In collaboration with the California Milk Processor Board and California State Senator Dr. Richard Pan, he created HealthyEating.com/SchoolMeals, an information page that allows users to navigate themselves and easily find the Take-out food service site closer to home.

"During these difficult times, millions of children and their families living in California communities will need support and access to nutritious food," said Shannan Young, Director of the Food Access Program for the Dairy Council of California. "By equipping families with the information to find free meals provided through the school meal service, we hope to motivate them to take advantage of these programs so that their children can be well fed."

Called School Meal Sites Providing Free Meals for Children Throughout California (https://www.healthyeating.org/Schools/School-Wellness/School-Feeding-Locations), the information page is intended to serve as a reference resource for finding up-to-date food service locations throughout California, with the aim of centralizing information and eliminating confusion about where families can go to receive food for their children.  School Nutrition Services staff is working tirelessly to provide nutritious meals to students affected by school closings. Considered an essential service, school nutrition services will remain open even with orders not to go out and stay home.

See how schools are feeding children at home while schools are closed, (Video):  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4rYVliePCuU

Blue Shield of California offers a digital hospital triage tool to the health systems that make up its network to help them coordinate the expected increase in patients with COVID-19

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire & Mashi Nyssen, Blue Shield of California, media@blueshieldca.com, 626-436-4345.   Photo by HIT Consultant

Oakland, California, March 19, 2020 - Blue Shield of California offers a new digital tool to hospitals in its network to help them coordinate the triage (emergency prioritization) of patients who They may require treatment for coronavirus (COVID-19) or other medical care.

This is the latest nonprofit health plan initiative in support of public health during the current coronavirus crisis. This tool will help hospitals to be more effective and efficient in caring for their patients.

"COVID-19 Screener and Emergency Response Assistant" or its initials COVID-19 SERA (COVID-19 Screener and Emergency Response Assistant) is a tool by which patients can access the website of a participating hospital through a smartphone, tablet or computer connected to the Internet. COVID-19 SERA can be tailored to each health system's emergency response plan, and is updated in real time with the latest recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Organization for health. GYANT, a San Francisco-based company that offers virtual triage and service orientation for patients, developed this tool.

Patients could access COVID-19 SERA on hospital websites, answer some basic questions, and, based on their answers, be referred to the appropriate medical settings for their situation. The idea is to direct patients to the most appropriate care environment so that hospitals can better coordinate the flow of patients.

The COVID-19 SERA service can be implemented on a hospital website within 48 hours. Blue Shield will cover the costs of implementing, updating and licensing the COVID-19 SERA system for three months for the hospitals in its network during the pandemic.

"The tool can decongest overloaded hospitals' call centers and customer service resources, in addition to referring low-severity cases to the appropriate medical settings and providing relevant information to patients affected by COVID-19 so that they can receive prompt medical care and help contain transmission in the community, "said Dr. Terry Gilliland, executive vice president of the Quality and Accessibility of Health Care division of Blue Shield of California. "These are difficult times for everyone and we believe this system can make a difference for hospitals in their efforts to provide medical care to patients."

The SERA COVID-19 system was developed by GYANT, a San Francisco-based company that uses artificial intelligence to provide digital services that help people access the right care.

The Home Depot temporarily adjusts store hours and extends paid days off in response to COVID-19

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire.   Photo by npr.org

Atlanta, March 18, 2020 - The Home Depot®, the world's largest home improvement retailer, announced today that it is temporarily adjusting its store hours to better serve customers. and the communities in response to COVID-19. Starting Thursday, March 19, stores will close every day at 6 p.m., while opening hours will remain the same.

As an essential retailer for the communities it serves, The Home Depot is committed to keeping stores open as it always has in times of crisis and natural disaster. Home and business owners depend on The Home Depot for urgent needs such as water heaters, refrigerators, cleaning supplies, plumbing and electrical repairs, and items for adverse weather conditions such as tarps, propane, and batteries.

The tight schedule will give stores the ability to have the right staff and give them extra time to restock shelves and clean up. Since many items in our stores are in high demand, the company's merchants and supply chain teams are prioritizing replenishment and replenishment as quickly as possible.

The Home Depot is also expanding its paid days off policy to address the needs of hourly hired employees, to help alleviate some of the challenges they may be facing as a result of COVID-19. Starting this week, all hourly full-time employees will receive an additional 80 hours of paid personal or sick time, and part-time employees will receive an additional 40 hours of paid personal or sick time. These hours can be taken at any time from now until the end of the year. If an employee is diagnosed with COVID-19, or if health or government officials advise him to self-quarantine due to direct exposure to COVID-19, he will continue to be paid during that time.

Goya Foods Donates 18,225 Meals To New York City Students and Families

Por PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire

Jersey City, NJ, March 16, 2020 - Goya Foods, the largest Hispanic food company in the United States, has a long history of donating millions of pounds of food in times of disaster and desperate need, through the Goya Gives company global program. Anticipating the financial impact caused by the coronavirus epidemic, Goya donated 18,225 meals to students at six high schools in New York City, including: Food and Finance High School, High School of Hospitality Management, Facing History High School , Urban Assembly School of Design and Construction, Manhattan Bridges High School and PS 138 of District 75.

As city schools begin to take precautions, New York City families are already beginning to feel the burden at home. "We understand that these will be difficult weeks for many and we wanted, during this time, to help families and students, who often only eat one healthy meal a day, while attending school," said Bob Unanue, president of Goya Foods. . "We are prepared to do our part and help in any way we can."

Each student at the six high schools will receive a bag of 5 pounds of Goya rice, 1 pound of Goya black beans, 1 pound of Goya pink beans, and two 16.9-ounce containers of Goya coconut water. "Goya provides well-being and sustenance in a moment of great uncertainty for our students and their families. Goya's generosity reminds us that in a time of crisis, we all have a role to play in addressing the needs of families at risk, "said Nan Shipley, Chair of the Fund Board of Food Education.

Goya executives made the first round of donations to all Food and Finance High School students on Friday, May 13. The rest of the food donation to the students will take place over the next week.

For more information about Goya Gives please visit https://www.goya.com/es/

March of Dimes Launches Mom and Baby COVID-19 Intervention and Support Fund

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire & Christine Sánchez, (571) 257-2307, csanchez@marchofdimes.org.   Photo by Facebook

Arlington, Va., March 13, 2020 - Today, March of Dimes launched the Mom and Baby COVID-19 Intervention and Support Fund to help protect moms and babies from COVID-19, the new coronavirus disease. As the public grapples with the spread of the disease, March of Dimes is serving as a resource for moms and providing them with the information and resources they need to protect their families.

"Mothers across the nation are concerned about the spread of the coronavirus and the risk it poses to themselves and their infants," said Stacey D. Stewart, President and CEO of March of Dimes. "We're launching the Mom and Baby COVID-19 Intervention and Support Fund to support expecting mothers as they try to protect themselves and their infants from this coronavirus. We believe in leveraging our extensive network of advocates, donors, volunteers and other supporters to help protect moms and babies in this time of need."

March of Dimes will use funds raised from the Mom and Baby COVID-19 Intervention and Support Fund to support research for necessary interventions to prevent or treat COVID-19, advocate on behalf of moms and babies on this issue and educate the public about precautionary measures. This initiative will support, for example:

1. Research for COVID-19 Interventions for Moms and Moms-to-Be: The $8.3 billion appropriated by Congress to address COVID-19 does not specifically allocate funds for research of interventions that pregnant or lactating women may be able to use. March of Dimes will support research to learn how moms and babies are impacted by COVID-19 and help fast track the development of interventions, such as a vaccine, for COVID-19 that are safe for pregnant and lactating women.

2. Advocacy in Response to COVID-19 and Improvements in Access to Care for Moms and Babies: March of Dimes will call on government officials to include pregnant and lactating women in clinical trials for COVID-19 interventions. March of Dimes will work to ensure the most vulnerable populations across the nation have access to these vaccines and/or therapeutics once they are developed.

3. Education for Parents about COVID-19: March of Dimes will leverage its vast network to inform parents about how best to protect their families from COVID-19. March of Dimes will elevate awareness and educate families across the country with the latest information about COVID-19 and ensure they stay informed about COVID-19 countermeasures in development and distribution. March of Dimes will work closely with hospital partners and other healthcare systems to ensure their workforce and families in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and women in pregnancy care programs are receiving the resources and information they need to keep themselves and their families safe.

WEB:  https://www.marchofdimes.org/mom-and-baby-covid-19-intervention-and-support-fund.aspx

Thomas J. Henry launches direct effort to provide shelter and restore education in southern Puerto Rico after earthquakes

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire
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New York, March 11, 2020 - Thomas J. Henry, attorney and founder of the leading Texas law firm Thomas J. Henry Injury Attorneys, recently visited the town of Guayanilla in southern Puerto Rico and donated 200 tents to help accelerate the process of reopening schools in the areas most affected by the recent swarm of earthquakes that included some eleven magnitude 5 earthquakes.

John Sweeney, Adrián Rivera, Nelson Torres, Thomas J. Henry, Leyda E. Cruz Berrios and friends (Photo credit: © Gabriela García)

Since the beginning of his legal career and the creation of his law firm, Thomas J. Henry has supported national and international charitable causes with the fundamental desire to share the benefits of his own success and the philosophy that only through interaction human and helping others can form a closer community, a closer country and a closer world.

Students and teachers from the towns of Guánica, Guayanilla and Yauco will be able to use the 200 tents as classrooms equipped with tables, desks and other necessary materials.

"After hearing about the destroyed houses and the families that were left without electricity or water, I wanted to do whatever it took to help," said Thomas J. Henry. He also thanks the collaboration of Coca-Cola Puerto Rico Bottlers and its president, Alberto de la Cruz, who helped in the process.

Thomas J. Henry's personal initiative has evolved into a collaborative effort with the government and local community and the Department of Education, which have come together to help establish a sense of normalcy for children in the midst of an area of disaster. Safe places to set up tents have been identified near the community to help parents and students feel calm.

