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This Earth Day take a step further to recycle better and we use the hashtag # 1More

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire
By Jennifer Eldridge, Media@RepublicServices.com, (480) 718-0119

Republic Services provides tips to reduce pollution during recycling at home and in business

Phoenix, April 18, 2018 - To mark Earth Day on 22 April, Republic Services, Inc. (NYSE: RSG) urges its staff and the communities giving service throughout the country to commit to the task of deepening their recycling habits with an action over environmental responsibility to reduce pollution in the flow of waste recycling and use the hashtag # 1More.

Recycle contaminants can be anything but what is to collect and recycle including unwanted substances, such as food residues or liquids which could damage the recycling process. Once a contaminated article comes into contact with other recyclables, the entire batch can be contaminated as well.

"We all play a key role in the work to maintain the proper flow of our community recycling programs and help reduce pollution," said Pete Keller, vice president of recycling and sustainability. "Many consumers deposited contaminated sites in their containers articles and, consequently, many of recyclables end up in the landfill and not the place originally expected. We invite this Earth Day and throughout the year, to step more and help reduce pollution with four simple tips that can integrate into your daily routine, and using the hashtag # 1More ".

Four tips to reduce pollution during recycling : Watch the video:  https://youtu.be/MijcP9aibu4

Tip # 1: Stick to leave the following recyclables in the recycling bin is on the curb
Keep it simple and focus on the following four categories of recyclables that are deposited in bins on the sidewalk:

Paper, including newspapers, envelopes, mail, telephone directories and magazines
flattened cardboard file folders and blackboards for posters
Bottles and plastic containers
Aluminum and tin cans for food and beverages
The combined packages, for example, those containing cardboard and combined in a plastic package 24 pieces of bottled water bottom cardboard and plastic wrap per piece, can not be recycled unless you separate them before leaving the container recycling.

# 2: recyclables must be empty, clean and dry
Make sure recyclables are completely empty, clean and dry all residue before putting them in the recycling bin.

Tip # 3: If in doubt, throw it better
Many customers leave items in the recycling bin with the hope that other recyclable. Despite their good intentions, we remind you that some items should not be mixed with clean recyclable. If there is no security on the potential of recyclable article we must follow the maxim: "If in doubt, throw it out better", ie, deposit the dubious article in the dumpster.

Tip # 4: Find out what should never be left in the recycling bin it is on the curb
Below is a list of items that must never be left inside the recycling bin on the sidewalk:

Bags plastic shopping at the supermarket and other stores
Food waste
Clothing, shoes and other textiles
Yard waste, plants, grass clippings, garden hoses and ropes

Polystyrene, fiberglass and other sparkling packaging materials
Disposable diapers and protective puppy
Kleenex, paper towels, paper napkins and hardcover books
Wood, drywall and masonry treated or contaminated
Metals (eg, chains, tools and auto parts)
Devices and electronic equipment, batteries, fluorescent bulbs and ballasts are hazardous materials must be handled separately from other household waste and recyclables. For enterprise customers, Republic offers programs safe and responsible electronics recycling and the possibility of disposing of batteries, bulbs and ballasts in a safe manner.

Republic still constantly developing its platform leading sustainability in the field while harvesting outstanding recognition for its achievements in sustainability and corporate responsibility, as evidenced by the inclusion in the list 2017 Forbes America's Best Large Employers and trade on indices Dow Jones Sustainability - North America and World . In addition, Republic received the Gold Class Award in 2018 RobecoSAM's Sustainability Yearbook and obtained distinctions Level Global Climate Management and Supplier Climate Management Level of the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP). It also gave the company Glassdoor's Employees' Choice Award .

For more information visit the website of Republic Services in  https://www.republicservices.com/

The District of Columbia Government launches campaign "Pledge to be prepared" in order to promote PrEP

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire
By Tom Lalley, DC Department of Health, 202-724-7481, tom.lalley@dc.gov

The development of the campaign included the full participation of transgender Latino community in Washington DC

Washington, April 17, 2018 / PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE / - According to an annual report prepared in 2017 by the administration responsible for HIV / AIDS, hepatitis, sexually transmitted diseases and tuberculosis (HAHSTA), the Department of health (DOH), 12,964 people in Washington DC living with Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV).

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Therefore, HAHSTA is launching this April the "Pledge to Be Prepared" campaign, which aims to educate the transgender community of Washington DC about the importance of taking pre-exposure prophylaxis or PrEP.

PrEP regimen is a daily pill approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that can prevent HIV infection. When taken daily, PrEP is safe and has an ERA of over 90% in HIV prevention.

Understanding of HAHSTA about how the transgender community has been perceived in the past has been the basis for developing this unique campaign, since it was created in direct collaboration with this community in Washington DC, especially with Alexa participation Rodriguez, who is the director of Trans-Latin @ DMV. This representation is important because it allows the community to communicate their values, their role in society and their needs.

The participation of transgender community took place from strategic development and focus groups, to the inclusion of model people real transgender Latinas in advertising pieces, which allowed the campaign to generate reliable messages, and is expected to generate confidence among people to deciding to take the PrEP pill, as well as understand their benefits.

" It is important to educate the transgender community and also break the barrier and taboos that exist about taking PrEP, as well as understand the true benefits of taking it, especially in the prevention of HIV , " said Alexa. She also added that "the efforts of DC and DOH to benefit the transgender community are given a big step, but there is still much to do."

Michael Kharfen, director of HAHSTA, also agreed with it, to which he added: "In DOH we are pleased to present this campaign developed jointly with the transgender community, but we understand that these are only the first steps and there is still much be done to fulfill our commitment and dedication to support this meaningful community living in Washington DC ".

To participate in this important campaign and get more information, visit #PrEPpledge, https://dctakesonhiv.com/prep/prep-para-las-mujeres-transgenero or https://www.cdc.gov/hiv/risk/prep/index.html

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Colgate and Michael Phelps continue to spread the message to save water this Earth Day

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire
By Heidi Donato, 516.221.0614, heidi.donato@cohnwolfe.com

Together, they remind Americans shut off the water while brushing their teeth

New York, April 16, 2018 / PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE / - For the second consecutive year, Colgate continues with the collaboration of one of the greatest swimmers of all time, Michael Phelps, as the global ambassador for the campaign for water conservation brand. Today, 130 million Americans living with severe water shortages 1 for at least one month a year; however, 42% of the American population said leaves open the faucet while brushing teeth 2. Phelps and Colgate are urging people to help save the planet this Earth Day by closing the faucet.

Colgate's goal is to raise awareness about water scarcity and help save water through initiatives such as:

*"Save Water" with Google Assistant: Colgate developed an Action Wizard Google called "Save Water by Colgate" (Save Water Colgate). Users with Google Home, or smart speaker supported, can meet water data, advice for conservation and to ask the sound of running water is heard to "replace" the sound while brushing their teeth with closed key.  Action is available in English for anyone who has a Google device Home, saying: "Hey Google, talk to Save Water by Colgate.". This feature is also available for users of Amazon Alexa when users say: "Alexa, enable Save Water.".

*Sticker "Turn Off the Faucet" for the sink: Colgate created a sticker for drains, water activated, showing "Turn Off the Faucet" (Close key) when contacted with water. Save Water label is sold exclusively at Walmart, and is included with the purchase of a special package Toothpaste Colgate Total.

*Reminders Phelps and his family on social networking: The Phelps family will motivate his followers on social networks to shut off the faucet while brushing their teeth, and thus save up to eight gallons of water per day in March.

"Although I retired from swimming two years ago, the water is still an important part of my life and is a priority of all our lives," Phelps said. "This Earth Day, I want to make an invitation for us all to participate in preserving water, because every drop counts. Join us shutting off the faucet while brushing your teeth. This is a small contribution that together we can give make a huge change and create a great impact on the world. "

More information about the Save Water Campaign Colgate available EveryDropCounts.Colgate.com  https://smiles.colgate.com/page/content/everydropcounts or seeking #EveryDropCounts (#CadaGotaCuenta) on social media platforms.

USDA warns of the emergence of dangerous pests and includes fly cherry on the alert list

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire
By Abbey Powell, (301) 851-4054, Abbey.Powell@aphis.usda.gov  & Suzanne Bond, 301-851-4070, Suzanne.m.bond@aphis.usda.gov

April is the "Awareness Month for invasive pests and plant diseases"

Washington, April 10, 2018 - It's springtime, which means that many invasive hungry pests are appearing and will soon begin to feed on trees, plants and crops. These destructive species, including emerald ash borer beetle, gypsy moth and greening disease of citrus, cost the nation $ 40 billion each year in damage and costly eradication efforts and control. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Health Inspection Service Animal and Plant (APHIS, for its acronym in English) just added the European cherry fruit fly this growing list. Fortunately, people can help slow or even prevent the hungry pests from spreading. That's why April has been designated as the "Month for the awareness of invasive pests and plant diseases."

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The hungry pests are invasive species that can alter the structure of ecosystems and threaten to displace and eliminate native species they contain. European cherry fruit fly, the twentieth pest attacks cherries group. This pest was detected in the United States for the first time last year, when fruit flies were caught in traps along the Niagara River in New York. If left unchecked, this plague could threaten cherry production in the United States. You can enter in new places through the transfer of land or infested fruit comes from areas where the pest.

"Controlling the spread of invasive pests depends on everyone," said Osama El-Lissy, Deputy Administrator Plant Protection and Quarantine of APHIS. "The most important thing to consider is that if you translate an item from one place to another, you have the potential of spreading pests. So before you bring back a souvenir from a trip, pack a moving truck or share vegetables from their garden, check that their actions are safe. "

Here's how you can help prevent invasive pests and is now spreading throughout the year:

*Do you plan to buy plants for your garden? Be sure to use reputable nurseries or online business. Ask if they comply with federal and state restrictions to ensure that your plants are quarantine pest free.
*Pests can also spread through the mail. Be careful not to send home grown plants, fruits or vegetables from areas with known pests. Also, do not send these items or souvenirs agricultural international travel to you or others.

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*When you are traveling within the US. UU., Consult your local USDA office before bringing back fruits, vegetables or plants, to know what is allowed. Upon returning from abroad, always declare all agricultural items to officials from US Customs and Border. UU. so they can ensure they are free of pests.
*Be sure to clean the exterior items before moving. Wash dirt hiking equipment and tires of the vehicle used to travel long distances to and returning from a fishing, hunting or camping. If you move to a new home, clean garden furniture and other outdoor items before placing them in a moving van or on a storage platform.
*To enjoy outdoor activities, do not move firewood untreated. Instead, buy or collect the firewood responsibly near the place where it burn, or use certified wood and treated at high temperatures.
*If you live in an area that is under state or federal quarantine for an invasive pest, do not move products or plants from your property. Call your local USDA office to find out how to safely dispose of yard waste such as branches or trees. In addition, allow access to their property authorized to enable them to conduct inspections of agricultural workers pests or diseases.
*Finally, report any signs of invasive pest visiting  https://www.aphis.usda.gov/aphis/resources/pests-diseases/hungry-pests/?utm_campaign=crosby-2017&utm_source=hungrypests-com&utm_medium=redirect&utm_keyword=home

Cal / OSHA roofing contractor sanctions for repeated violations of the risk of falls

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire

Oakland, California, April 9, 2018 - Cal / OSHA fined California roofscapes Premier, Inc. for repeated violations of safety standards fall protection and proposed $ 134.454 in penalties. In the last four years, the company Escondido was investigated and sanctioned on six different occasions by risking a fatal fall to their workers.

Cal / OSHA initiated the most recent inspection in August 2017 after receiving a complaint that workers were installing shingles on the roof of a three-story house in Chula Vista did not use appropriate fall protection. California inspectors determined that Premier roofscapes had not ensured that its workers wear a safety harness and other personal fall protection. Employees not received adequate training on fall protection or work hazards ceilings.

"California roofscapes Premier has repeatedly put their workers at risk of potentially fatal falls from heights, ignoring the basic requirements to protect employee safety," said Juliann Sum, director of Cal / OSHA.

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Cal / OSHA issued sanctions against Premier roofscapes California for four violations including:

*A serious violation repeated by failing to ensure that their workers will use fall protection.
*A general violation is not repeated by effectively implement and maintain a written program to prevent injuries and illnesses.
*Two general violations not inspect equipment before each use and for not providing adequate training on fall hazards and protecting against them.

The first inspection California Premier roofscapes opened in October 2014 after Cal / OSHA received a complaint that employees working on a roof Irvine without fall protection. Cal / OSHA inspected a piece of residential building in Azusa California Premier roofscapes the next day after receiving a complaint regarding an unsafe ladder. The following month, Cal / OSHA investigated an accident in which a worker suffered serious head injuries and knee after falling 15 feet from a ladder attached to a scaffold at a construction site residential building in Carlsbad.

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In June 2015, Cal / OSHA initiated an inspection and sanctioned California Premier roofscapes for a serious violation repeated after receiving a complaint that workers unprotected observed on the roof of a building in Irvine. In March the following year , Cal / OSHA inspected a complaint that California workers wore harnesses Premier roofscapes but had not attached properly to prevent falls from the ceiling in a building in Tustin. California was fined Premier roofscapes two, serious and repeated violations of general category.

Falls are the leading cause of deaths in construction sites throughout the country. The roofing industry in California, falls have caused nine deaths and 162 serious injuries since 2014.

A serious violation is cited when there is a real possibility of death or serious injury as a result of the actual dangerous situation. repeated violation cited when the employer was previously punished for the same violation or a very similar and the earlier sanction became final in the last 5 years.

It required all employers in California to have an effective prevention program written injury and illness, a security program to identify, assess and control hazards in the workplace. Cal / OSHA has online tools and publications to guide employers in establishing an effective safety program. Resources Cal / OSHA fall protection include data sheets on safety and health , protection training residential falls and a pocket guide of construction safety .

Cal / OSHA helps protect workers from occupational hazards to health and safety in almost all workplaces in California. The Consultation Services Cal / OSHA offers employers free and voluntary help to improve their safety and health programs. Employers should call (800) 963-9424 for assistance Consultation Services Cal / OSHA.

Web:  http://www.dir.ca.gov/dosh/consultation.html

Five signs your tax specialist will disappear after tax season

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire
By Gigi Jones I,  gjones@ctec.org I, 916.296.6913

How to identify the difference between a legitimate tax specialist and a swindler

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Sacramento, California, April 3, 2018 - Nothing new under the sun: the neighbor recommends a tax specialist who helped him get a juicy tax refund; you call and answer your questions; It tells, for example, donated to a nonprofit organization, but not certain amount; also it has work expenses you can deduct, but does not have all the documents at hand; the specialist tells him not to worry, it will calculate the amounts; you review the tax refund form and realizes that deductions are exaggerated; questions the specialist, but he returns to tell her not to worry because "everyone does it."

You get a juicy return and is delighted; the specialist says it will take 15% of such return as part of their fees for helping him get that huge amount; you sign the return and notes that which would correspond to be the name of the specialist there is only a label with an address of the sender. At least he not left blank, right?

Watch out. Here are the most common signs that your tax specialist will become a scoundrel after tax season.

He claims to have the backing of the IRS - The Internal Revenue Service (tax authorities) does not grant any guarantee to tax specialists.

No PTIN - The IRS requires any person who engages in preparing tax and federal tax returns in exchange for a fee have a number of tax specialist (Preparer Tax Identification Number, PTIN) .

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Sign your tax return with the name of a company or with the legend "prepared by the taxpayer" (self prepared) - The tax specialists charge for their services must sign the declaration and federal tax refund, and include their PTIN in all federal tax returns.

Takes a percentage of the refund as payment - Beware of specialists who define their fees as a percentage of the return or claim to be able to get a larger amount than other specialists return.

It suggests request that the amount of the refund to a foreign account direct deposit - Suspects experts often say that it is more appropriate to request that the amount to be refunded is deposited in the account of them: it is one of the most common ways scammers steal returns. Also indicate that it is not itself contravenes the rules of the IRS.

CTEC is a nonprofit organization founded in 1997 by the California State Legislature to protect taxpayers from fraud and non-specialists in taxes. Taxpayers can report those masquerading as tax specialists and are not registered in ctec.org or consult other recommendations in  https://www.reporttaxpreparerfraud.org/

Security advice on this National Falls Prevention Week from Windows

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire

Washington, April 2, 2018- After a long and cold winter, you probably can not wait to open the windows of your home so that between the spring air. But an open window is an invitation to investigate a curious child and could be dangerous if there is an adult present to supervise him.

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 http://www.saferproducts.gov. Further recall information is available at http://www.cpsc.gov." border="0" alt="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.

In order to raise awareness about the dangers of falls from windows of Children, Safety Commission Consumer Product United States (US Consumer Product Safety Commission, CPSC) joins the National Security Council ( National Safety Council ) in recognition National Prevention Week falls from windows.

Data:  The CPSC estimates that an average of eight children under five die each year after falling from a window, and about 3,300 children under 5 years receiving emergency treatment in US hospitals every year.

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Security advice:  Follow these simple and quick steps to prevent a tragic fall from a window in your home.

*Install railings and safety locks on windows; the locks are side rails windows to prevent more than 4 inches open.
*Whenever possible, open windows from above, not from below.
*Do not place furniture near windows to limit access of children.
*Do not depend on screens to keep children from falling. Mosquito nets keep insects out, but do not keep children inside.
*Before opening the windows when you have small children around, this week and every week of the year, prioritize safety.

Learn more:  View and share our: Video prevention five minutes:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NTC7PsbUbr0&feature=youtu.be

Poster The metal grids keep bugs out but remain in children:  https://www.cpsc.gov/es/safety-education/safety-guides/home/las-rejillas-met%C3%A1licas-mantienen-los-insectos-afuera-pero-no

Consumers can get information about news and withdrawals  https://www.saferproducts.gov/Default.aspx

Skin of Color Society reaches new heights as an international organization dedicated to promoting excellence in dermatology dark skins

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire
By Kimberly Miller, Executive Director: 1-630-578-3991, kmiller@skinofcolorsociety.org, www.skinofcolorsociety.org

Geneva, Illinois, March 27, 2018  - The Skin of Color Society (SOCS) , an international professional organization of physicians dedicated to promoting excellence in dermatology dark skin, reports record levels of organizational growth in terms of membership, mentoring, research, educational and media coverage. In its recent annual business meeting in conjunction with the 2018 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Dermatology, Seemal R. Desai, MD and President of SOCS, he analyzed the highlights of 2017-2018, which include:

*Professional membership has doubled since 2015 and has grown to 436 members from 29 countries worldwide (an increase compared with 21 countries in 2017), with a marked increase in membership among residents and fellows.

*The SOCS increased participation of medical students through awareness program faculties of medicine that helps ensure a guide year residencies per year available in  http://www.skinofcolorsociety.org/

*The SOCS has expanded its mentoring program in dermatology for dark skins to include a record number of 78 mentors from 10 countries that are available to share their experience with dermatologic residents and young dermatologists.

*SOCS dermatologists participated in a successful inaugural alliance with Procter & Gamble in its Science Symposium Behind the participating mentors Lynn McKinley-Grant, MD and Susan C. Taylor, MD and tutored Nothing Elbuluk, MD, MSc and Pooja Sodha , MD.

*Research Award of the SOCS, edition 2018 gave Shawn Kwatra, MD School of Medicine at Johns Hopkins for his project: "Molecular Basis of Itch in African Americans" ( "Molecular Basis of Itchy African" )

*A team of leaders of the SOCS shared his experience with publishers located in New York City on the 3rd. Annual Media Day Association, which was moderated by Lee Thomas, presenter awarded the Emmy, author and advocate of patients with vitiligo. SOCS members who gave specialized lectures and nurtured in this exciting event included Drs. Seemal R. Desai, Susan C. Taylor, Valerie Callender, Maritza Perez and Andrew Alexis. Nothing Elbuluk, MD and Babar Rao, MD also participated as resource persons.

*The SOCS wishes to express its gratitude to the outgoing members of the Board, Drs. Gary Brauner, Babar K. Rao and Heather Woolery-Lloyd, and approved new officers, members of the Board of SOCS SOCS and Foundation: Drs. Cheryl Burgess, Maritza Perez and Valerie M. Harvey who shall hold office until the year 2021.

The SOCS is working on many exciting initiatives for 2018-2019. Visit:  http://www.skinofcolorsociety.org/

We are introducing the Breitling Surfers Squad with Kelly Slater, Stephanie Gilmore and Sally Fitzgibbons and other new and interesting cooperation

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire
By Heidi Dettinger Director of Marketing and Communications Breitling Caribbean & LATAM, Heidi.Dettinger@breitling.bs, 786 518 2063

Miami, March 26, 2018  - The recently made public watchmaker Breitling Squads your project. It is an imaginative idea which is to create groups of three (our squads) so that its components, which stand out in their respective professions, forge close ties and work together to achieve a common goal. Companies that undertake together will be introduced in advertising campaigns Breitling. Breitling is now pleased to announce the Breitling Surfers Squad and its components, which, like his teammates explorers reflect the dynamism of the brand values: performance, resolution and pioneering spirit.

The Breitling link with the ocean is part of the extraordinary legacy of the house. Their watches, among which is the emblematic Superocean, are among the most prized in the world. Grand Breitling Surfers Squad and our new partners fully involved in the work to clean oceans and beaches, perfectly reflect our passion for the sea, which, along with land and air, form the thematic pillars of Breitling.

As said Georges Kern, CEO of Breitling:  "At Breitling, we believe in the power of the equipment, the strength of the group whose members identify one goal that eventually lead them to success. With our three champions surf while, highlight global advocate for the health of our oceans and beaches, we have a formidable team and magnificent common goals. "

We are therefore pleased to announce the names of the three great masters of the waves that make up our Breitling Surfers Squad:

Stephanie Gilmore
Stephanie Gilmore Australian star is a true surf. professionally dedicated to the table, he has won six times the World Championship of the ASP in the female category. Stephanie soon began his career in the surf. At 17 and participated in international meetings. In 2007 he qualified for the World Tour and then won the world title, the first of six he owns. It is present in the Surfers' Hall of Fame and in 2010 won the Laureus Award for Best International Athlete of the Year End.

Sally Fitzgibbons
Australian Sally Fitzgibbons has also practiced many other sports, but in the surf got his first major professional results at the age of 14, becoming the youngest winner of a match surfer Pro Junior ASP. During his years as juvenile records kept reaching, with important victories in Australasia, Brazil and Portugal, where he won the first of his two World Championships in the junior category. Classified for World Surfing Tour in 2009, Sally managed to put nine times among the top five; It has been ranked three times second in the World Championship and has won a total of ten victories in the World Tour of WSL.

Kelly Slater
US surfer Kelly Slater is the most wins of all time. He has won the championship of the World Surf League 11 times, a record which includes five consecutive titles between 1994 and 1998. An impressive fact is that he was the youngest at 20 years old champion and, with 39, also more age, achieving a record of longevity and a high level very difficult to achieve in any sport.

Continue its efforts in #breitlingsquad - In the coming years they will get to know more closely to each squad and their companies, as well as the respective projects of people that compose them. In all we waited excitedly Breitling time to announce another squad.

Visit our website at:  https://www.breitling.com/pr-en/

Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute expands its search for nurses to Puerto Rico

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire
By Shelly Glenn, director of marketing and sales - SGlenn@flcancer.com, 770.365.6168

Fort Myers, Florida, March 20, 2018 - Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute (FCS), the largest independent private medical center specializing in oncology / hematology in the United States, Puerto Rico looking for nurses who wish to work in Florida. The FCS looking for staff to work temporarily / eventual form or in permanent positions in their offices in Florida and offering a signing bonus to help cover moving costs. Candidates must speak fluent English.

Executive Director of FCS, Bradley Prechtl , master 's degree in business administration, said. "Because of the lack of nurses in Florida, we hope to hire the best candidates from Puerto Rico Florida Cancer Specialists offers nurses the opportunity to move to Florida and advance your career. "

The Dr. William Harwin , founder and president of FCS, added: "Our priority at all times is to hire the best people for our patients in Florida Cancer Specialists, we want to ensure that we hire the best nurses with the ability to assess the status and. the needs of patients. "

Director of Nursing FCS, Diane Cope said. "The FCS seeks to cover charges registered nurses or registered nurses certified in oncology nursing (OCN) Although OCN certification for all positions is not required, it is a great advantage if nurses have experience with cancer patients. "

For more information contact the Department of Human Resources FCS. Vacancies in Florida Cancer Specialists are published in  https://flcancer.com/en/careers/

About Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute (FLCancer.com)

Founded in 1984, Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute (FCS) is the largest independent medical center specialized in oncology / hematology in the United States. With more than 220 doctors, 180 nurses and advanced medical associates and nearly 100 centers in our network, we are committed to providing our patients world class cancer care near their homes. In the past 3 years, most new cancer drugs approved for use in the US. UU. They were studied in clinical trials in which participated Florida Cancer Specialists.

The FCS has medical centers statewide: along the Gulf coast from Naples to the metropolitan area of ​​Tampa Bay, in the north in Tallahassee, in the central area in Orlando and surrounding cities and on the East Coast from the Palm Beach County to near Jacksonville.

Journalist Nancy Clara receives the "Golden Microphone 2018" award for lifetime achievement CICAMEX media in US

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By Oscar Gorosterrazu + 54-911-6410-7645 (Buenos Aires, Argentina) - Amarilis Zozaya 305-495-3215 (Miami, US)

Miami, March 15, 2018 - The Community of Central America and Mexico CICAMEX (for its acronym in Spanish) presented the awards "Microphone Dorado 2018" reporters longtime city of Miami .

The journalist and political scientist Lic. Nancy Clara and founder of Hispanic Target Magazine Style, founding partner of InfoNegocios.Miami and the radio program "La Patria Immigrant", has received honorable recognition of his career in the media in the United States, Buenos Aires and Latin America.

The CICAMEX Foundation is a non profit presented by renowned broadcaster and iconic voice of the American media Leobardo Rueda.

Clara, earned recognition in the category "outstanding career in the media" for their work in the different chains of radio, television and print media has forged for over 20 years.

The prize was awarded by the driving and working humanitarian who performed in the development of the radio program "La Patria Immigrant" on the Radio Paz 830am in the United States and simultaneous links with Argentina and the rest of the world through EWTN World Catholic Radio.

"Nancy Clara has always extending a hand to those who need it stands out as a reporter by vocation, a journalist and bred. Guide her through his journalistic work in front of the microphones has been a determination to polish their talent within and the Hispanic community south Florida with live conviction give a voice to those most in need and continue to fulfill the commitment to an informative and critical journalism;. is an honor to give this award to the journalistic career to my colleague, "said the announcer Leobardo Rueda.

Within his extensive career started in Buenos Aires Argentina in 1995 as a production assistant to be successfully founder and director of his own half in the United States, Nancy Clara has made news coverage in Vatican City in 2014 during the canonization of Pope John Paul II and John XXIII, also is a strong advocate of the right to life, participating in several programs against abortion, family advocate and spokeswoman for mothers and women are violated. As a missionary of Peace in the World Organization for Peace Action and through its "La Patria Immigrant" among his most famous works.

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"Take a word of encouragement for those who need to be heard is an honor for me and so I want to pursue a career as an intermediary between the microphone, pen or in front of a television camera and the audience.

Today, the discouraging news about economic and political problems, often leave aside those who are marginalized by a hard reality that they go through, the constant harassment that women live on a day to day or the sad reality that shakes immigrants of this great nation. Communication is a tool that we all have the right to use, giving voice to those who are often not heard. For me it is an honor to receive this award from the hand of Leobardo Rueda, a teacher and mentor in my career in the media in the US, "said Nancy Clara.

For his part, Francisco Portillo, President of the Organization of Honduras Francisco Morazán and the jury by the journalist Indira Morales, acknowledged in Nancy Clara be a smart active voice for the community and a prominent reporter with his probing questions and great skill It characterized by the moral fortitude. The jury agreed with this description and ponders the quality of their work, as it is inspiring to those who exercise critical journalism and committed to society.

The artist Ana Candioti is recognized in the United States by Mayor Joseph Smith, for his career honoring women in their art exhibition "Women of the Earth" in North Miami

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire
By Phoenix Media Productions, 305-490-9413

Miami, March 15, 2018 - Noted for his artistic talent as a portraitist and muralist worldwide, the artist Ana Candioti is recognized in the city of North Miami Mayor Joseph Smith in the month of the woman.

The Artist Anan Candioti, Mayor Joseph Smith received recognition as a distinguished personality. (PRNewsFoto / www.anacandioti.com)

The doors to the public library of the city will be open throughout the month of March, presenting the works in oil by artist Candioti, who extol their peers, teaching the world through his tour of Latin America. The painter, dedicates his life studying the diverse culture that make Hispanic women, women of the land, Candioti treasures a vast collection of female portraits, which was picking up along his quest and historical compilation on the original woman.

Moreover, Celebrating International Women's Month, the Argentine Cultural Center and art magazine Letter Urban directed by Monica Prandi, will organize a discussion with the artist on the legendary bookstore Miami Books & Books on Tuesday, March 20, At 8:00 pm.

At the right, the artist Ana Candioti and a model.

On this occasion, journalist Nancy Clara enter into a deep dialogue with the artist, touring the world track and inquiring about the transcendental future of his work internationally.

"When she came brush their hands, the woman of the earth obtained his face, his essence, his voice and personality. The moon glow that spilled on faces of love, haceedoras working hands reflect the lives of those who give life reflect the history of the women of the land, "describes Nancy Clara on the work of the artist Ana Candioti.

The artist is originally from Argentina and has several jackpots in his career and numerous exhibitions at home and abroad. Graduated from the School of Fine Arts Manuel Belgrano and Pueyrredón Prilidiano, Ana is a painter dedicated to his profession and to highlight the native cultures of the world.

His extensive pictorial work documents the different ethnic groups, paying homage to their work for women who are witness of life, struggle and love for their land.

Web:  http://www.anacandioti.com/

The Home Depot Foundation is committed to spend $ 50 million for training in skilled trades

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire
By Financial Community, Isabel Janci, Investor Relations, 770-384-2666, Isabel_Janci@homedepot.com ; Media, Amy Crouse, Public Relations, 770-384-2467, Amy_Crouse@homedepot.com

From now until 2028 the Foundation will train 20,000 new construction workers to close the labor gap

Atlanta, March 8, 2018 / PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE / - Today, The Home Depot ® Foundation announced a commitment of $ 50 million to train 20,000 construction workers over the next 10 years in order to bridge the growing gap in skilled labor.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are now 158,000 US job vacancies in the construction sector, a figure that is expected to increase significantly with the retirement of more construction workers over the next decade. The ratio of job vacancies to hiring in the construction sector, as determined by the Department of Labor, is at its highest level since 2007.

In 2017, The Home Depot Foundation initiated a Stewart and Ft. Bragg pilot job training for military personnel who are licensed from active service, in partnership with the nonprofit organization Home Builders Institute (HBI) in Ft program.. The first group of students this March will graduate. The certification program preaprendiz 12 weeks, which is offered at no cost to students, provides a curriculum based on industry and recognized by the Department of Labor Apprenticeship integrates with technical and academic skills. The program, with a rate of over 90 percent job placement, will be deployed to other military bases in the United States.

"We want to bring back, workshop classes from coast to coast," said Shannon Gerber, executive director of The Home Depot Foundation. "We are delighted to train the next generation of 20,000 plumbers, electricians, carpenters and workers in other trades. It's a real honor to welcome our first rankings military who graduate from active service in their transition to civilian life and careers successful in these trades. "

"HBI has a history of 50 years training individuals with the skills they need to succeed in the construction sector. Our program prepares men and women for careers with great potential in the sector after leaving active duty," he said John Courson, CEO of HBI. "Every year 200,000 licensed from active duty military and our partnership with The Home Depot Foundation allows us to serve more veterans around the country."

In addition to serving military personnel who are licensed from active duty, The Home Depot Foundation is establishing a program of advanced level training in various trades in partnership with the Construction Education Foundation of Georgia (CEFGA) for residents of the Westside community Atlanta. Over the next 10 years, the Foundation will expand its training efforts to include the veteran community as a whole and also neglected middle schools in the United States.

Today's announcement expands the mission of The Home Depot Foundation beyond its existing commitment of 250 million dollars for homes for veterans and their commitment to serve the communities affected by natural disasters.

For more information about The Home Depot Foundation and Team Depot to see in action, visit thd.co/community: https://corporate.homedepot.com/community and follow us on Snapchat, Twitter and Instagram @ teamdepot and Facebook in https://www.facebook.com/teamdepot

Unilever strengthens its commitment to urban agriculture in the US through new brand based on social responsibility

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire
By Mallory Zuckerman, Edible, Mallory.Zuckerman@edible-inc.com, 202-300-2908

Growing Roots, a brand of organic plant - based foods, will donate half their profits to support urban agriculture associations Unilever

Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, March 7, 2018 - Unilever today announced the expansion of its efforts in American urban agriculture with the launch of Growing Roots a new brand based organic foods plants that support urban agriculture with every purchase of their products. The brand of the Unilever growing commitment to urban agriculture initiatives. This commitment establishes partnerships defrayed access to nutritious food and nutrition education in communities across the country.

Corpsman Green City Force in Wagner Farm

"The special thing about Growing Roots is started as a social mission passionate our employees, which tinene rooted in the belief that everyone should have access to nutritious food affordable way," said Matthew McCarthy, vice president of food Unilever North America. "Observing the transformative impact that urban farms have on communities, we create a brand from scratch to help carry out and extend this mission."

In 2015, Unilever joined an innovative public and private cause with the Building Healthy Communities (Building Healthy Communities) and Green City Force (Green City) initiative of the City of New York to create six urban farms in New York, which together they have already generated approximately 32,000 pounds of organic products. In addition to funds from the company Unilever employees dedicate thousands of hours each year to these efforts. Based on the successful community impact of the program in New York, Unilever has extended its scope to Los Angeles, Houston, Miami and Chicago. To allocate 50 percent of their earnings to urban agriculture initiatives, Growing Roots brand allows Unilever to build a sustainable model in order to impact communities long term.

"Green City Force is proud to be part of an initiative of the City of New York which positions young public housing communities at the forefront of community work while they provides access to fresh produce and open spaces," said Lisbeth Shepherd , founder and executive director of Green City Force. "We appreciate the partnership of Unilever in this work in New York and we appreciate their continued support for urban agriculture".

Unilever setting entry to the category of US organic snacks product line includes Growing Roots bites and nibbles clusters made of organic ingredients like coconut, corn and seeds. Growing Roots snacks contain simple ingredients based plants delicious and bold flavors including unique combinations bittersweet its kind:

Chipotle Cocoa : Cocoa Wealth intensifies with chipotle chilies touch for creating a truly tasty snack.
Pineapple Coconut Rum : Pineapple, a touch of rum and a pinch of cinnamon combine to bring you an intense and sweet tropical flavor.
Maple Bourbon : Mixed with maple syrup and a pinch of nutmeg for a slightly sweet crunchy snack.
Coconut Curry : Mix coconut balance with turmeric and lemongrass to create a tasty and spicy flavor.

Bits and clusters of Growing Roots snacks are available at ShopRite stores in the Northeast from March 2018 at a price of $ 3.99 per 4-ounce package. Unilever will expand its distribution nationwide in retail stores during 2018, including Amazon Fresh and Amazon.com .

The new line is certified by the USDA as organic, gluten free and vegan and is an excellent source of ALA Amega-3 (containing 480-640 mg of ALA per 28 gram serving, or 30-40 percent of the Daily Value of 1.6 grams of ALA).