Leyda E. Cruz Berrios (special assistant to the Secretary of Education) commented at the press conference: "When we found out about Thomas J. Henry and Coca-Cola, we were filled with emotion. I remember that when we finished setting up the tent in Guayanilla, at the Asunción Rodríguez De Sala School, the teachers began to hug and cry. "

For more information on the Thomas J. Henry personal injury law firm, visit:  https://thomasjhenrylaw.com/

Bone cancer bedridden patients walk again thanks to new surgery

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire.   Foto por AARP

New York, March 11, 2020 - According to a study by several orthopedic oncology surgeons at Montefiore Health System, thousands of patients whose cancers have spread to the bones may opt for a new surgical treatment Minimally invasive designed to repair painful pelvic fractures.

If the cancer extends from its primary focus to the bones, it can weaken them and ultimately fracture them. Pelvic fractures cause debilitating pain and make ambulation very difficult. Until now, surgeons face these situations through a total hip replacement to reduce pain and improve the quality of life. This approach is usually successful, but it involves major surgery and carries risks ranging from significant blood loss, infections, dislocations and the need for a longer hospitalization, as well as the risk of remaining under the effects of anesthesia during prolonged period of time

Montefiore orthopedic oncology surgeons have been the first to apply the "tripod technique", a new approach for patients with pelvic lesions caused by cancer. This technique involves applying various screws, through tiny incisions, which affirm damaged bones and stabilize the pelvis. It is called a "tripod" because the screws are placed in a three-pole configuration in order to support the cavity of the hip joint.

"This approach contradicts the conventional idea that bone affected by cancer is too fragile and therefore needs to be completely replaced," says study lead author Rui Yang, MD, Montefiore Orthopedic Surgeon and Associate Professor of Albert Einstein College of Medicine. "Our study demonstrates that through this technique patients get rid of having to undergo more prolonged and aggressive surgeries. They recover and return home faster, have less pain and, most importantly, they can resume their cancer therapies a lot faster".

This project is integrated into the research field of the Division of Orthopedic Oncology; there is the Musculoskeletal Oncology Research Laboratory, which conducts basic and translational research within the Albert Einstein Cancer Center, designated as the National Cancer Institute. His projects focus on rare tumors of primary bones and soft tissues, including osteosarcoma and synovial sarcoma. In addition, the Division of Orthopedic Oncology regularly intervenes in various institutional and multicenter clinical studies that cover various aspects of orthopedic oncology. The doctors have presented their results in various national and international competitions, demonstrating that the "tripod" technique is not only safe and effective, but that the patients who before the operation were prostrated, in a wheelchair or using other walking aids , tolerate such technique extremely well.

"We are pleased to demonstrate that this technique results in better results for our patients," said co-author David Geller, MD., Orthopedic Oncologist and Vice-Chairman, Strategy and Innovation of Orthopedic Surgery in Montefiore, and Adjunct Professor of Orthopedic Surgery and Pediatrics, at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. "In addition, we have been able to observe that, unlike what was thought, in many of our patients fractures heal and experience new bone growth."

WEB:  https://www.montefiore.org/

New California bill requires 40,000 tax preparers to submit their fees in advance and inform customers about free tax services in six languages

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire & Gigi Jones I gjones@ctec.org I 916.296.6913

Thousands sign petition against the bill of Assembly 1140 (Assembly Bill 1140), on the grounds that it is discriminatory and contains unclear requirements

Sacramento, California, March 10, 2020 - The California Assembly Bill 1140 requires unregistered tax preparers, particularly those enrolled before the Tax Education Board of California (California Tax Education Council, CTEC) https://ctec.org/, submit in advance to potential clients all fees and costs, as well as the free tax preparation services that are available. Lawyers, Certified Public Accountants (CPA) and registered agents (Enrolled Agents, EA), who also prepare tax returns in exchange for a fee, are exempt.

California bill 1140 requires 40,000 tax preparers to submit their fees in advance and inform customers about free tax services in six languages; Some tax preparers are exempt.

Assemblyman Mark Stone (Democrat for Monterey Bay) drew up the bill taking into account the low-income families who prepare taxes and charge them higher fees than they initially thought. Since free services are also offered, the bill aims to point this out to taxpayers who may not be able to pay the cost of professional services. The California Senate will vote on the bill in the next two months.

The bill will apply to all 40,000 tax preparers registered with CTEC (CTEC-registered tax preparers, CRTP), and requires them to submit a uniform disclosure statement to potential clients earning less than $ 66,000 a year, explaining that they may be entitled to free online services, and those who earn less than $ 56,000 may be entitled to free services through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program of the IRS. It also requires CRTPs to present in advance a list of costs and fees, as well as their federal Tax Preparer Identification Number (PTIN).

After preparing the tax return, the CRTP must submit a second statement indicating their contact information, the PTIN, if other people were involved in the preparation of the tax return (including their name, contact details and PTIN ), as well as the total charged by the CRTP, without being limited to the foregoing. The statements must be offered in English, Korean, Spanish, Chinese, Tagalog and Vietnamese. CRTPs that repeatedly violate these provisions would be penalized $ 750.

His supporters argue that demanding a written notice of free services will help protect low-income families and prevent them from paying hundreds of dollars in tax preparation fees. They also warn that a quarter of the beneficiaries of the low-income Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) earn approximately a quarter of their EITC for tax preparation services.

The Miami Section of the Hispanic Public Relations Association (HPRA) announces its 2020 Board of Directors

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire & Erika Cruz, Erika.Cruz@edelman.com , 305-341-3626

The country's leading nonprofit organization for Hispanic public relations and marketing professionals has a comprehensive local board led by various leaders

Miami, March 5, 2020 - The Miami section of the Hispanic Public Relations Association (HPRA) is proud to announce its Board of Directors by 2020. Now in its sixth year, the section Miami's HPRA has a board of 12 communications professionals dedicated to bringing value and business contact opportunities to the Hispanic public relations community.

Erika Cruz, Director of Planning for Edelman Miami, holds the position of president of HPRA in Miami in 2020, and Daniela Martucci, CEO and founder of DMH Americas, will work as vice president / elected president.

As the only nonprofit association dedicated to Hispanic marketing and communications professionals and those seeking information from the Hispanic market, HPRA provides professional development tools and resources on the latest trends, issues and best practices in the field.

"It is an honor to lead this organization and continue supporting our sector in such an important year for the country and for the Hispanic community," said Cruz. "We will continue to serve as a resource for our local professionals, promoting relationships and creating opportunities for our members."

In addition to Erika and Daniela, the Board of Directors of the Miami Section of the HPRA 2020 is composed of:

*Treasurer: Nelliette Cruz, Havas Formulatin
*Secretary: Dionne de Vallois, society
*Social Media: Andreina Baquero-Degwitz, Edelman
*Membership: Bea García, Deutsche Post DHL Americas
*Programming: Gabriela Carrero and Zulema Santacruz, Edelman
*Digital Marketing: Víctor D. Melo, DMH Americas
*Scholarship Communication and Student Development: Gizzella Bruck, DMH Americas
*Extraordinary Board Member: Annette Malkin, Culturewise Collective
*Immediate Past President / Extraordinary Board Member: Margarita Hernández, Cision / PR Newswire

HPRA Miami will coordinate professional development initiatives and exclusive business contact opportunities with leading journalists and industry thought leaders, and also help full-time Hispanic college students study a career in public relations, advertising or marketing.

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Johanna Ortiz launches its complete collection with H & M

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire

New York, March 3, 2020 - After an exclusive preview of four dresses, H & M is pleased to announce that it will launch in full collaboration with the Colombian designer Johanna Ortiz in March 2020. The collection 19 pieces which includes dresses, tops, skirts and swimwear for women highlights the exotic palette of colors, tropical floral prints and dramatic silhouettes that have become synonymous with the brand Ortiz. The main collection will be launched in selected H & M stores and on the website hm.com on March 12.

Collaboration is a true harmonization of ideas: the design team of H & M traveled to Cali, the hometown of Ortiz also known as the capital of sauce Colombia- to understand fully the complex construction behind the designs ultra flattering the designer. Johanna hosted in his elegant home, the team plunged into the bohemian world of sophisticated Ortiz, examining his file to reinterpret its characteristic tropical prints in new vibrant colors.

Key pieces include a dress "maxi" long with bright red floral print, a magenta dress "midi" a half leg color with broderie anglaise, a long column dress in black crepe print, one fact viscose favorites Ortiz- and skirt "wrap" cross ruffled poplin black and white cotton. Extravagant ruffles are a prominent feature of its design, even appearing in suits asymmetric bathroom. There are also some simple styles, including a tunic in cotton poplin blouses and lightening monochromatic color palette with its simplicity.

"The imprint of Colombia -the rhythm of the salsa dancing, the beauty of orchids elegant and palms waving gently under a pink-sunset can be felt in every design Johanna Ortiz. I'm delighted to infuse this collection of H & M with a natural glamor and add a touch of Latin American joy in the locker room H & M customers. I hope barefoot and dressed with a flower in hair beautiful clothes, "said Johanna Ortiz, designer and CEO of the brand.

"Johanna Ortiz has the gift of creating colorful designs and confident that makes you want to start dancing. This collection is both a celebration of creative history and craftsmanship of Colombia as an opportunity to bring women's distinctive styles of Johanna to our customers. the reaction to the exclusive preview was very positive, and now the wait is over, we can not wait to see how our customers are going to wear this exciting collection, "said Maria Östblom, director of designs women's clothing for H & M.

Video:  https://www.dropbox.com/sh/p8bwoe1zb16ytyr/AAAPmnoWavxlmn5R6q4DONt0a?dl=0&preview=Johanna+Ortiz+x+H%26M.mov

 For more information, visit the website:  https://hmgroup.com/

Latino Food Industry Association appoints industry veteran edible Lupillo Ramirez to lead the organization

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Los Angeles, March 2, 2020 - The Latino Food Industry Association (Industry Association of Latino Food, LFIA) announced the appointment of an expert industry executive grocery stores in the as president of the organization. Lupillo Ramirez, senior director of Innovation and Product Development Northgate Gonzalez Markets, will now lead the first national association representing Latinos involved in all aspects of the food industry.

"We are honored that Lupillo has accepted our offer to direct the Latino Food Industry Association as we launch a new era of growth and expansion of our services to our members," says Ruben Smith, chairman of the board of the LFIA. "His years of experience in the supermarket industry, their respect for their colleagues and their dedication to innovation and product development in the field of Latino food products will be of great value to our organization."

Ramirez is currently senior director of Innovation and Product Development Northgate Gonzalez Markets and plays an important role in analyzing and identifying some of the hottest trends of Latino food in the nation. With its commitment to its role, it has helped Northgate Gonzalez Markets to become a recognized leader in the sector and considerable strength of the grocery industry.

"I want to congratulate Lupillo for his new position as chairman of the board of the Latino Food Industry Association," said Miguel Gonzalez, co-president of Northgate Gonzalez Markets. "It's long been a trusted member of the team Northgate, which has consistently set new standards for the identification, development, marketing and enjoyment of the products for the general public, and has shown great value for the company ".

Ramirez is a graduate of Pepperdine University and an MBA from the same university. It is now an essential member of the executive team Northgate Gonzalez Markets. He also joined the board of Dairy Deli Bakery Association.

Ramirez began his career in the food industry in Northgate Gonzalez Markets and gained an unrivaled experience in the field of products and innovation in food. In his 34 years working for Northgate Markets, he learned all aspects of the business of grocery and achieved recognition as a respected leader in the food industry. He started his career at Northgate in 1986, six years after the opening of the first store. It started in the delicatessen / dairy and worked his way up to be manager store, then a recognized buyer. He also collaborated on the establishment of a marketing department of good performance in Northgate Markets.

"It is an honor for me that the board has asked me to assume the leadership of this dynamic and influential organization," says Ramirez. "The focus and purpose of the LFIA is to promote the growth and influence of Latinos working in one of the business sectors most lucrative and influential nation, and look forward to working with my colleagues on the board to develop that effort" .

Café Bustelo® will award $ 100,000 in university scholarships

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire & Katie Greenwald, (330) 684-4978, katie.greenwald@jmsmucker.com

Orrville, Ohio, February 24, 2020  - The iconic Espresso-style coffee brand Café Bustelo® today launches the Bustelo® Café Café del Futuro Scholarship in partnership with the Hispanic Association of University Colleges and University (Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities, HACU). Since 2014, $ 330,000 in college funds has been awarded to 66 Latino students across the country through the association. The campaign generated more than 1900 applications in 2019. In 2020, Café Bustelo® is again awarding a total of $ 100,000 to twenty students.

The Café Bustelo® El Café del Futuro Scholarship helps the 2019 winner, Itza Hernandez, to work towards her career in education. Itza is one of the twenty winners of the 2019 scholarship. The 2020 scholarship is currently open. Once again this year, 20 students will be awarded $ 5000 to each to help advance their educational goals.

Café Bustelo encourages Hispanic students to submit an essay in English or Spanish (800 words or less) that describes how their heritage, family and community have impacted their desire and motivation to obtain a college degree, how They plan to give back to their community, and what they want to achieve with their degree. Eligible U.S. students can apply for an opportunity to receive one of the 20 $ 5,000 scholarships by submitting this essay. All eligible applications must be received before July 6, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. CT. The winners of the scholarship will be announced around September 7, 2020.

"At Café Bustelo, we sincerely believe in supporting and reinvesting in the Latino community," said Eduardo Merino, Senior Brand Manager of Café Bustelo. "Whether our community is living in the moment and awakening their senses through a coffee, or planning the future with a university education, we want to have a participation in helping them make the most of it. We live in the moment and plan for tomorrow! "

For complete information and guidelines for scholarships, click here:  https://www.cafebustelo.com/es/scholarship

4 common scams to be aware in 2020

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire & usamedia@gsa.gov, 202-969-7143

Washington, Feb. 18, 2020 - Scammers use different tactics to gain the trust of their victims and steal personal information money. Among the most common today are the phone calls in which posing as agents of the government.

There are others that, though less known, they can also harm. Always be wary of strangers who ask for your personal information or money by phone, internet, email or...

USAGov presents some of the types of frauds and scams common and tells you how to protect yourself.

Social Security Scams: If you receive a call from a person or recording that says your Social Security number was suspended or you could lose your benefits will probably try a scam. Social Security (SSA, its acronym in English) will never ask you to immediately pay a fine or fee; nor will promise increased benefits in exchange for money. If you believe you have been a victim of this scam, report it to the hotline fraud SSA.

Tax scams: thousands of people have fallen into the trap of scammers who pose as agents of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS, for its acronym in English) on calls that threatened to send the police to your home or arrest him for not paying their taxes. The IRS will not contact you by email or phone to request personal information or payments. If you owe taxes, you are going to ask to write your checks payable to "United States Treasury", they are not going to ask you to pay with gift cards or money orders. Visit the USAGov tax scams in Spanish to learn how to identify and report these scammers.

Romance scams: Be careful if you use an application dating or meeting someone for social networks. Many people have been duped by scammers who pose as soldiers who are abroad or doctors working for an international organization to try to get money. For more information visit the website of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC, for its acronym in English).

The health fraud: illegal sales of medical products online and offer products that claim to cure diseases, but have not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA, for its acronym in English) can cause you to lose money and risking your health. Do not believe touted as miraculous solutions, products that claim to cure cancer or Alzheimer's and products that promise quick weight low. Learn to recognize if you have been a victim of this fraud .

For more information on these and other scams and learn how to identify and report, visit the scams and frauds USAGov in Spanish:  https://www.usa.gov/espanol/estafas-fraudes

You again announces the withdrawal of the market of 5.7 million water bottles for children due to choking hazard; additional incidents have occurred with the caps provided in the replacement of the previous market withdrawal

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire

Washington, Feb. 20, 2020

Summary of the withdrawal of the market

Product name: Water Bottles washable Contigo Kids.  Risk: transparent silicone nozzle water bottle may break off, posing a choking hazard to children.  Remedy: Replacement

Consumers should immediately stop using water bottles withdrawn from the market and replacement caps provided in the removal of the previous market, remove them children and contact with You to receive a free water bottle. Consumers who received replacement covers the previous removal should contact with You to receive a new bottle for water.

Consumer Contact: Contigo free of charge to the 888-262-0622 Monday through Friday from 8 am to 5 pm Eastern time, or online at www.gocontigo.com/recall or www.gocontigo.com and click Recalls ( withdrawals from the market) at the bottom of the page for more information.

Details of the withdrawal of the market

Units: About 5.7 million ( In addition, about 157,000 were sold in Canada and around 28,000 were sold in Mexico). These water bottles were previously withdrawn from the market in August 2019.

Description: This retreat of the market includes water bottles you Contigo washable Kids and caps replacement provided to consumers as part of the withdrawal from the market of this product in August 2019. The base and the mouthpiece cover silicone transparent always They will be black. Only models with the base of the black nozzle and the black nozzle cover are included in this recall from the market. You is printed on the edge and along the front, near the bottom of the bottle. Water bottles come in three sizes (13 ounces, 14 ounces, 20 ounces) and four color variations (solid, graphics, stainless steel and stainless steel solid colors). Water bottles are sold individually and also in packages of two and three bottles.

Incidents / Injuries: Contigo received a total of 427 reports of landslides nozzle, including 27 nozzles found in the mouths of children.

Outlets: Costco, Walmart, Target and other stores nationwide and online at various websites from April 2018 through June 2019 for between $ 9 and $ 24.  Imported by: Contigo USA, Chicago, Illinois.  Manufacture: China

To report a dangerous product or a product - related injury, visit  https://www.saferproducts.gov/  (English)

Today they pretend to help. Tomorrow vanish. Beware tax consultants 'ghost'

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire & Gigi Jones, gjones@ctec.org, 916.296.6913
Photo by México Nueva Era

Sacramento, California, February 17, 2020 - There is a problem that continues to haunt those responsible for monitoring compliance with federal and state laws each fiscal term: tax consultants ghost. It is people sheltered behind the facade of an accounting firm who receive countless taxpayers and disappear just after the deadline for filing.  If you pay, you must sign. Just below your signature line.

"Certainly, these people know how to disappear, but usually trace. We still have victims who can report them, " said Susie DiMaggio, president of the Council for Fiscal California (California Tax Education Council, CTEC) Training , nonprofit organization that works state-mandated and manages the registration of 40,000 unlicensed tax advisors.

"It's an issue that even the IRS struggles to keep under control," said DiMaggio.

Here's how to operate the ghost consultants: tax returns for their clients print, ask them to sign and send the mail. Many taxpayers do not realize that the tax refund does not include the signature of the advisor. In the case of forms completed electronically, the name of the adviser either figure. These returns are submitted to the authorities as "drawn up by the taxpayer."

"They should not do that. The legend drawn up by the taxpayer indicates that only the taxpayer prepared his statement. The law requires paid consultants to sign the forms of their customers," DiMaggio said.

Other common forms of fraud consist of ...

*Paste a commercial label on the tax return instead of sign and write his name. Customers receive the copy with the "tag" which seems to have been signed; however, it presents a copy blank without commercial label any authorities.

*Advisers who say "have forgotten" to sign the return and promising sign after receiving the payment.

"The other big problem is that these returns are usually full of false deductions and credit balances. Taxpayers may well feel that the money paid to the adviser was worth it because it seems that they will receive a substantial tax refund, but end up spending more audits, penalties and higher taxes, "said Esperanza Escobedo, tax adviser registered in California and member of the board of the CTEC.

Taxpayers can file complaints ctec.org . Anonymous complaints are received. All complaints go directly to the Board of Equalization , California, which is the section of monitoring compliance with the CTEC:  https://www.ctec.org/

Blue Shield of California Promise Health Plan designates Kristen Cerf as president and chief executive officer

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire

Monterey Park, California, February 13, 2020 - Blue Shield of California Promise Health Plan appointed Kristen Cerf (photo), as president and chief executive officer. In this role, he will be responsible for ensuring that the nonprofit health plan meets the needs of its nearly 400,000 members enrolled in Medi-Cal in Los Angeles and San Diego counties. The executive replaces Dr. Greg Buchert, who has decided to retire.

Cerf, who recently served as Vice President of Strategy for the Expansion of Medi-Cal at Blue Shield Promise, will also lead the organization's growth strategy to serve a larger number of members in California.