Growing Roots debut at trade shows this month starting at the Natural Products Expo West , kiosk N134, from 7 to 11 March. For more information, visit https://www.growingrootsfoods.com/. Growing Roots is in Instagram and Facebook through @growingrootsfoods.

Unilever employs approximately 8,000 people in the United States, and in 2017, generated more than $ 9 billion in sales.

For more information about Unilever US, its brands, and USLP, visit  https://www.unileverusa.com/

Rise Up! / Get up! - The bilingual theme song for Religious Education Congress 2018 Los Angeles

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire
By Giovanna Orive: giovannao@ocp.org or Molly O'Hara: mollyo@ocp.org , or in the 503.460.5316.

Photo by New Clip in Portugal

Portland, Oregon, March 6, 2018 - Written by composers OCP: Estela García-López and Rodolfo López (at the photo), Rise Up! / Get up! has been chosen as the theme song for Religious Education Congress in Los Angeles 2018. With 40,000 attendees, the Religious Education Congress, sponsored by the Office of Religious Education of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, is the annual meeting with more Roman Catholics assistance. Rise Up! / Get up! Estela and Rodolfo capture the essence of the readings on the resurrection of Lazarus (readings for the Fifth Sunday of Lent, Year A) in an inspiring and captivating song of hope. In the recording of it, they participated talented musicians from across the country, including Latin Grammy winners.

"OCP is proud to provide the theme song for the event this year," says the editor of OCP, Wade Wisler. "With so much fear and division in the world, Estela and Rodolfo have composed a bilingual song that unites us and invites us to rise from fear, sin and despair and put our hope in Christ and His resurrection with a message that we all need listen and proclaim to sing. "

Photo by Formación Pastoral para Laicos

"It is an honor for us who have asked us to write the theme song of the LA Congress," Estela said. "The theme this year is based on the resurrection of Lazarus, one of our favorite stories of the gospel, because it brings so much hope. Lazarus represents all of humanity, all those whom Jesus loves and wants release from the grave of sin and death, as long as we believe they did Mary and Martha. If we believe, we will see the glory of God. " Rodolfo continues: "The style of the piece is energetic and engaging, and hopefully inspire to let God transform you during this season of Lent and that approach your loving embrace We invite you to rise."

To listen and download the song, visit https://ocp.org/en-us/collections/dg/158/Rise-Up-Levantate#

For more information about Estela: https://ocp.org/en-us/artists/3510 or Rodolfo:  https://ocp.org/en-us/artists/3509/rodolfo-lopez

About OCP - Oregon Catholic Press  https://www.ocp.org/es-us, is a non - profit publisher of liturgical music and worship materials based in Portland, Oregon, with almost 100 years of operation. Worship programs produced by OCP are used in more than two-thirds of Catholic churches in the United States and are distributed worldwide.

Denver reaches "The Dead Sea Scrolls"

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

Denver, March 5, 2018 - "The Dead Sea Scrolls" ( " Dead Sea Scrolls "), the exhibition that has captivated millions of people worldwide, will open at the Museum nature and Science Denver (Denver Museum of nature & Science) on March 16. The presenting sponsor is the Sturm Family Foundation with major support from Henry and Lorie Gordon and GHP Investment Advisors.

The regional premiere of this exhibition is a unique opportunity to see authentic Dead Sea Scrolls, ancient manuscripts that include the oldest known biblical documents, dating back to 2,000 years ago. At the beginning of the exhibition 10 manuscripts will be exhibited. Due to strict conservation rules, half of the exhibition will reach 10 different manuscripts, which will replace the 10 initials. Thus, it is possible to see a total of 20 manuscripts while the exhibition is presented in Denver. Each rotation includes a roll never exposed to the public.

In addition, more than 600 authentic artifacts from the ancient Middle East allow visitors to immerse themselves in historical traditions and beliefs that continue to influence the cultures of the world today. Authentic objects include inscriptions and seals, weapons, stone carvings, terracotta figurines, coins, footwear, textiles, mosaics, ceramics, jewelry and stone three tons of the Western Wall of Jerusalem, believed that fell in 70 of the Common Era. the exhibition is organized by the Israel Antiquities Authority (Israeli Antiquities Authority, IAA).

The Dead Sea Scrolls are one of the most important archaeological discoveries of all time. The story goes that in 1947, young Bedouin goat herders entered a cave on the coast of the Dead Sea, near the site of ancient settlement of Qumran, probably while looking for a lost goat. Whatever the cause, the fact is that made an extraordinary discovery: a collection of clay pots containing rolls wrapped in linen. During the next nine years, archaeologists and Bedouins explored the nearby caves. about 900 manuscripts were recovered in very good condition, leading to decades of extraordinary scrutiny, preservation, debate and admiration, which offered an incredible window into the past.

To see "The Dead Sea Scrolls" tickets with specific time will be needed and strongly recommended reservations in advance. To purchase tickets and information, visit http://www.dmns.org/dead-sea-scrolls/ or call 303-370-6000.

IMAX 3D film "Jerusalem," which is on display at the Phipps IMAX Theater Museum, is an ideal place for "Dead Sea Scrolls" complement. Tickets and schedules programming for IMAX are available in http://dmns.org/imax

Know the dangers of bumps in a new video

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire.   Photo by Star Media
By Rich White, (301) 654-6664, rich.white@autocare.org ; or Lynn Konsbruck, (312) 768-7362, lkonsbruck@maxmarketing.com

Bethesda, Maryland, February 28, 2018 - The Car Care Council, together with AutoNetTV Media (ANTV), has produced a new video about the dangers of potholes, and how they can affect our adverse handling and performance of a vehicle.

The new video titled "Dangers of Potholes" (Dangers of potholes) emphasizes three warning signs that drivers should look after hitting a pothole.

1. Lost of control.  2. Tearing in one direction and irregular tire wear.  3. Tire and wheel problems.

"In many areas of the country, avoiding potholes can be a real challenge," said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council. "This informative video explains how hitting a pothole can cause damage to the vehicle, leaving the drivers ready for a trip to the jumps in more than one way".

Video "Dangers of Potholes" can be seen in  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C7cwIAjPAi0, and is available in digital management system for use ANTV mechanical workshops, to be shared with customers.

For more information or to register for AutoNetTV Media, visit  http://www.autonettv.com/

Univision Communications Inc. Launches Innovative Campaign, "Se Habla USA" to celebrate the Latino culture and Spanish in the United States

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire
By Carolina Valencia, Univision Communications Inc., 212-455-4712, cvalencia@univision.net

The multi - platform campaign, which has the specific purpose of promoting the importance of Hispanic culture and pride to speak Spanish, was launched at Premio Lo Nuestro

Encourages the community to share why pride of Spanish and Hispanic culture using #SeHablaUSA

Photo by Nuevo Siglo Tampa

New York, February 26, 2018 - Univision Communications Inc. (UCI), the leading business media serving the Hispanic community in the US, today announced the launch of USA Se Habla, a campaign in order to promote the value of diversity, inclusion and the important role that the Hispanic culture and Spanish language play in America. According to the mission of UCI, USA Se Habla be dedicated to empowering Latinos to vigorously protect their interests and those of their communities and encourage take pride in their language and culture. The purpose of the campaign is also spreading among all Americans that Hispanics have had and still have an enormous positive influence in America.

"It 's more important than ever to celebrate the culture we share with all Americans and hear their stories, speak their languages, so that our country can be united as a diverse nation. The campaign Se Habla USA highlights the important role played by diversity in make America is getting better and celebrates the Hispanic community in the country and pride in the Spanish language, "said Randy Falco, president and CEO of UCI. "Our company was founded to serve and empower this community, and through USA Se Habla strengthen our work."

"For generations, Latinos have embodied the values ​​that make this country so unique and special: they dream dreams Americans and value American values," said Jessica Rodriguez, president and chief operating chains UCI and director UCI marketing executive. "USA It talks will be crucial to highlight the enormous contributions that Hispanics have made to culture, business and other fields of the United States, and that have long been overlooked. In addition, it is proposed positively influence the speech that exists around the Hispanic culture in the United States. "

USA Se Habla was launched a 60 - second ad during the 30th edition of "Premio Lo Nuestro Latin Music" on Thursday, February 22 and will continue until the fall of 2018. The multi - platform campaign was presented during the show by Laura Pausini, host of Premio Lo Nuestro, multilingual Italian pop singer and winner of Premio Lo Nuestro music, the Latin GRAMMY and GRAMMY, who is beloved by the Latino community. The launch of the campaign gave rise to a special recognition was given to Gloria and Emilio Estefan, the influential and award-winning couple was honored for his contributions.

With songs like "Spanish speakers make America more grandiose" will be used branded content USA is spoken in the entire portfolio of UCI, including traditional, digital and social media channels. The project will include organic and integrations segments shows in all UCI chains, supported by strong promotion on social networks through #SeHablaUSA, plus speakers influence events and community activities to increase even more visibility campaign and its importance.

It will encourage community members to participate in the campaign and use the hashtag #SeHablaUSA to share why they feel proud of the Spanish and Hispanic culture.

Visit corporate.univision.com:    https://corporate.univision.com/corporate/press/

About Light The Night

By Leonardo Concha | Executive Director - Puerto Rico, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society | PMB 356 425 Carr 693 STE 1 | Dorado, PR 00646, 939.940.4948 | leo.conchasosa@lls.org

Gloriana receiving Hurricane Check

February 19, 2018 - When Hurricane Maria struck, many of our blood cancer patients on the island became displaced, lost medications and some needed and still need travel assistance to treatment centers and doctor appointments. The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) immediately stepped in to offer financial and emotional support to our blood cancer patients and so far has helped them with more than $150,000 having been awarded in financial assistance!

“We want to assure you and the public that even in the face of catastrophe, we are steadfast in our commitment to fund our mission by continuing to invest in breakthrough research to advance treatments and cures and to ensure patients have access to the therapies that they need “ - Louis J. DeGennaro, Ph.D., LLS President and CEO.

Please show your support today by joining LLS and registering for our Light the Night San Juan walk on Sunday, February 25, 2018 at Paseo Caribe, Condado.

For more information:  http://www.lightthenight.org/events/san-juan

Registration starts at 4:30pm.  Walk starts at 6:00pm

Globofran report on Latin American immigrants in the US Where do they come, what they invest and where they prefer to live?

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire
By Krishna Ovalles, krishna@globofran.com , +1 305 390-2650

New report says Houston, LA and Miami are the main destinations and Mexicans remain the main Latin American immigrants.

Miami, Feb. 20, 2018 - According to the first report "Migrant Investment" by Globofran (download www.globofran.com/reporte2018 ), with data explaining where they come from , what invest and where Latin Americans prefer to live in the US, Mexico is the country with more residences granted 39% of the total Latin American and visas issued "non-immigrant" investors with more than 3,700 by 2016.

But Mexico does not only get the largest number of "Greencards" among Latin Americans, so do those from the Dominican Republic and Cuba.

As for investment visas granted under the EB-5 program in 2016, Brazil ranked first in Latin America followed by Venezuela. The EB-5 program requires the investor to contribute at least 500 thousand dollars on a project certificate UCSIS to obtain legal residency.

"This is the first report with reliable data that reveals the behavior of Latin American investment and migration. It also gives an indication of the importance of this community in the growth of the economy of the United States," says Jorge Partidas, CEO of Globofran.

What invest US Latinos?  According to the study by Globofran, Latinos prefer to invest and work: *Residential and business maintenance (20%), *Restaurants (18%), *Maintenance and repair of vehicles (16%)

Minimum cost of living in major US cities selected by Latin Americans as Globofran Report on "Migratory Investments"

Where prefer to live? The analyzed data confirm that more than 50% of Hispanic US residents.  They are distributed:  *California (27.1%), *Texas (18.8%), *Florida (8.7%)

As for the cities with greater ease for their annual life costs, it highlights Houston with an average of 47 thousand dollars more accessible. New York has the highest average cost over 61 thousand dollars a year.

The "Report on Migratory Globofran Investment" is published quarterly and is a research effort Globofran.

About Globofran:  US company specializing in "Migrant Investment". Annually supports hundreds of Latin American investors to obtain legal status in the United States through an investment in businesses and franchises. More information:  http://globofran.com/

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital® raises $ 4.3M during the national radio event Univision and movement SHIRT THIS SAVES LIVES Shirt

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire
By Alex Flores, ALSAC, organizing fundraising and awareness of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Office (901) 572-6905;. Cell (901) 229-7757, Alex.flores@stjude.org

St. Jude patient, Ashley, with Banda MS

Memphis, Tennessee, February 19, 2018 - St. Jude Children's Research Hospital ® grossed $ 4.3 million over the radial event Promesa y Esperanza ® this year, carried out in 14 markets across the country 1 and 2 February. Thanks to events like this, families never receive a bill from St. Jude or its treatment, transportation, lodging and meals, because the only family concern should be to help their children to live.

During the event, thousands of radio listeners from different parts of Univision US They called or visited the website to become Angels of Hope and join the movement #ThisShirtSavesLives , pledging to donate $ 20 a month or more to St. Jude. The radial effort coincided with a campaign on social networks that encouraged listeners, employees and Univision talent to participate by sharing photos THIS SHIRT start their social media channels.

"It is our responsibility as the leading media company serving Hispanic America provide a platform for those organizations dedicated to making a difference in the lives of the community we serve," said Randy Falco, president and CEO of UCI. "The mission of saving lives Jude has helped thousands of families and are proud of our long-standing partnership to raise awareness about their cause and train our employees and the public to join in important issues that matter".

St. Jude began organizing radiomaratones with Univision in 1998 and launched the first national radiothon with Univision Radio stations in New York, Miami and Los Angeles in 2006. The national radiothon took place in all markets for the first time Univision 2009. Since its inception, the national event St. Jude / Univision has raised more than $ 65 million.

"For 20 years, our radiomaratones with Univision have connected to listeners across the United States with the mission of St. Jude to save lives, allowing them to easily and quickly become Angels of Hope and unite to make an impact directly on cancer treatment pediatric "said Richard C. Shadyac Jr., President and CEO of ALSAC, organizing fundraising and awareness for Hospital. "The generosity of employees, listeners and viewers of Univision also supports research efforts of St. Jude freely share where the discoveries made here, and every child saved at St. Jude means that doctors and scientists around the world can use that knowledge to save thousands more children. "

To join the movement THIS SAVES LIVES SHIRT visit:  https://www.stjude.org/thisshirt

"Ghost tax preparers" continue to victimize taxpayers

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire
By Gigi Jones I gjones@ctec.org I 916.296.6913

Paid tax preparers who do not sign tax returns are one of the biggest threats to taxpayers

Sacramento, California, February 13, 2018 - It is a problem that continues worrying the state teams of law enforcement each tax season. Tax preparers, riding a store during tax season, serving countless contributors and just disappear after the deadline for filing taxes.

"The teams responsible for law enforcement have very little useful information because the paper trail is so weak. Never sign tax returns or remain in one place. They are masters ultimately the disappearing act," said Lester Crawford, president of California tax Education Council (CTEC) (Council tax Education California), a non-profit organization ordered by the state that handles the registration of more than 40,000 unlicensed tax preparers.

The law requires tax preparers sign (typed or handwritten) statements of federal and state taxes preparing for a fee.

California is one of the few states that has set standards for professional tax preparers. State law requires a preparer tax returns for a fee, to be an attorney , certified public accountant (CPA) , tax preparer with CTEC registered (CRTP) or enrolled agent (EA). Each professional should try an initial exam and meet educational requirements. Tax preparers doing business without a legal designation can be penalized up to $ 5,000 for the California Franchise Tax Board (FTB) (Board of California franchise tax).

In addition to the requirements of California, the Internal Revenue Service requires tax preparers provide an identification number tax preparer (PTIN) in all federal tax returns preparing for a fee.

"I think people are afraid to denounce tax preparers because they feel they will get in trouble or simply feel embarrassed for having been deceived," said Esperanza Escobedo, a member of the board of CRTP and CTEC. "But the teams responsible for law enforcement rely on complaints from taxpayers."

Beware of tax preparers who ...

Noted "self prepared" (prepared individually) in the tax return instead of signing it under his own name.
A commercial label stuck on the tax return instead of signing it by name. Customers receive a copy of "label" to look like that have signed it; however, often it presents a copy blank without a commercial label.
They claim that "forgot" to sign the tax return and promising sign after receiving customer rate.
Taxpayers may denounce tax preparers in ctec.org or visiting www.reporteelfraudedepreparadordeimpuestos.org for more tips. CTEC is a nonprofit organization that was established in 1997 by the California State Legislature to protect taxpayers against fraud and incompetent tax preparers.



To celebrate its 10 years, Chobani thanks his fans with free yogurt for everyone in the United States and Puerto Rico

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire
By Blair Aires / Chobani / blair.aires@chobani.com / 212-364-6731

A celebration begins three weeks to return the favor to the fans, employees and communities who contributed to the success of the company and welcomes new fans for the next decade

The new integrated national campaign is a big step to become the No. 1 brand of yogurt in the United States

Norwich, New York, February 12, 2018 - Chobani, LLC, the manufacturer of Greek yogurt 1 of the United States and the second largest producer of the country's largest yogurt, today announced a new campaign to thank all those who supported the company over the past decade and to integrate new Chobani fans in the family.

Since innovated in the category of Greek yogurt 10 years ago, Chobani is giving giants to fulfill its mission of providing better quality food for all steps. However, there is still more to do, because about half the country did not even have passed Greek yogurt. * From Chobani want all the people of the United States have the opportunity to try our delicious yogurt.

"This way of saying thanks is something we've done since we started, and now wanted to extend it to everyone in the United States. From the beginning, we wanted to make a beautiful yogurt that was as good as what nature gives us, create with more amazing people, putting it within reach of all, and follow the values ​​that we learned and that guide us, "said founder and CEO of Chobani, Hamdi Ulukaya. "What began ten years ago in a small factory in upstate New York evolved into something much bigger. But Chobani is the result of work or sleep one person. It is the combination of all those who have been part of our trip: our team, our communities and the millions of people who love our yogurt is why we are so excited to celebrate this achievement with as many people as possible on behalf of all who are part of Chobani, i want.. thank you. Thank you to everyone who saw us in the gondola, talked about us, recommended to others and we got a chance."

From today until March 4, Chobani launched a unique campaign to share with the United States what makes this plain yogurt so special. To receive a free product, fans simply have to print a coupon available in Chobani.com/freeyogurt and contact any participating store three weeks-long celebration. Can redeem the coupon for Chobani Greek Yogurt a snack Flip a Greek Yogurt Drink or Smooth (2 pieces).

No purchase necessary to receive the free participating product. limited quantities, while supplies last. Invalid in New Jersey and Louisiana. For terms and restrictions, visit Chobani.com/freeyogurt

How to make the category again be special

Yogurt is one of the most pure and simple foods on the planet. If it occurs naturally and shares it with generosity, we believe the meanest food can transform individuals, communities and the environment as if by magic.

Over the past ten years, we have grown from 5 employees to have 2000, so we have become the No. 1 selling brand of Greek yogurt in the United States (and the second yogurt maker mark). By giving a cup or bottle of yogurt to our fans in the United States, we are thanking those who have been with us since day one and those who follow us recently, and we're getting new fans in our family.

For more information about Chobani appreciation, visit  https://www.chobani.com/freeyogurt/

Video:  https://mma.prnewswire.com/media/640914/the_giving_tree.mp4

Cal / OSHA penalizes tree service company after a death caused by a desbrozadora

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire

American Canyon, California, February 6, 2018  - Cal / OSHA has sanctioned Gorilla Tree Service violations and serious security-related accidents in the workplace after an investigation of an accident a brush cutter that killed a worker of 24 years in Napa.

On August 15, 2017, the employee was working on the ground as part of a team of two people, removing branches of a sweetgum tree when a rope used to lower branches from an aerial basket, was caught and pulled into the brush cutter, strangling.

Research Cal / OSHA found that Gorilla Tree Service could not certify that the worker was adequately trained, who had been employed in the company for some six months.

"Working with trees is a high risk activity, and have implemented security requirements to protect workers from known risks," said the director of Cal / OSHA, Juliann Sum. "Employers must ensure that workers receive effective training to use the brush cutters and other dangerous machinery safely."

Cal / OSHA fined Gorilla Tree Service $ 23,200 for seven violations including related serious accident, a serious and five general violations because the employer does not:

*Provided training records documented workers in order to certify that given the training required to work with trees and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).
*He informed workers before commencing work, including a description of the risks, work procedures and appropriate protective equipment.
*He said the shredder was equipped, maintained and operated in accordance with the manufacturer's recommendations. Cal / OSHA found that the moving parts of the belts and pulleys of the brushcutter had no protection required.
*Prevented the risk of becoming entangled and that unwanted material from entering the operating point on the brush cutter.

Service workers have 56 times more trees likely to suffer a fatal occupational injury workers in all industries combined. The main causes of death and injury of service workers are fallen trees, electric shock, being struck by the branch of a tree with chainsaw lacerations, falling palm leaves and accidents with ladders.

Cal / OSHA launched a safety campaign in working with trees  http://www.dir.ca.gov/DIRNews/2016/Spanish/2016-44.pdf in 2016 to help workers and employers to prevent accidents, and created a website Safety at Work Trees https://www.dir.ca.gov/dosh/Tree-Work-Safety.html a Guide Safety at Work with trees  http://www.dir.ca.gov/dosh/dosh_publications/Tree-Work-Safety-Guide.pdf, one fact sheet  http://www.dir.ca.gov/dosh/dosh_publications/Tree-Work-fs.pdf and checklist  http://www.dir.ca.gov/dosh/dosh_publications/Tree-Work-Checklist.pdf.

Employees with questions or complaints related to work can call the Call Center of DIR in Spanish or English to 844-LABOR-DIR (844-522-6734).

38 high school students compete to be the Student of the Year 2018 LLS

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire
By Pooja Trivedi, Pooja.trivedi@lls.org | 408-490-3142

San José, California, February 8, 2018 - The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) will announce the winners of the second annual campaign Students of the Year (SOY by its acronym in English) on 24 February 2018, in the Grand Ballroom Corinthian in San Jose, California. This final gala will celebrate the achievements of young philanthropists area committed to cures for cancer.

Students of the Year LLS is an exciting leadership and philanthropy program in which local high school students raise funds to invest in research to advance treatments and cures that save lives for patients with blood cancer. The applicant team (Team Candidate) raises more money at the end of the seven-week competition wins the title "Student (s) of the Year" and receives a $ 1,000 scholarship to a college or university of their choice. This year, there are 21 applicants teams, consisting of 36 high school students in the competition.

The festivities begin at 6pm. Speakers include cancer survivor, Ethan Pope, 10, who is in remission from acute lymphoblastic leukemia at very high risk; Sienna Pope, 8, who was a donor 100% compatible marrow for Ethan and Kate Berardo, in charge of Leadership Development Facebook, who will show the importance of dollars raised for LLS in correspondence with leadership qualities in work force.

The evening will include a silent auction, dinner with dishes served, awards, announcement of the grand total raised by all applicants teams, and dance. Tickets to the grand final can be purchased here by selecting "Shop Our Store" and are $ 100 for adults and $ 50 for children 18 and under.

For more information about the event, donate , or to support applicants teams, visit:  http://www.studentseries.org/SOY-SVMB

National tribute to the most outstanding young volunteers in 2018

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire
By Harold Banks, Prudential Financial, (973) 802-8974 or (973) 216-4833, harold.banks@prudential.com

Acknowledgments Prudential Spirit of Community Awards selected 102 students who volunteer to grant awards of $ 1,000, silver medals and a trip to the capital

Washington, Feb. 6, 2018 - Many fight hunger in their communities. Others created programs to encourage young women to pursue a career in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Others are leading initiatives to help people with physical or intellectual disabilities.

Each year we select a group of young Americans to the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program for national recognition based on their outstanding achievements in community service.

These are just some of the stories behind the 102 young volunteers, two from each state and the District of Columbia, today were named State Honorees in the framework of the awards Prudential Spirit of Community Awards (Awards Community Spirit of Prudential) , a national program that recognizes the extraordinary volunteer work of students in fifth through twelfth grade. Know the names and life stories of honorees this year in https://spirit.prudential.com/.

Acknowledgments Prudential Spirit of Community Awards, now in its 23rd annual edition, is organized by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals (National Association of Secondary School Principals, NASSP).

Each of the 102 State Honorees receive $ 1,000, recorded a silver medal and a trip with all expenses paid trip to Washington, DC to take place in late April for four days in events of national recognition. During the trip, 10 of them are appointed highlights of the United States in 2018 young volunteers.

In addition to the State Honorees, the jury named Distinguished Finalists program to 234 students nationwide for their impressive community service activities. Each will receive a bronze medal engraved. Nearly 500 candidates received more Certificates of Excellence for their volunteer work.

Many of the state and Distinguished Finalists this year Honorees were recognized for their work in support of mental health and emotional well-being of others. Many of them work as immediate contacts for volunteer departments of fire departments and emergency medical technicians, and as many acopiaron stuffed animals to comfort small in traumatic situations. Some of these outstanding young volunteers led large-scale campaigns to collect and distribute food to the needy, and others raised funds for emergency work after the hurricane in Puerto Rico.

"Prudential proudly recognizes the work of these young notables who devote their energy, creativity and compassion to the task of promoting significant changes in their communities," said John Strangfeld, chairman and CEO of Prudential. "We hope their stories will inspire other young people to follow their example."

"These students from middle and high schools have not only improved the lives of people and communities where they work, also constitute an important example for their peers," said JoAnn Bartoletti, executive director NASSP. "Our honorees are proof that you're never too young to make a difference."

For the first time, Toyota will transmit three ads during the Super Bowl; commercial use themes of unity, courage and inspiration of the Olympic and Paralympic Games

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire
By Zachary Reed, Toyota Motor North America, 214-316-1128 zachary.reed@toyota.com & Kimberly Harms, Saatchi for Toyota, 702-234-9517, kimberly.harms@saatchi.com

In the three TV ads created by Toyota for the event prime Super Bowl LII, the sports fans join in the spot "One Team", while the Paralympian Lauren Woolstencroft exceeds the impossible in the ad "Good Odds" and movement reinvents itself "Mobility Anthem"

Photo by PRNewsFoto / Toyota Motor North America

Plano, Texas, February 2, 2018 - Toyota returns to Super Bowl 2018 as never before, using sports to unite and inspire by the three advertisements broadcast during primetime television event of the year . For the first time in the history of the company, Toyota will present three commercial in two different advertising campaigns during prime time event, which will be transmitted at the beginning of the first half, after the first half and in the fourth quarter of the game. Two of the ads will be its first global campaign entitled "Start Your Impossible" which communicates the change from company to company mobility and aims to inspire consumers to take the first step to release their potential. The third announcement will be its US long-standing national campaign entitled "Let's Go Places" which empowers viewers see what they can do when you opt for unity.

For the first time in the history of the company, Toyota will present three commercial in two different advertising campaigns during prime time event, which will be transmitted at the beginning of the first half, after the first half and in the fourth quarter of the game.

The announcement "Good Odds" of "Start Your Impossible" Toyota campaign will be the first commercial that appears after the start of the game. The 60-second commercial celebrates the evolution of Toyota to a company mobility and its worldwide sponsorship of the Olympic and Paralympic Games for eight years Games, highlighting the true story of the Canadian alpine skier Lauren Woolstencroft, who overcame huge obstacles to become a legendary Paralympic gold medalist.

After Toyota Halftime Report and launch presenter NBC Sports Dan Patrick, the announcement of Toyota 60 seconds "One Team", a cheerful narration and fun illustrating how people from diverse backgrounds come together to celebrate the spirit is transmitted what drawing closer together: their shared passion for sports. The announcement will be released on Saturday, February 3rd.

Photo by Beta News

Finally, in the fourth game time, Toyota will send a poignant message that promotes mobility as a human right "Mobility Anthem", a fascinating spot of 30 seconds of the first global brand campaign "Start Your Impossible" which presents people between the ages of 1 and 100 years in all stages of life, including Olympians and Paralympians world renowned. Toyota believes that mobility goes beyond cars and that freedom of movement is a human right. The announcement highlights the change from company to company mobility, showing some examples of mobility technologies Toyota.

"This is an unprecedented opportunity for our team Toyota share messages of unity, friendship, diversity and perseverance," said Ed Laukes, Toyota group vice president of Toyota Motor Marketing North America. "With the Super Bowl and the Olympics just days away from being broadcast by NBC, We are excited to join the enthusiasm of the fans for these two world-class events and connect with them sharing TV ads that are meaningful and inspiring".

Click on the links below to see the 60 - second spot "Good Odds":  https://youtu.be/sefscV3GvWM and 30 - second version:    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9QbPS-CvSGE&feature=youtu.be or the full version:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9JcFwfOcoEo&feature=youtu.be of the announcement "Mobility Anthem" campaign "Start Your Impossible" Toyota or visit YouTube.com/Toyota . The announcement "One Team" campaign "Let's Go Places" Toyota will debut for the first time Saturday morning, February 3rd.

The Institute Congressional Hispanic Leadership (ChlI) supports Dreamers

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire.   Photo by La Nación Hispana
By Mary Ann Gomez Orta, Phone: 202-841-0957, Email: mgomezorta@chli.org

Washington, Jan. 30, 2018 - The Hispanic Leadership Institute Congress (ChlI for its acronym in English) strongly supports legislative action to create a permanent legal status in the United States for the Dreamers (including DACA beneficiaries), individuals who were brought to the US as children by their parents' decision.

ChlI reaffirms its position of 12 September 2013, that a process of legalization acquired is the most reasonable of dealing with undocumented people in the US currently way. ChlI supports a path to legalization for millions of undocumented immigrants who are forced to live in the shadows of our society.

ChlI also supports congressional action on other important aspects of our immigration system, such as reform of the selection criteria for the visa system. For example, ChlI believed to be carried out all necessary efforts to accelerate the transition to permanent residency for college and graduate students who are studying in the United States and seek such status. ChlI recognizes that the expansion of visa programs H-1B, L-1 and EB for highly skilled professionals and workers, and temporary H-2B visas that help industries and small seasonal businesses are critical to our national economy. In addition, ChlI believed to improve the effectiveness of the visa program for agricultural workers (H-2A) will allow the US to maintain a reliable agricultural workforce.

ChlI also supports efforts to improve and modernize the US border security. ChlI believes that delays, delays and disruptions in systems immigration and borders obstructing the movement of people and the legitimate cargo across the borders of the United States should be resolved, and that security forces to deal with human trafficking, drug trafficking, terrorism and pirated goods crossing borders is key to maintaining security and prosperity of the United States.

Web site:  https://www.chli.org/

Sensis launches advertising campaign to Auto Club Speedway 2018

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire
By Ethan Reynolds, earned media manager, ereynolds@sensisagency.com, 213.341.0171 extension 750

Los Angeles, Jan. 30, 2018 - Sensis, multicultural marketing agency, has launched a new advertising campaign to Auto Club Speedway. Entitled "The fastest Sunday of the Year" (The Fastest Sunday of the Year), the campaign promotes the next race of the Auto Club 400 of the Monster Energy Cup Series on March 18, 2018, and highlights the excitement, adrenaline and sensational experiences that fans will find the only NASCAR stop in Southern California.

On Sunday fastest of the year! 2018 NASCAR Auto Club Speedway.   Photo by f1fanatic.co,uk

The ad features images focused on the five senses to trigger emotions related to everything "Sunday fastest of the year" has to offer, including concerts, shows automotive acrobatics, Lefty's Fun Zone, activations vendors and programming of motorsports.

" 'On Sunday fastest of the year' covers the entire experience of Auto Club 400 in an integrated multicultural campaign that will include components broadcast, radio, outdoor, print, digital and social media. The ultimate goal is to attract both core fans like a younger and diverse the main event of NASCAR in California audience," said Jose Villa, president and chief strategy Sensis.

About Sensis - Sensis is a multicultural marketing agency that promotes behavior change. Working beyond conventional ethnicity, the agency creates useful and relevant content digitally to drive consumer action in different cultures. Along with its integrated advertising core offerings include Sensis practices and expertise SensisHealth SensisChallenges. The agency clients include AltaMed, Sempra Energy, UCLA Extension, the CDC, OneWest Bank, Tadin Herb & Tea Company, the Port of Los Angeles, the Fair Orange County, Boston College, the United States Army, Capital Metro, and Army National Guard.

Photo by NASCAR.com

About Auto Club Speedway - Located 50 miles east of Los Angeles in Fontana, Auto Club Speedway is the main facility for motorsports celebrating more than 320 days of activities track each year including the weekend of the Auto Club 400 of the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series 16 18 March 2018. the oval-shaped "D" two miles is one of the fastest tracks on the circuit. The Speedway has also been the site of several film productions, television and commercials, photo shoots, testing new cars, racing clubs and a variety of racing schools. For more information about events at Auto Club Speedway call 1-800-944-RACE (7223) or visit  http://www.autoclubspeedway.com/

Watch the announcement "The Fastest Sunday of the Year" NASCAR Auto Club 400 on YouTube Video:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hY6eOGT6S-A

Woodforest Bank Foundry celebrates first graduation cohort

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire
By Daniel Galindo, Woodforest National Bank, Vice president, director, CRA Strategic Initiatives, 210.862.0511 Email: dgalindo@woodforest.com

The Woodlands, Texas, Jan. 23, 2018 - The Woodforest Bank Foundry graduated its first cohort business in partnership with Master Entrepreneur Center and the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of San Antonio. 11 entrepreneurs participated in the program inaugural cohort of 10 weeks of business development and business accelerator based on the curriculum for small businesses owned by minorities, women and veterans in San Antonio.

The Woodforest Bank Foundry is a creative incubator space where entrepreneurs can collaborate, create, test and launch their ideas. The Foundry combines practical guidance through peer and professional and educational programming expertise. The objective is to promote Foundry business community, turning passion into action, and forming companies of tomorrow while creating community value.

"The graduation ceremony for our first cohort in the Master Center was breathtaking and invigorating. View graduates present what they have learned and how they benefited from this program is more than we could have expected, and we are excited to open others' Foundry 'in 17 states in 2018 to help more entrepreneurs and small businesses grow, "said Doug Schaeffer, CEO, CRA, and executive vice president, Woodforest National Bank.Leonardo Concha | Executive Director - Puerto Rico
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"I am deeply proud of the 11 companies undergoing this transformative experience offered to them by the Program Cohort 10 weeks of Master Entrepreneurship" said Elizabeth Eguía-Garcia, executive director of the Master. "The key to our success are our partnerships. I thank the grants program Woodforest Bank Foundry and the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of San Antonio who made this possible."

Sea World and OCEARCH unite to protect oceans and marine animals in the world

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire
By Suzanne Pelisson Beasley, corporate communications, SeaWorld, Suzanne.Pelisson-Beasley@SeaWorld.com; Ami Meite, communications manager, OCEARCH, AMeite@ocearch.org

A focus on preserving animal and marine habitats using transparent data and shared

Orlando, Florida, January 25, 2018 - Today marks the official launch of a partnership between two leaders of conservation that focuses on the global protection of marine animals and the world's oceans is marked. SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc., a leader in animal rescue and inspiring experiences of themed entertainment, and OCEARCH, a leader in the generation of critical scientific data related to the study of key marine species, announced a multi-year collaboration and have valuable data available both the scientific community and the general public for the first time in a widely accessible format.

The popular Global Shark Tracker of OCEARCH now host data on marine animals rescued, rehabilitated and returned to their natural habitat, and provide both the scientific community and the general public the opportunity to learn more about threatened and endangered as they receive the opportunity for a second life. SeaWorld data on three of the rescued and returned to their habitat (Gale, pilot whale, TJ, a dolphin, and Iris, a common seal) can now be found on the site animals OCEARCH.org where open access will be provided the scientific community in the near future.