"Kristen is an intelligent and strategic leader with a proven track record of great achievements," said Todd Walthall, executive director of Blue Shield of California. "I am sure that thanks to his experience in the industry and with the Medi-Cal health plan, he will help Blue Shield Promise offer high quality care for our current and future members."

Cerf comes to his position with more than a decade of experience in the healthcare sector. The executive joined Blue Shield of California in 2016 as deputy legal advisor. The following year, she was appointed director of legal affairs for Blue Shield Promise, overseeing all legal services of Medicare, Medi-Cal and Cal MediConnect.

At the beginning of his career he worked for three years in the Department of managed medical services. Subsequently, he offered legal assistance and advice in all aspects of Molina Healthcare's health plan operations in several states, including California, Washington and Texas. He also worked in the private legal sector, advising his clients on issues related to compliance with the Knox-Keene Health Care Services Plan Act of 1975, as well as other regulatory compliance issues.

"It is a great honor to assume this new position and have the opportunity to work with a solid team that is dedicated to helping fulfill the Blue Shield mission of serving the most vulnerable people in our state," said Cerf. "We are committed to serving a larger number of Medi-Cal members because we believe that everyone deserves access to quality medical care."

Cerf earned his bachelor's degree in microbiology with a specialization in medieval studies at the University of California, Davis, and his doctorate in jurisprudence at the McGeorge Law School of the University of the Pacific.

Fanim Industries removed from the market Harbor Breeze ceiling fans Santa Ana due to risk of injury; sold exclusively at Lowe's stores

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire

Washington, Feb. 13, 2020 - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is an independent federal agency created by Congress in 1973 and charged with protecting the American public from unreasonable risks of serious injury or death from more than 15,000 types of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction. To report a dangerous product or a product-related injury, call the CPSC hotline at 1-800-638-2772, or visit https://www.saferproducts.gov/Default.aspx. Further recall information is available at https://www.cpsc.gov./.

Summary of the withdrawal of the market

Product name: Ceiling Fan Harbor Breeze Santa Ana

Risk: brackets of the fan blades can break causing the blades of the fan are expelled, posing a risk of injury to consumers.  Remedy: Repair

Consumers should immediately stop using the ceiling fan removed and contact the firm for a free replacement set of supports for the blades.

Consumer Contact: Fanim Industries free of charge to the 888-434-3797 Monday through Friday from 8 am to 5 pm Eastern time, by email to recall@fanimation.com or online at  https://fanimation.com/ and click "Recalls" for more information and to submit your application for media replacement blade arms online.

Details of the withdrawal of the market

Units: About 70,000.  Description: This retreat of the market covers the ceiling fan Harbor Breeze Santa Ana 48 inch model LP8294LBN, UPC code 840506599178. The model number is in the engine fan and inside cover the battery compartment of portable remote control included. The withdrawn from the market has two fan blades dark walnut, aged nickel supports for the blade arms and a sphere white frosted glass with a focus inside.

Incidents / Injuries: The firm has received 210 reports broken blades or expelled out of the fan blades including 10 reports that hit consumers.

Outlets: Lowe's stores nationwide and online at www.lowes.com from May 2014 through January 2016 for about $ 150.

Imported by: LG Sourcing, Inc. in Mooresville, North Carolina,  Manufactured by: Fanim Industries of Zionsville, Indiana.  Manufacture: China

If you purchased an electronic article containing a cylindrical lithium ion, such as a laptop, a power tool, a video camera or battery replacement, your legal rights and money received by the agreements could be affected

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire & Ashley Klann, ashleyk@hbsslaw.com, 206-268-9363

Oakland, California, February 12, 2020 - Hagens Berman Sobol The firm Shapiro LLP published the following statements regarding Lithium Ion Batteries In re Antitrust Litigation (In relation to antitrust litigation batteries lithium ions).

A federal court authorized this notice. Not a requirement by a lawyer.

What these agreements should be? - LG Chem, LG Chem Ltd. and America, Inc. ( "LG Chem"), Hitachi Maxell Ltd. and Maxell Corporation of America ( "Hitachi Maxell") and NEC Corporation ( "NEC") (collectively, the "defendants in conciliation ") agreed to pay $ 44.95 million in agreements to resolve the claim that the defendants allegedly fixed the price of the cylindrical lithium ion, making people and businesses pay more for items such as laptop computers, power tools, cameras video or replacement battery for any of these products. A federal court previously approved the agreements, but now is reconsidering according to a revised distribution plan and also consider the request of the lawyer class action to restore the previous awards of attorneys' fees and reimbursement of litigation expenses .

What are my rights? - Even if do nothing, you will be bound by the decisions of the court in relation to these agreements. If you want to keep your right to sue the defendants in conciliation with respect to lithium - ion batteries, it should be excluded from the class action in writing no later than April 13, 2020. If it stays within the class action, you can object to the agreements with the defendants in conciliation in writing no later than April 13, 2020. Agreements, as well as details on how to opt out of the agreements, re-join the class action or object agreements with defendants in conciliation are available on the website of the agreements ( http://www.reversethecharge.com/ ) .

The Court will hold a final fairness hearing at 2:00 pm on Wednesday, May 20, 2020, in the Court of the United States located at 1301 Clay Street, Ward 1, 4th Floor, Oakland, CA 94612, to consider approval of the agreements with the defendants in conciliation. The attorney class action lawsuit may request during the hearing that professional fees do not exceed 30% of the Fund's cumulative Agreement $ 113.45 obtained in this case so far, or $ 33,829,176, plus costs and expenses in an amount not to exceed the $ 6,751,735.84 and service fees representatives of the class action in the amount of $ 10,000 each for their work on behalf of the plaintiffs, and $ 25,000 for two government entities. If you object, you or your attorney may appear and speak at the hearing to discuss the agreements with the defendants in conciliation and / or application fees, fees for public services of the lawyers representing the class action, or repayment of costs and expenses on their own, but not required to appear. The hearing could change date or time without notice later, so we advise you seek additional information on the website. Please do not contact to the court regarding this case. Details are available on the website of the agreement ( http://www.reversethecharge.com/ ) and by telephone call to the 1-855-730-8645.

Just published: Parent 's Guide to social networks and mental health

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire & Jeffrey Lewis, jeffrey@legacyhealthendowment.org, 209-250-2312. 
Photo by www.anar.org

Turlock, California, February 4, 2020  - Legacy Health Endowment (LHE) has published a guide for parents on social networking entitled, Parents -What You Wish You Knew: A Quick Guide to the Basics of Social Media (and the Potential Risks for Children and Teens). The guide aims to help parents and guardians to really understand the use of social networks by their children, and their potential impact on the mental health of them.

The complete guide can be viewed and downloaded on the site  https://legacyhealthendowment.org/   no cost.

Readers can know the potential risks of Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, TikTok, YouTube and Snapchat, social networking applications most downloaded to date. For each of these applications, the guide provides an overview, tips on what to consider and clear instructions that parents can use to improve the safety of their children and adolescents. The guide also includes a glossary of popular terms and information management tools online security, organizations for the safe use of the media and mental health organizations, and applications more popular than their children and adolescents may they are used.

"We've created the guide What You Wish You Knew to help parents and caregivers better understand the warnings surrounding the most popular applications of social networks. This guide provides advice on measures include you can take to protect health mind your children. There is information coming out continually claiming that there is a correlation between increased use of social networks and mental health poor. it has become clear that educate parents and guardians would be useful and of great impact, "said Jeffrey Lewis, president and CEO of LHE.

Lewis added: "It is important to understand that children and teens who use social networks are more vulnerable to depression, anxiety, low self-esteem and even greater propensity to suicide and, for some, social networks have become. in his social anxiety disorder. "

"This guide on social networks will be a great resource for parents to help them understand how the various media and the possible impact on the behavioral health of their children work," said Dr. Sunita Saini, MD FAAP, one certified pediatrician based in California.

"As a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend that parents and caregivers carefully review this document and develop their own family plan media for their children. Excessive access to social networks and the media in general, can it mean that children do not have enough time during the day to play, study, communicate in person with others or even sleep. the idea is to balance the use of the media and parents to understand the consequences of their inaction, "said the Dra. Saini.

Cooking for the well-being of your heart is easy with avocados

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire & Vickie Allande-Fite para Hass Avocado Board, vickie.fite@mslgroup.com, (310) 264-6966

It is of great importance for Hispanic men to control cholesterol levels and thus reduce the possibility of heart disease and stroke

Mission Viejo, California, February 4, 2020 - February is Heart Health Month, which brings opportunities to learn about your heart health care and how to prevent the risks that lead to heart disease and the possibility of heart attack or stroke. Because Hispanic men have the highest rates of high cholesterol, relative to all men in the United States, 1 it is especially important to offer Hispanic families practical advice to incorporate healthy foods and customs into their daily routine. For example, eating good fats, as a substitute for bad fats, can have a positive impact on heart health. Avocados, in addition to being delicious and creamy, provide good fats and can be incorporated into a wide variety of recipes. From salads to soups and main dishes, avocados add nutritional benefits without sacrificing the taste or satisfaction of eating.

"It is possible to prevent heart disease and the possibility of a stroke - but you have to know what the risk factors are and take appropriate measures for your own well-being," said Malena Perdomo, registered dietitian and spokesperson for Fresh Avocados - Taste One Today. "Heart care begins with small steps. According to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans For Americans, replacing bad fats with good fats can reduce harmful cholesterol levels. With this in mind, strive to be creative in the kitchen. opportunities to limit bad fat and ensure the benefits of good fats for the whole family. "

The benefits of fresh avocados continue to be investigated, increasing the evidence in favor of the consumption of avocados and their benefits for heart health. The most recent study on this topic focused on the relationship between avocado consumption and the reduction of bad cholesterol. In that study, 45 overweight or obese adults were observed, and it was investigated whether a diet that includes an avocado a day would reduce oxidation signals that reflect bad cholesterol and increase the presence of antioxidants compared to a low fat diet or moderate.2

SaboreaUnoHoy.com was created especially for Hispanic families with the idea of ​​offering nutrition tips and tasty recipes with avocados that favor the well-being of the heart. For example, Grilled Salmon Tacos include a cabbage salad with a creamy avocado dressing that will cheer up the whole family without having to use so many fatty ingredients. This recipe is included in Healthy Swaps for the Heart, a free recipe book that can be downloaded at https://www.saboreaunohoy.com/corazon/?utm_source=press-release-spa&utm_medium=hh-landing-page&utm_campaign=hearthealth2020

VIZIO partners with FOX Deportes as official sponsor of the NFLeros for the pre-match of this Sunday's big game

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire
By Mike Wood, VIZIO, Tel.: 310-850-9663, correo-e: Mike.wood@vizio.com; Gabriella Velez, 5W Public Relations, Tel.: 646.843.1804, correo-e: VIZIO@5wpr.com

Millions of users will be able to watch the most important football game in their VIZIO SmartCast ™ TV via FOX Deportes

Irvine, California, January 31, 2020 - VIZIO, Inc. teams up with FOX Deportes as the official sponsor of NFLeros while the television host leads the most watched American football game to the Spanish-speaking public. VIZIO makes the best entertainment experiences available to consumers across the country and, thanks to its powerful smart TV platform, VIZIO SmartCast, will give access to the NFLeros during the previous and all Sunday.