The announcement was made aboard the research vessel 126 foot M / V OCEARCH, mother and boat floating scientific laboratory during its first research expedition of 2018. Future missions of the ship are scheduled for May and September this year. These missions meet OCEARCH team and veterinarians, scientists and researchers from SeaWorld to share knowledge and experiences that contribute to their shared mission to educate, inspire and advocate for ocean health and conservation efforts of marine animals.

Aboard the M / V OCEARCH today, with ringside access to the team and his work, Dr. Todd Robeck were SeaWorld, an expert in the field of veterinary reproduction, and members of the Youth Advisory Council Youth Advisory Council SeaWorld & Busch Gardens, a group of passionate young conservationists working to protect animals and inspire future generations.

"We are delighted to partner with OCEARCH to continue raising awareness about the critical issues surrounding marine animals and habitats," said Dr. Chris Dold, CEO of zoology at SeaWorld. "SeaWorld is one of the organizations most important zoo rescue the world and the use of global satellite tracker on animals rehabilitated and returned to their habitats is for us an exciting way to share the next chapter in the life of rescued animals. Working together, we hope to inspire the next generation of marine scientists and advocates flows through our common love for the ocean. "

Chris Fischer, founding president of the board of OCEARCH and expedition leader, said: "Together, OCEARCH and SeaWorld will focus on bringing ordinary people to the ocean to increase understanding of how to better protect animals and marine habitats. we are committed to providing sources, data and open content in real time, which will allow anyone to follow our findings, from the classroom to researchers and experts. "

The association between SeaWorld and OCEARCH focuses on three key areas:

.Search and rescue: For the first time, the Global Shark Tracker OCEARCH be used to monitor marine animals rescued, rehabilitated and returned to their habitat, providing the public with valuable data open source.
.Education: Joint development of content that will educate students and at the same time will inspire the next generation of explorers, scientists and conservators of the ocean.
.Politics: Use open source data about marine animals sampled and labeled to advocate for the protection of marine life.

NHEO Institute launches an inspiring campaign to eliminate risks related to construction

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire
By Hispanic Contractors NHEO- Institute, National Hispanic Entrepreneurs' Organization Inc., Victoria Carpena, Media Relations, + 1-704-759-6696, vcarpena@nheo.org

All are welcome to COMMIT TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS CAMPAIGN AS BRACELET wearing a yellow sign of commitment to this cause

Houston, Jan. 22, 2018 - The Institute of National Hispanic Entrepreneurs' Organization (NHEO) announced that it has successfully launched an inspiring campaign called 'Building a Safer Future'. Aspiring to impact more one million people, the campaign will play a greater role in reducing and eventually eliminating risks related to construction.

The campaign will feature hundreds of volunteers who work throughout the year across the country, while the NHEO Institute celebrates its tenth anniversary serving the Hispanic community.

"All accidents are preventable, so we will work together in this effort to improve the safety culture at work for everyone," said Miguel Galarza, a member of the Board of NHEO Institute. The statistics showed that while accidents decreased 20 percent in the last decade, work accidents among Hispanics in construction rose 35 percent in the same period.

"Security is our priority in NHEO, and we are committed to identifying ways to improve the health and safety of contractors, construction workers and their families. Especially those who need extra help because of cultural barriers or language" he added.

Participants of the campaign 'Building a Safer Future' will commit to participate in the program wearing a yellow bracelet. At the end of the year they will receive a certificate of participation and an evaluation of the activities undertaken in relation to safety by the NHEO Institute.

The campaign will include monthly educational presentations by industry experts, sharing best practices and Safety. The campaign will culminate with an event in Houston at the end of the year to show the impact and results of activities. To learn more about this initiative, please visit www.nheo.org

About NHEO Institute:  The NHEO Institute promotes and supports the development and growth of all contractors to reach their full potential. We are committed to quality and safety practices, and meet the challenges of productivity and training of the workforce in our industry. For more information, visit https://www.nheo.org/.

HairSil HairCare announces the relaunch of the brand and the opening of new office

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire
By Carla Lyon, 1-844-424-7745

Dallas, Jan. 22, 2018 - HairSil HairCare Products LLC, a company product for hair care that helps support healthy hair growth for men and women, announced the opening of its new office in Southlake, Texas, and the relaunch of the brand - HairSil Accelerator.

The product line will offer its popular selling products, they also have an excellent track record: Shampoo Accelerator, Treatment and Treatment Serum Extra Strength. We also offer our new products, Accelerator and HairSil Conditioner Maintenance System, available for pre-order. The product now has an attractive new packaging in English and Spanish, and is marketed directly to men, women and adolescents who suffer from alopecia and other hair growth problems.

HairSil previously it sold nationwide at Wal-Mart, Walgreens and Meijer, and was very popular with consumers interested in accelerating hair growth or hair loss sufferers, but the brand was available only in selected markets. Consumers can now order directly through  https://hairsilhaircareproducts.com/.  This new strategy generates a direct consumer system that eliminates additional costs and create added value for the client HairSil.

Photo by 11street.my

Jose Reyes, founder of HairSil said, "he has done an outstanding HairSil to help bring the damaged optimum hair health work We are proud to offer our customers affordable and value-added products that work.". The company started in 2011 and developed a therapeutic formula proven clinically to help the growth of healthy hair: Pisum sativum (pea extract), natural protein included in HairSil, clinically shown to enhance hair growth.

HairSil will be available for purchase at our new website:    https://hairsilhaircareproducts.com/ or free call 1-844- 424-7745 (844-HAIRSIL)

HairSil HairCare Products LLC, 950 E. State Hwy 114 Suite 160, Southlake, Texas 76092 .

In a show of support, Koons of Silver Spring offers oil change and car free services to all federal government employees during the closure of the federal government in 2018

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire
By shutdown@koonsofsilverspring.com or 301-890-6100

Silver Spring, Maryland, January 21, 2018 - Koons of Silver Spring, a major car dealership on the outskirts of Washington DC, is offering oil changes, tire rotation and inspection free to all federal government employees during closure of the federal government of 20 January 2018.

Alex Perdikis, chairman and dealership owner said.. "Koons of Silver Spring will continue to support those who serve our country as a community leader, we want to step forward and help those affected by the closure A large majority of current federal government employees are part of our community, not only as customers but also as neighbors, friends and family".

According to various entries dealership group in social media:  Koons of Silver Spring extend the following offer to all current employees of the federal government during the total closure of the federal government on January 20, 2018.
-A oil change, tire rotation and FREE to vehicles of any make and model inspection.

For this offer is valid, should make an appointment for the total government shutdown of 20.01.2018.
To make an appointment, contact Koons of Silver Spring at:

About Koons of Silver Spring: Koons of Silver Spring, located in Silver Spring, Maryland, sells and services vehicles new Ford, Lincoln and Mazda, and has an extensive operation used car. Koons of Silver Spring has more than 130 employees and was selected as one of the "Best Places to Work" by the Washington Business Journal in 2016, for the sixth consecutive year. Koons of Silver Spring is awarded the President's Award dealer. Koons of Silver Spring was founded in 2010.

USAGov has collected five services that you probably did not know and will be helpful for 2018

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

Washington, Jan. 16, 2018 / PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE / - The Government creates new services and benefits for Americans year after year. Many of these services are intended to support the Hispanic community in the USA in most need.

1. Your appointment with the government. It is a new service in Spanish of USAGov. Each month government experts have an appointment with you on Facebook to answer your questions in Spanish about the services and benefits that may be available to you and your family. The questions and answers are confidential and will only have to send them through the "Inbox".

2. My Social Security (in English) . It is a service of the Social Security Administration (SSA acronym) that lets you view from your computer or smartphone your statement, change your address and manage their benefits. Anyone who has a Social Security number can open your account for information on how will receive upon retirement, ask for a new card, among other services.

3. Trusted Traveler Program (TTP acronym) . Are you traveling abroad frequently? If appropriate, consider enrolling in one of the programs designed for frequent travelers. With these programs, the process to enter EE. UU. it is faster.

4. File a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC acronym) . If you were affected by a scam, a fraud or identity theft, report it to the FTC. FTC officials are responsible for investigating cases.

5. Renew your passport by mail . It is not always necessary to go in person to renew a US passport. If your passport if you are in good condition, was issued less than 15 years and after the age of 16 years old, renew your passport by mail.

To stay informed about government services and benefits, subscribe to our email alert system . Contact us if you have any doubts or questions and one of our specialists will answer you in Spanish.

GobiernoUSA.gov is part of USAGov: https://www.usa.gov/explorar/, a federal program that connects you to information and services agencies, departments and programs of the US government. USAGov helps you find answers to your questions in English and Spanish. Contact us by phone, e-mail or chat or order free Consumer Guide:  https://gobierno.usa.gov/contactenos

ColorComm community launches the Men of Color in Communications

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire
By Fatima Bokhari, senior communications manager, 202-794-8767

ColorComm Chicago members inside the newsroom at CBS Chicago

Washington, Jan. 16, 2018 - ColorComm, Inc., the leading platform for women in the country dedicated to addressing issues of diversity and inclusion in the industries of communications, marketing, media and advertising launch Men of Color in Communications (MCC) on Friday January 26, 2018 in Washington, DC.

MCC will focus on promoting visibility and achievements of men of color in the world of communications. The aim of MCC is to create links between men and other like minded people to develop a strong network of training leaders through mentorship, business relationships and friendships.

MCC seeks to share the life stories of male leaders of color and provide the tools that help men of color to advance these industries.

MCC launch will take place with a special luncheon on Friday, January 26, 2018 at Charlie Palmer Steakhouse in Washington, DC, attended by Art Collins, CEO of TheGroup as keynote speaker.

The aim lunch is to create an environment that links opinion leaders in the industry to strategize, collaborate and open dialogue leading to business partnerships and best practices.

Member’s Only Dinner & Dialogue with Charlene Dance, Global Marketing Director for African Pride held in Washington, DC at STK Restaurant.

"Men of color in the world of communications face particular challenges in the workplace and often perform in environments where there are less than a handful of men of color in the company and in leadership positions," said Lauren Wesley Wilson, founder of ColorComm and Men of Color in Communications.

"We founded MCC for men to have a community to draw upon support and strengthen ties, mutual growth and progress," said Wesley Wilson.

The launch of Men of Color in Communications will take place in Washington, DC and will hit major cities nationwide in 2018.

About ColorComm, Inc.

Congress ColorComm:  http://www.colorcommconference.com/events/c2-new-horizons/event-summary-02c1c5e0f4074bae97fdfe4ba29ce04c.aspx

Red ColorComm:  http://www.colorcommnetwork.com/

ColorComm Program for Young Talents:  https://colorcommfellows.tumblr.com/

About Light The Night

Por Leonardo Concha Sosa, Executive Director of the Society for the Fight Against Leukemia and Lymphoma Puerto Rico, 939-940-4948

January 15,2018 - When Hurricane Maria struck, many of our blood cancer patients on the island became displaced, lost medications and some needed and still need travel assistance to treatment centers and doctor appointments. The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) immediately stepped in to offer financial and emotional support to our blood cancer patients and so far has helped them with more than $150,000 having been awarded in financial assistance!

“We want to assure you and the public that even in the face of catastrophe, we are steadfast in our commitment to fund our mission by continuing to invest in breakthrough research to advance treatments and cures and to ensure patients have access to the therapies that they need “ - Louis J. DeGennaro, Ph.D., LLS President and CEO.

Please show your support today by joining LLS and registering for our Light the Night San Juan walk on Sunday, February 25, 2018 at Parque Jaime Benitez/Lagoon National Park, 1110 Calle Vieques, San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Here the video link Isabel Cristina, one of our honorary patients:    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kDN72NHQTrI.  Surely this video explains who we are, what we do and how much we still do.

For more information, Gildren.bengoa@lls.org, Leo.conchasosa@lls.org

The Peach State Turns Pink as Thousands Convene in Atlanta for Mary Kay's U.S. Leadership Conference

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire

Global Cosmetics Company Brings More Than 7,000 Attendees, $8.4 Million in Economic Impact and an Opportunity to Give Back to its Host City

Dallas, Jan. 14, 2018 - With those iconic, traffic-stopping Mary Kay pink Cadillacs rolling into Georgia along with more than 7,000 Mary Kay Independent Sales Directors, the city of Atlanta is turning from peach to pink for the beauty company's annual U.S. Leadership Conference. The top beauty brand and direct seller in nearly 40 countries around the world kicks off the conference on Jan. 14 at the Georgia World Congress Center bringing $8.4 million in direct spending and an opportunity to give back to its host city.

While the four-day event focuses on recognizing, educating and motivating leaders from across the country within Mary Kay's independent sales force, attendees will also assemble 2,000 care kits to distribute to five Atlanta area domestic violence shelters: Forsyth County Family Haven, Gateway House, Partnership Against Domestic Violence, NOA's Ark/No One Alone and Project Safe. The care kits are filled with Mary Kay® basic hygiene products and offer a source of comfort to women at emergency shelters who often flee abusive situations with little personal belongings.

"From soaps to lotions to everyday skin care products, our clients are in desperate need of any and all necessities after many have fled unthinkable circumstances," said Nancy Friauf, President and CEO at Partnership Against Domestic Violence. "Throughout the years, Mary Kay Inc. and The Mary Kay Foundation℠ have continued to serve as steadfast and committed supporters of our shelter along with many other domestic violence organizations in the Atlanta area and across the country. To receive these care kits and the Company's unwavering dedication is not only a gift but also allows us to focus on serving the survivors of an epidemic that impacts one in four women in the United States."

Each year, Mary Kay holds its U.S. Leadership Conference in a different city. Independent Sales Directors and Independent National Sales Directors offer leadership and motivation to the growing Mary Kay independent sales force worldwide. According to the Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau, the 2018 conference will pump $8.4 million into the local economy. This marks the third time Mary Kay has held its annual Leadership Conference in Atlanta following events in 2006 and again in 2012.

"Known for its diverse cultural heritage and Southern hospitality, we're thrilled to be back in Atlanta for our third time as thousands of our independent sales force members paint the town pink," said Nathan Moore, President of Mary Kay Inc.'s North America Region. "Nearly 55 years ago, Mary Kay Ash founded our company on the Golden Rule and emphasized the importance of giving back. It's part of the Mary Kay heritage and we're honored to give back to our host city by assembling and distributing much-needed care kits to Atlanta area domestic violence shelters."

To date, Mary Kay Inc. and The Mary Kay Foundation℠ have donated $57 million to domestic violence prevention and awareness programs in an effort to end the cycle of abuse. For more information about Mary Kay's commitment to end domestic violence visit  https://www.marykay.com/en-us/about-mary-kay/social-responsiblity/dont-look-away?cid=vanityurl_dontlookaway

Mazda and Toyota selected Alabama for new car plant in the United States

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire

The investment will reach $ 1,600 million in the facility that will employ 4,000 people and will open in 2021

Montgomery, Alabama, January 10, 2018 - Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey, and Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle, today joined leaders Mazda (MZDAF) and Toyota (NYSE: TM) to announce that automakers have selected Huntsville, Alabama, as the site of its new plant in joint venture.

The new plant will have the capacity to manufacture 300,000 vehicles annually, and production will be divided equally between two lines so that each company produces the crossover of Mazda model to be launched to the US market and the Toyota Corolla.

The joint venture represents an investment of $ 1,600 million Mazda and Toyota plan to do with equal contributions of funds. The site of the new factory is in Huntsville, located approximately 14 miles from the Toyota plant in Alabama (Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Alabama, Inc.). The plant is expected to generate up to 4,000 jobs and production to start in 2021.

"The partnership between Mazda and Toyota will expand the innovative automobile manufacturing in Alabama," said Governor Ivey. "Their decision to locate the new facility in Huntsville is a testament to the talent of the workforce in our state. We are proud that this partnership will bring to Alabama at the forefront of technology in this dynamic global industry."

"With this announcement, the world changes overnight," said Tommy Battle, mayor of Huntsville. "Mazda and Toyota, two of the manufacturers most innovative cars in the world, have created a historic project that will create jobs for many decades in Huntsville and Alabama. Catapult Alabama to the summit as an industry leader in the production of the next generation of cars that move our nation."

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Masamichi Kogai, president and CEO of Mazda Motor Corporation, Akio Toyoda and President of Toyota Motor Corporation, Ivey joined the governor and the mayor Battle to make the announcement.

For Mazda, the factory opens in an important year marking the beginning of the second century of operation of the company and the second half-century of sales in the United States. The automaker is expanding its commitment to the US market and focus its efforts on manufacturing and increasing sales in the country.

"Mazda makes cars with a clear vision of how we want to inspire people, contribute to society and help preserve the beauty of the land. By producing those cars here in Alabama, we hope that eventually our factory reaches occupy a special place in the hearts of our employees and the local community. by making this plant into a vibrant part of the community, we hope to work, learn and grow together with the people of Alabama and Huntsville "Kogai said.

For Toyota, this joint venture plant will be its 11th factory in the United States and represents its continued commitment in the United States, as well as the investment of $ 10,000 million over the next five years was announced in January 2017.

"Our investment to establish a new vehicle assembly plant with Mazda builds on the solid success we have enjoyed in Alabama, where we produce engines for the US market," Toyoda said. "I am sure that from 2021, will operate a very competitive plant, bringing together the expertise of Toyota and Mazda and excellent workforce Alabama. We are committed to be another 'best village' companies in the city Huntsville and the state of Alabama, a new home for Toyota and Mazda. "

The state of Alabama is the fifth largest producer of cars and light trucks nationwide, with a strong presence in automotive manufacturing, including Toyota engine plant in Huntsville, where Toyota employs 1,400 team members. With more than 150 automotive suppliers Tier 1 and 2 in the state and automakers, there are approximately 57,000 jobs in auto manufacturing in Alabama.

In the coming months, after obtaining approvals and authorizations antitrust agencies, the new joint venture will be based, and site preparations begin with the start of production in 2021.

Latino lawmakers reject Sessions policy on cannabis

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire
By Federico de Jesus, 312-343-8244 - communications@nhcsl.org
Photos by The Daily Chronic & 9News

Washington, Jan. 5, 2018 - The National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators (NHCSL, for its acronym in English) rejected a recent memorandum from the US Attorney General Jeff Sessions revoking the policy of the Obama Administration he ordered federal prosecutors not to focus limited law and order in prosecuting crimes under cannabis in states that have legalized its use, either for medicinal or recreational purposes resources. The new policy Sessions upsets scientific evidence, the democratic will of the voters in 29 states and the District of Columbia and affect Latinos and other minorities disproportionately.

Last summer the NHCSL Executive Committee adopted a resolution calling for decriminalizing cannabis , becoming the first Hispanic national group to take a firm position on this issue. The resolution also highlights the roots of anti-Latino bias that gave way to cannabis prohibition laws.

According to the text of the resolution on cannabis,  http://nhcsl.org/140/resolution/calling-for-the-decriminalization-commercialization-and-taxation-of-cannabis/ "during the 1920s and 1930s, when he was penalized for the first time in several states, cannabis was described as a cultural habit of Mexican immigrants in the United States. Some politicians and government officials racist and xenophobic used cannabis prohibition specifically to persecute and criminalize mexico-American culture and imprison Americans of Mexican descent and thus the prohibition of cannabis is based primarily on discrimination against Hispanics ... "http://www.canorml.org/background/caloriginsmjproh.pdf

Dan Pabon

Colorado State Representative Dan Pabon, the sponsor of the resolution , and who is Also the Chair of NHCSL's Task Force on Banking, Affordable Housing and Credit, said:. "Colorado has successfully decriminalized cannabis The health, economic, and public safety benefits Have Been a boon to our states and other Jurisdictions Who have followed our lead. in Addition to the $ 300 million our state has-been able to collect from the legal cannabis trade, decriminalization Also strikes at the heart of the underground economy and the vicious crimes That stem from cannabis prohibition in other states. Now is not the time to turn back the clock on states' rights and common-sense policy. Congress Should follow Colorado's example and fully decriminalize the use and sale of cannabis and help other Americans reap the rewards of the type of sound and evidence-based cannabis policies We Have Pursued in Colorado. "

State Representative of Colorado, Dan Pabon, who introduced the resolution and who also chairs the Working Group on Banking, Affordable Housing and Credit NHCSL said: "Colorado has decriminalized cannabis successfully benefits for health, the economy and. public safety have been a boon for our state and or following jurisdictions that have followed our path. in addition to the $ 300 million in annual taxes that our state has been able to raise the legal trade of cannabis decriminalization has also dealt a blow to illicit market and pitiless crimes associated with cannabis prohibition in other states. This is not the time to backtrack to state rights and common sense policies. Congress should follow the example of Colorado and decriminalize full use and sale of cannabis and help other Americans enjoy the benefits of such policies d and implemented evidence-based cannabis in Colorado ".

"In theory, under the Constitution, Congress has the power to regulate or even prohibit marijuana interstate commerce. However, it can not and should not reverse government policies that regulate or prohibit the planting, processing and use of marijuana within state lines. This is something that citizens should decide in each state, "the Executive Director of NHCSL, Kenneth Romero.

Cal / OSHA issued sanctions after a bee attack that killed a worker trees

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire

San Bernardino, California, January 5, 2018 - Cal / OSHA has issued sanctions Hadley Date Gardens Thermal Inc. for serious violations of safety and health in the workplace after a swarm of bees stung and killed a worker trees. The incident serves as a reminder that employers must protect workers against these types of trees hazards.

On July 3 2017 a tree worker was spraying with water a fruit date palm from the raised bucket of an irrigation equipment when a honeycomb was disturbed. Bees repeatedly stung the worker, who suffered anaphylactic shock and died at the scene.

"The dangers recognized in the workplace for workers trees include exposure to bees and other insect pests," said Juliann Sum, director of Cal / OSHA. "Employers need to identify and assess hazards in the workplace, and provide appropriate personal protective equipment and effective training for their workers."

Cal / OSHA issued four fines totaling $ 41.310 in proposed penalties for violations of safety and health at the workplace, two of which were classified as serious accident related. Hadley Date Gardens, Inc. had not assessed the work site for hazardous exposure to bees or other insects, and had not established adequate security protocols, which include the provision of appropriate personal protective equipment and training that could have prevented this incident.

The rules on work safety tree https://www.dir.ca.gov/dosh/Tree-Work-Safety.html Cal / OSHA specifically mention bee stings as a threat with potentially fatal consequences that employers must meet.

Division of Occupational Safety and Health of California or Cal / OSHA, is the division within the Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) that helps protect California workers against the dangers of safety and health in almost all places job. The Consultation Services Cal / OSHA  http://www.dir.ca.gov/dosh/consultation.html provide free and voluntary employers to improve their safety and health programs help. Employers should call (800) 963-9424 for assistance Consultation Services Cal / OSHA.

Employees with questions or complaints regarding work can call the Call Center of DIR in English or Spanish to 844-LABOR-DIR (844-522-6734). Complaints may also be filed confidentially in district offices Cal / OSHA  http://www.dir.ca.gov/dosh/Complaint.htm

6 simple tips for handling in case of cyclone pump in winter

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

Bethesda, Maryland, January 4, 2018 - When it comes to automotive care in winter, most handlers think of antifreeze and batteries, but vehicles need extra attention in winter, especially if cyclone pump and drastic temperature drop.

Photo by Infobae

"Most had never heard of 'bombogénesis', until the terrible snow and dangerous cold affected many areas of the country, including many states that do not usually suffer such extreme weather," said Rich White, executive director of Car Care Council. "Making sure that vehicles are prepared for inclement helps us avoid the severity of an emergency while driving".

Car Care Council, a non-profit organization, provides six simple tips to make your vehicle has optimum performance in the coldest months.

1. Keep the tank full fuel least; and it decreases the likelihood of moisture or possible freezing in the ducts is formed.
2. Check tire pressure, including the spare, as they may lose pressure when the temperature drops. Consider getting special tires if snow and ice problems in your area.
3. Request verification of the exhaust system to ensure that no leakage of carbon monoxide, especially dangerous in cold weather when driving with the windows closed.
4. Give your car a little time for the engine to warm if the temperature is below freezing and the fuel flowing into the engine and the transmission will warm.

5. Switch to low viscosity fuel in winter as will flow easier between the moving parts when it is cold. Who drive in subzero temperatures should lower fuel weight 10-W30-W30 5, as the dense fuel may hinder the ignition.
6. Consider using cold weather cleaning fluid and windshield wipers special for winter if you live in a place where the station is especially stark.

Drivers should have an emergency kit that includes an ice scraper and brush to remove snow, jumper cables, flashlight, blanket, extra clothes, bottled water, dry food as a treat and medications as needed. In addition, Car Care Council recommends asking a professional service detailed inspection of the vehicle, since the previous winter magnifies problems such as jingles, starting problems, poor performance or irregular way.

KRZZ-93.3FM La Raza made "Radiothon for Our Children" to benefit the UCSF Benioff Children's Hospitals 1 and 2 this past December in San Francisco, California

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire
By Vladimir Gomez, VP Corporate Communications, vgomez@sbscorporate.com, (786) 470-1644

The goal and together we managed to collect miracles for children. We accompanied the artist Kevin Ortiz during the evening.  With your help we raised over $ 407,000.00 in the Bay Area!

San José, California, December 11, 2017 - Spanish Broadcasting System, Inc. (SBS) (OTCQX: SBSAA) with its leading radial line in the bay area station 93.3FM La Raza (KRZZ) in San Jose / San Francisco announced today that made the ninth annual edition of the radiothon live for our children in order to raise funds to benefit the UCSF Benioff children's Hospitals. The Radiothon began on Friday, December 1 from 6 am to 7 pm (PST) and lasted until Saturday December 2nd from 6 am to 7 pm (PST) as well. Listeners heard 93.3FM La Raza patients and their families tell their stories along with experiences of healing and miracles, dreams thanks to the UCSF Benioff Children's Hospitals became reality. For 9 consecutive years, Latinos Bay Area put their heart in the Radiothon to benefit the Children's Hospital in Oakland, California. This time were collected $ 407,000.00 from Friday 1 to Saturday 2 December, where the team radio, 93.3FM La Raza, people who were volunteers and donors made the Radiothon once again a success.

The Radiothon for our Children attended radial personalities 93.3FM Race station (KRZZ), such as the Terrible, "Outdoors with the Terrible" chikilin "Adal Loreto", Gilberto Rios "Compa Gil" , the Barzón, Stallion, among others who broadcast live from the UCSF Benioff Children's Hospitals, part of the Children's Miracle Network Hospital to serve the area of ​​San Francisco, San Jose. One hundred percent of the donations collected during these two days were intended to fund health services UCSF Benioff Children's Hospitals.

"Nothing is more important for our future to help those who dedicate their lives to the health and welfare of children. For 93.3FM La Raza is an honor to host this event for nine consecutive years and are proud of our contribution to the community. The power of radio is alive and well in San Francisco, San Jose through its KRZZ station and confirm with events like these, "said Christian de la Cruz, Sales General Manager 93.3FM La Raza.

"The UCSF Benioff Children's Hospitals truly appreciates the very significant efforts 93.3FM La Raza and his followers and commitment demonstrate helping sick children in our community. The Radiothon for Our Children, it provided an opportunity for listeners to hear stories directly of patients and their families on the obtained assistance and recoveries thanks to the help provided by the UCSF Benioff Children's Hospitals, regardless of ability to pay aid recipients, "said Elena Jovel, Program Director of 93.3FM La Raza.

Celebrities always say present at this event. In this case the young revelation of Mexican regional music, Kevin Ortiz said this during the Radiothon for Our Children Friday December 1st.

The UCSF Benioff Children's Hospitals receives more than 250,000 patients each year. Approximately twenty percent of patients are mostly Hispanic, so the Radiothon for our children create awareness of this fact and the services the hospital provides.

Tune 93.3FM La Raza, always supporting noble causes. You can call 1800-680-3622 to make a donation, or visit her Web page:  http://give.ucsfbenioffchildrens.org/

Please help us rebuilt Puerto Rico!..... It's our mission

By https://prunido.com/

Hello Friends! As you may know the Island of Puerto Rico was devastated by Hurricane Maria on September 19, 2017. This webpage has been created in the efforts of raising funds that are be donated to the victims that were affected by Hurricane Maria. We started this movement of #PuertoRicoSeLevanta™ as a humanitarian movement and brand, as it is displayed in our local and online merchandise. Our main focus is to collect funds through sale channels locally and online. But, we cannot do this by ourselves and we need all of your love, help and support to make our mission possible. With these efforts, the funds collected are to be directly donated to those who have immediate basic human needs such as water, food, medicine, clothing and shelter. Our main goal and mission is very simple, to help as many people as we can.

This time we ask that we come together and unite as one to help us in this effort. Your donation will make a big difference and will forever be truly appreciated. Please know that 100% will be donated directly to affected families in puerto rico. Please go to our official #PuertoRicoSeLevanta™ Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/puertoricoselevantaTM/ give us a like, share it and donate! #PuertoRicoSeLevanta™ #PRselevanta™ #PRSTRONG™ #PuertoRicoRises™ #WeWillRise

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100% Of all donations will be forwarded to all victims of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. Please allow 1 -2 weeks (Not all orders) for processing of your orders. Feel free to message us at puertoricoselevanta@zoho.com with any questions.


Meruelo Group's music leaves its mark on patients MemorialCare Miller Children's & Women's Hospital Long Beach

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire
By Beatrice Jimenez, Office: (562) 933-2812, cell: (562) 587-7990, bjimenez@memorialcare.org

Long Beach, California, December 20, 2017 - The atmosphere felt different in the game room area of ​​pediatrics at MemorialCare Miller Children's & Women's Hospital Long Beach last Tuesday, December 12: it was the sound of DJ POWER 106 and 93.5 KDAY with the latest hits and favorite carols.

This unique musical feast was part of Bear Hugs Toy Drive event to receive donations of toys organized by Liset Meruelo, wife of prominent Cuban-American businessman Alex Meruelo Meruelo Group. Now in its twentieth edition, the Bear Hugs Toy Drive event takes hundreds of bears and other stuffed animals patients from Miller Children's & Women's Hospital.

This year, Liset was accompanied by prominent radio personalities in Los Angeles, as J Cruz, Jeff Garcia, DJ E-Man and Cece The Mommy, as well as characters from Star Wars and Frozen, as Elsa and Anna, whose voices filled halls of Christmas cheer.

Throughout the season, employees, family and friends Meruelo Group, including its POWER 106 and 93.5 KDAY companies comply with the toys donated.

"The smallest donation, whether one stuffed animal, provides a moment of happiness and smiles to these children and their families," said Liset Meruelo. "Dads and moms crave anything remove the disease and treatments minds of their children and allow them to enjoy being children during the holidays."

Liset long ago that Alex Meruelo and support the Miller Children's & Women's Hospital. In addition to giving patients a day of holiday fun and music, Meruelo donated $ 20,000 to support the music therapy program at the hospital.

This is the third donation for Music Therapy Program. 2016 donation helped broaden the scope of the program by enabling the acquisition of software for recording that patients enjoy the opportunity to record their own music.

"It is common that music is the only language that our patients feel comfortable," said Andrea Chattler, musicoterapeuta of Miller Children's & Women's Hospital. "Make it easy the process of writing their feelings, record, mix and edit your own songs have a therapeutic effect. For many of our patients is the way to address their feelings about the disease."

Music Therapy Program is part of the Child Life Program at Miller Children's & Women's Hospital, created to mitigate the impact of hospital experience in children.

"The event Bear Hugs Toy Drive is a great way to bring comfort to our patients and the chance to forget the disease one day, but this generous donation will allow us to continue serving them many days," said Rita Goshert, Program Manager Child life.

The Meruelo family and its companies continue to raise funds for music therapy program until the end of the year. Donations can be made at:  https://www.youcaring.com/millerchildrenswomenshospitallongbeach-1029711

The halls of Miller Children’s & Women’s were filled with joy and laughter as Star Wars characters surprised patients with plush toys as part of the 20th annual Bear Hugs Toy Drive.

Puerto Rico: A small island with a big heart

By Microgreens Del Caribe Inc, Puerto Rico

December 18, 2017 - In Puerto Rico, we are still in reconstruction after two hurricanes hit us last September in Puerto Rico. (Irma and María) People are enjoying Christmas, no matter that we are still without electricity for more than 90 days. The agricultural movement is recovering and is a moment of great economic opportunity in our sector. We are a solidary people and in the difficult moments it is when we really become stronger and the negative becomes positive. Now is the time to innovate, rebuild and bring out the best in ourselves and show the world that although we are a small island, we are big of heart.

Prisoner of Conscience: Ana Belen Montes

By The Pro Libertad Freedom Campaign

Who is Ana Belen Montes?

December 11, 2017 - Ana Belen Montes was on February 28th, 1957 in Western Germany, where her military-officer father was based as an Army doctor.

In 1979, when she was 22 years old, the University of Virginia granted her a bachelor’s Degree in International Relations. Later on, she acquired a Master’s Degree in this specialty. In 1985 she was hired by the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), due to her capabilities, she was sent to the Air Force Base in Bolling, Washington, where she worked as a specialist in intelligence investigation.

In 1992 was promoted to the Pentagon as an analyst. Using a fake position, she was located for a while in the diplomatic representation in La Habana in order to study the Cuban military. In 1998 she was sent again by the DIA to the island to observe Pope John Paul II’s visit to the island.

Ana was known to be polite, modest and always smiling. While living alone in a simple apartment on the north side of Washington D.C., she climbed up the professional ladder until she became a top level analyst at the Pentagon, Senior Analyst.

She rapidly was granted access to almost everything known to the intelligence community related to Cuba. Due to her position, she belonged to a secret, “inter-agency working group on Cuba”, gathering all most important analysts in federal agencies, such as the CIA, the White House itself and the State Department. Allegedly for 16 years, she shared the information at her disposal with Cuba. She felt the U.S. government’s actions against Cuba were unethical and un fair.

On September 21st, 2001, she was arrested by FBI agents while in her office at the DIA headquarters in the Bolling Air Base in Washington DC. Some days later she was accused of “conspiracy to commit espionage” in favor of Cuba. She pleaded guilty for her actions.

On October 16th, 2002, she was sentenced to 25 years in prison with no parole. Eventually, she was transferred to the Federal Medical Center, Carswell, within the U.S.A .Navy military Base in Fort Worth, Texas. This federal prison is for criminals with mental or physical illness; she is confined in the psychiatric area, although she is free from any illness of this kind. Her release date is scheduled for July 1st, 2023.

Footage from the South Bronx Freedom March for Ana Belen Montes!  https://www.facebook.com/benjamin.ramosrosado/videos/10159804757850455/

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Serrano Statement on Disaster Supplemental with Aid for Puerto Rico Relief Efforts


By Serrano Press Office, 202-225-4361
Congressman José E. Serrano, Representing the Fifteenth District of New York
Photo by Getty Images

October 11, 2017 - “This is a first step in addressing the needs of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. The funding provides short term assistance to the government of Puerto Rico and the federal government, allowing them to continue their relief and recovery efforts.

“Much more needs to be done, however, to comprehensively address the many housing, health care, environmental, education, and other challenges Puerto Rico is facing in the wake of Hurricane Maria. As a member of the Appropriations Committee, I will continue to work with my colleagues on the Committee and in Congress to ensure that Puerto Rico receives the funding it needs to fully recover.

“It is important to note that while this bill will provide FEMA with the funds to do more, there also needs to be a willingness and commitment from the Trump Administration to address the serious shortcomings of the current relief effort. I have yet to see that commitment.”

Congressman José E. Serrano has represented The Bronx in Congress since 1990. He is a Senior member of the House Appropriations Committee.

Group One Thousand One Presents Power Of Sports

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire
By Dot Rhyne; 405-605-9550, Email: dot@brandtalkers.com
Photo by My New York Minute


Oklahoma City, Sept. 12, 2017 - Power of Sports presented by Group One Thousand One launches 30-minute television show, making its national debut this month.

Monthly segments will share inspiring stories of people, organizations and communities connecting through sports to create opportunities for youth to join teams and find the motivator they need to go to school, stay in school and prepare for life beyond the classroom. Power of Sports will help show what's possible when people work together for the greater good of others.

For More Information Connect Socially https://twitter.com/powerofsportstv and click here for showtimes: https://powerofsports.tv/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/Power-of-Sports-Showtimes.pdf

Hosted by sports industry insider Rick Horrow, Power of Sports will take viewers into conversations with influential thought leaders to understand how different sports and business organizations are engaging America's youth to help drive positive social change.

"I am constantly amazed at the innovation taking place to better serve people and communities in need. As we consider stories for Power of Sports, we are humbled by the sacrifice and investment we see happening everywhere we go," says Horrow, an executive producer of the show.

Group One Thousand One CEO Dan Towriss commented, "In the realm of sports there are so many inspiring and untold stories that need a place to be told. We hope that Power of Sports provides the platform to celebrate these amazing stories, both professional and amateur, with the simple goal of inspiring others to step forward."

Added Towriss, "Earlier this year, our Delaware Life team made the decision to go all in with support for Fields & Futures, a local nonprofit in Oklahoma City. The scope of this effort encompasses a comprehensive and sustainable rebuild of all 42 athletic fields in Oklahoma's largest school district, a district that serves more than 46,000 students from predominantly high poverty neighborhoods. The desired outcome is a bigger opportunity and a brighter future for each kid that steps on the field, court or track. Power of Sports has been created to tell these stories and to remind us there are children all across the country who, if given a chance, want to get in the game. It is our hope this show will help inspire and empower viewers to find ways they can help."

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The Home Depot Foundation Increases Hurricane Relief Commitment to $2 Million

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire
By Financial Community - Diane Dayhoff, Investor Relations, 770-384-2666, Diane_Dayhoff@homedepot.com; News Media - Amy Crouse, Public Relations, 770-384-2467, Amy_Crouse@homedepot.com
Photo by Periódico Identidad Latina

Atlanta, Sept. 11, 2017 - The Home Depot® Foundation today announced an additional commitment of $1 million to support hurricane relief efforts, raising total financial support to $2 million for hurricane aid this season.

"Our hearts are with the communities that have been impacted by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma," said Shannon Gerber, executive director of The Home Depot Foundation. "We're working closely with our nonprofit partners to identify the most urgent needs so we can provide immediate support."

The Home Depot Foundation will provide short-term relief and rebuilding efforts in collaboration with several nonprofit partners including the American Red Cross, Convoy of Hope, Operation Blessing, Team Rubicon and Rebuilding Together.

About The Home Depot Foundation - The Home Depot Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit committed to improving the homes and lives of U.S. veterans and their families with a specific focus on combat-wounded, senior and homeless veterans. The Foundation also provides cleanup and rebuilding support for communities affected by natural disasters.

Since 2011, The Home Depot Foundation has invested approximately $200 million in veteran-related projects, part of the Foundation's quarter of a billion-dollar pledge to veteran-related causes by 2020. In partnership with Team Depot, the 400,000-strong army of associate volunteers, the organization has positively impacted more than 33,000 veterans' homes and helped more than 2,000 communities.

To learn more about The Home Depot Foundation and see Team Depot in action visit https://corporate.homedepot.com/community and follow us on Snapchat, Twitter and Instagram @teamdepot and like us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/teamdepot.

For hurricane-related information about The Home Depot's operations, please visit https://corporate.homedepot.com/newsroom

Express Scripts Offers Important Prescription Drug Information for Residents Impacted by Hurricane Irma

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire
By Jennifer Luddy, Express Scripts, 201-269-6402, Jennifer_luddy@express-scripts.com
Photo by Peru.com

St. Louis, Sept. 7, 2017 - Express Scripts is providing the following information to assist residents impacted by Hurricane Irma in Florida, Georgia and Puerto Rico who have prescription coverage through Express Scripts.

WHO: All people who have a pharmacy benefit administered by Express Scripts who have been affected by Hurricane Irma in Puerto Rico, or are being evacuated in advance of Hurricane Irma's projected landfall in Florida and Georgia.

WHAT: Emergency medication refills are available to those who do not have access to necessary prescription medications due to storm damage, or do not have an adequate supply in advance of an evacuation. Express Scripts members can visit their local pharmacy to obtain an emergency supply.

Members of an Express Scripts pharmacy plan who need immediate assistance from a pharmacist can call Express Scripts at the phone number printed on their prescription drug card or 1-800-496-4165. Beneficiaries of the TRICARE® Pharmacy Program should call 1-877-363-1303.

All residents preparing for the arrival of Hurricane Irma are encouraged to follow these emergency preparedness tips:

Keep a copy of your medication list, and your prescription drug benefit card, with you in a waterproof bag. Express Scripts members can print their medication history at https://www.express-scripts.com/index.html, or access it via our mobile app.

If you have to evacuate, take your medication with you. Keep medications in original containers with original labels, and place in a waterproof bag or container. If your medication requires refrigeration or electronic equipment, make a plan for temporary storage (such as a cooler with ice packs) and administration.

Additional tips and information on emergency preparedness for prescription medications can be found at http://lab.express-scripts.com/

Scotiabank Stands with our Customers, Employees and Communities Affected by Hurricane Irma

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire

Scotiabank donates $500,000 USD to organizations supporting the relief efforts in the Caribbean

Photo by NOAA

Toronto, Sept. 8, 2017 - Scotiabank is donating $500,000 USD to charitable organizations assisting with the rescue and relief efforts in the many Caribbean countries impacted by Hurricane Irma. Our thoughts continue to be with the people of the affected regions as they demonstrate strength and resilience following the devastation.

The Canadian Red Cross will receive $250,000 of Scotiabank's donation, with the remainder being directed to initiatives supporting young people in the affected communities. Red Cross Societies are already active, mobilizing volunteers to the possible affected areas and relaying public awareness messages. Relief supplies are on standby in Panama and the Dominican Republic to ensure an immediate response. The Canadian Red Cross has a presence in the area and is coordinating with the International Federation of the Red Cross and supporting the mobilization of regional Red Cross teams.

"The devastation caused in the countries impacted by Hurricane Irma is heartbreaking," says Brian Porter, President and Chief Executive Officer. "Scotiabank has been part of the affected communities for decades. We are committed to the region, and will support our customers and employees during these challenging times."

The damage associated with Hurricane Irma has resulted in a number of fatalities and caused damage to infrastructure, cutting communities off from water and electricity. Our immediate focus is on ensuring the safety of our employees. We are continuing to assess the impact on our business operations.

Customers having banking questions or support can find the appropriate contact information here: http://www.scotiabank.com/ca/en/0,,7764,00.html

To make a donation to the Hurricane Irma relief fund, please visit the Canadian Red Cross website: https://donate.redcross.ca/ea-action/action ea.campaign.id=77283&ea.client.id=1951&_ga=2.93040797.1015413124.1504801534-1849062895.1496536328

CPSC To Consumers: Avoid Deadly Home Hazards When A Hurricane Strikes

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire

Washington, Sept. 6, 2017 - As Hurricane Irma is on the move and other storms may threaten to follow, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is warning residents in its path of the deadly dangers that can exist after a hurricane sweeps through, knocking out power and causing flooding.

CPSC wants consumers to remember to prevent these four home safety hazards:

The exhaust from portable generators contains poisonous carbon monoxide (CO) – a deadly, odorless and colorless gas.

NEVER use a portable generator anywhere inside your home or garage. Portable generators should be outside, at least 20 FEET from the house, any open window or vent.

NEVER use charcoal grills or camp stoves indoors.

CO from portable generators, charcoal grills and camp stoves can kill in a matter of minutes. CO alarms can save lives. Make sure that you have CO alarms in your home and that they are working.

Stay away from downed wires. They can be live with deadly voltage.

Do not operate or handle electrical appliances that are or have been in standing water.

Have a qualified electrician check electrical appliances, circuit breakers, outlets and wiring before using them if they have gotten wet or have been in standing water.

Candles should be used with extreme caution. Never leave burning candles unattended. Battery-operated lights such as flashlights are a safer option.

If you smell gas, don't turn lights on or off, or use electrical equipment, including a phone.

Leave the home immediately. Then call 911.

CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908

Mission Foods Donates 26 Tons of Food to Victims of Hurricane Harvey in Houston, Texas

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire
By Pedro R. Rodriguez Peña, Communication and Corporate Image, Tel.: +52 (55) 9177-0419 or 0492

- The company is providing support through the local Food Bank and the Red Cross.

- Personnel from Mission Foods are in constant communication with Houston authorities, if more help is required.

"Out of a spirit of great solidarity we are providing support to those who need help in Houston": Juan González Moreno, President and CEO of Gruma.

Houston, Sept. 4, 2017 - In a spirit of solidarity and support for those who have suffered the damaging effects of Hurricane Harvey in Houston, Texas, Gruma, through its subsidiary in the United States, Mission Foods, is donating 26 tons of food products, such as packages of corn tortillas and chips, which are being delivered through the Houston Food Bank and the Red Cross.

Upon instructions from the President and CEO of Gruma, Juan González Moreno, company personnel are coordinating the delivery of aid to those who suffered harm from the meteorological phenomenon that had such a major impact on the United States city.

"For Gruma and Mission Foods, support for the affected population is very important. This solidarity is why we are providing our help to those suffering in Houston," the businessman said.

Help from Mission Foods arrived in Houston on three of the company's trailers, and Gruma personnel are in constant communication and coordination with Houston authorities if more help is required in the coming days.

MoneyGram and ScamAwareness.org Warn of Potential Charity Scams Following Hurricane Harvey Disaster

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire
By Michelle Buckalew, media@moneygram.com, 214-979-1418
Photo by Univision
Dallas, Sept. 1, 2017- MoneyGram (NASDAQ: MGI) http://corporate.moneygram.com/ and ScamAwareness.org are warning consumers to stay alert for scam artists trying to profit from the Hurricane Harvey disaster through fake charity scams.

"Unfortunately, criminals often exploit disasters for their own gain by creating fake charity names with bogus websites to solicit contributions through email, phone calls or social media," says Kim Garner, MoneyGram's head of global security and investigations. "Consumers should be leery of these fundraising tactics. We encourage people to research the charity before they give or, to only donate to charities they already know and trust."

Other tips to prevent becoming a victim of a charity scam include:

*Do not share personal or financial information unless the charity is confirmed to be reputable.
*Avoid giving to organizations who say they only accept donations via cash or a wire transfer.
*Do not open unsolicited emails that show alleged disaster pictures, they may be viruses used to steal personal information.

Consumers should also look closely at the name of the organization. Many times a fake charity's name will be similar to a well-known organization, only off by a word or two. Consult the IRS website: https://www.irs.gov/charities-non-profits/search-for-charities for legitimate, tax-exempt charities.

Consumers should call 1-800-MONEYGRAM (800-666-3947) if they believe MoneyGram was used to wire money as a result of a Hurricane Harvey related charity scam. This information can be helpful in stopping others from being scammed by the same scheme.

Telemundo Comes Together In Support Of Hurricane Harvey Victims With "Red Cross Day" Friday, September 1

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire
By David Alvarado │786-585-7112 │david.alvarado@nbcuni.com
Photo by www.holaciudad.com

All-Day Special Programming Across the Network's Daily Shows, Digital Platforms and Around the Clock Coverage on Telemundo Local Stations To Help Raise Funds Through https://www.redcross.org/donate/cm/telemundo-pub and 1-800-596-6567

Miami, Aug. 31, 2017 - Telemundo announced it has joined forces with the Red Cross to present a full day of special programming across all of the network's daily shows and digital platforms on Friday, September 1st. Complementing the continuous news coverage led by Telemundo's news anchor Jose Diaz-Balart and the local station's news reporters, the awareness and fundraising initiative will help collect funds for the victims of the devastating Hurricane Harvey, a large segment of which are Hispanics, through https://www.redcross.org/donate/cm/telemundo-pub or by calling 1-800-596-6567. The Red Cross day begins with morning show "Un Nuevo Dia," (7a/6c), where Roberto Baltodano, spokesperson for the Red Cross will join the show's hosts, and continue with "Suelta La Sopa" (3p/2c), "Al Rojo Vivo con Maria Celeste" (4p/3c), "Noticias Telemundo" (6:30p/5:30c) and "Titulares y Mas" (11:35p/10:35c).

"The Red Cross is working around the clock in extremely challenging conditions in Texas to help people impacted by Hurricane Harvey," said Gail McGovern, president and CEO at the American Red Cross. "We couldn't do it without the generosity of our amazing donors – like NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises. With their support the Red Cross can be there when disaster strikes to respond with shelter, food and the necessary supplies to ensure people are cared for, and to help during the recovery process. We're extremely grateful for their support."

"As part of our mission to serve our community, we are proud to partner with the Red Cross to help raise funds for the thousands of victims in Texas," said Cesar Conde, Chairman, NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises. "The Red Cross is an outstanding organization and the great work they are doing is inspiring. We are working with them around the clock, at the national and local level, to get the message out and help the victims and heroes of Texas at this time of great need."

Locally, Telemundo stations, including Telemundo Houston, will continue their around-the-clock and in-depth coverage including live breaking news from the affected areas. In addition, today Telemundo62 Philadelphia and Telemundo 20 San Diego will host phone banks with sister stations NBC10 Philadelphia and NBC 7 San Diego. Meanwhile, Telemundo 51 Miami will air a special 30-minute program "Ayuda a Victimas de Harvey" today at 5 PM, live from Hard Rock Stadium in Miami where supplies are being donated by South Floridians to support hurricane relief efforts. NBC 6 in South Florida will also air a half-hour program beginning at 5:30 PM that will highlight the region's hurricane relief efforts. Tomorrow, Telemundo 52 Los Angeles and NBC4 Southern California will host a phone bank to support American Red Cross efforts.

In addition, on Wednesday, September 6, Telemundo Puerto Rico will host a phone bank in partnership with the local American Red Cross chapter to raise funds for individuals and communities affected by Hurricane Harvey; Telemundo 48 Area de la Bahia and sister station NBC Bay Area will also host a phone bank to support hurricane victims.

Toyota Provides $3 million in Relief for Hurricane Harvey

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire
By Katie Scallan, (713) 580-3356, Vince Bray, (310) 468-5332, Aaron Fowles, (469) 292-1097 & Amanda Roark, (469) 292-2636
Photos by El Universal & Clarín

Efforts include matched contributions, vehicles, in-kind, and volunteerism to assist victims

Plano, Texas, Aug. 30, 2017 - Toyota Motor North America (TMNA) is partnering with Toyota Financial Services (TFS), The Friedkin Group, Gulf States Toyota (GST) and Toyota and Lexus dealers nationwide, to provide a combined relief effort of over $3 million to serve the people impacted by Hurricane Harvey. The group's relief efforts include funds to organizations such as the St. Bernard Project and American Red Cross, matching contributions, in-kind donations, volunteerism, and the donation of pre-owned vehicles.

"As fellow Texans, our hearts go out to those who have lost so much and we would like to extend a helping hand to help with the recovery," said Jim Lentz, CEO of Toyota Motor North America. "At Toyota, we have a comprehensive approach to disaster relief, working with numerous organizations to provide help where it's needed."

Dan Friedkin, chairman of GST, has established the Friedkin Disaster Relief Fund and has guaranteed at least $1 million in funding from the Friedkin Family. The Friedkin Group and GST will support Toyota and Lexus dealers, their associates as well as individuals across the region recovering from the hurricane. To make a donation, please go to: http://friedkinrelieffund.com/

"Many people's lives will never be the same after Hurricane Harvey and the recovery process will require as much assistance as possible," said Friedkin. "This community is our home, and it's important for us to do whatever possible to ensure that our associates, dealers and anyone impacted by the storm have the support and resources to bounce back during this difficult time."

Today, TFS and Lexus Financial Services (LFS) announced the donation of pre-owned Toyota and Lexus cars, SUVs, and trucks to organizations involved in helping move people and property in the recovery efforts.

"Access to reliable means of transportation is a critical element to any disaster relief and recovery effort," said Mike Groff, president and CEO of Toyota Financial Services. "We hope that our donated vehicles will help meet the needs of those affected by Hurricane Harvey."

Toyota is working in a variety of ways to reach the greatest number of people affected by the storm.

Toyota partners with community, civic, academic, and governmental organizations to address our society's most pressing mobility challenges. We share company resources and extensive know-how to support non-profits to help expand their ability to assist more people move more places. For more information about Toyota, visit  http://pressroom.toyota.com/

Over 8,000 People Celebrate Latin Music And Dance At The 2017 Goya Foods New York International Salsa Congress

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire
By Natalie Maniscalco, Retro Media NYC, Natalie@retromedianyc.com, 845.659.6506

Sponsored by Telemundo 47, La Mega 97.9, T-Mobile, and Burju Shoes

New York, Aug. 29, 2017 - The Goya Foods New York International Salsa Congress (#goyaNYISC2017), a multi-day Latin music and dance festival, will celebrate its 17th anniversary with over 8,000 attendees from around the world at The New York Marriott Marquis in Times Square from Thursday, August 31, 2017 to Sunday, September 3, 2017. For tickets and information, please visit:  http://www.newyorksalsacongress.com/

With a title sponsorship by Goya Foods and support from Spanish media giants Telemundo 47 and La Mega 97.9, the #goyaNYISC2017 will bring together people of all cultures, ages and backgrounds to participate in this multi-day celebration of Latin music and dance. "We are so excited about this year's festival and proud to have the support of Goya Foods, Telemundo 47, La Mega, T-Mobile, and Burju Shoes," said Vilma and Manny Villavicencio and Luis Guerrero, owners of the NYISC. "Along with our amazing team who help put this event together, each sponsor is invaluable to our success and ensures that we continue to stage one of the most anticipated events in New York City."

From novice to professional dancers, the festival attracts people from all walks of life to establish a sense of community, to gain exposure to different styles of dance and to achieve a higher level of knowledge and expression while sharing the true passion for Latin music and dance. "Goya Foods has always been much more than a food company; we are about giving back to the community and honoring our Latin culture, roots and heritage," said Rafael Toro, Director of Public Relations of Goya Foods. "Goya is proud to become the title sponsor of this great event while bringing together people from all over the world through music, dance and good food!"

The official kick-off party will be held at Iguanas NYC, located at 240 West 54th Street at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, August 30, 2017. T-Mobile will host a free welcome dance party from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the T-Mobile flagship store in Times Square. "Telemundo 47 is proud to be the exclusive media partner for The New York International Salsa Congress which will bring thousands of fans from around the world right here to New York City. We look forward to offering our viewers coverage of this popular celebration of Latino culture," said Cristina Schwarz, President and General Manager of Telemundo 47.

The festivities will continue with over 60 multi-level group workshops for styling, partner work, shines, and more taught each day by world-renowned dance instructors, two 10-hour Salsa or Bachata boot camps, evening performances by world-renowned dance teams and couples, and a youth performance showcase on Saturday afternoon. Each night, attendees will enjoy LIVE music by Avenida B, one of New York's hottest salsa bands (Friday, September 1), the internationally renowned Johnny Ray "Salsa con Clase", celebrating over 40 years of sensational salsa classics (Saturday, September 2), and one of the most famous salsa bandleaders of all time, Bobby Valentin and his entire orchestra direct from Puerto Rico (Sunday, September 3). The party continues with social dancing every evening until 3:00 a.m. to DJs playing the best in Salsa, Bachata and Cha-Cha-Cha, along with a shopping experience of unique vendors selling NYISC apparel and gear, dance clothing, shoes, accessories as well as a beauty and health bar for massages, hair, makeup and nails.

To purchase tickets & for more information please visit, http://www.newyorksalsacongress.com/

New Research Finds Connection Between Avocados And Cognitive Health

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

Mission Viejo, California, Aug. 24, 2017 - Tufts University has released results of a study linking eating avocados to helping improve cognitive brain function in older adults, news especially relevant to Hispanics who have been found to have the longest life expectancy rate in the U.S.1 Published in the journal Nutrients and supported by the USDA and the Hass Avocado Board, the research tracked how 40 healthy adults ages 50 and over who ate one fresh avocado a day for six months experienced a 25% increase in lutein levels in their eyes and significantly improved working memory and problem-solving skills.

Lutein is a type of carotenoid antioxidant, or pigment, commonly found in fruits and vegetables already widely accepted to have a role in preserving eye health and now increasingly thought to have a positive impact on brain health as well. As study participants incorporated one medium avocado into their daily diet, researchers monitored gradual growth in the amount of lutein in their eyes and progressive improvement in cognition skills as measured by tests designed to evaluate memory, processing speed and attention levels. In contrast, the control group which did not eat avocados experienced fewer improvements in cognitive health during the study period.

"The results of this study suggest that the monounsaturated fats, fiber, lutein and other bioactives make avocados particularly effective at enriching neural lutein levels, which may provide benefits for not only eye health, but for brain health," said Elizabeth Johnson, Ph.D., lead investigator of the study from the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging, at Tufts University. "Furthermore, the results of this new research reveal that macular pigment density more than doubled in subjects that consumed fresh avocados, compared to a supplement, as evidenced by my previous published research. Thus, a balanced diet that includes fresh avocados may be an effective strategy for cognitive health."

"Tuft's findings that eating avocados is linked to a positive impact on memory is one more reason to enjoy healthy avocados daily. It's especially good news for Hispanic households where avocados are already so popular and older generations are culturally central to the core family unit," said Emiliano Escobedo, Executive Director of the Hass Avocado Board. "More research is needed in different populations with different amounts of avocado to better understand the connection between avocados and brain health."

To view the abstract, visit here:  http://www.mdpi.com/2072-6643/9/9/919

HITN And Wildlife Conservation Network Join Forces To Protect Endangered Species

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire
By Angel Audiffred, (646) 483-0730, aaudiffred@hitn.org

Brooklyn, N.Y., Aug. 23, 2017 - HITN, the leading Spanish-language network that offers educational and entertainment content to more than 44 million households across the United States, announced a partnership with Wildlife Conservation Network (WCN), an organization that helps protect endangered species and their natural habitats, to include educational capsules on this topic as part of its programming.

African elephants, Photo by Susan McConnell

The two-minute long capsules are part of HITN's "Tu Planeta" block, which airs Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays starting at 5:00 p.m. Eastern / 3:00 a.m. Pacific. Each installment features information provided by WCN about at-risk animals, such as the African elephant, cotton-top tamarins in Colombia, Andean bears, and Ethiopian wolves.

"HITN's audience has a strong interest in nature programming and we have made it an integral part of our lineup. We are pleased to join forces with WCN to generate this content, which, in addition to informing viewers, identifies concrete actions they can take to help protect endangered species and the future of our wildlife," remarked Guillermo Sierra, Head of Television and Digital Services at HITN.

"We are excited to collaborate with HITN in this initiative to reach and educate the Spanish-speaking community about different species that are at risk," said Stephanie Carnow, Director of Marketing and Communications at WCN. "Together we can raise awareness and educate people about the steps we can take to address the threats facing endangered wildlife around the world."

WCN is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting independent conservationists around the world by providing them with strategic services and training in areas such as fundraising, marketing, accounting and strategic planning so they can work with communities to protect endangered species.

According to the most recent information from WCN, the planet's wildlife face numerous threats; from climate change to human-wildlife conflict to illegal wildlife trafficking. Wildlife conservation is tremendously important not only for protecting endangered species, but also for protecting entire ecosystems which thousands of animals, plants, and people rely on. The global community must take immediate action to protect wildlife so that these incredible and important animals will be here for generations to come.

For more information, please visit HITN visit: https://hitn.tv/

Routine Auto Care Drives Home Savings

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire
By Rich White, 301-654-6664, rich.white@aftermarket.org & Lynn Konsbruck, 312-768-7362, lkonsbruck@maxmarketing.com
Photo by Clasificados El Universal

Bethesda, Maryland, Aug. 22, 2017 - Whether changing the oil, replacing the wiper blades or checking the tires, finding the time to perform simple preventative vehicle maintenance is money in the bank, says the non-profit Car Care Council.

According to research conducted by IMR Inc., one out of three consumers that put off routine vehicle maintenance do so because they cannot find a convenient time. In addition, millennials and those who own older vehicles are more likely to delay routine maintenance.

"There is an old adage that if you take care of your car, your car will take care of you," said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council. "Making time to perform routine auto care not only ensures a safer, more dependable vehicle, but car owners can preserve the trade-in value and save money by addressing small issues before they become more complicated, expensive repairs."

The most common maintenance procedures to keep a car operating safely and reliably while maintaining its long-term value involve checking the oil, filters and fluids, the belts and hoses, brakes, tires and air conditioning. The Car Care Council also recommends an annual tune-up and wheel alignment.

To make it easier for car owners to remember to include auto care in their busy schedules, the Car Care Council offers a free custom service schedule and email reminder service. This simple-to-use online resource can be personalized to help make auto care more convenient and economical.

In addition, the council's popular Car Care Guide for motorists and is available at no charge, electronically or by printed copy, in English and Spanish. The guide covers major services, component groups within the vehicle, service interval recommendations and much more.

Maximum Magnitude of Eclipse in Ponce, Puerto Rico

Sent by Osvaldo Colón Rivera

Vamousse Provides Tips on Choosing a Lice Treatment for Back-to-School

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire
By Kathleen Linder, (919) 616-4719, kklinder@gmail.com

With so many lice treatments available, parents are left scratching their heads

Morrisville, N.C., Aug. 18, 2017 - Lice cases spike at back-to-school which means many parents will be shopping for lice treatment along with No. 2 pencils as kids return to the classroom. Parents have a variety of over-the-counter (OTC) options for treating lice - many more than their parents had - so selecting a product may feel overwhelming. Pesticide-free lice treatment Vamousse provides a look at the three most common types of lice treatment products found in the first aid aisle.

Parents should be informed about how to treat head lice because cases increase when kids return to school.

Pesticide-Based Lice Treatments
Traditionally pesticide-based products have been the most common lice treatments available. These products contain the active ingredients Permethrin or Pyrethrum, which are pesticides introduced more than four decades ago as pediculicides – OTC drugs to kill lice.1 With these products, the formula kills lice but does little to kill their eggs, making a second application necessary seven to 10 days later to kill newly hatched lice that were in the egg stage when the first treatment was performed.

A big concern today is pesticide-resistance. Researchers studying head lice across the U.S. have documented that strains of "super lice" exist in much of the country. As a result of having relied on the same chemicals to treat lice over decades, resistance has grown, leading to less consistent reliability of these pesticide-containing products. To learn more about this issue, check out this article published recently by TyraTech, makers of Vamousse.

Pesticide-Free Lice Treatments
This category of products is aimed at addressing the pesticide-resistance challenge and providing a different approach to ending an infestation. Within the pesticide-free category, there are two main types of products: pediculicides and combing facilitators.

What Parents Should Know
The best way to identify a head lice infestation early is by doing regular head checks. If you find lice, check the rest of the family and alert playmates. With the range of treatments on the market, be sure to follow the directions carefully for the product you select as procedures vary based on the type of product.

About Vamousse Lice Treatment
At Vamousse, we know parents want to eliminate head lice quickly. That's why we are proud to offer fast, effective products for parents to control lice and super lice with ingredients they can feel good about. Vamousse Lice Treatment kills both lice and eggs with the first application so kids and parents can get back to focusing on life – not the itchy effects of head lice.

Learn more about proactive lice management this back-to-school season at how Vamousse works at http://vamousselice.com/backtoschool/

Proposed Sony Xperia Class Action Settlement Preliminarily Approved

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire
By Nancy Kulesa, Levi & Korsinsky, LLP (212) 363-7500

New York, Aug. 18, 2017 - The following statement is being issued by Levi & Korsinsky, LLP regarding the Sony Xperia class action settlement.

A proposed nationwide class action settlement has been preliminarily approved by a federal court in New York involving Sony Mobile Communications (U.S.A.), Inc. and Sony Electronics, Inc. concerning the alleged waterproof capabilities of certain Xperia smartphones and tablets. Sony denies the allegations.

The class includes owners, purchasers and others of certain Xperia smartphones and tablets. A fairness hearing has been set for December 1, 2017. There are upcoming deadlines for class members to exercise their rights. For more information, please go to: http://www.xperiawaterproofsettlement.com/ or 1-844-367-8807 or contact Nancy Kulesa at Levi & Korsinsky at (212) 363-7500.

National Alliance for Hispanic Health named a Gold Bicycle Friendly Business by the League of American Bicyclists

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire
By Edgar Gil Rico, emg@healthyamericas.org, 202-797-4331

Alliance promotes physical activity for employees and communities across the nation

Washington, Aug. 17, 2017 - Today, the League of American Bicyclists recognized the National Alliance for Hispanic Health (the Alliance) with a Gold Bicycle Friendly Business SM (BFB SM) award, for leading America toward a healthier future. With the announcement of 60 new and renewing BFBs today in all 50 states and Washington, D.C., the Alliance joins a visionary group of more than 1,367 local businesses, government agencies and Fortune 500 companies across the United States that are transforming the American workplace, two wheels at a time.

"As the nation's leading Hispanic health advocacy group, being a bike friendly organization is part of our efforts to support all communities in making movement a daily part of life", said Dr. Jane Delgado, President and CEO of the Alliance. The Alliance encourages bicycling as an easy and convenient transportation option for employees by providing amenities such as showers; secured bike parking; and, incentives including paid annual membership to the Capital Bikeshare program and the commuter tax benefit.

Employees of Facebook, a Platinum-level Bicycle Friendly Business, "like" bikes!

"The League of American Bicyclists is excited to recognize this latest group of new and renewing Bicycle Friendly Businesses for making their workplaces and their communities safer, happier, healthier, and more sustainable through bicycling," said Amelia Neptune, Director of the Bicycle Friendly America program. "We applaud these businesses, including the National Alliance for Hispanic Health, for leading the charge in creating a more bicycle-friendly America for everyone."

As a Bicycle Friendly Business, the Alliance has access to a variety of free tools and technical assistance from the League to become even more bicycle-friendly. To apply or learn more about the free BFB program, visit the League online at http://bikeleague.org/business

The League of American Bicyclists is leading the movement to create a Bicycle Friendly America for everyone. As leaders, our commitment is to listen and learn, define standards and share best practices to engage diverse communities and build a powerful, unified voice for change.

EMPRECOM Letter, August 10, 2017

Published by Noticias Sur P.R.

Mr. José Carrión III, Chairman, Puerto Rico Oversight, Management, and Economic Stability Board

Members: Sr. Carlos García, Sr. José Ramón González, Sra. Ana Matosantos, Sr. Andrew Biggs, Sr. David Skeel, Sr. Arthur González, Sr. Christian Sobrino

Excecutive Director, Natalie Jaresko (photo at right by AT Kearney)

Dear Chairman Carrion III:

House Bill 1142, presented by Governor Rosselló’s Administration, was approved by the legislature this past Thursday 10th of August. Currently is under consideration by the Governor for its approval and signature. We anticipate it will be signed into law in the next few days.

This Bill aims to increase the payment for rights of license for coin-operated machines for up to 2900%. We expressed to the legislative leaders through meetings and personal letters that nearly one hundred thousand small and medium-sized merchants in the last thirty (30) years have benefited from the machine entertainment industry for adults (at first) and of what are today electronic video game machines “maquinitas”. Other regulated machines include billiards, "Flippers”, singing machines “velloneras”, children machines and others. This industry generates more than 8,800 jobs that include, among others, operators, technicians, drivers, managers, accountants, maintenance employees for the machines, and other small business employees. We take pride in saying that our operation and existence has allowed thousands of small businesses to not disappeared in these tight economic times.

José Carrión III.   Photo by PRInvestmentSummit.com

Following this short preamble, we face the painful situation as previously mentioned of up to a 2,900% tax increase for the licensing of the machines. It is expected to raise sixty-nine (69) million dollars according to the government. It is truly impossible to consider this figure as a viable alternative to achieve the expected revenues that the State anticipates according to the Bill. A simple mathematic operation of calculating at random the existence of 23,000 machines at a license fee of $3,000 dollars does not make it. We have not seen any statistics that provide an in depth information that establishes how the desired amount of revenues will be reached, and, certainly, does not considers that owners or operators simply do not have the economic ability to pay the impose rate.

EMPRECOM is a group of owners and operators of machines that reaches around 250 members. Away from the public insinuations of some individuals or organizations, we are proud to say that our members comply fully with the law. Like others, we are affected by the unfair competition from some people in this business that do not comply with the law and create a burden to us. Precisely, those who are on the sidelines, will be the beneficiaries of this new tax since they were not part of the system before and will not be now. Moreover, legal owners of machines like us, are put in a precarious situation of helplessness since we will not be able to obtain the license fees at such a gigantic cost and, thus, will limit the number of machines that will be registered resulting in economic failure. On the other hand, we anticipate a growth of the clandestine and illegal machines. In all cases we lose and the Government also. In short, there is no way that the Government will reach the goal of $69 million from proceeds of this new tax no matter what the Bill says.

In our presentations to the legislature we offered reasonable alternatives to obtain the expected revenues. They are:

Pablo J. Rivera Corraliza

-40,000 machines at a $1,000 license fee which would generate $40 million dollars. The President of the House of Representatives, Hon. Carlos J. Mendez Nuñez, has stated that there may be about 20,000 additional machines, which would have the potential to add an additional $20 million dollars.

-Set a $5,000 license fee for Operators. With a reasonable expectancy of 600 operators, this would represent $3 million.

-Establish a space license of $250 dollars to businesses where there are four (4) machines or more based on 70,000 businesses, which would generate $17.5 million. Unofficial estimates are that up to 100,000 business could be what could generate $7.5 million additional dollars.

These alternatives, that are more realistic and reasonable, could get revenues up to $88 million dollars, almost $20 million more than the expected $69 million of HB 1142.

Again, these alternatives are viable and would ensure the revenues expected by the government. Recognizing that the goal of the Government with this Bill is revenues oriented, there are core issues that need to be addressed by the government regarding this industry. First, the debate about whether it should allow to reward the players has been historic. With or without a tender limit, the reward should be recognized and prevent such harmful litigation against business owners and operators. Second, recently, municipalities have imposed a licensing fee against business owners and operators. This contribution is in addition to the one currently imposed by the government. There is no way that an operator can pay both licenses. Moreover, in relation to HB 1142, this will add to the great problem that 1142 will have in trying to get the revenues from this Bill. There should be a clear jurisdiction sovereignty of who can collect or not this tax and a ban should be imposed on municipalities.

Respectfully, we urge you to provide an in-depth validation of the expected revenues from HB 1142. We believe that the alternatives presented by us give a very reasonable opportunity to obtain the revenues needed by the government to comply with their Fiscal Plan. On the contrary, a simplistic mathematical operation without data will not yield the expected results.

Always receive our courtesy and consideration.