Before the big game, the NFLeros will immerse the public in the NFL experience with a unique Latin perspective through exclusive content. VIZIO's M-Series® and P-Series® Quantum Smart TV options include more brightness and better image quality for fans to enjoy every touchdown, fumble and field goal as if they were in the middle of the action.

"People are looking forward to the arrival of Sunday to watch the great game of the whole year; before it was not easy to find a broadcast with comments in Spanish. We are excited to partner with FOX Deportes, the only place to watch the game in Spanish," said Bill Baxter, chief technology officer of VIZIO. "Sports lovers know better than anyone that having the best sound system and the best TV makes a difference when they recreate, at home, the experience of going to the stadium. At VIZIO we are not only proud to bring exceptional quality and value to millions of customers from all over the country thanks to our product catalog, and with this alliance we are happy to bring this weekend's great game to even more fans. "

The public can follow the transmission of NFL Sports and the game via the Internet through FOX Sports and FOX Now apps with the support of Apple AirPlay 2 and Chromecast integrated by VIZIO. In addition, VIZIO will sponsor FOX Deportes on the court in Miami with VIZIO TV on-site and promotional broadcasts all week. This alliance also redoubled the dedication of VIZIO to create great experiences for all audiences.

In preparation for Sunday, VIZIO offers great discounts on many SmartCast TV devices, with savings of between $ 100 and $ 1,000 on M-Series and P-Series models at retail stores such as Best Buy, Sam's Club and Costco.  For more information about VIZIO, visit  https://www.vizio.com/en/home .

Introducing The 19th, a press room nonprofit and nonpartisan to inform, engage and empower Americans

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire
By Ryann Collier, ryann@arrowatwork.com , 972-567-4246

Veteran journalists launch a national news channel to cover gender issues, politics and policies

Austin, Texas, Jan. 27, 2020 - A team of veteran women journalists from across the country today announced the launch of The 19th, www.19thnews.org , a new national drafting room without profit and non-partisan to thoroughly cover the intersection between gender, politics and policies. Its mission is to empower women, particularly underserved and underrepresented in American media with information, community and the tools they need to participate on equal terms in our democracy.

The 19th: A Nonprofit, nonpartisan Newsroom To Inform, Engage And Empower America's Women

CEO co-founded by Emily Ramshaw and editor Amanda Zamora -both veterans of The Texas Tribune, the goal of The 19th is to provide women of all backgrounds a place to tell their stories and be reflected with relevant news coverage. The original journalism created by The 19th reimaginará coverage of politics and policy through a gender perspective, and can read and share free of charge.

Among the members of the founding team of The 19th they are:

Emily Ramshaw, cofounder and CEO of The 19th, was previously managing editor of The Texas Tribune, an award - winning digital news nonpartisan initiative and most successful model nation for local news business. Ramshaw began his career at The Dallas Morning News and member of the board of the Pulitzer Prize.

Amanda Zamora, co - founder and editor of The 19th, he served nearly two decades as a digital publisher you, product manager and strategist audience in newsrooms like ProPublica and The Washington Post. Most recently, he was director general audience at The Texas Tribune.

Johanna Derlega, CEO of revenue The 19th, as of recently launched Broad Branch Strategies, a consulting firm focused on income and communications. Previously, he oversaw the work related to income, marketing events and as editor of The Hill and senior vice president at National Journal.

Errin Haines, independent publisher of The 19th, was formerly national writer on racial issues for The Associated Press. It is an award winning journalist with nearly two decades of experience you interviews, even Los Angeles Times, Orlando Sentinel and The Washington Post.

Andrea Valdez, chief editor of The 19th, was previously managing editor of the Texas Observer, WIRED.com editor and publisher of the website of Texas Monthly. She is the author of How to be a Texan: The Manual. (How to be a Texan).

The 19th will be based in Austin, Texas, and its employees live and work throughout the country. The news organization is currently hiring to cover 17 additional posts and offers benefits that include six months of paid family leave for new parents.

Individuals who wish to learn more about the new newsroom nonprofit The 19th can sign up to receive news and become founding members in https://www.19thnews.org/ . They can also follow The 19th on Twitter at @ 19thnews .

Members of the team founders of The 19th include: Amanda Zamora, co-founder and editor; Errin Haines, freelance editor; Andrea Valdez, chief editor; Emily Ramshaw, cofounder and CEO, and Johanna Derlega, CEO of income.

The Union of Bricklayers welcomes its new executive leadership

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire
By Brian Kennedy, director of Policy, Strategy and Communications of the BAC, bkennedy@bacweb.org , 202-383-3113; Elizabeth Kekeris, communications director for the International Masonry Institute (International Masonry Institute, IMI), ekekeris@imiweb.org , 301-291-2118

Washington, Jan. 28, 2020 - In January 2020, the International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Trades (International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers, BAC) welcomed a former secretary-treasurer Timothy J. Driscoll as president following the retirement of James Boland.

Timothy J. Driscoll (left), president of the International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Trades (PRNewsFoto / International Masonry Training)

"I have enormous confidence in Tim's strong leadership, excellent judgment and commitment to the union and each of its members. The BAC is in good hands and has a bright future," Boland said.

Arnold Robert Driscoll appointed to work alongside the Executive Board. Arnold, former director of National Apprenticeship and Training International Foundation for Education and Training Masonry (International Masonry Training and Education Foundation, IMTEF), will serve as secretary-treasurer.

On the appointment of Arnold, Driscoll said: "Work closely with Bob for many years in projects of vital importance for the future of the union's enthusiasm Bob for education and training, its path of openness to innovation and promotion. members of underrepresented sectors, and overall dedication to the members of the BAC makes it an ideal candidate for this moment in the history of our union. "

Robert Arnold (right), secretary-treasurer of the International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Trades (PRNewsFoto / International Masonry Training)

IMTEF Foundation, together with the Joint Committees of Apprenticeship and Training (Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committees, JATC) along and across the US. UU. and Canada, provide members of the BAC apprenticeship opportunities and training in masonry throughout life. From the February 1, 2020, the Foundation IMTEF will have the pleasure of having Anthony DiPerna, president of the local guild 3 in New York of the Union of Bricklayers and Allied Trades (BAC) as National Director of Apprenticeship and Training.

Driscoll, new president of the BAC said: "fills us with enthusiasm to welcome fellow DiPerna this leadership position key to our industry I have enormous confidence that the years of experience Tony as a construction worker, supervisor, officer of his guild. Local and president of the local JATC have prepared him to lead the education and training of the BAC over the next decade and for many years ".
To see releases detailed release on the new executive leadership of the BAC and the National Director of Apprenticeship and Training IMTEF Foundation, see Driscoll will take over as president of the Union of Bricklayers after the announcement of the retirement of Boland and The Foundation International education and Training Masonry announces the appointment of DiPerna as national Director of Apprenticeship and Training .

Anthony DiPerna (left), National Director of Apprenticeship and Training of the International Foundation for Education and Training in Masonry (PRNewsFoto / International Masonry Training)

The International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Trades, headquartered in Washington, DC, is the oldest union in North America and represents some 75,000 skilled construction workers in the United States and Canada, workers including engaged in the placement, mounting, installation , application, polishing or finishing or brick, ceramic, cement, plaster, stone, marble, concrete, terrazzo and mosaics.

The International Foundation for Education and Training in Masonry, along with the Joint Committees of Apprenticeship and Training (JATC) along and across the US and Canada, offer opportunities for apprenticeship and training in masonry throughout life members of the International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Trades (BAC) to help them expand their skills and advance in their profession.

United Against Cancer announces the first initiative to increase diversity in clinical trials on cancer

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire.   Photo by www.comunicar-salud.com.ar
By Fiona McRobert, Stand Up To Cancer, 424-283-3631, fmcrobert@su2c.org; Jane E. Rubinstein, Stand Up To Cancer, 646-386-7969 ofc / 516-993-0708 cel, jrubinstein@su2c.org

The United Against Cancer Cancer equality initiative aims to reduce racial and ethnic inequalities in cancer research and improve outcomes for minorities

Los Angeles, January 27, 2020 - United Against Cancer (SU2C) today announced an innovative initiative to increase the representation of minorities in clinical trials on cancer. All future proposals for research grants sponsored by United Against Cancer should now include and address the crucial issues related to the recruitment and retention of patients from ethnic groups to improve diversity in terms of participation in clinical trials on cancer. . The announcement was made at the annual United Against Cancer Summit, which was attended by the leaders of United Against Cancer and more than 300 prominent cancer researchers representing each of the Luxury Teams, Research Teams and grants Individuals of United Against Cancer.

The lack of diversity in terms of participation in clinical trials on cancer has been present continuously for decades, largely due to socio-economic, cultural, trustworthy and other barriers.

"As one of the main sponsors of cancer research, we believe it is our duty to ensure that minority representation in clinical trials on cancer is addressed. Now, more than ever, a better understanding of the role of cancer Biology in cancer treatment, advances in precision treatment and the development of new technologies demand that we also achieve significant improvements in the diversity of participation in clinical trials, "said Sung Poblete, PhD, RN, executive director of United Contra Cancer. "We are confident that this initiative will represent a significant and valuable impact to ensure that all communities have equal access to treatments that could save their lives."