Pablo J. Rivera Corraliza, President, EMPRECOM, 787-644-8852, E-mail: pablojavier21@gmail.com

The North Face Celebrates Community with Global "Walls Are Meant For Climbing" Campaign

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire
By Jessica Hollister, Sr. Consumer Communications Manager, The North Face, Jessica_hollister@vfc.com, 510.748.2594

Campaign aims to spark conversation about building trust and community around - and beyond - climbing walls

Alameda, California, Aug. 15, 2017 - Aimed at making the sport of climbing more accessible and inclusive, The North Face today announced a global brand campaign that asks people to rethink the way we look at walls. Walls are places where people in the climbing community come together to test themselves, build trust, and strengthen communities. Walls aren't meant to divide us, they unite us. Walls are meant for climbing.

Climber Jimmy Chin at Outside Lands in San Francisco. Photo Credit: Tim Gonzalez Mena

To celebrate the campaign's launch and to highlight the connections formed through climbing, The North Face will be making a $1M donation to The Trust for Public Land: https://www.tpl.org/#sm.0001w7x9ed5l0e4orz316p14qs95i to support public climbing walls in more communities, with a focus on underserved areas and making the sport more accessible to all.

"At The Trust for Public Land, our mission is to create parks and protect land for people," said Trust for Public Land President Will Rogers. "Every park we create is an open invitation for all to enjoy, and we're proud to say we've connected communities to the outdoors — and to each other — since 1972. We're happy to partner with The North Face to make climbing more accessible to more people in neighborhoods nationwide."

The North Face is also partnering with gyms and facilities worldwide to make Aug. 19 a global day of climbing, with free climbing opportunities in cities in the U.S., Europe, Canada, Mexico, and China.

For every person who walks through the door of one of these participating gyms, The North Face will make a $5 donation (up to $50,000) to Paradox Sports: http://www.paradoxsports.org/, an organization committed to making climbing accessible to people with physical disabilities. Additional climbing activities with athletes will take place in New York, Shanghai and London.

"The North Face has been a passionate partner to the world's climbing community for more than 50 years," said Tom Herbst, global vice president of Marketing at The North Face. "We see walls as a place to unite our communities through the sport of climbing – a sport that requires trust and partnership. Our climbing community is truly global and we believe that communities are stronger when inclusive. Our intent is to inspire others to think more hopefully about the type of community we all want to work and play in."

The North Face has a long history of supporting the climbing community through sponsorship of athletes including Alex Honnold and Ashima Shiraishi, and through the support of non-profit organizations like USA Climbing, The Trust for Public Land, Paradox Sports, the Access Fund and the American Alpine Club that focus on access, conservation and education.

For more information on "Walls Are Meant For Climbing," visit https://www.thenorthface.com/featured/walls.html  #ClimbWalls

Learn How to Photograph an Eclipse Without Damaging Your Eyes or Your Camera

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire
By American Academy of Ophthalmology, (415) 561-8534, media@aao.org & American Academy of Optometry, Jenny Brown, MBA, 321-319-4860, JennyB@aaoptom.org
Photos by CulturaColectiva.com & Photo Pills

Eye care professionals encourage amateur shutterbugs to be aware of the damage they can do to their eyes

San Francisco, Aug. 9, 2017 - The American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Academy of Optometry are teaming up to offer tips on how to safely photograph an eclipse. On Aug. 21, Americans of all ages will come together to witness a single, inspiring event – a total eclipse of the sun. The last time anyone saw the sun disappear in the United States was in 1979. But there is one thing that sets this month's total eclipse apart from others: Smartphones. Millions of ordinary people are expected to use smartphones and digital cameras to photograph this eclipse. Eye care professionals are concerned that first-timers might train their cameras on this phenomenon, unaware of the damage they can do to their eyes.

The most important safety tip to remember is to never look directly at the sun. Viewing the sun directly, even for brief periods, can cause permanent damage to the retina and result in blindness. Your eyes need specially designed solar eclipse glasses, and your camera needs a specially designed solar filter.

"Before pointing your camera at the sun, you need to get a special-purpose solar filter and put it over the camera lens," said Russell N. Van Gelder, M.D., Ph.D., a clinical spokesperson for the American Academy of Ophthalmology. "Never look at the sun through an unfiltered camera, telescope, binoculars, or other optical device. The concentrated solar rays will damage the filter, and injure your eyes. Also, do not use solar eclipse glasses to look through a camera, binoculars or a telescope. The sun can melt the filter and damage your eyes."

With all these restrictions, is it worth trying to take a picture?

Ralph Chou, OD, MSc, FAAO a professor emeritus of optometry and vision science at the University of Waterloo, says that with a little effort and preparation, you can make good photos. Dr. Chou has spent a lifetime eclipse chasing. This month's will be his 19th total eclipse.

Dr. Chou connects his DSLR camera directly to a telescope so that the sun fills the entire frame. Watch this video to see how he has perfected his technique over the years. No matter what kind of camera you own, one or more of the following techniques can be used to shoot a solar eclipse:

*Buy a solar filter or modify your eclipse glasses to function as a solar filter for your smartphone. Cut your glasses in half and tape one eyepiece over your smartphone camera lens.

*Take the filter off during totality. Totality is when the moon entirely blocks the sun's bright face. The path of totality for the Aug. 21 eclipse stretches from Oregon to South Carolina. Unless you're in the path of totality, keep your solar eclipse glasses on throughout the eclipse.

*Use a tripod to keep your camera stable.

*Use a remote trigger. With a remote, you can adjust settings and shoot the photo while keeping your camera stable.

*Practice. Take photos just after sunset during twilight to get an idea of what the light levels will be like during totality.

*Shoot photos of the moon to learn how to manually adjust the focus on your camera. Tap the screen and hold your finger on the image of the moon to lock the focus. Then slide your finger up or down to darken or lighten the exposure.

*A telephoto lens system is a must-have for eclipse photography with a smartphone. There are zoom lenses for smartphones designed solely to provide magnification without resorting to digital zoom.

*Try the pinhole effect. This eclipse effect is easily captured with point-and-shoot cameras. Use a straw hat or a kitchen sieve and allow the sun's shadow to fall on a piece of white cardboard placed several feet away. The small holes act like pinhole cameras and each one projects its own image of the eclipsed sun.

Make sure you purchase solar eclipse filters and glasses from reputable manufacturers. There have been reports that some companies are selling counterfeit products labeled as if they conform to international safety standards. The American Astronomical Society has listed on its website companies whose products are known to conform to international standards.

Video:  http://origin-qps.onstreammedia.com/origin/multivu_archive/PRNA/ENR/Telescope-setup.mp4

Tribal College and University Presidents Convene to Improve Native Student Outcomes

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire
By Jason Baran, 1-609-683-2428, jbaran@ets.org
By Julie Goodman,1-317-806-8193, Julie.goodman@stradaeducation.org

Presidents discuss importance of data to improve Native American education

Princeton, New Jersey, Aug. 10, 2017 - Tribal college and university (TCU) presidents from across the country met last week to examine the critical role of data in addressing student enrollment, retention and success at their institutions serving Native American students.

To meet their goal of continuing to improve Native students' outcomes and better share the story of how American Indian Tribal higher education is transforming their students' lives, the TCU presidents explored using data intelligence as a tool and their role as leaders and leadership within their institutions. Educational Testing Service (ETS) Center for Advocacy and Philanthropy and Strada Education Network hosted the two-day event in partnership with the American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC) and the American Indian College Fund.

"One of our advocacy goals is to raise awareness of the challenges that our Native American communities face in higher education and to help mitigate those challenges," said Lenora Green, executive director of the ETS Center for Advocacy and Philanthropy. "When we support our Tribal Colleges and Universities, we support the students they serve."

The convening opened with a keynote speech by Timothy Renick, vice provost and vice president of enrollment management and student success at Georgia State University (GSU). During his session, Renick discussed how GSU raised graduations rates by 22 percent and closed all achievement gaps. He accentuated the importance of data and assessment and outlined several practical and low-cost steps that tribal colleges can take to improve outcomes for their students.

The presidents cited facing many of the same issues as GSU, and continued the dialogue with panel discussions and guided conversations led by Carrie Billy, President and CEO of AIHEC. During the sessions, the TCU presidents of Diné College in Tsaile, Arizona; Salish Kootenai College in Pablo, Montana; and Oglala Lakota College in Kyle, South Dakota, discussed how to put GSU's strategies into action and what steps their institutions are taking to improve American Indian higher education.

"We need to pool our resources and share and compare the outcomes," said Billy. "With that information we can continuously move forward and create a better learning community."

On the final day of the TCU Presidents convening, the sessions focused on student success. Throughout the day ETS researchers and higher education experts shared tools and strategies and answered questions to pave the way to tribal student success.

"TCUs are important contributors to the success of Native American students, and they are well-positioned to make an even greater impact in enhancing degree attainment and career outcomes by applying data-informed and innovative solutions," said Dr. Lorenzo L. Esters, Strada Education Network vice president, philanthropy. Esters, who presented results from Strada Education's Associate Degree Graduates Report with Gallup, urged TCUs to survey alumni to gain insights and help align graduates with the workforce. Through Strada Education's partnership with Gallup, more than 2,500 U.S. adults whose highest degree earned was the associate degree were surveyed to assess their overall well-being after college based on five elements — purpose, social, community, physical and financial well-being.

Photo by Comunidad7

Dhanfu Elston, vice president of strategy, guided pathways, and Purpose First at Complete College America, began the day by stressing the importance of guided pathways for students and more emphasis on career outcomes. Elston explained that TCUs must lead students on the correct path, including ensuring that students take at least 30 credit hours each year and advising students on selecting majors to avoid poor choices.

Academic advisors also play a definitive role in student success. The student-to-faculty ratio can make it difficult for academic advisors to make a difference, but Elston stressed that TCUs can elevate that position to a more important role of career advisor.

ETS Senior Assessment Strategist Dr. Ross Markle explained the importance of understanding the strengths and challenges that students bring to college. Noncognitive skills such as study skills, motivation, self-management and social connections can provide a stepping stone to addressing the strategies tribal students need to succeed.

Markle explained that TCUs must be able to identify risks for tribal students and change their support programs accordingly so their students can finish their degrees. ETS' SuccessNavigator® assessment — designed to help colleges reach at-risk incoming students and improve retention and completion rates — can help to identify and measure these factors. The assessment is currently being tested at Fond du Lac Tribal Community College in Cloquet, Minnesota; Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute in Albuquerque, New Mexico; and Nebraska Indian Community College in Macy, Nebraska.

"Let's not just look at the data we have based on retention rates and graduation rates," said Charles M. Roessell, President of Diné College. "Let's look at the data of these students before they come to us and find a way to align ourselves with that."

The convening concluded with a final keynote speech from Richard Lui, journalist and anchor for MSNBC and NBC News. Lui stressed the importance of telling stories and encouraged the TCUs to do whatever it takes to get their stories to the public.

Despite declining TCU enrollments and negativity surrounding reservations, the tribal presidents continuously strive to improve Native students' education and share their stories.

Upliftv to Premiere Uplifting Missions, A TV Program Dedicated to Evangelize and Support those in Need

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire
By Jesus Piñango, 561-249-5228, jesus@olympusat.com
Photo by Ashby Congretional Church

West Palm Beach, Florida, Aug. 9, 2017 - Upliftv the network that offers inspirational movies, captivating series and documentaries, as well as a variety of TV ministries, announced today the premiere of Uplifting Missions, a program dedicated to proclaiming the grace of Jesus Christ and the teachings of the gospel while it highlights Upliftv's commitment to evangelize and support those in need.

Starting August 10, 2017, every Thursday at 8 p.m. EDT, Uplifting Missions will feature thought-provoking discussions, musical performances, teachings and sermons, as well as inspiring interviews from recognized personalities and community leaders whose stories serve as a testimony of faith, goodwill and salvation. The program aims to preach the Christian gospel as it creates awareness of Upliftv's efforts to serve the community, including the network's mission to create a digital Bible, its commitment to produce more wholesome entertainment, and its partnership with Mission Exchange to help orphans in India and Africa, among other humanitarian efforts.

Hosted by Christian singer Tony Lebron and TV personality Iviani Figueroa, Uplifting Missions is designed to examine religious, cultural and entertainment topics. Some of the guest that are scheduled to share their knowledge and testimony are: Dr. Mark J. Chironna – Author and Founder of The Masters Touch International Church, and Jaco Booyens – Filmmaker known for the hit movie 8 Days.

"Uplifting Missions represents the true calling of Upliftv: to foster faith-based knowledge and go out to the world to carry on humanitarian work," stated Bob Higley, CEO of Upliftv. "The program highlights our devotion to contribute to a better world and serves as an outlet to connect with our audience. Uplifting Missions strengthens our one-of-a-kind programming lineup of ministries, documentaries, series and movies."

Upliftv is owned and operated by Olympusat, Inc., a leader in the Hispanic television and media space through its 100+ SD and HD Spanish and English-language television networks, and it's currently available in over 20 million U.S. households on DIRECTV, Buckeye Broadband, Consolidated Communications, Frontier Communications and Hotwire Communications.

For more information on Upliftv's programming, including tune in dates and times, please visit http://www.upliftv.com/

Xehar Launches a New Fashion Collection with Body Positive Mentor, Influencer and Model Laura Brioschi

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire
By Haily Dahan, 310-463-3788, haily@xehar.com

Laura Brioschi, a Xehar Body Positive Mentor and a fashion leader in Europe will launch her own collection called Laura by Xehar, available for purchase starting August 1st, 2017.

Laura Brioschi.    Photo by Love Curvy

Playa Vista, California, Aug. 1, 2017 - Today, Xehar announces the launch of the new Laura by Xehar Fashion Collection. Xehar International #AconfidentYou Ambassador Program works with global influencers to showcase a feel-good fashion while reinforcing the importance of positive self-image. The program's most recent mentor is Laura Brioschi, a well-known curvy model from Europe.

"Our core is to support a positive body image, helping women feel confident in fashionable and affordable clothes that fit," says Hadari Oshri, founder and CEO of Xehar. "Laura is an inspiration to our curvy customers and is the quintessential confident woman."

According to Business Insider, there are more than one hundred million women in the US that are considered plus size. Traditional retailers have been slow to focus on this niche demographic. Brioschi feels that sharing her experiences as a Xehar Mentor will help others who are facing body image issues and who struggle to feel confident.

"I became a Xehar Body Positive Mentor this year, after deciding to publicly share my battle with bulimia," says Brioschi. "Making my experiences public and working to create my own collection with Xehar will hopefully inspire others."

For some time, influencer programs have existed but Xehar's approach is unique because they are also building mobile technologies to enhance the interaction with influencers. The Xehar App, will not only give customers access to low priced fashion bundles at a set price, but will also give a special access to Xehar influencer fashion recommendations on demand.

If you are interested in viewing the new Laura by Xehar Collection, visit http://xehar.com/laurabyxehar/

To become a Xehar Body Positive Mentor, please apply and contact Haily Dahan 310-463-3788

About Xehar: Xehar is a fashion-tech company that was founded with a rebellious spirit and a lofty objective: to offer designer clothes at revolutionary prices, using technology and their mobile application to make buying decisions easier, all while building confidence in women through inspiring fashion collections. Xehar has two main divisions, an online store called the Xehar Marketplace and a mobile application called Xehar App. To learn more, visit http://xehar.com/

Ahoy Matey! Pirates and Sand Dunes Abound as "Pastor Fish" Launch Party Delights Kids and their Grown-Ups

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire
By Kelly Shaw, kelly.shaw@ministrants.com

New Bi-Lingual App an Instant Hit

NHM Ministrants Bi-lingual Pastor Fish App with the Interfaith Community

San Mateo, California, Aug. 1, 2017 - Last week the team of NHM Ministrants (a division of Elfenworks Productions, LLC) celebrated the launch of The Pastor Fish App. This free bi-lingual whimsical "Sunday School under the sea" is full of gospel songs and stories for children and the young at heart.

NHM Ministrants Celebrates New Pastor Fish App in English and Spanish with the Interfaith Community

In addition to having a tablet station set up for guests to test the app, the celebration included an impressive five ton sand sculpture by Sand Guys from the Travel Channel's television series Sand Masters, two puppet show performances by Magic Circus, and a raffle with prizes including an iPad Air, former US President Jimmy Carter's recorded sermons from Maranatha Baptist Church, and Air Swimmers flying fish.

Present at the event were the development team from Tip-Tok, singer Carmen Milagro, and many of the voices kids are already beginning to know and love. The app features an ocean full of fun characters Pastor Fish, Barni Barnacle, Wigbert the Whale and the minnows of the Sunday school of fish. Following along with the songs and stories, kids and the young at heart internalize positive messages, feeling a greater sense of God's love and care for them.

NHM Ministrants Director, Rev. Dr. Lauren Speeth said, "I love thinking about an app inspired by the radio shows of yesteryear. It's looking backwards to look forward. That's what we're all about at NHM Ministrants: creating digital resources inspired by the loving, open-armed presence of Jesus, who came to show us the Way and the Truth and the Life over 2,000 years ago."

The whole event space became an underwater world. One guest remarked that they felt like they got to really live and experience the app through the fun décor, ocean inspired food, and music. Even if you were unable to attend the event, you still can experience Pastor Fish. The app is available for download, with direct links available at http://ministrants.com/pastorfish/.

Members of the press, please contact us for high-res event photos or other assistance. Educators and clergy – we'd love to hear from you. Thank you, everyone, for helping us spread the word about this free resource for kids!

NHM Ministrants:  http://ministrants.com/

"Millions of Latinos on the Verge of Losing Access to Health Care in the U.S."

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire
By National Hispanic Medical Association, NHMA, (202) 628-5895
Photos by Impacto Latin News & El Minnesota de Hoy

National Hispanic Medical Association urges "No" vote on repealing ACA

Washington, July 27, 2017 - The U.S. Senate has voted against Repeal and Replace of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) for the second time. The House of Representatives already approved their bill. In both houses of Congress, the Republican leaders are focused with these efforts on how to decrease federal government funding of health care for the poor and middle class, so they can save taxes for the wealthy. What is being discussed?

The greatest changes would be to decrease access to health care in this country by eliminating the Medicaid entitlement to a smaller block grant to States, Planned Parenthood & primary care to many women, mandate for health care insurance that will lead to youth opting out of insurance and higher premiums, essential benefits that will decrease use of mental health, vision and oral health care, and by eliminating the Public Health and Prevention Fund for the CDC programs that fight HIV, Zika, TB and other epidemics in culturally competent ways.

According to the National Hispanic Medical Association president & ceo, Dr. Elena Rios, "Latino families will have little recourse except to go to expensive care at emergency room services and hospitals--- as more put off going to see a doctor until they are really sick. We would see diabetes and heart disease with more severe complications - kidney failure and blindness, heart failure and strokes happening much earlier in our families, leading to premature death."

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) was signed into law by President Obama in 2010 and has resulted in 30 million newly insured Americans. Latinos and other vulnerable populations who are working poor have been the most to gain, because they had the highest rates of being uninsured, with new access to health care services and improved quality lives.

Dr. Elena Rios

Today, it is projected that a very small bill, called a Skinny Bill could be up for a Senate vote soon for elimination of the individual and employer mandate that would disrupt our families ability to find individual insurance and many Latinos don't have access to employer-based insurance.

The NHMA urges all to call their Senators to vote no on the Repeal ACA. NHMA stands willing to participate in a more productive discussion with Congress and the White House on how to improve the ACA, not tear it down, so that we can have affordable health insurance for quality health care for all Americans. We deserve a fundamental right to health care among our communities.

The National Hispanic Medical Association (NHMA) mission is to empower Hispanic physicians to work with our public and private partners to improve the health of Hispanic and other underserved populations. http://www.nhmamd.org/

Car Care Council Offers Helpful Resources at Every Turn

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

Bethesda, Md., July 25, 2017 - Whether driving across the country or just across town, the non-profit Car Care Council offers tools and tips about regular vehicle care, maintenance and repair to help motorists prepare for every turn ahead.

"The Car Care Council's website at CarCare.org contains a wealth of auto care resources to help motorists take a proactive role in maintaining their vehicles so they can address any needed maintenance or repairs before hitting the road," said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council. "That way they can enjoy the drive without worrying about the surprise of car trouble and unexpected vehicle repairs."

The Car Care Council website is filled with useful information to help motorists navigate common maintenance procedures and better understand auto repair needs. The blog section on the homepage is frequently updated with the latest tips and advice about vehicle care, preparing your vehicle for the changing seasons, pre-trip vehicle inspections and more. The site also features a customizable service schedule and e-mail maintenance reminders, a comprehensive repair shop locator and a vehicle systems overview.

Motorists can also follow the Car Care Council on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram and Pinterest to receive quick car care tips and reminders.

The council's popular Car Care Guide for motorists and is available at no charge, electronically or by printed copy, in English and Spanish. The guide covers major services, component groups within the vehicle, service interval recommendations and much more.

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

Dove Real Beauty Productions and Shonda Rhimes Release "Meet Kylee," A New Film that Challenges Feminine Beauty Norms

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

Dove Enlists All-Female Crew To Help Demonstrate One Woman's Powerful Journey To Redefine Beauty On Her Own Terms

Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, July 25, 2017 - "I never saw myself as beautiful," says Kylee Howell, the subject of the latest film from Dove Real Beauty Productions, "because that was a word I only heard used to describe women who looked more traditional, who followed the 'rules.' Until recently, I didn't know that word applied to someone who looked like me."

Dove Real Beauty Productions and Creative Director Shonda Rhimes have come together to release a second film titled "Meet Kylee" to illustrate that many women cannot relate to traditional standards of feminine beauty. Since launching in March 2017, Dove Real Beauty Productions has aimed to shift the power of storytelling from Hollywood into the hands of real women to ensure all women and girls can see their #RealBeauty represented in media and culture. A 100% female crew joined Shonda Rhimes to create the new three-minute film following Kylee's journey to discovering her own beauty by bucking conventions and cutting her hair into a bold style that truly suits her.

"I spend my life writing women as we truly are – human. That's why I'm proud to work with Dove Real Beauty Productions. We don't need to be told we can be smart or strong or flawed. And we don't need to be told we come in all shapes, sizes, and colors. But we do need to see ourselves reflected that way," said Shonda Rhimes. "Every time you look at your screen and see a woman portrayed just as she is, sharing her humanity, being boldly herself, you are looking at someone beautiful. I thought of this when I met my new friend Kylee Howell. Her beauty shines through in everything she is and everything she does. Which is why I was excited to work with her to bring her story to life in this new film."

Meet Kylee
Living in a conventional town in Utah with a home that doubled as a beauty salon, Kylee grew up enveloped by traditional views of beauty. Kylee spent her adolescence feeling a disconnect between the femininity she saw around her and the styles she felt better represented who she was inside. In her 20s, Kylee decided to literally take beauty into her own hands. Kylee cut her hair daringly short for the first time and finally felt she was being true to herself with a style that expresses her #RealBeauty.

Kylee's Impact
74% of women believe more needs to be done to redefine beauty to be more inclusive.1 Many gay and lesbian women feel excluded altogether – in fact, 3 out of 4 gay and lesbian women believe society suggests they do not care about their beauty.2 Kylee was denied the short, barber-style haircut that made her feel most confident by beauty salons who didn't agree with her desired look. When she turned to barber shops, set was met with "men's only" signs in windows. Wanting to spare others from these experiences, she created a safe space for herself and others in her community at Friar Tuck's Barbershop – a place where women can explore their own notions of beauty. At Friar Tuck's, Kylee gives more than haircuts; she listens to those who may feel ignored, and she cuts through beauty standards to reveal the #RealBeauty underneath.

"69% of women agree that they don't see themselves reflected in media and advertising – as a global beauty brand, we feel a responsibility to address this," says Nick Soukas Vice President of Marketing for Dove.3 "For 60 years, Dove has listened to and cared for real women like Kylee Howell, who boldly share their experiences with the hope that we can inspire women and girls everywhere to redefine beauty together."

Dove has championed #RealBeauty since 1957 and, true to our pledge, the brand is committed to only feature real women, to never digitally alter their appearance, and to help the next generation develop a positive relationship with their beauty. Watch the full film "Meet Kylee" at Youtube.com/DoveUS and share it with the women and girls in your life – together, we can change the way women and girls are seen for the next 60 years.

Learn more about the campaign and share your #RealBeauty story at Dove.com/RealBeauty: https://www.dove.com/us/en/stories/campaigns/real-beauty-productions.html

Video:  https://youtu.be/Y42U9YocVR0

Celebrate Mexican Independence Day In Las Vegas With World-Renowned Entertainers

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire
By Erin McCleskey, R&R Partners, T: 702.228.0222, Erin.McCleskey@rrpartners.com

The "Entertainment Capital of the World" Hosts Latin Superstars Jennifer Lopez, Ricky Martin, Enrique Iglesias, Alejandro Fernández and More During Annual El Grito Festivities

Las Vegas, July 20, 2017 - Every September, the "Entertainment Capital of the World" invites visitors from around the world to celebrate Mexican Independence Day with a lineup of exciting events and entertainment. Throughout Las Vegas, revelers can enjoy performances by unforgettable headliners, championship boxing and hilarious comedians during the 2017 El Grito festivities.

World-class Latin performers taking over iconic Vegas venues include:

Singer, dancer and actress Jennifer Lopez will continue her residency at The AXIS at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, Sept. 13, 15 & 16.
Ricky Martin will bring his "All In" residency back to Park Theater at Monte Carlo Resort and Casino, Sept. 15-16.
Latin music superstar Enrique Iglesias returns to The Colosseum at Caesars Palace, Sept. 15-16.
Carlos Santana will take over the House of Blues inside Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, Sept. 13 and 15-17.
The "fluffy" comedian Gabriel Iglesias brings the laughs to Terry Fator Theatre at The Mirage Hotel & Casino, Sept. 15-16.
Latin music legend Pepe Aguilar performs his countless hits at The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Sept. 16.
Middleweight boxers Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin will face off in the ring at T-Mobile Arena, Sept. 16.
Mexican rock band MANÁ will perform at the MGM Grand Garden Arena inside MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, Sept. 15-16.
GRAMMY Award-winner Marc Anthony will perform his No. 1 hits at Mandalay Bay Events Center inside Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, Sept. 16.

Mexican mariachi singer Alejandro Fernández will wow audiences at T-Mobile Arena, Sept. 15.
Award-winning Guatemalan singer-songwriter Ricardo Arjona will take the stage at The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Sept. 15.
Marco Antonio Solis & Jesse and Joy will entertain the crowd with their chart-topping songs at Mandalay Bay Events Center inside Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, Sept. 15.
Iconic singers Gloria Trevi vs. Alejandra Guzmán will perform together at The Colosseum inside Caesars Palace, Sept. 14 and 17.
Franco Escamilla will bring his hilarious standup to The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas, Sept. 15.

To plan your unforgettable trip to Las Vegas visit https://www.visitlasvegas.com/

Top Cancer Research Facilities Nationwide Fueled With $1.2 Million In New Slate Of Grants

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire

Annual Grants from The Mary Kay Foundation â„ Total More than $26 Million in the Fight Against Cancer

Dallas, July 17, 2017 - From new cures to preventing and treating the disease, one thing is certain – cancer research saves lives. For more than 20 years now, The Mary Kay Foundationâ„ has continued its steadfast mission of funding research of cancers affecting women by awarding annual research grants to top medical schools and research facilities nationwide. This year, the Foundation awarded 12 highly-competitive grants totaling $1.2 million to some of the most respected institutions in the country.

The Mary Kay Foundationâ„ Scientific Review Committee, composed of prominent medical scientists and doctors, meticulously reviewed 80 applicants before selecting 12 of the most promising research projects to receive grants in the amount of $100,000 each. The 2017 slate of cancer grants brings the total investment in the fight against cancer by The Mary Kay Foundationâ„ to more than $26 million since its inception in 1996.

"We are proud to support promising research and medical scientists who are working on breakthrough cures and therapies that could help improve the lives of an untold number of cancer patients and their families," said Michael Lunceford, Mary Kay Inc. Senior Vice President of Public Affairs and Chairman of the Board for The Mary Kay Foundationâ„ . "It is in our company DNA to give back and by continued support of top cancer research facilities nationwide each and every year through the cancer grant program, The Mary Kay Foundationâ„ continues Mary Kay Ash's mission and legacy of enriching women's lives."

The 2017 slate of grants includes a wide range of critical research areas. At Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, medical scientists are investigating treatment for chemo-resistant ovarian cancer. At the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, therapies for basal-like breast cancer are the focus of research. At the University of Arizona in Phoenix, innovative research is underway for endometrial cancer patients.

"At the heart of the relentless pursuit to help prevent, detect and treat cancer is innovative and pioneering research," said Jerry W. Shay, Ph.D., Chair of The Mary Kay Foundationâ„ Research Review Committee, Professor and Vice Chairman of the Department of Cell Biology for The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. "Without continued support through grants like these from The Mary Kay Foundationâ„ , medical scientists would not be able to pursue and discover potentially life-saving new therapies or early detection tools. While the Foundation's grant program is focused on cancers affecting women, the new discoveries will no doubt benefit research of all types of cancer."

Click here for more information about The Mary Kay Foundationâ„ cancer grants at work: https://www.marykayfoundation.org/cancergrantrecipients

Latino Conservation Week Showcases Community's Commitment to Protecting Public Lands, Kicks Off This Weekend (July 15 – 23)

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire
By Robert Fanger, P: 317-410-7668, E: robert@hispanicaccess.org

Washington, July 13, 2016 - This weekend, the fourth annual Latino Conservation Week (#LatinoConservationWeek, #LCW2017) kicks off, continues through July 23 and will be celebrated with more than 100 events nationwide. The week is an opportunity for Latinos to demonstrate their passion for enjoying and protecting public lands through various outings, volunteer cleanups, educational events, roundtable discussions, film screenings and numerous other community activities in more than 15 states stretching from Massachusetts to California.

Latinos across the country are celebrating #LatinoConservationWeek with over 100 events nationwide.

"Latinos are passionate about enjoying the outdoors and hold a strong belief that we have a moral obligation to protect it for future generations," said Maite Arce, president of Hispanic Access Foundation, which launched Latino Conservation Week in 2014 in its effort to showcase this community's commitment to the outdoors and provide opportunities for engagement. "The week's events introduce Latinos to new opportunities, new locations and new ways to translate their passion for the outdoors into making a difference for our nation's treasured natural resources."

Historically, Latinos have not been actively engaged to participate in our nation's public lands. Even with widely documented support, only eight percent of Latinos engaged in outdoor recreation in 2015, according to the Outdoor Foundation. Latino Conservation Week helps to break down barriers to the Latino population's enjoyment of public lands, encourages new opportunities to experience these sites, creates a unique platform for groups to reach out to this community and inspires the next generation of environmental stewards.

"As the largest minority group in America – one that is expected to grow to nearly one-third the population by 2050 – the Latino community's engagement is critical to ensuring the future success and preservation of our nation's public lands," said Arce. "We appreciate the vast number of event partners and sponsors who recognize the importance of encouraging more Latinos to go outdoors and experiencing all that our nation's public lands have to offer."

Photo by Conservation Lands Foundation

Nearly 80 parks, organizations and community groups have joined Latino Conservation Week as sponsors and event partners. These include National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services, U.S. Forest Service, National Wildlife Refuge System, Save the Redwoods League, George H.W. Bush Vamos A Pescar™ Education Fund, California Department of Fish & Wildlife, Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation, Por la Creacion: Faith-based Alliance, Latino Outdoors, Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority, League of Conservation Voters, Sierra Club, Atlanta Audubon Society, Los Angeles Audubon Society, Conservation Lands Foundation, Houston Zoo, REI and Whole Foods Market. A full list of participating groups is available here: http://latinoconservationweek.com/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&layout=item&id=490&Itemid=331

"The growth in participation and interest of Latino Conservation Week has been tremendous. What started as 17 events in six states has grown – in just three years – to more than 100 events in as many as 15 states," said Arce. "This is a national collaborative effort with the potential to positively impact the Latino community and our nation's treasured spaces."

The full list of confirmed events is available at http://latinoconservationweek.com/index.php?option=com_k2&view=itemlist&layout=category&task=category&id=17&Itemid=405

Endangered Baby Names 2017

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire
By Rebecca Michals, BabyCenter, 415-237-9978, rebecca.michals@babycenter.com

Krista, Rhonda, and Willard are on the brink of extinction

Even favorite celeb names Gwen, Bradley, and Alec are losing popularity

San Francisco, July 11, 2017 - Like dinosaurs, movie-rental stores, and flip phones, a number of baby names could soon be gone forever. BabyCenter®, the #1 pregnancy and parenting digital resource, has identified 14 names that not a single BabyCenter member has chosen for a newborn so far in 2017 – a sure sign that the names are endangered. Although all of these names have topped the U.S. charts during the past century, they're now on the brink of extinction.

"Unlike an endangered animal, it's easy to save an endangered baby name from extinction. All it takes is for a family to choose one of these names for their baby," says Linda Murray, BabyCenter Global Editor in Chief. "Many parents-to-be tell us they're looking for a unique baby name. Well, look no further than our endangered names list. These names have become one-of-a-kind yet still have the ring of familiarity."

Endangered Baby Names 2017

Girls: Bette / Bettie, Blanche, Erma / Irma, Krista, Myrtle, Olga, Rhonda

Boys: Carroll, Dick, Homer, Lowell, Roosevelt, Rudolph, Willard

Threatened Baby Names 2017

Like certain creatures in the Amazon, these threatened names are at risk of becoming endangered in the near future.

Surprisingly, some of them belong to well-known stars. Sorry, Gwen Stefani, Peyton Manning, Kate Middleton, and Bradley Cooper: You're among the names that have dropped most in our popularity rankings since last year, with Gwen plummeting 71 percent, Peyton 55 percent, Kate 52 percent, and Bradley 48 percent.

"There's a tipping point at which a name can become so common or associated with a specific person that parents stop using it," notes Murray. "BabyCenter has seen this over the years with celebrity and sports star names, as well as names from hit TV shows or movies. One recent example is from the movie Frozen. The name Elsa has tumbled 57 percent this year, as parents let it go."

Names on this year's threatened list:

Girls: Adrianna, Amelie, Brynn, Cadence, Elliana, Elsa, Giselle, Gwen, Gwendolyn, June, Kate, Liv, Penny, Savanna, Vera

Boys: Alec, Bradley, Cade, Camden, Colin, Cristian, Dillon, Dominick, Joe, Jonah, Juan, Martin, Peyton, Phillip, Shane

For more information on baby names, including popularity charts, our Baby Names Finder, trend spotting, and naming advice, visit www.babycenter.com/baby-names

Mary Kay's "Suits for Shelters" Provides Clothing To Abuse Survivors

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire

Professional Attire Donations Help Domestic Violence Survivors Pursue Financial Freedom

Dallas, July 13, 2017 - A blouse can mean more than cotton and thread to a domestic violence survivor. It symbolizes confidence, acing an interview, a new job and, ultimately, financial freedom from one's abuser. Mary Kay Inc.'s ninth annual Suits for Shelters program will collect women's professional attire to give women the ability to pursue lives full of independence and empty of violence.

Through Aug. 4, Tootsies, located in the Plaza at Preston Center, will accept community donations. In return, those who donate items will receive a $25 Tootsies gift card. WFAA News Ch. 8 is airing a series of public service announcements to encourage community support and more donations for the annual clothing drive.

"Although it may seem simple, receiving a skirt or blouse truly does have the potential to change a domestic abuse survivor's life and provide professional opportunities some women may never have thought possible," said Jan Langbein, Chief Executive Officer for Genesis Women's Shelter & Support. "Mary Kay is a proven leader in the fight against domestic violence, and Suits for Shelters is a unique way to engage our community, introducing them to the issues domestic violence survivors face every day."