Despite a general decrease in deaths due to cancer in the US. UU. Since 1991, not all patients have benefited equally from advances in prevention, early detection, precision medicine and targeted cancer treatments. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. UU. (FDA), currently only 4% of participants in clinical trials are African-American, 4% are Hispanic and 15% are Asian, despite minority groups in the US. UU. They have the highest mortality rate and the shortest survival rate for most types of cancer.

The Committee for Equal Health in Clinical Trials on United Cancer Against Cancer, together with the leaders of the scientific area of ​​United Against Cancer, has created a contracting language that will be used from now on to request proposals for Luxury Teams, Research Teams and other grants within the United Against Cancer research portfolio to increase the diversity of participation in clinical trials on cancer.

WEB:  https://www.gene.com/patients/advancing-inclusive-research

Blue Shield of California Health Plan Promise grants $ 1.1 million to improve the health of communities throughout Southern California

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire
By Mashi Nyssen, Blue Shield Promise, 323-827-6104, media@blueshieldca.com

The non - profit health plan works with community organizations to improve access to quality care for the most vulnerable communities

Los Angeles, January 22, 2020 - Blue Shield of California Promise Health Plan announced today that it will award more than $ 1.1 million to community organizations to improve access to quality care in Los Angeles County . The objective of the funds is to support the continuous work of local non-profit organizations that are transforming the health of our marginalized communities.

Councilman David E. Ryu presented an award to Todd Walthall operations executive officer Blue Shield of California to the award more than $ 1.1 million to 12 community organizations to improve access to quality care in Los Angeles County. Las12 community organizations were recognized during the presentation of the Council for their work and compromise in local communities.

The announcement took place during a meeting of the City Council of Los Angeles in which the councilmen recognized Blue Shield Promise and 12 community organizations for their commitment and efforts to improve the health of the inhabitants of Los Angeles.

"The health care starts at the community level, and from the care of mental health to gun violence and the rights of disabled people, these 12 organizations are pioneers in enabling proactive care for our most vulnerable communities," he said councilman David E. Ryu, who chairs the Senate health, education, neighborhoods, parks, art, recreation and rivers, before the meeting of the council. "I sincerely thank Blue Shield of California Health Plan and its Promise to support the transformative work of these local nonprofits."

"We are proud of the impact that these collaborations will improve access to the local care and health outcomes throughout Southern California," said Greg Buchert, president of Blue Shield of California Health Plan Promise. "These organizations already have a positive influence on the lives of many people, so we want to support their ongoing work to transform the health and welfare of local communities."

Community organizations that will receive the funds have programs that address a variety of issues, including health education, mental health awareness, trauma caused by violence and food insecurity. These non-profit groups continue to act as an information center and proactively promote initiatives to improve community health.

Blue Shield Promise recognizes the importance of working with community advocates to prevent disease and improve access of marginalized communities to a healthy life. Promote a healthy lifestyle can improve health for more people, especially among the most vulnerable populations.

For more news about Blue Shield of California, visit our News Center in Spanish in es.news.blueshieldca.com or follow us on LinkedIn , Twitter or Facebook .

Häagen-Dazs Cacao Ruby announces the limited edition collection at the Häagen-Dazs shops and other stores

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire
By Ally Schuman, Interfuse Communications, 646-935-4067, ally.schuman@interfusecomms.com

These brand new products have the unique flavor of blackberries from the cocoa bean ruby, deliciously complemented by an extraordinary ice cream

Oakland, California, January 23, 2020 - The Häagen-Dazs brand offers a new flavor and vivid color experience your Premium ice cream for a limited time. Customers can find Crackle Cacao Ruby and Ruby TRIO CRISPY LAYERS Cacao Ice Cream Bars in stores across the country, while the Häagen-Dazs shops offer sundaes, rods and cones dipped in cocoa ruby. Ruby Cacao Haagen-Dazs collection is the first product line of ice cream ruby ​​cocoa in the United States.

Ruby Cacao limited edition collection Häagen-Dazs of Cacao Crackle presents Ruby and Ruby TRIO CRISPY LAYERS Cacao Ice Cream Bars in stores nationwide from March 2020.

As for wine grapes, cocoa beans are influenced by the environment where they germinate. Ruby cocoa beans can be found in Ecuador, Brazil and Ivory Coast. From there, the tone and flavor ruby ​​are released during the fermentation process unique grain. After dark chocolate, milk and white, ruby ​​cocoa bean is the most extraordinary discovery in 80 years.

"The Häagen-Dazs brand encourages customers to indulge in the best, and Ruby Cacao collection is an extraordinary new experience that people should try," said Rachel Jaiven, brand manager of Häagen-Dazs. "The taste is fresh, fruity and smooth with a hint of blackberry and a touch of cocoa. The brand has combined expertly delicious and unique flavor profile and intriguing color ruby ​​with exquisite ice cream Haagen-Dazs, offering customers a variety of ways to enjoy this exceptional innovation. "

Visit https://www.haagendazs.us/shops find the nearest store.

Visit https://www.haagendazs.us/ to learn more about our new collection Ruby Cacao.

Ana G. Mendez University signed cooperation agreement with the Association of Public Accountants (CPA) of Puerto Rico, Florida chapter

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire
By Jose Diaz, Phone: (407) 230-5223, Jose.11d@gmail.com

Orlando, Florida, January 22, 2020  - In order to continue promoting the development of Hispanic professionals in the area of ​​accounting that meet the skills required by the labor market, Ana G. Mendez University and the college of Public Accountants (CPA) of Puerto Rico, Florida chapter, signed a cooperation agreement on the campus of the university in the city of Orlando.

The agreement was signed by Ricardo Rodriguez, vice president of AGMU and Gustavo Torres, CPA President of the Florida Chapter of the Association of Certified Public Accountants of PR. As a result of this partnership will be created a committee to ensure the comprehensive development of academic excellence and the formation of an accounting student chapter. Also, the solidifying university its community commitment to the development of monthly forums run by accountants, members of the College of Certified Public Accountants (CPA) of Puerto Rico chapter of Florida, in which talks of economic advice will be offered in Spanish for local residents.

"In Ana G. Mendez University we are in the relentless pursuit of options that allow us to innovate and develop professionals who meet the new requirements dictated by the labor market as a result of cultural and technological social, economic, occurring daily. it is for this reason that we are signing the first agreement with a professional entity so that the university is integrated into the community. Ana G. Mendez University brings 70 years training professionals in Puerto Rico and 15 in the United States, but today we look beyond education and integrate into the community to support business development of Hispanics in the United States and the industry in general. This agreement allows us to be the central point where we can through our facilities, opening the doors to centers meetings for entities and professional quality of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, learning and codes of ethics with which cuen so, they can develop business forums in our enclosures. Both Orlando and south of the state ", said Rodriguez.

The partnership is the first to be signed under the Executive Partnership Program, which aims to create networks between employers and students in order to promote the transfer of knowledge, boost emprendiemiento and keep the institution at the forefront of innovation in the business industry.

"Indeed, the alliance between the University and the College of Public Accountants (CPA) of Puerto Rico chapter of Florida allows us to strengthen support networks and explore with the student community and teaching real issues affecting professionals in this branch. as well as promoting a local platform for economic development of Puerto Rico, "said Gustavo Torres, CPA President of the chapter.

Likewise the agreement stipulates the provision of internships and volunteer opportunities for students and creating a committee that promotes the exchange of ideas and assisting in the planning of academic accounting curriculum to ensure that it meets the requirements of the current regulations.

The School of Business and Entrepreneurship Ana G. Mendez University offers bachelors and masters in high-demand careers in Florida.

Goya Foods and the National Association of Supermarkets donate toys to orphaned children in the Dominican Republic

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire

Jersey City, New Jersey, January 22, 2020 - Goya Foods, the largest in the United States and the National Supermarkets Association, Hispanic food company donated toys to children in the orphanage children Christ in La Romana, Dominican Republic.

As part of the Goya Gives company initiative, Goya has supported the orphanage since its founding in 2012. Each year, Goya donates food and provides financial support to the orphanage. It also conducts a mentoring program whereby employees Goya become mentors many of the same children during their school years. The NSA is committed to providing additional support such as donations and continuous guidance to children who need it most.

"We have been members of the NSA since its inception and we are proud to continue our partnership with an organization that cares about the welfare and health of their communities. Our mission to support the needy fully agrees with the NSA and we can not think of a better way to partner, to provide love and support even more children throughout the year as well as gifts during the holiday season, "said Bob Unanue, President of Goya

Goya has been a member of the NSA for 30 years and has worked with the NSA to further support the communities they serve both organizations in the United States and abroad. "The NSA strives to work on projects that give back to the communities from which we come and we serve, so we are very proud to partner with Goya, to bring joy and mentoring these kids," said William Rodriguez, president of the NSA.

Acacia Network Pledges Support to Puerto Rico Again 

By Angel M. Santini Palos, Acacia Network asantini@acacianetwork.org or 917-634-6963 & Helen Ceballos, Mezcolanza, Inc. mailmezcolanza@gmail.com or 787-207-2413
Photo by YouTube

Acacia to Launch ‘Brigadas al Sur’ Campaign with Local Puerto Rican Partners

New York, NY (January 16, 2020) - Acacia Network, Inc. (Acacia Network), in response to the recent earthquakes to hit our beloved island, has launched a relief effort to assist the people of Puerto Rico in the aftermath of the tremors they are still experiencing. Acacia Network, the largest Puerto Rican Hispanic non-profit organization in the U.S., activated Acacia Puerto Rico Inc. (Acacia PR), their non-profit working in Puerto Rico to assist with the immediate needs of the communities directly affected by the past tremors, particularly in the southern parts of the island that are most vulnerable, namely Guanica, Guayanilla, Guayama, Peñuelas, Lajas, Ponce and more.

Acacia PR in partnership with more than 15 local organizations, community-based institutions and individuals in Puerto Rico met this week to develop a three-month work plan called ‘Brigadas al Sur’. Among these organizations are Salud Integral de la Montaña, Minister Mark, Salud y Acupuntura para el Pueblo, Mesón del Amor, Esperanza para la Vejez, Executive Home Services, Centro Metropolitano de Servicios Comunitarios, ERS Consulting Group and the artistic and cultural platform Mezcolanza.