A partnership between Mary Kay Inc. and The Mary Kay Foundation(SM), Suits for Shelters supports domestic violence survivors with professional attire to help boost confidence as they start their lives free from abuse. Since 2009, Suits for Shelters has collected more than 17,000 pieces of professional clothing for women in need.

"Suits for Shelters is just one way Mary Kay and our community can partner to offer domestic violence survivors a piece of hope as they take their next steps into a life free from their abuser," said Ryan Rogers, Vice President of The Mary Kay Foundation(SM) and grandson of company founder Mary Kay Ash. "Domestic violence is an epidemic that impacts 1 in 4 women regardless of age, race and socio economic status – it does not discriminate. Women's shelters in our community and across the United States, provide life-saving services. Mary Kay's support of these organizations is an important part of our commitment to ending domestic violence once and for all."

Mary Kay has a long-standing commitment to prevent and end domestic violence. Over the past 15 years, Mary Kay Inc. and The Mary Kay Foundation(SM) have donated more than $53 million to domestic violence prevention and awareness programs to women's shelters across the country in an effort to end the cycle of abuse.

"Suits for Shelters unites our community in providing a pathway out of abuse for survivors as they seek employment, which is essential to a life free of abuse," said Crayton Webb, Vice President of Corporate Communications and Corporate Social Responsibility for Mary Kay Inc. "Empowering women and enriching their lives is part of our corporate fabric, and we know one of the first steps to an enriched life is feeling safe in your own home."

If you purchased Shell Eggs or Egg Products produced in the United States directly from any producer, you could be a Class Member in a proposed class action settlement

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire
By Mindee J. Reuben, LITE DEPALMA GREENBURG LLC; (267) 314-7980
Photo by You Tube



Philadelphia, July 10, 2017 - The following statement is being issued by Lite DePalma Greenberg, LLC; regarding the In re: Processed Egg Products Antitrust Litigation.

Legal Notice

This legal notice is to announce certification of a Litigation Class; to provide information regarding a new settlement with Michael Foods, Inc. ("MFI"); and to provide information for submitting claims in connection with previously-approved settlements with National Food Corporation ("NFC"), Midwest Poultry Services, L.P. ("Midwest"), United Egg Producers and United States Egg Marketers ("UEP/USEM"), NuCal Foods, Inc. ("NuCal"), and Hillandale Farms of Pa., Inc. and Hillandale-Gettysburg, L.P. ("Hillandale") in In re Processed Egg Products Antitrust Litig., No. 08-md-2002 (E.D. Pa.).

What is this lawsuit about?

Plaintiffs allege that Defendants conspired to decrease the supply of eggs which caused the price of eggs to artificially increase and direct purchasers to pay more for Shell Eggs and Egg Products than they would have otherwise paid. Defendants have denied all liability for this conduct and asserted that their conduct was lawful and/or exempt from the antitrust laws, among other defenses.

Who is included in the Litigation Class?

The Litigation Class includes individuals/entities that purchased Shell Eggs in the U.S. directly from Defendants from 9/24/2004 through 12/31/2008. If you exclude yourself, you will not be entitled to share in any future distributions if Plaintiffs obtain money from a trial or future settlements. The deadline to exclude yourself is October 9, 2017.

Who/what is included in the MFI Settlement?

The MFI Settlement Class includes individuals/entities that purchased Shell Eggs in the U.S. directly from Defendants from 9/24/2004 through 12/31/2008. MFI will provide the Class with $75 million and cooperation. Plaintiffs will release all claims against MFI. The deadline to submit a claim, submit an objection, or submit an exclusion is October 9, 2017.

Who may submit a claim in connection with the NFC, Midwest, UEP/USEM, NuCal & Hillandale Settlements?

If you did not previously exclude yourself from these Settlements, and you purchased Shell Eggs and/or Egg Products in the U.S. from 1/1/2000 through 12/19/2014 directly from any Producer, you may be entitled to submit a claim form postmarked no later than October 9, 2017.

Who represents you?

The Court appointed Stanley Bernstein (Bernstein Liebhard LLP); Michael Hausfeld (Hausfeld LLP); Mindee Reuben (Lite DePalma Greenberg, LLC), and Stephen Susman (Susman Godfrey LLP) as Class Counsel. You do not have to pay them to participate. You may hire your own attorney at your expense.

When will the Court decide whether to approve the MFI Settlement?

A hearing to determine the fairness and adequacy of the MFI Settlement is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. on November 6, 2017 at the U.S. District Courthouse, 601 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106-1797. The Court will also consider a motion for attorneys' fees and costs and any objections. The Court may change the date/time of the hearing without notice.

Check http://www.eggproductssettlement.com/ for updates and more information. This notice is a summary only.

14th edition of the CONCACAF Gold Cup kicks off tonight, to be played across 13 U.S. cities throughout July

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire

This summer's soccer marquee tournament kicks off today in the New York-New Jersey metropolitan area in front of an expected capacity crowd; Tickets on sale at www.GoldCup.org

Miami, July 7, 2017 - Tonight in the New York-New Jersey metropolitan area in front of a capacity crowd, the Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) kicks off the 14th edition of CONCACAF Gold Cup, this summer's marquee Confederation championship, which will feature top soccer players and national teams from across the region, and will crown a CONCACAF champion.

Jordan Morris (Seattle Sounders FC and USA), Bryan Ruiz (Sporting Clube de Portugal and Costa Rica), Erick Torres (Houston Dynamo and Mexico), and Alberth Elis (Houston Dynamo and Honduras) are among the notable inclusions to the twelve national team rosters.

The 12 nations will play in 13 U.S. cities in a span of 20 days, culminating in the final game on July 26 at Levi's Stadium in the Bay Area, where ticket sales have already surpassed 50,000.

*The full tournament match schedule, including kick off times, can be found here.
*Tickets are available at www.GoldCup.org
*Follow the tournament news at the event's official Twitter account and Facebook page

The continental championship will begin Friday, July 7 at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, NJ, in front of what is expected to be a capacity crowd. The opening double header features a Group A match-up of perennial Central American rivals, Honduras and Costa Rica as well as the 2000 champion Canada facing newcomer French Guiana.

Group B will kick off on Saturday, July 8, at Nashville's Nissan Stadium, with a rematch of the 2015 Gold Cup third-place match between USA and Panama, followed by Martinique and Nicaragua.

Defending champion Mexico will begin its title defense on Sunday, July 9 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, versus El Salvador as the second match of a doubleheader. Curacao and Jamaica will begin play in Group C in the first match of that day.

Raw Produce and Fresh-Squeezed Juices: Handle Them Safely

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire

Silver Spring, Md., July 5, 2017 - Whether from a supermarket, farm stand, or your own garden, fresh fruits and vegetables are highlights of summertime. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration reminds you that safe handling of produce and fresh-squeezed juice is especially important during the summer months, because foodborne bacteria multiply faster in warm weather and fresh fruits and vegetables are often consumed raw.

To keep nutritious produce and fresh-squeezed juices safe, follow these food safety tips to prevent food poisoning (also called foodborne illness):

Buy Right

· Purchase produce that is not bruised or damaged.
· When selecting pre-cut produce (such as a half a watermelon or bagged salad greens), choose only those items that are refrigerated or on ice.
· Bag fresh fruits and vegetables and keep them separate from raw meat, poultry, and seafood in your cart and shopping bags.

Wash Thoroughly

· Wash all produce under plain running water before eating, cutting, or cooking, and dry with a clean cloth towel or paper towel to further reduce bacteria that may be present.
· Scrub firm produce, such as melons and cucumbers, with a clean produce brush.
· For pre-packaged produce, read the label – if it says pre-washed and ready-to-eat, you can use it without further washing. And even if you plan to peel a fruit or vegetable, it's important to wash it first so dirt and bacteria aren't transferred from the outside to the inside.

Prevent Cross Contamination

· Always wash hands before and after preparing food!
· Wash cutting boards, dishes, utensils, and countertops with soap and hot water between the preparation of raw meat, poultry, and seafood and the preparation of produce that will not be cooked.
· If you use plastic or other non-porous cutting boards, run them through the dishwasher after use.

Prepare Safely

· Cut away any damaged or bruised areas on fresh fruits and vegetables before preparing and/or eating. If it looks rotten, discard it!

Store Properly

· Keep perishable fresh fruits and vegetables in a clean refrigerator at 40° F or below, separated from raw meat, poultry, and seafood.
· Always refrigerate produce that is purchased pre-cut or peeled.

Check Your Juice

· Children, older adults, pregnant women, and people with weakened immune systems (such as transplant patients and individuals with HIV/AIDS, cancer, and diabetes) risk serious illnesses or even death from drinking juices that have not been pasteurized or otherwise treated to control harmful bacteria.
· Look for pasteurized or otherwise treated products in your grocers' refrigerated sections, frozen food cases, or in non-refrigerated containers, such as juice boxes, bottles, or cans.
· Untreated juices sold in refrigerated cases of grocery or health food stores, cider mills, and farmers' markets must contain a warning label indicating that the product has not been pasteurized. Warning labels are not required for juice or cider that is fresh-squeezed and sold by the glass. If you are unsure if a juice product is pasteurized – be sure to ask!

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

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Retired Army Ranger and Robot Sidekick Conduct Special Ops for Toyota

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire
By Jana Hartline, 310-779-0415, Jana.Hartline@toyota.com
Photo by Truck News

First North American In-Home Trial of Robot to Aid Paralyzed Veteran

Ongoing Robotics Research Designed to Help People with Limited Mobility

Toyota Showcases Robot at NASCAR Race Honoring Veterans

Daytona, Florida, June 30, 2017 - Decorated U.S. war veteran Romulo (Romy) Camargo starts his day like most of us. He wakes up, gets a drink of water, has some breakfast, brushes his teeth, and gets dressed. But for Camargo, whose injuries in Afghanistan left him paralyzed from the neck down, these morning routines require some assistance. And Toyota is learning how to help.

Thanks to Camargo, Toyota recently completed the first North American in-home trial of the Human Support Robot (HSR). The HSR is one of the "partner robots" Toyota is developing to assist people with everyday activities. Toyota is actively researching ways to apply advanced technologies to help people with limited mobility, including seniors or those who are disabled.

During the trial, the robot assisted Camargo with everyday tasks in his home, including opening doors and delivering bottles of water or snacks from the pantry. The ultimate goal was to help him regain some of his independence and improve his quality of life. You can view a video of Toyota's work with Camargo at https://youtu.be/t5-uqGllcp8

"At Toyota, we have a commitment to enriching lives by advancing mobility for all – whether it's around town or across your living room," said Doug Moore, senior manager, Technology for Human Support, Toyota Motor North America. "This includes developing technology solutions to assist people with limited mobility. We see our research with Romy and the HSR as a natural extension of our work as a mobility company that helps people navigate their world."

Recalling his first reaction to the HSR, Camargo said: "When they opened the box, and I saw the robot, I figured we would unfold the next chapter in human support robots helping people with disabilities – like this research is going to change the world."

Toyota will showcase the HSR today at the NASCAR Coke 400 pre-race in Daytona, Florida, which will honor U.S. veterans. Details about Toyota's Human Support Robot can be found at http://www.toyota-global.com/innovation/partner_robot/family_2.html
Other Toyota research aimed at applying robotics to assist people with limited mobility include:

*Welwalk WW-1000: A wearable robotic leg brace designed to help partially paralyzed people walk;
*Project BLAID: A future mobility technology that could help people who are blind or have visual impairments gain better environmental awareness;
*Transfer Assist Robot: A robot that helps transfer adult patients easily from bed to chair and chair to toilet, without overburdening the caregiver; and
*Auto Access Seat: A device designed to help people who have difficulty entering and exiting special vehicles, such as seniors or others with limited mobility, do so more easily.

Toyota's work with Camargo reflects its longstanding commitment to support our nation's veterans. The company first began working with Camargo in 2015 when it provided last-mile funding to help him and his wife Gaby open Stay in Step, a non-profit recovery center that provides treatment, rehabilitation and support services to veterans and civilians with spinal-cord injuries. Toyota also works with Hiring Our Heroes to help veterans, transition service members and military spouses find meaningful employment opportunities. To date, Toyota's partnership with Hiring Our Heroes has led to more than 28,000 direct hires.

Will Your Sunglasses Protect You From Serious Eye Disease?

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire

American Academy of Ophthalmology offers tips on how to protect your eyes against harmful UV exposure

San Francisco, June 29, 2017 - With summer in full swing, the days are longer, the sun hotter, and the threat from the sun's damaging ultraviolet rays, greater. Excess sun exposure can put you at risk of serious short-term and long-term eye problems. This is true for young and old, year-round. Prevention is simple. Wear sunglasses that block ultraviolet radiation. But how do you know if your sunglasses are up to the task of protecting your family's sight?

To bring attention to this important eye health matter, ophthalmologists — physicians who specialize in medical and surgical eye care — are sharing information on how to keep eyes safe from sun damage.

When shopping for sunglasses, look for a tag or label that says 100% protection against both UVA and UVB or 100% protection against UV 400. UV protection is the essential piece you need to look for in a pair of sunglasses. Darkness and color do not indicate the strength of UV protection, and neither does the price tag. Even the least expensive sunglasses can offer adequate protection.

If you doubt your sunglasses have the UV protection claimed by a retail tag, take them to an optical shop. Any shop that has a UV light meter can test your sunglasses. A UV light meter is a handy test for when you doubt your sunglasses have the UV protection claimed by a retail tag or if they are simply old and you want to make sure.

There is no doubt about the consequences of not protecting your eyes from the sun's harmful rays. If eyes are exposed to strong sunlight for too long without proper protection, UV rays can burn the cornea and cause temporary blindness in a matter of hours.

Long-term sun exposure is linked to more serious eye disease, such as cataracts, eye cancer and growths on or near the eye. A lifetime of exposure also likely increases progression of age-related macular degeneration, a condition that can cause blindness.

"It's so important for children to wear UV-blocking sunglasses early in life. It's the cumulative damage that occurs over time that puts you at risk of developing sight-robbing eye disease," said Jeff Pettey, M.D., a clinical spokesperson for the American Academy of Ophthalmology. "And it's never too late to pick up the habit. Start protecting your eyes today."

In addition to shades, consider wearing a hat with broad brim. They have been shown to significantly cut exposure to harmful rays. Also, don't forget the sunscreen!

Find more information on how to protect your eyes from the sun year-round at the Academy's EyeSmart website:  https://www.aao.org/eye-health/tips-prevention/sun

With the TAVAD Treatment for quitting Cocaine, 7 out of 10 Patients are Better One Year Later

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire
By Dr. Juan José Legarda, +34-91-3161377, juanjose.legarda@tavad.com
Photo by Stimulants.com

Madrid, June 27, 2017 - In keeping with previous years, the TAVAD detoxification center continues to achieve excellent results in its ultra-fast cocaine detoxification treatment. 100% of the patients who started the treatment to quit cocaine in 2016 underwent detoxification without abandoning the program, and one year after their hospital discharge, 73% of all cases are evolving positively.

Patients treated at TAVAD during the past year for their cocaine addiction are mostly single men with an average age of 37. 73% of the patients treated present a significant improvement in terms of employment, family and personal life one year after starting the detox program.

The first stage of this rehabilitation process consists of a 48-hour hospital stay. During this time, an advanced pharmacological intervention is carried out, which is essential to prevent the patient from feeling pain or suffering the dreaded withdrawal syndrome, and therefore to achieve a better recovery.

"This pharmacological intervention is highly significant, since it causes a restoration of advanced processes of cognition and affect, such as the ability to concentrate, memory, consciousness or serenity, which in turn enhance psychotherapy and patient rehabilitation," notes Dr. Legarda, director of the center and creator of this advanced method for the treatment of addiction.

After hospital detox, the second stage of treatment begins, in which the patient is accompanied in his recovery for 12 months, and has medical, psychological and pharmacological support individually attuned to his needs. Furthermore, a team of specialists in nutrition, personal training and mindfulness help the patient to reinforce the results of this advanced treatment for quitting cocaine.

More than 30 years of experience provide an endorsement of this detox center exclusively dedicated to its patients and research on advanced treatments for addiction.

Personalized clinical sessions for analyzing and resolving the most complex cases, analysis of psychotherapeutic techniques and programs used, the study of applied pharmacology for each patient, neuro-imaging techniques to establish neuron recovery as well as exhaustive evaluation of each individual case all comprise part of the overall method used by the entire TAVAD staff to achieve optimal results.

For further information:  http://www.tavad.com/

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Standing Ovation for Oscar López Rivera

By Matt Meyer

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

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

Is Your Doctor Prescribing the Wrong Treatment for Pink Eye?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The study also found:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bernie Williams father.   Photo by Tristateupdate

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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7 Tips for Buying Sport Shoes

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

Choose the right shoes before starting a new workout routine

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

AAFP Survey: Too Many Men Ignore Doctors' Orders

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Takuma Sato, Honda Win the Indianapolis 500

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

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

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

- Ed Jones paces rookie field, finishes third

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Campaign Launched to Prevent Deaths During Aquatic Activities

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more information, please visit LaRedHispana.org.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Head Lice Enjoy Summer Camp as Much as Kids Do

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire

Tackle lice head-on with Vamousse

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Big Data Shines Light on Rare Disease

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire

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

Ophthalmologist examining patient's eyes.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Gentle Barn Launches Campaign for The St Louis Six

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

National Association of Letter Carriers.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


By Calendario Prensa P,R.


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Special Tributes and Recognitions:

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

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

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

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

A Banner Year for the NPRDP Scholarship Program:

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

Announcement of 2017 Honorees:

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

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

Posthumous Recognitions to Puerto Rican Luminaries:

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

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

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

Artificial Intelligence Shows Potential to Fight Blindness

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire

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

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

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

A normal retina

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

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

A retina showing signs of diabetic retinopathy

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

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

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

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

Video:  https://youtu.be/LpjbOhtcD0A

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Women Face Higher Risk of Blindness Than Men

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Phelps Family

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

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

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

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

Boomer Phelps joins parents Michael and Nicole to save water

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

This year's scholarship winners are:

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

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

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

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

Eggs: Handle Them Safely As You Celebrate!

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

March of Dimes urges: Take steps to prevent infection

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Podiatrists: First Responders For Vascular Disease

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Photo by Facebook

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Trending Now: April is National Car Care Month

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

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

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

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

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

Patient Guide: How to Prepare for Surgery

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

Tips to ensure a successful orthopaedic foot or ankle surgery

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Smartphone App Helps Undocumented Immigrants With ICE Raids

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

- Honda of South Carolina supports initiative to protect habitat

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

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

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

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

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

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

Video:  https://youtu.be/1G6uP2LDSwU

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

March Of Dimes Observes World Birth Defects Day

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

Calls for More Prevention, Research and Casre for Babies

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Unparalleled Ratings Achievement is Historic Milestone

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Recognizing the Signs of Vehicle Engine Damage

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For example, the survey results show:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jamie Brewer

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

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

H20 Government Track to Kickoff Inaugural World Happiness Summit in Miami

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Americans at Risk for Heart Disease Due to High Blood Pressure

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Digium Introduces First Affordable HD Touchscreen IP Phone for Business

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

*3-year contract required*

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

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

March of Dimes Believes More Research Urgently Needed

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Video:   https://youtu.be/uUXKNwr0qqU

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

By Wikipedia.   Photos by Facebook

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

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

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

Video:  https://youtu.be/C2oS6TQVh8I

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About ScamAwareness.org

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

Video:  https://youtu.be/cbBJykYk6S8

National Campaign Connects Prospective Hispanic Nursing Students with Mentors

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About The National Association of Hispanic Nurses (NAHN)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ismael Cala

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

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

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

About The Ismael Cala Foundation

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Big Easy Gets A Big Boost From Mary Kay

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Application Deadline: February 15, 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ask Six Simple Questions to Select the Right Auto Repair Shop

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Visit:  www.fluoridetabletssettlement.com or Call 1-800-983-6133

Candace Cameron Bure Announced As StarKist® Spokesperson

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Natalie Arranaga Joins Western Dental as Vice President of Dental Implants

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

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

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

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

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

Arranaga is a graduate of the University of Denver.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Early Detection Critical to Treating Glaucoma

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

American Academy of Ophthalmology reminds public of importance of eye exams

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pastor Jamal Bryant and Rev. Jesse Jackson

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Food Safety Precautions during Power Outages

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Video:  https://youtu.be/GkFqAbqO38Q
Youth In Five Cities Cite Fear As Major Barrier To Wellness

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Empire State Building Goes Purple For World Prematurity Day

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dedicating Lives to God

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By Alice Black, +1-614-416-1020, ablack@oppeace.org

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

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

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

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

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

Both women represent a new cultural diversity in religious life.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Oxitec Opens Large Scale Mosquito Production Facility in Brazil

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The new campaign will feature a video directed by Diego Luna

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Yvette Nicole Brown

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

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

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

About the American Diabetes Association

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

1 Centers for Disease Control:

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

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

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

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

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By Michelle Buckalew, 214-979-1418, mbuckalew@moneygram.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

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By Angel Audiffred, (646) 731-3627, aaudiffred@hitn.org

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

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

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

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

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

Nexus Saves Immigrant Mother and Her Children From Deportation

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Letter Carriers to Be Recognized as Heroes of the Year

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

Washington, Sept. 19, 2016 - Letter carriers who rescued residents from burning homes, saved a young boy who had darted onto a busy highway and stopped an assault and robbery targeting several women will be honored Wednesday in Washington DC.

Other carriers being recognized on Sept. 21 brightened the lives of children with disabilities, rescued a girl from a vicious dog attack or provided help to families struggling with substance abuse.

The eight honorees represent thousands of letter carriers who not only deliver the mail to 155 million households and businesses across the country six or even seven days a week, but often assist in situations involving car crashes, fires, crimes or health crises or otherwise improve the quality of life in the communities they serve.

Mark Pizzo of Snellville, GA, who saved a girl by fighting with a pit bull that had her head in its jaws, is the National Hero of the Year. Bradley Gentz of Osage, IA, an Army veteran who noticed a boy sitting in a wheelchair on his mail route and transformed the young man's life by racing with him in marathons around the country, is Humanitarian of the Year. Michael Murphy of Florissant, MO, a Marine Corps veteran and Navy reservist who tackled a cinderblock-wielding man attacking women in two cars, is Central Region Hero of the Year

David Crestik of El Cajon, CA, Western Region Hero of the Year, spotted smoke coming from a home and carried an injured resident to safety. Evangeline Johnson, of Southfield, MI, who is receiving the Carrier Alert Award, helped a woman and her daughter escape from a house engulfed in flames. Patrick Byrne of Lynn, MA, an Army veteran who helps others break through the stigma of substance abuse after losing his own son, will receive the Education Award.

Lars Edleblute of York, PA, who saved a boy who had run from his mother and jumped a fence onto a highway, is Eastern Hero of the Year. Letter carriers from Syracuse, NY, who delighted a seriously ill child by organizing a parade of postal trucks and other community service vehicles to welcome him home after months in the hospital, will get the Branch Service Award.

The National Association of Letter Carriers Heroes of the Year will be honored by NALC President Fredric Rolando at a special luncheon at noon Wednesday at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill, 400 New Jersey Ave. NW, Washington, DC. Go to http://nalc.org/heroes for further information on the Heroes, including video, audio and text.

Macy's "Shop For A Cause" Raises More Than $3 Million For The March Of Dimes

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

Macy's annual charity event helps fund critical March of Dimes® programs

White Plains, New York, Sept. 13, 2016 - Macy's "Shop For A Cause" event has shown that superheroes come in all shapes, sizes and ages. This year's three-day shopping event, held August 26-28, raised more than $3 million to benefit March of Dimes programs to give more babies a fighting chance.

At Macy's Lenox Square Mall in Atlanta, Ga., three superhero children came out to support Macy's Shop for A Cause, a three-day shopping event, held August 26-28 across the country. Superheroes came in all shapes, sizes and ages and helped raise more than $3 million dollars for the March of Dimes mission to give every baby a fighting chance. (John Amis/AP Images for Macy's) (PRNewsFoto/March of Dimes)

"Once again, we are humbled by Macy's associates and their customers' super heroic fundraising efforts," said Dr. Jennifer L. Howse, president of the March of Dimes. "Thanks to this incredible support, Macy's is making a real difference in the lives of moms and babies across the country. This year's amazing success will allow us to help improve the health of even more babies in local communities."

The March of Dimes was the exclusive national beneficiary of the in-store and online savings pass for this year's "Shop For A Cause". When giving $5, customers were supporting life-saving breakthroughs for babies, while receiving a savings pass to enjoy special discounts at Macy's.

Now in its 11th year, "Shop For A Cause" has grown from a one-day to a three-day shopping event created to support local and national charities' fundraising efforts. Since the start of Macy's partnership with the March of Dimes, the retailer has raised more than $25 million for the cause, including $18 million from Shop For A Cause.

"Thanks to the generosity of our associates and customers, Macy's Shop For A Cause program has supported the fundraising efforts of thousands of national and local charities again this year," said Holly Thomas, Macy's group vice president of cause marketing. "We are delighted to continue connecting with our communities and giving back to causes that are truly making a difference."

For more information about the program, visit http://shopforacause.macysinc.com/

A Solution to Police Violence Against Hispanics. MUST READ!

By Victor Holman, (202) 415-5363

I am a big fan of your work and respect the large following you have been able to accumulate over the years. I am writing this letter b/c I have a solution to end the police violence against innocent unarmed African Americans, which has impacted our communities and become a key topic of discussion within the media.  I am done talking. IT’S TIME FOR ACTION!

The Solution
In one week, I will be launching a new mobile application and website called CopCritic. CopCritic is the first live streaming mobile application and website focused specifically on ensuring safe interactions between law enforcement and the communities they serve.

Check out the 2 minute video:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dTKMERVEkIU

CopCritic allows the public to view, monitor, rate, comment on and escalate situations where officers are over aggressive or someone’s life is in danger.

The CopCritic application and 3 Ls process is designed to de-escalate potential life threatening situations during routine stops. Here's how it works: •User pushes the Live Stream button when confronted by police
•CopCritic notifies app user’s emergency contacts and sends them link to live stream
•CopCritic app broadcasts the live interaction with police
•Stream is archived to a channel based on the police station and location
•Public can view live and archived streams
•Viewers can rate, comment on and escalate live streams
•Data gathered from ratings, comments and forum posts are used to help improve knowledge and training for law enforcement
CopCritic Mission and Goals

The mission of CopCritic is to end the avoidable violence, which law abiding citizens sometimes encounter when interacting with police. To balance the systemic injustices and unfair treatment that ultimately lead to excessive force and shootings.

To disarm the tensions police have when approaching minorities, and to ensure both party’s safety.

To help law enforcement understand what is considered good and poor behavior from the public's perception.

And to provide law enforcement with data and analytics to help the better understand the communities they serve and improve training.

Why We Need Change
•Police have killed at least 1,624 people in 2015 & 2016.
•198 of them were unarmed.
•Only 10 cases have resulted in an officer being charged with a crime.
•According to a recent nation wide survey, 61% of officers do not always report serious abuse by fellow officers. And 52% turn a blind eye to excessive force committed by fellow officers.
•With CopCritic, we will be able to identify officers that have a history of aggressive behavior, and get them the proper training they need before another tragic accident occurs.
It’s time for transparency in these incidents!

According to statistics 11 million Blacks and Hispanics will get pulled over.
716,000 will get searched and 386,000 will experience excessive force.

This means that we, and our cell phones, may be the only line of defense when it comes to incidents with aggressive and abusive law enforcement officers

I Need Your Help!
In order for us to make a REAL difference, I need you to share my mission with your followers and friends. THIS IS OUR CHANCE. You and I must encourage people to take a stance and make real change. This application WILL SAVE LIVES. Because BLACK LIVES MATTER!

I will be launching a Kickstarter campaign on Tuesday, September 13th. Funds raised will help me cover the hardware, bandwidth, data analytics and law enforcement training expert costs. The Kickstarter campaign can be found at the following link: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/339738421/255422909?token=4faf1030

Please feel free to contact me with any questions or if you’d like to discuss further.  Thanks!

Lessons I Learned Working with Mother Teresa

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire
By Susan Walters, Catholic Relief Services, (410) 925-8268 (cell), susan.walters@crs.org

CRS' Sean Callahan knew the woman who is about to become a Saint

Baltimore, Maryland, Aug. 30, 2016 - Sean Callahan remembers what it was like to work with Mother Teresa. "In those days my vocabulary consisted of two words, 'Yes Mother, Yes Mother, Yes Mother,'" says the Chief Operations Officer for Catholic Relief Services (CRS) and Vice President of Caritas Internationalis.
Lessons I Learned Working with Mother Teresa

Mother Teresa during her visit to Catholic Relief Services in May 1996, Baltimore, MD. Photo from CRS Archives. (PRNewsFoto/Catholic Relief Services)

On September 4, 2016, Blessed Mother Teresa will become Saint Teresa of Kolkata. Callahan knew her when he was CRS' East India Zonal Director in Kolkata (then called Calcutta) beginning in 1994. He continued a longstanding relationship between CRS and Mother Teresa that dated to a few years after she and her Missionaries of Charity began to bring care and love to people who were infirmed, poor, and dying in the early 1950s.

"She was very petite and spoke in a soft voice so I was always leaning into hear what she was saying," says Callahan who has a photo of Mother Teresa, the 1979 Nobel Peace Prize laureate, on his desk at CRS headquarters in Baltimore. "Often, she would wrap her hands around your hands and hold you there while she spoke."

When Callahan arrived in Kolkata there were 3 million people living on the streets, 1 million of them were children.

"The need for help in Kolkata was immense at that time," says Callahan. "With so many people living on the streets, the desperation and sickness was everywhere. Mother started the Center for Dying because she couldn't let the last moments of these peoples' lives be lived alone."

CRS' began working in India in 1946 to help the local Church in Bombay provide food to people recovering from World War II. A decade later, Msgr. Alfred Schneider, then CRS' director in India, heard of a nun serving the poor in Kolkata. He soon met Mother Teresa at an informal school CRS supported and visited her Home for the Dying set up in warehouses. Schneider then raised the money for Mother Teresa's first ambulance and arranged for her to speak to a group of Catholic women in the United States, her first international publicity.

CRS was soon working with the Missionaries of Charity on child feeding programs and assistance to families in Calcutta. The relationship grew as the Missionaries of Charity became CRS' largest partner in East India. Sisters were assigned to work with CRS.

Illness forced Callahan to leave India in 1995. As he was arranging his departure, he told Mother Teresa and she said she wanted to visit him on an upcoming trip to the United States. Rearranging a carefully-planned itinerary, she came to CRS headquarters in May, 1996, the year before she died.

"We felt we were in the presence of a saint," says Callahan. "She gave her life to helping people in their most difficult conditions and created a mission for religions and lay persons to follow in her footsteps."

Henry Cardenas, 30 year Associate of Juan Gabriel and President & CEO Cardenas Marketing Network Makes Statement

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire
By Diana Baron, diana@dbaronmedia.com, 310.315.5444, http://dbaronmedia.com/

See this for Ticket Refund Information for Juan Gabriel's MéXXIco Es Todo Tour 2016

Santa Monica, California, Aug. 29, 2016 - "It is with great sadness that we learned early yesterday of the passing of our friend, colleague and creative partner, the great Juan Gabriel. For more than three decades it has been our privilege to produce the onstage creative vision of one of the most extraordinary talents the world has ever seen. Everything Juan Gabriel did, he did from his heart. He was a man of compassion and generosity in his music, in his charitable works and also in his live performances, where he felt compelled to give back to his audiences for the love they had shown him. He was also a loving father and grandfather and we hope fans and media will grant his family time to grieve in private," Henry Cardenas, President and Chief Executive Officer of Cardenas Marketing Network, Inc. (Photo at left)

Late last night, Juan Gabriel's son Ivan Aguilera released this statement: "My father's untimely passing is a tragic loss for all of us, his family, colleagues, and fans alike. We give heartfelt thanks for the outpouring of condolences we have received from around the world including from President Enrique Pena Nieto. We know that our father will miss entertaining his countless fans, who brought him tremendous joy in life."

It was just a week ago that Juan Gabriel kicked off a twenty-two-city tour, "MéXXIco Es Todo 2016". More popular than ever, he was selling out in city after city. Fans who have purchased tickets for upcoming shows may request refunds at Ticketmaster.com or their point of purchase.

MoneyGram Announces Zero-Fee Transactions for Red Cross Donations Following Italy Earthquake

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire
By Michelle Buckalew, media@moneygram.com, 214-979-1418

Company providing additional support for Save the Children with earthquake relief efforts throughout affected regions

Dallas, Aug. 24, 2016 - MoneyGram (NASDAQ: MGI) today announced a waiver for all transaction fees for donations to the Red Cross in an effort to support the earthquake disaster recovery currently underway in Italy in response to the devastating 6.2-magnitude quake that occurred Wednesday, August 24. The fee waiver applies to all donations submitted from now through September 30, 2016.

"Our thoughts are with those directly impacted by the devastating earthquake that struck Italy. To aide in the relief efforts underway, MoneyGram will again pledge our support to help those heroically saving lives," said Pete Ohser, executive vice president, Europe and Americas. "Whether it's providing our financial services and global network to connect families around the world on a daily basis or helping communities recover during a crisis, MoneyGram is committed to serving our customers and the communities in which they live."

In addition to the fee waiver for Red Cross donations, the MoneyGram Foundation is also providing support through donations made to disaster relief and emergency response efforts initiated by Save the Children for disasters like the earthquake that struck Italy.

Save the Children, a global leader in child-focused humanitarian response, is focusing current relief efforts on providing child-friendly safe places in which children can interact with trained staff as they process the disaster.

Donations can be made at www.MoneyGram.com or any of the MoneyGram agent locations in the U.S. All donations should be submitted to "Red Cross Disaster Relief " under receive code 2540. Any dollar amount will be accepted up to a maximum of $249.99 per transaction.

One Year Later, Heroic Firefighter Who Underwent Most Extensive Face Transplant Is Thriving

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire

Surgical Team from NYU Langone Medical Center Continues to Report Milestones – Including No Episode of Organ Rejection

New York, Aug. 24, 2016 - The severely burned Mississippi firefighter, who captivated the world when he successfully underwent the most extensive face transplant ever performed, is thriving one year after his historic surgery, according to his medical team at NYU Langone Medical Center. Among his many milestones, he has never had an incident in which his body has attempted to reject his new face – an unprecedented achievement among those who have had the procedure.

Patrick Hardison, 42, who was injured in the line of duty in 2001, has had several follow-up procedures since his transplant, principally to adjust his new eyelids and lips, and to remove the feeding tube from his abdomen and the breathing tube from his trachea. As a result, he has been able to return to activities he loves but had been unable to partake in since his accident, including driving a car and swimming.

"The surgery has truly given me back my life," says Hardison. "I go about my day just like everyone else. It's allowed me to do things with my family that I had not been able to do. I can't tell you what a sense of freedom it is to even drive my kids to school. We recently went on a family vacation to Disney World, and I swam in the pool with them – something I hadn't done in 15 years."

Hardison also adds: "There are no more stares, no more frightened children running away from me. I'm pretty much just a normal guy. Now, I want to help others to pursue this type of surgery, especially fellow firefighters and members of the armed services. There definitely is hope."