Acacia PR, along with their partners will provide the most vulnerable residents, including the sick and injured, the elderly and the very young of the southern communities, with hand delivered aid including water, food, hygiene supplies, mosquito nets, solar lamps, basic medications and general necessities. We’re also including a wide range of informative talks on management and prevention in cases of earthquakes, gender violence, and legal assistance. We’re hosting wellness activities to lift the spirits of our people with meditation and acupuncture clinics, massage therapy, reiki sessions, art classes, theater, storytelling for kids, live music, lunch service and hot dinners.

Among the priorities of these organizations is the commitment to the continuity of the programs and the established projects beyond the current emergency. We are building upon Rafaga Solidaria, an initiative that was created post Hurricane Maria, and we are dedicated to sustaining this work plan for the next three months in order to create a positive impact on the affected communities who will benefit from these services. The ‘Brigadas al Sur’ project will begin next Tuesday, January 21, with a weekly calendar of three visits per week to different centers for the elderly and affected communities on the island.

Acacia Network has always operated by identifying and empowering the already existing assets in our communities. Our interventions have been measured and timed to spread the seeds of relief across horizontal community networks in ways that maximize impact, empower local players, and promote responsibility, accountability, and solidarity. We believe that it is those already doing work across communities, those with the intimate knowledge of their neighborhoods, those versant in the local histories that are optimally positioned to lend support in times of need.

Post Hurricane Maria, Acacia Network created support brigades for the distribution of food, water, tarps, electric generators, solar lamps and other necessities in more than 63 municipalities throughout the island. We will continue to build upon our Resilient Housing Prototype initiatives integrating the fundamental elements of resilience in a modern, dignified and safe housing. The house incorporates the Puerto Rican balcony, the interior patio, cross ventilation and natural light next to the rainwater collection and filtration systems, photovoltaic cell system with batteries, gas heater and gas stove. All this will allow future residents to continue their daily activities even in the face of a major atmospheric phenomenon in Puerto Rico.

“Acacia Network sees Puerto Rico as an extension of our family, and similar to any family member in crisis, we are here to assist and support Puerto Rico in any capacity they need,” said Raul Russi, President & CEO Acacia Network. “We are working directly with the local people in Puerto Rico to determine what they need and deliver direct aid.”

Acacia PR is accepting contributions to support the people of Puerto Rico. 100% of ALL donations will go directly to victims of the earthquakes and tremors. All checks should be made payable to Acacia Puerto Rico Inc. and mailed to Melany Compres at 300 East 175th Street, Bronx, NY 10457. For credit card donations, you may contact Melany Compres via email at mcompres@acacianetwork.org.

Acacia Puerto Rico Inc. is a tax exempt non-for-profit organization as described in section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and is qualified to receive tax deductible contributions.

About Acacia Network, Inc. - Acacia Network, an integrated care organization with offices in New York City, Buffalo, Albany, and Syracuse in New York State, as well as Florida, Maryland, Tennessee, Georgia, Connecticut, and Puerto Rico, is the leading Latino integrated care non-profit in the nation. Our mission is realized through three main service delivery systems: Primary Health Care, Behavioral Health Care, and Housing. Acacia Network’s extensive array of community-based services are fully integrated, ensure easy access, are bilingual and culturally competent, and actively incorporate consumer and community level input. With 63 years of combined experience, Acacia Network has demonstrated ability to scale high quality, comprehensive services for thousands of the most vulnerable residents in the communities we serve.

CPSC advises consumers to stop using the rocking cradle Sleeper Bed SwaddleMe By Your Summer Infant (USA), Inc.

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire

Washington, Jan. 17, 2020 - The Commission on Product Safety US Consumer (US Consumer Product Safety Commission, CPSC) recently alerted the public about the products inclined to sleep a baby, such as cots or baby cradles inclined. Now the CPSC is warning consumers about the rocking cradle Sleeper Bed SwaddleMe By Your Summer Infant, Inc.

Rocking Cradle SwaddleMe By Your Summer Infant Sleeper Bed

Based on the evaluation of the product by the CPSC staff, in how it is used, and analysis of independent experts, the CPSC staff believes that the rocking cradle or little bed Summer Infant SwaddleMe By Your Bed Sleeper features babies choking hazard. While the CPSC is not aware of any incident or death related to camita SwaddleMe By Your Summer Infant Sleeper Bed, CPSC urges consumers to stop using the product immediately.

To date, CPSC and Summer Infant have not reached an agreement to withdraw from the market the rocking cradle SwaddleMe By Your Bed Sleeper. CPSC plans to continue pressing to remove it from the market.

The company continues to emphasize that the best place for a baby to sleep is on a firm, flat surface in a crib, bassinet or playpen. Parents and caregivers should never add blankets, pillows or other items to the place where the baby sleeps. Babies should always be placed face up to sleep.

Report any incident with cradles inclined to the CPSC in  https://www.saferproducts.gov/Default.aspx

Northgate Gonzalez Market celebrates its 40th anniversary of becoming the leading Latino - themed supermarket in California

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire
By Stephen Chavez, (310) 486-4104, stephen@milagro-chavezpr.com

With 41 locations in Southern California, Northgate Gonzalez Market is a true success story of immigrants to the time it is ready for continued growth

Anaheim, California, January 16, 2020 - From humble beginnings to turn a small liquor store a grocery market in 1980, a family of Mexican immigrants transformed her dream into a success story U.S. Forty years later, Northgate Gonzalez Market event marks an important anniversary this month, with 41 locations, and is becoming the leading supermarket chain in Latin themed Southern California.

Family History - It all started when Don Miguel Gonzalez emigrated first of Jalostotitlán, Jalisco, Mexico to the United States in the early 1960s in search of the American dream. Its small shoe store burned down and realized I had to move to the United States to support his large family. I come home every year and eventually lead to his entire family to the United States in 1976. In the American nation, Don Miguel and his sons spent years working for others: soldering iron, working for sewing, washing dishes and driving trucks.

Finally, Don Miguel took a loan and Miguel Jr. sold his house to buy a liquor store called Northgate in the city of Anaheim, which opened on January 2, 1980. From the first day, Don Miguel and his 13 sons worked in the store . devoting countless hours to make the store a success. They hired their first employee a year and a half later.

Northgate Gonzalez Market owners with store employees. The grocery chain currently has 41 stores and about 6,000 employees throughout Southern California. (PRNewsFoto / Northgate Gonzalez Market)

The matriarch of the family, affectionately known as its CEO (Director Emotional), Doña Teresa Gonzalez Reynoso, was not working in the stores, however, was extremely essential to hold together the family business. Today, more than 36 members of the third generation working for the company González.

The Gonzalez family had no money in 1980 to change the original shop sign. When they raised the necessary capital, they decided to keep the name when they realized that "Northgate" reflected even more important: "The Gate of the North" alluding to the journey of his own family north to improve their lives.

Learn more at  http://www.northgatemarkets.com/install/

The Home Depot Foundation allocates $250,000 to help Puerto Rico after the earthquake

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire
By Financial Community: Isabel Janci, Vice President Investor Relations and Treasurer, 770-384-2666, isabel_janci@homedepot.com . News Media: Kristen Mather, Public Relations, The Home Depot Foundation, 770-384-4155, kristen_mather@homedepot.com .

Atlanta, Jan. 16, 2020 - The Home Depot Foundation today announced a donation of $250,000 in response to the continuing seismic activity that shakes Puerto Rico.

The Home Depot Foundation is working with its national partners non-profit, including the Red Cross American, Convoy of Hope, Operation Blessing, Team Rubicon and All Hands and Hearts to assess the needs, distribute food and emergency supplies and provide care individual. Emergency supplies are, among others, water, covered with tarpaulin, mosquito nets, first aid kits, generators and more.

"Our hearts are with our partners, customers and communities affected by the continuous seismic activity in Puerto Rico , " said Shannon Gerber, executive director of The Home Depot Foundation. "We have participated in efforts to long - term recovery in Puerto Rico since Hurricane Mary in 2017 and will continue to work closely with our partners non-profit to bring relief to communities impacted by the earthquake."

The Homer Fund, the program of assistance to employees of Home Depot, has been actively processing donations to affected associates in Puerto Rico. In 2019, The Homer Fund donated more than $ 1 million to associates in need after a disaster.

For more details on The Home Depot Foundation, visit  https://corporate.homedepot.com/foundation

CVS Health supports its customers affected by the earthquakes in Puerto Rico

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire.   Photo by EFE Agency
By Stephanie Cunha, CVS Pharmacy, 401-209-0755, Stephanie.Cunha@CVSHealth.com

The company provides advanced benefits in prescriptions and donations in kind to the affected residents

Woonsocket, Rhode Island, January 16, 2020 - CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) has agreed to fill prescriptions medical, providing pharmaceutical services and provide other assistance to Puerto Rico after three catastrophic earthquakes recorded last week. The pharmaceutical company is offering services to members of the Health Insurance Administration of Puerto Rico (ASES) to ensure that residents of the country have expanded access to medicines in these difficult times.

A woman walks in front of the facade of a building after the 6.4 magnitude earthquake on January 7, which has not ceased its replicas in Ponce, P.R.

"As we witness the impact of earthquakes that continue to flog Puerto Rico and the surrounding islands, CVS Health is committed to providing care and medical services crucial to its residents. CVS Pharmacy has approached pharmacists patients through text messages and emails to let them know of our services right now and as the situation evolves, "said Brian Bosnic, vice president of CVS Health division.

CVS Pharmacy and CVS Caremark, business management of pharmaceutical benefits of CVS Health, triggered a process that allows pharmacists to any of the 25 locations on the island to restock once as an emergency supply of medicines ten days members of their plans. Patients taking drugs and specialty were affected in areas hit by the earthquakes will have alternatives available for delivery of drugs, including messaging services. Members may also use the service storage and refrigeration specialty drug in situ to preserve its validity.

In addition, CVS Health is partnering with the Hispanic Federation and donated $ 100,000 in kind to residents and first responders; donated items include diapers, baby wipes, sunscreen, toothbrushes and mosquito repellent, as well as cleaning products such as gloves, garbage bags and face masks. Also, the local CVS Pharmacy in Ponce, establishing nearest CVS to the area most damaged, distributed 42 pallets of bottled water at no charge this Saturday, January 18, 2020, from 10:00 am Check east. Residents receive a bottle of water in order of arrival and this will be distributed at CVS Pharmacy at 2511 Ponce Bypass, Ponce, Puerto Rico 10:00 am to 5:00 pm eastern time, or while supplies supplies.

"We deeply appreciate the generosity of CVS and how quickly mobilized to bring food, care and comfort to our people in Puerto Rico. Thanks to their commitment and care we have been able to help and give hope to those most in need," he said Frankie Miranda, president of the Hispanic Federation.

Visit the Search establishments ( https://www.cvs.com/ ) to find a local CVS Pharmacy in your area.

Goya Foods Culinary Arts offers grants for $20,000 students from across the nation

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire
Deadline: 17 February 2020

Jersey City, New Jersey, January 13, 2020 - Goya Foods, the Spanish company's largest US food, provide grants of $ 20,000 to four students from across the nation as part of the program "Goya Culinary Arts Scholarship" which is awarded annually to students who want to start a college career in this field.

Program "Goya Culinary Arts Scholarship" is available on a competitive basis to students entering an accredited institution in the US to pursue a career two- or four years in the field of Culinary Arts and / or Science Alimenticias. To be eligible, students must be entering their first year from the fall of 2020 and meet other requirements to qualify for this scholarship of $ 5,000 per academic year, renewable up to three additional years for a maximum of $ 20,000, assuming students maintain the eligibility criteria.

"Goya has a long history of giving back to the community and implement educational programs to help strengthen the development and growth of our youth and education systems," says Peter Unanue, Executive Vice President of Goya Foods. "The Goya Scholarship Fund acts not only as a symbol of our gratitude to our community, but helps also to promote the importance of higher education".

Applicants for the "Scholarships Goya Culinary Arts" program will be selected according to criteria 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 requirements for consideration, an applicant must: (1) enter in the fall of 2020 as freshmen full - time in a two or four years at an accredited institution in the United States. (2) specialize in the field of Culinary Arts and / or Food Science; (3) have a minimum cumulative average (GPA) of 3.00 on a scale of 4.00; (4) complete 10 hours a month of community service for the duration of the scholarship (5) be citizens or legal permanent residents of the United States with a valid Social Security or have obtained deferred action for childhood arrivals (DACA , for its acronym in English).  Registrations will be accepted until 17 February 2020.

For more information and to register, go to:  https://learnmore.scholarsapply.org/goyaculinary/

American Latinos United created to defeat President Trump

The new political action committee, led by former Los Angeles mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Fernando Espuelas, will focus on the participation of Latino voters in key pendular states to win the victory of the Democratic nominee in the polling stations

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire.   Photo by vix.com
By ALUmedia@americanlatinosunited.com

Washington, January 13, 2020 - Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and businessman Fernando Espuelas announced today the launch of the SuperPAC American Latinos United (ALU), focused on defeating President Donald Trump (photo), by activating to Latino voters in key disputed states.

The mission of ALU and its only strategic objective is to reduce the proportion that favors President Trump in the Hispanic electorate through a small percentage change that would therefore deny the president a victory in the Electoral College and re-election to a second term. ALU tries to lower Trump from the national threshold of 30% he achieved in 2016 to 25% or less in 2020.

Election after election, experts and former campaign leaders are baffled at not being able to explain why the strategy of "Hispanics have no other option" fails for Democrats. Although there is a broad appreciation of the change in the relative power of the Latino electorate, general campaigns often face a knowledge deficit. There is considerable ignorance among political operatives, campaigns and other political groups about the nuances of effective communication with a diverse population that has different psychographic profiles, based on a number of objective factors.

"President Trump captured about 30% of the Hispanic vote in 2016. If it falls below that threshold in 2020, key disputed states will be out of reach," said Espuelas. "With the Electoral College at stake, we intend to empower Latinos in disputed states to defeat Trump with their votes.

The ALU team, led by President Antonio Villaraigosa and CEO Fernando Espuelas, integrates a deep political experience with technological innovation. ALU combines sophisticated selection technology, culturally appropriate messages, and an activation on the ground to vote voters in six disputed states that are critical to blocking a Trump victory at the Electoral College. The organization will concentrate its voter participation efforts in: Arizona, Florida, North Carolina, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.

WEB:  "https://americanlatinosunited.com/

Statement Fred Ryan, chairman of the board of the Foundation and Institute President Ronald Reagan, on the death of the General PX Kelley

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire.   Photo by en.wikipedia.org
By Melissa Giller, 805-522-2977

Simi Valley, California, December 31, 2019 - The Foundation Reagan mourns the loss of General PX Kelley (right), the man who, in 1983, President Reagan appointed the 28th Commandant of the Corps US navy and member of the Joint Chiefs until his retirement in 1987.

General Kelley served in the Corps Navy of the United States for 37 years, commandeering organizations of the Marine Corps at every level, from platoon to division, including the command of a battalion and an infantry regiment for two combat missions separated in the Republic of Vietnam. It was a great American soldier who served our country, valiantly risking their lives so that their compatriots could live in peace and freedom.

Speaking of the bombing of the headquarters of the Marines in Beirut in 1983, General Kelley stated that although it was an emotional moment, "the positive side is that the president at that time was Ronald Wilson Reagan, and I could not have wished for a better commander in chief Ronald Reagan. " President Reagan thought the same of PX Kelley and our nation is stronger and freer thanks to PX Kelley was at the helm in the 1980s.

We dedicate our sincere prayers and express our deepest condolences to his family and friends at this sad time.

Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival presents a key ingredient, storytelling, to create a Disney experience like no other, from February 28 to the 21 April 2020

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire

Visitors will be delighted with the innovative offerings and innovative food and beverage, culinary and entertainment experiences during this festival favorite fans that takes place for a limited time at Disney California Adventure Park in Anaheim

Anaheim, Calif, January 9, 2020 -. The expected event Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival returns to Disneyland Resort for a limited time on 28 February on 21 April 2020, with food, and drink combinations created with a touch of Disney magic. Both food enthusiasts as lovers of fine cuisine can enjoy unforgettable food and drink specials inspired by California, along with cooking demonstrations, seminars, music, entertainment and more practical. This year, the stories tell part of the soul of the festival, since Disney chefs tell their personal stories through the taste of their dishes. Visitors will see how the magic of Disney stories come to life through a series of experiences of the festival.

Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival: The Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival returns from February 28 to April 21, 2020, featuring more than a dozen mouthwatering Markets Festival serving tasty dishes, special wines and microbrews. Complement the delicious event offers live entertainment, cooking seminars and demonstrations with a unique twist of Disney, perfectly made for lovers of gastronomy. (PRNewsFoto / Disneyland Resort)

The Market Festival or the Festival Marketplaces in Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival is recognized by a range of delicious dishes inspired by ingredients keys California, as well as refreshing drinks throughout the region. Avocado Time, Cluck-A-Doodle-Moo and Nuts About Cheese are some of the favorite markets returning visitors this year during the festival. Visitors over 21 can find beers, wines and spirits created in the region. For best performance offer, visitors can purchase the popular Sip and Savor Pass **, which includes eight tastings and tastings to appease the appetite of all those willing to venture at participating locations along the festival.

Backlot Stage In Hollywood Land, visitors will enjoy even more fun thanks to culinary dining experiences as Family Time with Chef Daniella Malfitano, seminars and demonstrations Discover California by many chefs of Disney and other famous chefs. The list of celebrity chefs including local and visiting guests such as David Burtka, Richard Blais, Jamie Gwen, Jet Tila, Wing Lam and many more.

Those young amateur chefs can join the fun delicious Junior Chef, a favorite fan experience with Chef Goofy, available on select days. Children between 3 and 11 years will join Goofy following the steps in a recipe and mixing the ingredients to create a tasty treat that includes a magical surprise. In addition, visitors will find entertainment for the whole family, from live performances with Jammin 'Chefs to areas smaller craft for those who wish to develop their creativity.

Disney magic continues with music, entertainment and special activities that add to the unique atmosphere of daily fun during Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival.

Los Angeles Latino Chamber Of Commerce Appoints Executive Director Lilly Rocha

By PRNewswire-Hispanic PR Wire
By Robert Alaniz, Miracle Strategy Group, (626) 437-3354

Los Angeles, January 8, 2020 - Los Angeles Latino Chamber of Commerce (Latin Chamber of Commerce of Los Angeles; LALCC, for its acronym in English) announced the appointment of Lilly Rocha (photo), to direct the principal American chamber of Commerce in the region. The announcement was given by Gilbert Vasquez, president of the board of the Chamber.

"It is an honor for us that Lilly Rocha has accepted our offer to direct the Latin Chamber of Commerce of Los Angeles as we launch a new era of growth and expansion of our membership, our programs and services," says Gilbert Vasquez, president of the board of the camera. "His years of experience in institutional leadership and marketing skills and social networks were strong determinants for selecting Lilly to lead our organization."

Rocha founded in 2013 Sabor Latino, a successful trade show industry. With his experience in sales, marketing and project management, Sabor Latino has become a recognized brand of Latin food industry and is the leading trade platform for Latino food professionals.
"It is an honor for me that the board of the Chamber America has asked me to assume the leadership of this dynamic and influential organization," says Rocha. "The dedication of the House to stimulating growth and influence of successful businesses owned by Latinos in one of the markets most dynamic and lucrative of the nation is an admirable goal, and I am proud to contribute my experience and knowledge to this effort" .

Rocha graduated from the University of California, Berkeley and attended St. Mary University in London (England). He graduated from UC Berkeley at the height of the bubble dot.com in Silicon Valley.

Actively involved in the community as a volunteer at the following organizations: American Heart Association (American Association of the Heart), Long Beach Memorial Women's Heart Institute (Heart of Women of the Long Beach Memorial), HONOR PAC, The Heart & Vascular Institute at LBMMC (Cardiovascular Institute of the LBMMC), NLBWA-National, LGELP-USC and the culinary program of the ATC school in Montebello, California. When not working or working as a volunteer, he is also a passionate rock climber.

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