Detailing Medical Milestones

Eduardo D. Rodriguez, MD, DDS, the chair of the Hansjörg Wyss Department of Plastic Surgery at NYU Langone and the surgeon who led the team of over 100 medical professionals that performed Hardison's transplant, points to three significant milestones in his recovery: The absence of a rejection episode; the normal function of Hardison's new eyelids; and the execution and achievement of the most extensive soft tissue clinical face transplant to date.

"We are amazed at Pat's recovery, which has surpassed all of our expectations," Rodriguez says. "Most significant is the lack of a rejection episode. We believe this has much to do with the methodical approach we took in the matching process to ensure that Patrick's donor provided the most favorable match. Doing so also has allowed us to reduce the levels of certain medications that Pat takes to prevent rejection."

Rodriguez also concludes that including selective facial bone structure in addition to the chin of the donor provided natural bone marrow stem cells to help the transplanted face thrive following the surgery, and provided the necessary positional support for the facial soft tissues.

The successful transplant of the donor's eyelids and blinking mechanisms also has been particularly important, as Hardison was in danger of losing his sight and had been unable to perform independent daily tasks. Blinking enables the body to appropriately hydrate and clean the eyes to prevent infection and preserve vision.

HITN Explores the Wild Side of Nature with Special Programming to Celebrate National Wildlife Day

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire
By Angel Audiffred, (646) 731-3627, aaudiffred@hitn.org

Brooklyn, New York, Aug. 22, 2016 - HITN-TV, the network that provides entertaining programing that aims to educate the U.S. Hispanic audience, will celebrate National Wildlife Day on September 4th with special episodes, and documentaries featuring our nation's wildlife.

HITN's National Wildlife Day line-up will air Sunday, September 4th from 12:00 PM - ET (9:00 am - PT) through 12:00 AM - ET (9:00 pm - PT).

The line-up of programs includes a one-hour special that introduces viewers to Dr. Andrea Marshall, the first person in the world to complete a PhD on manta rays, and her journey to preserve the management of the enigmatic and overfished manta ray population of Mozambique. The line up also includes a documentary that follows the story of zoologist, Martin Hughes-Games and his team dedicated individuals who's lifework is to save the young of endangered animals - who are the key to preserving some of our planet's most critically species. And much, much more.

"By presenting this programming on the National Wildlife Day, our viewers will learn the stories of the men and women working worldwide to make a difference by helping to save and preserve some of our planet's most vulnerable species," said Florentina Almonte, HITN-TV's Director of Programming.

For more information, visit  www.hitn.org

MoneyGram Waives Transaction Fees for Donations to American Red Cross After Devastating Louisiana Flooding

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire
By Michelle Buckalew, media@moneygram.com, 214-979-1418

Company also supports AmeriCares and Save the Children USA with flooding relief efforts in affected areas

Dallas, Aug. 19, 2016 - MoneyGram (NASDAQ: MGI) today announced the company is waiving transaction fees for donations to the American Red Cross in an effort to support disaster recovery and relief efforts in Louisiana in response to the recent devastating floods. Fees will be waived on all donations up to $249.99, submitted from today through September 30, 2016.

"In the wake of the catastrophic floods in Louisiana, it is our mission to support those on the front lines of emergency response," said Pete Ohser, MoneyGram's executive vice president, Americas and Europe. "Together with the American Red Cross, we are focused on providing financial assistance to impacted communities in such a crucial time."

In addition to the fee waiver for Red Cross donations, the MoneyGram Foundation is also providing support through donations made to emergency response efforts initiated by AmeriCares and Save the Children USA for disasters such as the flooding across Louisiana.

AmeriCares, an emergency response and global health organization, has deployed emergency response experts to Baton Rouge in order to provide affected families critical access to medicine and relief supplies.

Save the Children, a global leader in child-focused humanitarian response, is focusing current relief efforts on delivering aid while also supporting children currently living in evacuation centers. The organization estimates that 10,000 children have been affected thus far.

Donations to the Red Cross can be made at https://secure.moneygram.com/ or any MoneyGram agent location in the U.S. The MoneyGram fee for all donations submitted to "American Red Cross Disaster Relief" under receive code 2540 will be waived up to a maximum of $249.99 per transaction.

Colgate Fields Largest Multicultural Oral Care Survey In The U.S. Revealing That Diverse Communities Have Strong Sense Of Responsibility Around Improving And Maintaining Optimal Oral Health

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire
By Citlalic Peralta, 212-798- 9526, Citlalic.Peralta@CohnWolfe.com

Oral care leader provides tools and resources to empower multicultural Americans to close the oral care information gap

New York , Aug. 17, 2016 - Colgate today revealed the results from a national oral health care survey1 of more than 3,000 multicultural Americans, specifically Hispanics, African-Americans, Asian Americans and Native Americans. The survey sourced questions from leading dental associations including the American Dental Association, Hispanic Dental Association, and the National Dental Association, which promotes oral health equity among people of color. Results revealed that diverse communities have a stronger sense of responsibility when addressing oral health issues, reporting more frequent brushing, flossing and mouthwash use than the overall U.S population. In spite of reportedly excellent at-home oral health care, however, multicultural Americans still experience higher rates of overall oral health issues such as cavities, plaque build-up or bleeding gums.

While these groups lead in conscientiousness around oral health and self-reported having "good" and "excellent" oral health, disparities remain in these multicultural communities, which may be due to access to care issues such as language barriers or lack of dental insurance and a lack of information around best practices and habits.

Below are some of the key findings from the Colgate multicultural oral care survey:

1. On average, 80% of the multicultural Americans report brushing their teeth 2-3 times per day, compared to 75% of the general U.S. population
2. Nearly two-thirds of all multicultural Americans don't visit an oral health professional regularly, as recommended, even if they are aware of the recommendation
3. Most multicultural groups surveyed have experienced at least one oral health problem in the past six months including cavities, yellow or stained teeth, plaque buildup or bleeding gums

According to the survey, most multicultural Americans report that they are taking their oral health more seriously today to avoid problems, all with a common goal to invest more time into the health of their teeth and gums.

"We know that a little information can go quite a long way, particularly in this fast-paced world we all live in," said Dr. Marsha Butler, Vice President of Global Oral Health and Professional Relations. "Colgate is committed to providing accurate, relevant information to all Americans so that current and future generations can enjoy excellent oral health."

In an ongoing effort to close the information gap and promote better oral health among all Americans, Colgate not only partners with leading dental organizations, but also shares this message through partnerships with community events, relevant spokespersons and media partners.

One key effort is the Colgate Bright Smiles Bright Futures® program, which brings education and smiles to under-served children in the U.S. and worldwide with nine state-of-the art, mobile dental vans equipped to screen children for common oral health conditions. The dental vans are based in hub-cities and travel to under-served rural and urban communities in the U.S. to help raise awareness about the importance of children's dental health. With this program, Colgate has reached more than 100 million children in the United States.

To learn more about Colgate Bright Smiles, Bright Futures® oral health education program, please visit http://www.colgatebsbf.com

Rémy Martin® Partners with Actress Jackie Cruz for Circle of Centaurs Mentorship Program

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire
By Akbar Hamid, 646.334.5489, akbar@the5thcolumnpr.com
By Christina Clum Remy, 646.731.1601, christina.clum@remyusa.com

Celebrating one's many talents, brand offers mentorship opportunity to aspiring singer

New York, Aug. 17, 2016 - Rémy Martin Cognac is launching its 2016 Circle of Centaurs mentorship program with multi-talented actor, singer and photographer Jackie Cruz. The program is an extension of the brand's One Life/Live Them campaign that recognizes and celebrates individuals' many talents. The mentorship initiative with Jackie Cruz is one in a series of Rémy Martin Circle of Centaurs programs this year. Each initiative will give one individual the opportunity to be mentored by someone who has demonstrated an ability to explore his or her many inner talents.

While Cruz is best known for her role as an actress on the Netflix hit series Orange Is The New Black, she is also an exceptional singer, talented musician, and aspiring photographer. Recognizing that today's consumer is not defined by one discipline, the Circle of Centaurs program seeks to inspire others who want to explore their own many talents. Cruz will serve as a mentor for Circle of Centaurs in the category of singing. Through an online competition, consumers will be asked to submit a 30 to 60 second video of an original song showcasing their vocal skills. One lucky winner will have the opportunity to be mentored by Cruz one-on-one, as well as receive a cash prize to help further his or her singing interests.

"Today's consumers are not defined by one skill and should be recognized for their many talents," said Emma Medina, Vice President of Rémy Martin the Americas. "Jackie's myriad of talents make her an ideal partner for Rémy Martin's Circle of Centaurs program. We are excited to see her bring to life the One Life/Live Them concept."

The One Life/Live Them campaign was launched in 2015 and was inspired by Rémy Martin's core principles that its founders used to establish the company more than 290 years ago. Supporting the community, highlighting skills and revealing the talents of people and nature, honoring craftsmanship and embracing the luxury of time enables Rémy Martin to cultivate the most premium products. It is this depth of history and skillful mastery that goes into every bottle of Rémy Martin Cognac.

"I don't have one dream, I have many, and I believe everyone should cultivate their many talents to live a rich and fulfilling life," said Cruz. "That's why the One Life/Live Them campaign and Circle of Centaurs program really resonate with me. I am honored and delighted to work with Rémy Martin and have the opportunity to mentor an aspiring musician and help them fulfill his or her dream."

Competition rules and regulations can be found on www.RemyMartin.com, along with a series of videos relaying Cruz's aspirations, inspirations, and advice to an audience looking to pursue their many passions.  http://www.remymartin.com/us/circle-of-centaurs/

New Era Signs Deal With Chivas

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire
By Dana Marciniak, 716-604-9039, dana.marciniak@neweracap.com

New Era Mexico launches the biggest collection to date for a Mexican team

New Era, the world's leading sports and lifestyle headwear brand, announces a partnership with Club Deportivo Guadalajara, the soccer club with the biggest Mexican fan base in the world on August 17, 2016. (Photo Credit: New Era Cap) (PRNewsFoto/New Era)

Buffalo, New York, Aug. 17, 2016 - New Era, the world's leading sports and lifestyle headwear brand, is proud to announce a partnership with Club Deportivo Guadalajara, the soccer club with the biggest Mexican fan base in the world.

The debut collection, launching in Mexico in August and in the US later this year, celebrates 110 years of Chivas history. The collection is made up of 69 different styles and features six different club logos from the clubs history. The brand's iconic 59FIFTY fitted cap will be featured alongside the 9FIFTY Snapback, 39THIRTY stretch fit and specific styles for kids and women.

"We are excited to partner with Club Deportivo Guadalajara to continue providing soccer fans in Mexico and around the world with premium headwear," said David Perez, Country Manager of New Era in Mexico. "New Era's is committed to expand its international reach, partnering with Mexico's biggest club was a natural progression."

With 96 years of traditional sports heritage and as the official cap supplier for MLB, and the NFL, New Era is dedicated to bring consumers a mix of fan and lifestyle-inspired products through innovative designs and global partnerships.

About New Era
Since 1920, New Era has been hand-crafting the finest headwear in the world. Today, with apparel and accessories lines, the brand is a market leader rooted in sports and an influencer of street and lifestyle culture around the globe. With over 500 licenses in its portfolio, New Era is the brand of choice in the worlds of sport, fashion, music and entertainment. The Company is headquartered in Buffalo, N.Y., and its products are sold in more than 80 countries. For more information on New Era's global offices and partnerships, visit https://www.neweracap.com/ and social channels @neweracap.

Florida Pastor Begins Never Trump, Never Hillary Campaign

By National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, (916) 919-7476, info@nhclc.org
By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire

Urges Hispanics to Not Vote for Flawed Candidates

West Palm Beach, Fla., Aug. 8, 2016 - Believing both the Republican and Democrat presidential candidates hold beliefs and policy positions that are at odds with Evangelical Hispanics, Florida pastor Eddie Rodriguez has begun a campaign to urge like-minded Hispanic voters to not pander to either side. Instead he is challenging fellow Latinos to stick by their core beliefs, even if it means not supporting either candidate for President in 2016, unless they demonstrate significant changes in their representations or rhetoric.

"With more Hispanics self-identifying as Evangelical, Latinos are becoming an important voting block; we need to show the candidates and the parties that our vote is not a given, but rather must be earned," said Rodriguez.

Rodriguez, founder of A Place Called Hope Church in West Palm Beach, Florida, is a board member of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference (NHCLC), the world's largest Hispanic Christian organization representing 40,000 churches in America and another 500,000 worldwide. He previously served as the superintendent of the Florida Multicultural District of the Assemblies of God, and also founded Love Tabernacle In West Palm Beach and a church in Asuncion, Paraguay.

In urging his fellow Latinos to abstain from supporting either 2016 presidential candidate, Rodriguez stresses the main points in which Hispanic Evangelical's differ from them. In addition to Republican candidate Donald Trump's lack of a social or financial plan for the country, Rodriguez noted that his rhetoric shows a lack of compassion for the disenfranchised, including immigrants, Muslims and other minority groups. Another important concern for Rodriguez is a heart issue, as he believes it is disconcerting for Trump to say that he has never nor will ever apologize to anyone, not even God.

On the other side, Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton's position on abortion is a hindrance Rodriguez believes keeps Hispanic Evangelicals from offering her their support. He also cautioned that conservative values would be threatened by her administration's appointment of liberal judges that will do violence to the Constitution and a biblical worldview.

"Neither Hillary Clinton nor Donald Trump have substantively articulated the road to legitimacy for millions of illegals with American-born children who live productive lives, which is a huge human issue in our reality," Rodriguez said.

Rev. Samuel Rodriguez (no relation), NHCLC president, emphasized that Pastor Eddie Rodriguez reflects the angst of the Hispanic Evangelical community, and his challenge demonstrates that many Latino voters remain undecided, reflecting an opportunity for both candidates to address matters of importance and concern to the Hispanic community.

"The National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference represents people and groups with a wide variety of viewpoints," said Samuel Rodriguez. "We are a big tent that allows for meaningful dialogue on important cultural issues. As an organization, we have never and will never endorse a candidate or a political party. Our commitment to the Lamb's Agenda – not to the Donkey or the Elephant – remains stronger than ever. And, this election cycle demonstrates an unprecedented need for an independent Christian movement to emerge."

Girl Scouts of the USA and Disney Channel Team Up to Inspire Girls to Lead

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire
By Girl Scouts of the USA Press R., media@girlscouts.org, 212-852-8525,
By Disney Channel Media R., 818-955-7446, Dana.Green@disney.com,
By Erica McCearley, 818-569-5015, Erica.McCearley@disney.com

Girl Scouts of the USA encourages girls and their families to practice leadership skills the Girl Scout way with inspiration from Disney Channel's new animated series Elena of Avalor

New York and Burbank., Calif., Aug. 2, 2016 - Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) and Disney Channel are teaming up to inspire girls and their families to practice leadership. The collaboration brings GSUSA's focus on leading like a G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™, the Girl Scout way, and Disney Channel's recently launched animated television series Elena of Avalor into action with the debut of The Elena of Avalor Leadership Guide by Girl Scouts and Disney Channel. Available in English and Spanish beginning today, the Guide showcases leadership activities and conversations parents and caregivers can engage their preschool through fifth-grade girls in to boost their everyday leadership skills and prepare them to create the future they imagine.

"Since 1912, Girl Scouts has proudly fostered a tradition of excellence that prepares girls, with the support of their families, to boldly take the lead in their lives in the 'Girl' Scout way," said Sylvia Acevedo, interim CEO of Girl Scouts of the USA. "Recognizing that leadership development for youth begins early-on, we are particularly excited to work with Disney Channel on this collaboration tied to Elena of Avalor, a wonderfully innovative program that emphasizes the importance of embracing the mantle of leadership to a new generation. Because, as we say at Girl Scouts, 'If the world needs more leaders, then we need more Girl Scouts!'"

Studies show early experiences in life impact leadership potential, and the family setting is the first place a child learns about how to be a strong leader.1 As uncovered by the Girl Scout Research Institute (GSRI), the disconnect between the command-and-control definition of leadership and the more aspirational types of leadership points to potential pitfalls in communicating with girls about the benefits of leadership development programs.2 Additionally, girls are not confident about having the essential skills and competencies they think of as most important for a leader.3 GSUSA, with its established legacy in preparing girls to be leaders, believes in a holistic approach to leadership, which is a key component of the new leadership guide.

"As we launch Elena of Avalor on Disney Channel, nothing is more important to us than using the impact that we know television has on our audience to showcase strong, ambitious role models for young girls. Our work with GSUSA will give us the chance to amplify that message and be a part of the largest community of young female leaders, by providing materials and inspiration that demonstrate every girl has the power to lead," said Nancy Kanter, executive vice president, Original Programming and General Manager, Disney Junior Worldwide.

Also debuting is the inaugural "Elena of Avalor—Scepter of Light Award," which will be presented to two Girl Scout Gold Award recipients. The Gold Award is the highest recognition a Girl Scout can earn, with recipients demonstrating extraordinary leadership through "Take Action projects" and exemplifying compassion, critical thinking, collaboration, and courage—the very leadership qualities that Elena of Avalor models. Award recipients will participate in events including Elena's Royal Debut at Walt Disney World in Orlando this August and a GSUSA event in Chicago in the fall.

ACEP Takes Issue With Media Reports That Blame Emergency Patients For Puerto Rico's Fiscal Crisis

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire
By Mike Baldyga, 202-370-9288, mbaldyga@acep.org, www.emergencycareforyou.org

Washington, Aug. 1, 2016 - The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) and its Puerto Rico Chapter today jointly took issue with recent media reports blaming emergency patients for seeking care and for contributing to an ongoing fiscal crisis in the U.S. Territory ⎯ saying the statements put patients at risk.

"We need to provide alternatives for patients before blaming them for seeking emergency care," said Fernando Soto, MD, FACEP, president of Puerto Rico ACEP. "Many people in Puerto Rico are not able to get timely appointments with primary care physicians, let alone medical specialists. Some people also are seeking emergency care because they have the symptoms of an emergency, but it turns out they do not have medical emergencies. These people still should seek emergency care, because how are they supposed to know? Patients should not be put in the position of having to diagnose themselves. If you think you're having the symptoms of a medical emergency, seek emergency care."

Dr. Soto also took issue with using hospital admission statistics as a gauge for whether emergency visits were appropriate.

"There are many medical conditions, such as broken bones and some breathing issues, which require emergency care, but in many cases do not require hospitalization," said Dr. Soto. "In fact, it can save money if an emergency physician can treat and safely discharge patients from the emergency department without admitting them to the hospital. Emergency patients, when asked about whether they've attempted to contact their primary care physician answer that they did but could not resolve their issues or get follow up care. Many patients also are sent by the primary care physicians themselves."

In addition, Dr. Soto said that urgent care centers could be good options for minor medical conditions, but are not substitutes for emergency care. Nearly three-quarters of emergency physicians responding to an ACEP poll ⎯ including ones in Puerto Rico ⎯ said they treat patients every day that ended up in the ER after first seeking help in urgent care centers that were not equipped to care for them. Many people may feel they are saving time or money by going first to urgent care, but in instances of serious illness, that loss of time can be dangerous.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 96 percent of emergency patients need medical treatment within 24 hours.

"This is the News We've Been Dreading": March of Dimes Reacts to Reports of Local Transmission of Zika Virus in Continental U.S.

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire
By Todd Dezen, 914-997-4608, tdezen@marchofdimes.org

White Plains, N.Y., July 29, 2016 - The March of Dimes today released the following statement from Edward R.B. McCabe, MD, PhD, senior vice president and chief medical officer, regarding the first locally-transmitted case of Zika virus by mosquitoes in the continental United States:

"This is the news we've been dreading. The March of Dimes is deeply concerned about reports of Zika virus transmitted locally by mosquitoes in Florida and the risks to pregnant women and their babies. It's only a matter of time before babies are born with microcephaly, a severe brain defect, due to local transmission of Zika in the continental U.S. Our nation must accelerate education and prevention efforts to save babies from this terrible virus. Federal, state and local authorities are doing the best they can with the limited resources available to them, but much more is needed.

"It is especially unfortunate that Congress adjourned for the summer recess last week without passing legislation to provide more federal resources to combat Zika. Congressional leaders should do everything in their power to ensure that they will be ready to send bipartisan legislation to the President's desk immediately upon their return in September."

The March of Dimes #ZAPzika campaign provides essential information on Zika protection in both English and Spanish:

1. Use spray, keep mosquitoes away: make sure it's EPA registered.
2. Say you will, embrace the chill: use air conditioning and window screens if possible.
3. If it's wet, it's a threat: remove still water.
4. Get protected, not infected: wear clothes to prevent bites. Use a condom to prevent sexual transmission.
5. If you suspect, then connect: call your health care provider if you are at risk of infection.

Continuously updated information is available from the March of Dimes in English at www.marchofdimes.org/zika and in Spanish at www.nacersano.org/zika. Members of the public can ask questions in both languages at http://www.marchofdimes.org/ask-us.aspx#. The March of Dimes is circulating an online petition to demand action from Congress at marchofdimes.org/zikapetition."

The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. For more than 75 years, moms and babies have benefited from March of Dimes research, education, vaccines, and breakthroughs. For the latest resources and health information, visit our websites marchofdimes.org and nacersano.org. If you have been affected by prematurity or birth defects, visit our shareyourstory.org community to find comfort and support. For detailed national, state and local perinatal statistics, visit persistats.org. You can also find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.

Logan University Creates First Formal U.S. – Cuba Chiropractic and Sports Medicine Partnership

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire
By Denise Bentele, dbentele@commongroundpr.com

Agreement between Logan and Cuba's Institute of Sports Medicine creates opportunities for improved patient care, research and educational collaboration

St. Louis and Havana, July 26, 2016 - On the heels of a trip formalizing the arrangement, Logan University President Dr. Clay McDonald has announced an extensive agreement between Cuba's Institute of Sports Medicine and Logan University to foster collaboration across many aspects of education, research and patient care. The agreement calls for faculty exchange and development, collaborative educational programs and chiropractic care for the Institute's athletes, staff and ultimately private Cuban citizens.

The initial actions include: the translation of Logan's online Master of Science in Sports Science and Rehabilitation program into Spanish and incorporating a number of the Institute's acclaimed clinicians as instructors; Logan's active participation in the Sports Medicine section of Congress of Sports to be held in Cuba in November of 2017; and exchange opportunities for each organization's faculty, staff and students beginning in the spring of 2017.

Logan University President Dr. Clay McDonald has announced an extensive agreement between Cuba's Institute of Sports Medicine and Logan University to foster collaboration across many aspects of education, research and patient care. Pictured from left to right: Dr. Clay McDonald, President of Logan University, Eduardo Antonio Becali Garrido, President of the National Institute of Sports Medicine and Recreation (INDER), Dr. David Parish, Program Director of the Master of Science in Sports Science and Rehabilitation at Logan University, Dr. Jorge Pavel Pino Rivero, Director of the Institute of Sports Medicine, Lic. Roberto Leon Richard, First Vice President of INDER, Marta Licid (a)Ruiz Perez, Cuba's Director of International Relations (PRNewsFoto/Logan University)

Arrangements are currently being made to host the Director of the Institute of Sports Medicine, Dr. Jorge Pavel Pino Rivera, and other key officials from Cuba on Logan's campus this fall to explore additional opportunities.

"The prospect of working closely with one of the world's most highly regarded sports institutes and bringing chiropractic care to Cuba's elite athletes and ultimately to their public is an incredible opportunity for both of our students and faculty," said Dr. McDonald.

The Institute of Sports Medicine is the health care provider for elite athletes in Cuba and a subset of The National Institute of Sports, Physical Education and Recreation (INDER). INDER was created in 1961 after the Revolution when Fidel Castro announced an end to professional sports leagues and created a national amateur sports program, which governs all sport and recreation in Cuba. Sport is a core subject of the educational curriculum at all levels and is given equal weight with other educational subjects. Further, while the Institute, like much of Cuba's health care program, is significantly underfunded and lacking technology, it maintains a strong international reputation for quality of care.

Logan University began conversations with the Institute of Sports Medicine in late 2015, shortly after David Parish, DC, MS, CSCS, DACBSP, ICCSP, Program Director of Logan's Master of Science in Sports Science and Rehabilitation, and Leonard Ershow, DC, CASBSP, ART, NKT, CKTP, a chiropractor from Princeton, N.J. were invited to speak at Congreso Internacional de Medicina Deportiva in conjunction with the Federation of International Chiropractic Sports.

Statement from Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, Pastor and President of the National Hispanic Leadership Conference (NHCLC) Regarding Donald J. Trump's Republican National Convention Speech

Republican nominee, Donald J. Trump

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire
By Kristin Cole, 972.267.1111, kristin@alarryross.com

Sacramento, Califorina, July 22, 2016 - "It's not enough to simply say you want to keep America safe, while marginalizing entire communities in the same breath. To keep America safe first requires that we bring America together. Mr. Trump can pursue building a wall, but he must also build bridges of hope to minority communities."

Rev. Samuel Rodriguez is the author of "Be Light" and the President of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, America's largest Hispanic Christian organization, which represents millions assembled in over 40,000 U.S. Churches and another 500,000 congregations worldwide and spread throughout the Spanish-speaking diaspora.

Latino Conservation Action Week, July 16 - 24, 2016

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire

Latinos across the country are celebrating #LatinoConservationWeek with over 100 events nationwide. (PRNewsFoto/Hispanic Access Foundation).

A full list of confirmed events is available at http://www.latinoconservationweek.com/index.php/events

Statement by Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, President of National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference (NHCLC), Regarding the Attack in Nice, France

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire.   Photo by tvn-2.com
By Kristin U. Cole, 615-289-6701, kristin@alarryross.com

Sacramento, California, July 15, 2016 - Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference (NHCLC), the world's largest Hispanic Christian organization, representing millions of Evangelicals worldwide, today made the following statement regarding The Bastille Day attack in Nice, France:

"Today's terrible attack in the southern coast of France reminds us of the dark days in which we live. While yet grieving for the victims of the tragedies in our home country, we now turn our attention to Nice, where we join in mourning the heartbreaking loss of innocent lives.

"We are reminded in the first book of the Bible, Genesis, that in the beginning 'darkness covered the earth.' But God spoke and said 'let there be light' and immediately it was so.

"In that same spirit, individuals of faith must speak and act accordingly, being a light of support to those grieving and a light of hope to a world who is fearful of the next attack. Darkness has tried to cover the face of the earth once again, but we have the opportunity to shine the light by standing for love not hatred."

National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference Calls for Churches to Lead the Way to Peace Following a Week of Horrific Violence

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire
By A. Larry Ross Communications, Kristin Cole, 972.267.1111, kristin@alarryross.com

President Samuel Rodriguez Encourages Christian Leaders Nationwide to Be Light

Sacramento, California, July 11, 2016 - Following an unprecedented week of racial violence across America, the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference (NHCLC) is today calling churches nationwide to become agents of peace and to rise up and become a light to the world, standing as "a bright city on a hill," as commanded by Jesus in Scripture.

"We live in dark times. The events that led to the deaths last week of Alton Sterling, Philando Castile and five law enforcement officers in Dallas showcase the evil and chaos that is prevalent in our world," said Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, president of NHCLC. "As we begin a new week, now is the time to turn away from the darkness of hatred, bigotry, violence and intolerance and turn toward the light of love, truth and justice."

As a part of that challenge, NHCLC is calling for churches to "be light," by working with African-American pastors and churches in their corresponding communities to address issues and concerns while simultaneously constructing a preventive multi-ethnic firewall against disparities in law-enforcement practices and emphasizing the image of God, or Imago Dei, inherent within all individuals – regardless of race.

"We can either spend days, months and years condemning the darkness or with convicted deliberation we can turn on the light of love and forgiveness," said Rodriguez. "For when light stands next to darkness, light always wins."

Additionally, beginning this fall, NHCLC will launch the National Christian Leadership Conference, a multi-ethnic, Christ-centered, Bible-based coalition committed to a Christian civil rights movement focused on life, religious liberty, racial unity and educational equality.

NHCLC/CONEL is the world's largest Hispanic Christian organization, which serves as a representative voice for the more than 100 million Hispanic Evangelicals assembled in over 40,000 U.S. churches and hundreds of thousands of additional congregations spread worldwide throughout the Spanish-speaking diaspora. For additional information, visit http://www.nhclc.org.

New Slate Of Grants For Innovative Cancer Research Brings Total Investment To $25 Million And Counting

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire
By Mary Kay Inc., 972.687.5332, corpcom@mkcorp.com

The Mary Kay Foundation Selects 13 Top Cancer Research Facilities for Grant Funding

Dallas, July 6, 2016 - As The Mary Kay Foundation℠ celebrates 20 years of pursuing its goals of eliminating cancers affecting women and ending the epidemic of domestic violence, the Foundation continues its steadfast mission by announcing a proposed slate of annual cancer research grants totaling $1.3 million to top medical schools and research facilities nationwide. This year's highly competitive grant slate brings the total investment for the fight against cancer by the Foundation to $25.2 million since its inception in 1996.

The Mary Kay Foundation selects 13 top medical schools and cancer research facilities to receive grant funding as part of the Foundation's annual Cancer Research Grant Program. This year's highly competitive proposed grant slate brings the total investment for the fight against cancer by the Foundation to $25.2 million since its inception in 1996

According to the American Cancer Society, nearly 850,000 women will be diagnosed with some form of cancer in 2016. As the second leading cause of death in women, the Foundation continues its commitment to the cause by proposing 13 grants in the amount of $100,000 each. The Mary Kay Foundation℠ Scientific Review Committee, composed of prominent medical scientists and doctors, meticulously reviewed 58 applicants before recommending the proposed grants for some of the most-respected institutions in the country.

"As chair of The Mary Kay Foundation℠ Scientific Review Committee for the past 20 years, it has been an honor to help the Foundation support innovative and promising research to ultimately make an impact on the lives of thousands, if not millions, of cancer patients worldwide," said Jerry W. Shay, Ph.D., Professor and Vice Chairman of the Department of Cell Biology for The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas and Chair of The Mary Kay FoundationSM Scientific Review Committee. "It's imperative in science to push the boundaries of cancer research in a pursuit to develop early diagnostic tools and new treatments. With continued support through grants like these from The Mary Kay Foundation℠, scientists are afforded the critical opportunity for discovery."

In honor of Dr. Shay's commitment to The Mary Kay Foundation℠ Scientific Review Committee, the Foundation also awarded a $250,000 endowment to The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. The Mary Kay Foundation Distinguished Professorship in Women's Cancer Research, in Honor of Jerry Shay, Ph.D., will be used to support continued efforts in women's cancer research.

From enhancing immune recognition of breast cancer using small molecules to precision imaging diagnostics to detect and target metastatic progression in breast and ovarian cancer as well as researching new therapies for triple-negative breast cancer, the Foundation's 2016 proposed grant slate includes a wide range of critical research.

"The Mary Kay FoundationSM is proud to support these promising researchers who are working on critical discoveries that will impact lives for the better," said Michael Lunceford, Mary Kay Inc. Senior Vice President of Public Affairs and Chairman of the Board for The Mary Kay Foundation℠. "While the Foundation's research grant program is focused exclusively on cancers affecting women, we know these highly coveted grants continue to fuel new research benefitting all types of cancer."

Click here for more information about The Mary Kay Foundation℠ cancer grants at work: http://www.marykayfoundation.org/Pages/CancerGrantsAtWork.aspx

Nuevo Hospital de Bocagrande from Cartagena, Colombia, has 99% of success in minimally invasive procedures in foreign patients

Doctor Nayib Zurita

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire
By Lina Maria Monguí, lmongui@axoncomunicacion.biz, +57 1 6244244

Cartagena, Colombia, June 30, 2016 - El Nuevo Hospital de Bocagrande de Cartagena (NHBG) reported that the institution has become a reference for minimally invasive procedures or laparoscopic surgeries, which are carried out through small incisions, with the assistance of a video camera and allows the surgeon to see the surgical field within the patient.

Doctor Nayib Zurita, Fellow of the American College of Surgeons that accredits him as a specialist of high level standards in the United States, said the institution has had 99% of successful cases of minimally invasive procedures to foreigners and 97% in Colombian patients. He emphasized the quality of care is essential for national and foreign patients.

The specialist, coordinator for general and laparoscopic surgery of the Nuevo Hospital de Bocagrande, also said the benefits that receive the patients who were operated through this technique are related to lower costs of hospitalization. "For example, a bariatric surgery by laparoscopy practiced in overweight people, cost about 6.000 to 7.000 dollars, including hospital expenses, transfers and stay during the recovery time in a tourist town such as Cartagena (12 days). At hospital, patients will also have a recovery environment beneficial for them and their families thanks to the privileged view to the sea and the warm assistance".

The most common procedures by laparoscopy are those related to gastrointestinal issues: gall bladder, hernia, gastroesophageal reflux, adrenal, pancreas, liberation of adhesions, cecal appendix, benign and malignant pathology of colon and bariatric surgery.

2017 Acura NSX Supercar Claims Class Victory in North American Racing Debut at Pikes Peak International Hill Climb

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire
By Allie Coulter (Torrance) 310.614.2939]
By Eric Mauk (Ohio) 937.935.8092

- Acura NSX wins its North American racing debut by more than 11 seconds

- American-built NSX wins Time Attack 2 class at 100th running of the Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb

- NSX-inspired Acura 4-Motor EV Concept finishes second in the Electric Modified Class

Pikes Peak, Colo., June 27, 2016 - The recently-launched 2017 Acura NSX claimed victory Sunday in its North American racing competition debut, climbing the 14,115-foot pinnacle of Pikes Peak and clinching first place in the Time Attack 2 class at the 2016 Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, the 100th anniversary of the running of America's second oldest race.

2017 Acura NSX Supercar Claims Class Victory in North American Racing Debut at Pikes Peak International Hill Climb

The production-based Acura NSX is powered by Acura's revolutionary three-motor Sport Hybrid Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive™ powertrain (Sport Hybrid SH-AWD®), the first electrified torque vectoring powertrain in the world of exotic sports cars. With added required safety equipment for competition, the NSX negotiated the 12.42-mile course in a time of 10:28.820 to win the Time Attack 2 class of the Broadmoor Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. Nick Robinson, North American R&D team member and engineer in charge of the next-generation supercar's dynamic performance, drove the production-based Acura NSX to victory. Nick is also the reigning PP250 winner from the 2015 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.

"I'm incredibly happy to have won the Production Class with the new NSX!" Robinson reported. "The hard work the entire development team has put into the NSX over the past few years really paid off."

Two additional Acura vehicles - the NSX-inspired 4-Motor Acura EV Concept, driven by Tetsuya Yamano, and a modified 2017 Acura NSX, driven by Nick's brother, James Robinson – also campaigned in the race. Yamano finished second in the Electric Modified class in the NSX-inspired EV, posting a time of 9:06.015 (79.119 mph), which made him the third fastest on the overall charts. The Acura EV Concept's all-electric SH-AWD® powertrain boasts peak output three times the total system output of the CR-Z prototype that ran last year, featuring a world's first technology that enables four-wheel independent torque allocation.

"For our new NSX to win one of the most historic and challenging races on the planet in its North American racing debut is a great achievement for everyone involved in creating the American-built supercar," said Jon Ikeda, vice president and general manager of the Acura Division. "The performance of NSX in this year's race is a testament to Acura's Precision Crafted Performance DNA and will serve as a launching pad for future racing endeavors."

Consumer information is available at www.acura.com. To join the Acura community on Facebook, visit https://www.facebook.com/Acura. Additional media information including pricing, features and high-resolution photography is available at http://acuranews.com/channels/acura-automobiles

About Acura
Acura is a leading automotive luxury nameplate that delivers Precision Crafted Performance, an original approach to technology and design that creates a new driving experience. On March 27, 2016, Acura celebrated the 30th anniversary of its launch as the first luxury nameplate from a Japanese automaker.

The Acura lineup features five distinctive models – the RLX luxury flagship sedan, the TLX performance luxury sedan, the ILX sport sedan, the 5-passenger RDX luxury crossover SUV, and the seven-passenger Acura MDX, America's all-time best-selling three-row luxury SUV. This spring, Acura launched its next-generation, electrified NSX supercar as a new and pinnacle expression of Acura Precision Crafted Performance. The NSX is built in Marysville, Ohio using domestic and globally sourced parts.

Salsa in Toronto 2016 Now Presented by TD Bank

Por Bruna Aloe, Communications Manager, 416.744.5745, bruna@salsaintoronto.com

Multi-Year Commitment to Canada's Biggest Latino themed dance, music and culture festival includes the "Salsa on St. Clair" free weekend event

Toronto, June 16, 2016 - Toronto will be HOT-HOT-HOT this summer with a bigger and better Salsa in Toronto Festival running from June 30 to July 17. Long-time supporter TD Bank Group (TD) has made a multi-year commitment to the event, which culminates in the popular Salsa on St. Clair Street Festival, now in its 12th year.

The largest Latino-themed cultural celebration in Canada, the TD Salsa in Toronto Festival occurs over a three week period with a series of city wide events that kick off with Triple Latin Grammy winning Cuban Duo "Gente de Zona" concert on June 30th at 8pm and culminate in the 12th Annual Salsa on St. Clair free street festival on July 9th and 10th.

The Salsa on St. Clair festival was conceived and initiated by Telelatino Network in collaboration with the Hillcrest Village BIA in 2005 as a local event centred around the emerging St. Clair West streetscape of small Latino restaurants and businesses. The event has grown into a nationally recognized festival that attracts hundreds of thousands of people from across the region and beyond who love salsa and Latino culture. The TD Salsa in Toronto Festival brings an international calibre of Latin music and non-stop dancing in the streets of St. Clair, garnering attention from international major media such as CNN en Español, Jimmy Kimmel Live and Univision Network's biggest national shows, Despierta America and El Gordo y la Flaca.

"We are thrilled to expand our participation in Salsa in Toronto as title sponsor for the next several years," said Scott Mullin, Vice President Community Relations, TD Bank Group. "TD celebrates the vibrancy of Latin culture in Toronto with so many things to experience and enjoy! The Salsa in Toronto Festival captures them all."

"We are extremely proud of how our small Latino celebration has become one of the most important cultural festivals in the country and we are thrilled to continue working with TD Bank Group to grow the influence of Hispanic Canada in the years to come," added Aldo DiFelice, Canadian Salsa Festivals Project and Telelatino Network Inc. President.

The TD Salsa in Toronto Festival is also generously supported by the City of Toronto, the Province of Ontario and the Hillcrest Village BIA and is produced by the Canadian Salsa Festivals Project, a federally incorporated Not-for-Profit organization.

For a full calendar of TD Salsa in Toronto Festival events go to

Joint Statement From NHCLC President Rev. Samuel Rodriguez And William Jessup University President Dr. John Jackson On The Detestable Comments About The Orlando Terrorist Attack By Sacramento Pastor

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire
By The National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, (916) 919-7476, info@nhclc.org

Sacramento, California, June 15, 2016 - Today, the Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, president of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference (NHCLC) and senior pastor of New Season Church in Sacramento, California, and Dr. John Jackson, president of William Jessup University, released the following joint statement condemning bigoted comments in regards to the June 12 terrorist attack on the LGBT community in Orlando made by Pastor Roger Jimenez:

"We stand resolved in our condemnation of the heinous attack that occurred in Orlando. We also condemn the detestable statements made by a pastor in Sacramento.

"The pastor's statements do not reflect genuine Christian faith, and as followers of Christ we disavow his bigotry.

"Also, as followers of Jesus Christ we stand in unity with our nation in offering love, prayer and a helping hand to the gay community. Everyone in America deserves to live their lives free from fear.

"It is the heart of Jesus to save, heal and deliver. Christian leaders lead people to the love, grace, truth and healing hope of Jesus, not to insensitive judgment.

"We pray for the gay community to experience the love and grace of Jesus and His people, both in Orlando and across the United States. We pray for safety for their community and for all Americans during this violent and unsettled time.

"As leaders in ministry, we are united in our grief and in prayer for those who have lost loved ones and those—even now—fighting for their lives.

"May God's truth, love and effective grace reach into our collective pain and suffering to bring beauty from the ashes of man's depravity, for the glory of God's name alone."

Statement by Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, President National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference (NHCLC)/CONEL Regarding Terrorism Attack in Orlando June 12, 2016

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire
By The National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference, (916) 919-7476, info@nhclc.org

Sacramento, California, June 12, 2016 - "Today's deplorable act of terrorism goes against everything we stand for as Americans and as Christians. Every life, deserves to be loved, cherished and respected. We mourn with the families of the victims and pray for those injured in Orlando. In addition, we call upon all Americans to come together for the purpose of building a firewall of love, grace, truth and respect against intolerance, hatred, bigotry and violence."

NHCLC/CONEL is the world's largest Hispanic Christian organization. It serves as a representative voice for the more than 100 million Hispanic Evangelicals assembled in over 40,000 U.S. churches and another 500,000 congregations spread throughout the Spanish-speaking diaspora. For additional information, visit http://www.nhclc.org.

Heritage Health Solutions Supports Southwest Military Wheelchair Basketball Conference

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire
By Patti McCoy, 469.293.4109, pmccoy@heritagehealthsolutions.com

Flower Mound, Texas, June 8, 2016 - Heritage Health Solutions, Inc. (Heritage) is proud to team up with Texas Woman's University Project INVEST in support of the annual Southwest Military Wheelchair Basketball Conference (SMWBC).

"This is an exciting new endeavor for us," said James L. Rosengren, MHA, FACHE, Chairman and Executive Chairman of Heritage. "Because adaptive sports are another venue of superior veteran care, the choice to participate was a natural one."

The conference will be held June 17-19 at Flower Mound's Cross Timbers YMCA and kicks off Friday with a free basketball clinic for boys and girls. The clinic will introduce them to the rules and fundamentals of wheelchair basketball. Additionally, as a new feature this year, the Flower Mound First Responders will compete against Wounded Warriors that evening.

On Saturday, tournaments will begin at TWU's Pioneer Hall in Denton and run 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. This event will feature co-ed wounded warrior basketball teams and showcase Southwest Texas' finest military wheelchair basketball teams. Winners of the Saturday games will compete for the championship on Sunday morning with an award ceremony at noon.

Now in its third year, the SMWBC builds teamwork, competition, fitness, and fun among military veterans from all branches of the service. The SMWBC also provides the opportunity for veterans to have fun and build camaraderie.

"This conference is a highly anticipated event each year," said Kent Robinson, SFC, US Army (Ret) founder of the SMWBC. "It shows veterans that, just because you have a disability, you don't have to be disabled; it doesn't mean you have to sit around on the couch. An active lifestyle is still out there, and it's waiting for you."

Heritage Health Solutions, a verified Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB), provides health care delivery and management, pharmacy services, medical cost containment, and telemedicine to federal, state, county, and municipal agencies.

The event is sponsored by Texas Woman's University Project INVEST and will highlight more than 35 veterans representing all military branches from Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, and Oklahoma.

"We are incredibly proud to be involved," said Ronald Davis, PhD, CAPE, founder of Project INVEST. "As our organization's goal is to return injured veterans to their lives through sports, we're seeing that events like these have huge benefits for them. Their perspectives are becoming far more positive."

For more information, visit www.heritagehealthsolutions.com

Mosquitoes And Diseases They Carry: Experts Say Control With Insect Screening

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire
By Antwanette Rice, 205-345-2120, antwanette.rice@phifer.com

Tuscaloosa, Alabama, June 7, 2016 - As news of the Zika virus continues to dominate headlines, health experts recommend taking precautionary measures, including installing insect screening, to help prevent further spread of the mosquito-borne disease.

Warnings of the recent Zika outbreak gained traction earlier this year after the disease spread to almost every country in the Americas. On Feb. 1, the Zika virus was declared a global public health emergency by the World Health Organization. On April 13, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a report confirming that the Zika virus can cause a rare birth defect called microcephaly, a neurological disorder that results in babies being born with abnormally-small heads and developmental issues.

While efforts to find a vaccine are underway, in the meantime, education and prevention are key. Installing or repairing damaged insect screens is a simple, low-cost home improvement that can be completed as a DIY project or by a local contractor. Phifer Incorporated, the world's largest and only Made in the U.S.A. manufacturer of insect screening, is actively participating in forums and on-site visits to brainstorm ideas for installing insect screening in various types of windows, doors and openings, including areas outside of the U.S. Other CDC-recommended precautions include wearing long sleeves and pants, applying insect repellent and placing netting over infant carriers when outside.

Mosquito-borne diseases account for millions of deaths annually. Other diseases transmitted by mosquitoes include West Nile, yellow fever and encephalitis.

For more information on the complete line of Phifer insect screening products, visit the company website at www.phifer.com

Founded in 1952 by J. Reese Phifer and located in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, Phifer is a family-owned, diversified manufacturer of woven wire, cutting-edge, fiberglass and polyester screen products for windows and doors, interior and exterior solar screening, sling and cushion furniture fabrics, drawn metal wire and engineered products used in a variety of industrial applications.

Statement by NHCLC President Rev. Samuel Rodriguez Regarding the Passing of TBN Co-founder Jan Crouch

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire
By NHCLC, Phone: (916) 919-7476, Email: info@nhclc.org

Statement by Rev. Samuel Rodriguez, President of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference (NHCLC) and author of "Be Light" regarding the Passing of TBN Co-founder Jan Crouch.

Sacramento, Calif., June 3, 2016 - "All of Heaven must have stood when Jan Crouch walked through those gates. Jan didn't just live in history, she created it. Her work, with her dear husband Paul, literally made Christian television ubiquitous around the globe. The network they created spread the name of Jesus Christ further, faster than - perhaps - at any time in church history. The list of those whose lives were changed numbers at least in tens-of-millions, maybe hundreds-of-millions. I join with the TBN and Crouch family in mourning the loss of an amazing wife, mother, and grandmother, and I celebrate the life of a courageous pioneer in Christian media."

NHCLC/CONEL is the world's largest Hispanic Christian organization. It serves as a representative voice for the more than 100 million Hispanic Evangelicals assembled in over 40,000 U.S. churches and another 500,000 congregations spread throughout the Spanish-speaking diaspora. For additional information, visit http://www.nhclc.org.

NBA All-Star And Puerto Rico FC Owner Carmelo Anthony Announces 'Clasico De Futbol' Featuring Puerto Rico Futbol Club Vs Puerto Rico National Team On June 11th In New York City

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire
By Sarah Cirkiel Gladstone (sarah@the-offense.com)
By Theresa Tran (ttt@the-offense.com) at The Offense

- Match Takes Place As Part Of The 59th Annual National Puerto Rican Day Parade Weekend -

New York, May 31, 2016 - Today, Puerto Rico Futbol Club (PRFC) announces their first team visit to New York City to play in a pre-season match on June 11th. The Clasico De Futbol will see PRFC face off against the Puerto Rican National Team at Belson Stadium on the campus of St. Johns University, with kickoff scheduled for 7:30pm. The match is in preparation for the club's inaugural season in the North American Soccer League (NASL). Brooklyn-born Carmelo Anthony, the New York Knicks' NBA All-Star and PRFC's owner, will host the players in NYC over the National Puerto Rican Day Parade weekend.

Anthony became owner of PRFC in June 2015 and has been working closely with the NASL to introduce the team and bring energy to the growing league and global market. With New York's strong ties to Puerto Rico and the immense popularity of the National Puerto Rican Day Parade, where Anthony has been crowned this year's Parade King, he felt this was the perfect opportunity to introduce the island's newest sports franchise.

"Puerto Rico is part of my heritage, and in dedication of my father's birthplace, it's an honor to restore professional soccer with PRFC and support youth soccer projects with the Puerto Rico Football Federation," states Carmelo Anthony. "With the Puerto Rican Day Parade being an iconic institution and America's largest cultural celebration, we are excited for the team to participate and show our community appreciation."

To purchase tickets to the Clasico De Futbol match, please visit here or call 1-888-GO-STORM. Ticket prices for Center Sideline seats is $30 (groups of ten or more - $27), Sideline is $25 (groups of ten or more - $22), and General Admission is $20 (groups of ten or more - $17).

PRFC's inaugural season will kick off on July 2nd against the Indy Eleven at the Juan Ramón Loubriel Stadium in Puerto Rico. To learn more about PRFC and to view the upcoming schedule, please visit http://www.puertoricofc.com/.

ABOUT PRFC - Puerto Rico FC is a football team based in Bayamón, Puerto Rico. Founded in 2015, they are members of the North American Soccer League (NASL), the second tier in the American soccer pyramid. They are scheduled to debut in the 2016 fall season. They will play their home games at Juan Ramón Loubriel Stadium.

ABOUT NASL - The North American Soccer League (NASL) is a professional men's soccer league with 12 teams: 9 in the United States, 2 in Canada and 1 in Puerto Rico. It is sanctioned by the United States Soccer Federation (U.S. Soccer) as the Division II league in the American league system, under Major League Soccer (MLS) and above the United Soccer League (formerly, USL Pro). It is headquartered in New York City.

Palm Beach Driving Club Joins Oriol Servia for the 100th Running of the Indianapolis 500

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire
By Shayna Keller, 1-561-5785638, skeller@irgse.com

Premier private members-only driving club partners with Oriol for the biggest day in motorsports history

Jupiter, Florida and New York, May 24, 2016 - IRG Sports + Entertainment (IRGSE), a TPG portfolio company, and Palm Beach Driving Club (PBDC) announced a partnership with Verizon IndyCar Series driver Oriol Servia during this week's Indianapolis 500. The veteran driver is piloting the No. 77 Honda of Schmidt Peterson Motorsports for the 100th running of the prestigious open-wheel race.

PBDC is a premier members-only club located at Palm Beach International Raceway (PBIR) in Jupiter, Florida and hosts a variety of track programs year-round. The exclusive club is prominently displayed on Mr. Servia's helmet designed by Troy Lee for the historic event on Sunday, May 29. His previous performances at The Greatest Spectacle in Racing has produced two top-10 finishes with his career best of fourth in the 2012 Indianapolis 500 and a third-place qualifying effort in 2011. Mr. Servia qualified for this year's race in the 10th position while his teammate, James Hinchcliffe collected the pole position for Sunday's Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Driver Oriol Servia

"Congratulations to Oriol Servia and Schmidt Peterson Racing on their top-10 qualifying run for the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500," stated IRGSE vice chairman and CEO Chris Lencheski. "The partnership with Oriol Servia is just one of many future initiatives IRGSE is working on for our expansion back into mainstream major league motorsports. Mr. Servia is a great ambassador for our exclusive driving club, PBDC, the Palm Beaches and the motorsports industry as a whole."

"In my career I have always tried to align myself with companies and groups of people I found interesting," stated Oriol Servia. "Partnering with Palm Beach Driving Club couldn't fit any better with that criteria and, as a race car driver an alliance with a private driving club couldn't be more fitting. I am really excited to represent PBDC and work on future projects with them."

PBDC offers weekly, year-round track programs to automotive enthusiasts exclusively at Palm Beach International Raceway. The elite club allows drivers to tailor the program to fit their lifestyle. The club's membership is made up of drivers of all levels of experience with a desire for practice sessions and races under the guidance of professional drivers. PBDC is undergoing an expansive multi-year capital improvement projects that will see new state-of-the-art client hospitality and higher-level lighting developed for nighttime televised racing and new club activities as just a few new additions. This year the road course has hosted large scale corporate programs with Rolls Royce, Lamborghini, Aston Martin, Ferrari, Bentley and Cadillac to name only a few impressive automotive brands now using PBDC and PBIR to host their dealership groups and customers.

"The Palm Beach Driving Club and its members are proud to have a stake in the 100th running of The Greatest Spectacle in Racing," remarked Aaron Weiss, president of Palm Beach International Raceway. "Oriol Servia's impressive qualify performance places him at the sharp end of the fight and we look forward to him translating it into a strong result."

The legendary 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 is set for May 29, with coverage beginning at 11 a.m. on ABC and the Advance Auto Parts INDYCAR Radio Network. For more information about PBDC, please go to www.RacePBDC.com

Burlington Stores Donate a Record Breaking $1.8 Million to WomenHeart as a Result of its 5th Annual Women's Heart Health Campaign

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire
By Eva Maciejewski, WomenHeart, (202) 464-8737, emaciejewski@womenheart.org;
By Lauren Flanagan, M Booth, (212) 539-3248, LaurenF@mbooth.com

Burlington Stores and WomenHeart's 2016 partnership has helped to expand education, awareness and support for women living with and at risk for heart disease

Washington, May 24, 2016 - WomenHeart: The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease announced today the donation of $1.8 million from the national off-price retailer Burlington Stores. This is the most significant donation since the partnership commenced in 2012. Funds raised will advance the organization's mission of providing education and support services to women living with or at risk for heart disease – the nation's leading cause of death in women

Since 2012, Burlington Stores and its customers have donated more than $6 million to WomenHeart, the nation's first and still only patient centered organization solely devoted to advancing women's heart health. The five year partnership has resulted in the expansion of education, awareness and free patient support services nationwide for women to empower them to take charge of their heart health.

Thanks to funds raised by Burlington Stores, WomenHeart has been able to enhance its National Hospital Alliance capacity-building program to reach women heart patients in underserved communities across the country, and establish and develop its Hispanic outreach and education initiative, Para la Mujer Hispana.

To kick off this year's campaign, Burlington Stores & WomenHeart were joined by Wendy Williams, Talk Show Host and heart health advocate, to serve as the voice and supporter of a #HealthyHeartSelfie Challenge. Each day throughout February, people were encouraged to check the hashtag for fun and easy heart health tips from Wendy Williams, Burlington Stores and WomenHeart. They were then encouraged to snap a photo of how they are using that tip or simply show what heart health means to them using the hashtag. For every photo posted with #HealthyHeartSelfie, Burlington donated $1, up to $25,000, to benefit WomenHeart.

The campaign also included a heart health panel discussion in New York City, featuring Wendy Williams, along with Mayo Clinic's Sharonne N. Hayes, MD, Professor of Cardiovascular Diseases and Founder of the Women's Heart Clinic at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, and four WomenHeart Champions -- women heart disease survivors trained by WomenHeart as community educators, spokespersons and advocates -- as well as an in-store campaign that launched in all 526 Burlington stores across the country. Customers had the opportunity to donate $1 or more at check out at any Burlington store location through March 31, 2016 to further the organization's mission.

Additionally, on February 5th, National Wear Red Day, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., 46 Burlington stores across the country (a store in each state/US Territory/District where Burlington has locations) hosted free women's heart health screenings in partnership with WomenHeart. Customers had the opportunity to get their blood pressure, pulse, cholesterol and BMI checked by a certified health professional, talk with WomenHeart Champions, and receive bi-lingual (English/Spanish) women's heart health information and tips for living heart healthy.

"We are truly grateful for the commitment of Burlington and their customers to women's heart health, and for continuing to make this important partnership a growing success year after year," said Mary McGowan, Chief Executive Officer of WomenHeart. "Through education and support, we can empower women to take charge of their heart health and prevent heart disease -- the leading cause of death in women. The Burlington Stores collaboration with WomenHeart helps us extend our reach to more women, especially African American and Hispanic women, who are at greater risk of heart disease."

"I am proud of the commitment and generosity demonstrated by our associates and customers nationwide. This year's women's heart health initiative was highly successful, raising the most funds ever in one year. The donation will help to save lives and further education women about the importance of their heart health," said Tom Kingsbury, chairman and CEO of Burlington Stores.

An Exclusive Interview with 'Popeye' A Criminal Mind on The Luis Network

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire
By Alma Jimenez, Alma@LuisNetwork.Com

New York, May 22, 2016 - (Alma Entertainment) - John Jairo Velasquez, known in Colombia as the "narcoterrorism era" and "Popeye," the top hit man for notorious drug lord Pablo Escobar in the '80s, will be sharing his most remnant details of a criminal mind in an exclusive interview with Luis Jimenez on the Luis Network this Monday, May 23rd 2016.

His previous admissions to the killings of close to 300 people, involving police officers, rival cartel members and civilians will just be a few of the gruesome stories "Popeye" will be sharing with the Luis Jimenez Show. He will also elaborate on the mastermind or killings more than 3,000 additional people through his decades of decapitating families by the thousands. Car bombings, explosions and kidnappings with the end result of a lengthened prison sentence and a heartfelt apology with a willful remorse.

"He was sentenced for my father's murder," said Juan Manuel Galan, the victim's son and a liberal senator. "He gave us the truth and asked for forgiveness. In my case, I forgive him."

Would you be so forgiving?

For exclusive details stay tuned to The Luis Network. Not registered yet?? Log onto https://www.luisnetwork.com/  You must register to get the demented details.

2016 Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival hailed as a success

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire
By Noelle Nicolls,l, (242) 376-9794, noelle@qtechcaribbean.com
By Kendea Smith,  (242) 397-2786, ksmith@bahamas.com

Nassau, Bahamas, May 17, 2016 - The second annual Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival presented by BTC was an extraordinary success, said Bahamas National Festival Commission (BNFC) Chairman Paul Major.

Highlights of the 2016 Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival, clockwise from top left: Grammy award-winning artist Wyclef Jean, members of one of the participating Road Fever companies, arts and crafts in Da Cultural Village, and Fanshawn Taylor, the big winner of the Music Masters Song Competition. Along with a $20,000 cash prize, Fanshawn will have her hit recorded and produced by a renowned producer courtesy of Sony Music Entertainment. (PRNewsFoto/Sony Music)

"We invested heavily to ensure there was a perfect dose of music, culture and vibes. That investment paid off in a big way. Inside Da Cultural Village during the day we had Rake n' Scrape, interactive cultural demonstrations and the first ever Junkanoo Carnival Regatta. Every night we had Bahamian and international entertainers electrify the thousands of patrons. And on Saturday, the Road Fever Parade and Aftermath concert provided a fantastic end to the three-day event," said Major.

"I think Saturday night was the most extraordinary. We probably had 20,000 people. People arrived at 1 am. trying to buy tickets," he said, referring to the closing concert, which featured Bunji Garlin, Willis and the Illest Band, Puzzle and Taurus Riley, to name a few.

Junkanoo Carnival started Thursday, May 5 with the opening of the Road to Carnival, a path from Festival Place in Downtown Nassau to Da Cultural Village, lined with sculptures by Beadle Works as directional signs. Tourists wound up at Da Cultural Village to take part in cultural contests; watch the regatta, taste uniquely Bahamian food, and participate in the hourly Junkanoo rush outs, among other things.

The nightly concerts were also spectacular with a major highlight of Friday's Mega Concert being the crowd-pleasing performance of Fanshawn Taylor, who won the Music Masters Song Competition with "Dig Up Da Road". Along with a $20,000 cash prize, Fanshawn will have her hit recorded and produced by a renowned producer courtesy of Sony Music Entertainment. The promotional deal with Sony includes the design of cover artwork for the single; the coordination of a digital promotional tour in the US and Latin markets and the creation of a comprehensive social media branding strategy for one year, inclusive of a VEVO/YouTube artist channel for online promotion.

Wyclef Jean's exhilarating performance was another highlight along with the presentation of the Junkanoo Carnival theme song by Bahamian hit-maker D-Mac.

Wyclef expressed his love for the Bahamas to the thousands of people in Clifford Park; paying homage by incorporating a Junkanoo performance into his set.

Roscoe Dames, CEO of the BNFC said Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival is having a phenomenal impact. "Everyone put their best foot forward for these events and can be proud of the roles they are playing in boosting the cultural industries. This is unique stuff we are doing here and it is clear that many Bahamians are embracing it."

"The Bahamas National Festival Commission is blessed to have an amazing title sponsor in BTC. They provided support for every aspect of the festival and through their BTC TV broadcasted the event in 12 Caribbean countries and across the world through their online streaming," said Dames.

Coachella Valley School District Reinvents Education

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire
By Dr. Darryl Adams, Phone: 909.532.9072, darryl.adams@cvusd.us

Thermal, California, May 13, 2016 - Students from the Desert Mirage High School Aviation Academy accepted the keys to a donated fully operable Gulfstream GII on behalf of the new Jacqueline Cochran Discovery of Flight and Education Center.

In partnership with the airport, the Coachella Valley Unified School District launched the Aviation Academy in 2015 as part of the school district's Wall-to-Wall Academies and Full STEAM Ahead initiative: career-based programs around disciplines in Science, Technology, Engineering/Education, Arts/Athletics, and Math.

According to aerospace giant Boeing, the aviation industry is experiencing a shortage of skilled employees. Peni Nelson, Thermal Airport manager for Landmark Aviation, sees collaborating with the Coachella Valley Unified School District as an opportunity to trigger interest in young people.

"The airport is literally in our students' backyard. The jobs are out there. What an opportunity to introduce them to aviation right here at home through the aviation academy at the school district and now our new Jacqueline Cochran Discovery of Flight and Education Center," she said.

Two female students from Coachella Valley High School, who aspire to become pilots, also got to take their inaugural flight lessons during the event.

"I'm very grateful that I get this opportunity...there's [only] a handful of these academies in the United States, I'm grateful to have one in our community; [access to] this airport and new education center is going to open up doors and...motivate other young women and men to pursue their dream and do something in aviation," said junior Maria Barragan.

Like Coachella Valley Unified, more and more school systems are investing in academy models, as students enrolled in such programs have nearly a 100% graduation rate.

"The board was very adamant about having career academies that students will be able to graduate from with certifications," said Coachella Valley Unified Superintendent Dr. Darryl Adams. "It helps their education go to another level. So, we're all very proud to see this come to fruition. If we help students find their passion in life, they never have to work a day in their life."

CVUSD is one of the poorest districts in California. 100% of its students are on free/reduced lunch. For more information about how CVUSD is reinventing education Click Here. Video:

Video:  http://youtu.be/OweYEv09vAU

Court of Appeal Strikes Down Law That Barred Worker Access to the Courts

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire
By David Schwarz, (310) 277-1010 and DSchwarz@irell.com

Fresno, California, May 10, 2016 - The California Court of Appeal yesterday turned back efforts by the Agricultural Labor Relations Board (ALRB) to bar farm workers from exercising their constitutional right to challenge that agency's decisions in court. In a unanimous decision, the Fifth District Court of Appeal struck down as unconstitutional a 2002 law that stripped workers of their right to seek invalidation of unlawful ALRB decisions in Superior Court.

This case arose after a Gerawan farmworker Lupe Garcia filed a lawsuit in Fresno Superior Court in which he claimed that the First Amendment was violated when the ALRB refused to permit him to silently observe the ALRB's "on the record" proceedings concerning the terms of a contract to be imposed on him and all other Gerawan farm employees. Gerawan Farming supported Mr. Garcia in the Court of Appeal and in the Superior Court, and filed its own action seeking the same relief.

The 39-page decision in Garcia and Gerawan Farming, Inc. v. ALRB, Case No. F069896, held that the California Constitution barred the California Legislature from stripping workers of the right to bring claims in Superior Court. In reversing the dismissal of Mr. Garcia's lawsuit, the Court of Appeal directed the Superior Court to hear the employee's case.

In that lawsuit, Mr. Garcia argued that he, other farmworkers, and the public had a right "to attend and silently observe" ALRB on-the-record proceedings whereby this state agency imposed a forced collective bargaining "agreement," at the request of the UFW, on Gerawan Farming and its employees. Mr. Garcia argued that the UFW's longstanding abandonment of Gerawan's workers forfeited its status to represent him in this compelled contracting process. The UFW and the ALRB demanded secret proceedings and successfully barred Mr. Garcia and other Gerawan employees from attending. The Board gave no reason for why he was excluded. Mr. Garcia's suit and a companion suit by Gerawan will now return to the Superior Court for further proceedings.

The open hearing position advanced by Mr. Garcia and Gerawan was supported in the Court of Appeal by The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, The First Amendment Coalition, and The California Newspaper Publishers' Association. These groups were represented by nationally recognized First Amendment expert UCLA Law Professor Eugene Volokh.

Gerawan co-owner Dan Gerawan stated, "While we are happy to return to the Superior Court and win again there, we wonder why the ALRB persists in its blatantly unconstitutional policy of barring workers from proceedings where their working conditions and wages are being addressed."

"We call on the ALRB to rethink its position and agree to open proceedings even if the UFW wants them closed. The ALRB must protect workers first and foremost. The secret hearing policy is obviously unconstitutional and the ALRB should stop wasting taxpayer dollars defending it."

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital® raises $4 million for children battling cancer, other life-threatening diseases during annual Univision Local Media event

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire
By Alex Flores, ALSAC, Office (901) 572-6905; Cell (901) 229-7757, Alex.flores@stjude.org
By Yvette Pacheco, Univision, 646-560-4879, ypacheco@univision.net, @UCIPRTeam

Memphis, Tennessee,  May 10, 2016 - Working with Univision Local Media, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital® raised $4 million during this year's Promesa y Esperanza® (Promise and Hope) radio event held in 17 media markets in the U.S. and Puerto Rico on April 7-8.

Experience the interactive Multimedia News Release here: http://www.multivu.com/players/English/7758752-st-jude-univision-promesa-y-esperanza/

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancers and other life-threatening diseases. Thanks to events like this one, families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food – because all a family should worry about is helping their child live.

By collaborating with Univision, coverage of the St. Jude mission extended across several of their platforms to reach Hispanic consumers from coast to coast who stay connected via its radio network, television affiliates, network programs, websites and social media. St. Jude content included more than 30 hours of radio programming and featured several patient family stories.

"I am proud of our steadfast commitment to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and our community through this annual radio event," said Randy Falco, president and CEO of Univision Communications Inc. "St. Jude's mission and dedication to such an important cause aligns with our vision as a mission-driven Company and we are pleased to partner and create awareness and support among our radio listeners."

Univision radio listeners still have the opportunity to become Angeles de Esperanza (Angels of Hope) by pledging to make a monthly donation of $20 or more by calling 1-800-998-8432 or visiting promesayesperanza.org.

Since the partnership's inception in 2006, the St. Jude/Univision national radio event has raised more than $56 million dollars.

"The dedication and passion from everyone at Univision this year was truly remarkable," said Richard Shadyac Jr., President and CEO of ALSAC, the fundraising and awareness organization for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. "From radio talent who also shared their broadcasts on social media, to national TV personalities that told St. Jude patient families stories while proudly wearing a St. Jude lapel pin; their efforts will help St. Jude doctors and researchers find cures for children fighting cancer and other life-threatening diseases."

Several Univision popular on-air personalities supported the event including: Javier Romero of Desayuno Musical, Raúl Brindis of El Show de Raúl Brindis, Alberto Sardiñas of Intimo, Enrique Santos of El Show de Enrique Santos, Omar Velasco and Argelia Atilano of El show de Omar y Argelia, Fernanda Kelly of Lanzate, Raúl Molinar, Sylvia del Valle and Andrés Maldonado of El Bueno, La Mala y El Feo, Pancho Mercado and Rene Pineda of Uforia Nation, María Esther Mendéz, and Verónica Rivera of Más Variedad, Donaji and Ysaac Alvarez of K-LOVE, Pamela Silva Conde of Primer Impacto, Carlos Calderón of Sal y Pimienta, Lili Estefan of El Gordo y La Flaca, Maity Interiano, William Valdés, Karla Martínez and Alejandro Chabán of Despierta América, among others.

Participating Hispanic artists included: Chino y Nacho, Grupo Intocable, Banda El Recodo, Gerardo Ortiz, Maná, Alexis y Fido, Roberto Tapia, Los Huracanes del Norte, Banda Los Recoditos, Bárbara Padilla, Noel Torres, Jay Ruiz, Frankie J., Duelo, Kevin Ortiz, Régulo Caro, Fey, Mario Bautista, Villa 5, Jorge Celedón, Jesús Mendoza, La Maquinaria Norteña, La Energía Norteña, La Reunión Norteña, Alto Mando, La Alianza Norteña, Los Pescadores del Río Conchos, Costumbre, Los Gallitos, Arsenal, La Fiera De Ojinaga, Grupo Control, among others.

The Bayat Foundation Partners With The Starkey Hearing Foundation To Bring Hope, Healing And Hearing To The Dominican Republic

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire

Kabul, Afghanistan, May 5, 2016  - Fulfilling its mission to serve people in need—wherever they may live—The Bayat Foundation, Afghanistan's leading health and social development organization, completed a three-day hearing care mission April 18-20 in the Dominican Republic in support and sponsor of the Starkey Hearing Foundation.

A young girl in the Dominican Republic celebrates hearing for the first time with Bayat Foundation Chairman Ehsan Bayat (PRNewsFoto/Bayat Foundation)

The senior leadership of the Bayat Foundation volunteered to give the gift of hearing to people in need. Dr. Ehsanollah Bayat, Chairman, and Ms. Leah Bayat of the Bayat Foundation joined the Starkey Hearing Foundation's hearing health specialists and mission team to provide hearing health care to more than 1,200 people living in the cities of Santo Domingo and Santiago de los Caballeros.

Joining the Bayat and Starkey Hearing Foundation service teams was world champion boxer Evander Holyfield who inspired the patients to achieve their potential.

Following the Santo Domingo hearing mission, the mission team traveled to Santiago de los Caballeros, the capital of Santiago Province. There, from April 19-20, the mission team established a Hearing Health Care Center at the Pontificia Universidad Católica Madre y Maestra, and provided hearing devices for more than 350 people living in Santiago de los Caballeros and the surrounding area.

The ages of the patients ranged from one year of age to 115 years old. A survey of the patients in Santo Domingo and Santiago de los Caballeros, indicated that 35 percent didn't know the cause of their hearing loss and about 24 percent of the patients had experienced hearing loss at birth.

In each location, the hearing mission team—supported by scores of local volunteers, utilized a meticulous intake process, which prepared each patient to receive the most appropriate and effective type of hearing care. The intake process included recording the name, residence and vital statistics of each patient, conducting an examination cleaning of the ears and auditory system. Then each patient was fit with a set of ear molds—clear, wear-resistant plastic discs used to house the hearing aids provided without cost to each patient.

After completing intake, volunteers escorted each patient into the treatment area, where the Bayat and Starkey hearing care teams, together with specially trained volunteers fit each patient with the hearing devices that empowered each patient—many for the first time in their lives—to use the precious, powerful gift of hearing, sound and their voices to connect with their families, their communities and the world.

In the Dominican Republic, Starkey Hearing Foundation, working with its strategic partners, has held eight hearing missions, distributing more than 37,000 hearing devices so that individuals of every age can receive the gift of hearing and the power of caring.

"Our service in the Dominican Republic—helping people escape a life of silence and hear again—was amazing and transformative for recipients and volunteers alike" said Leah Bayat, a mission volunteer. "In three days, we were able to help nearly 1,300 hear—many for the first time in their lives. This work with the Starkey Hearing Foundation is a powerful example of how we, as individuals, can be the change we want to see, and hear, in the world."

"More than 360 million throughout the world are affected by deafness or some sort of hearing loss," said Dr. Ehsanollah Bayat, the Chairman and Co-Founder of the Bayat Foundation. "In Afghanistan, our two organizations work side by side to provide hearing to thousands of Afghans, so we are honored to help the Starkey Hearing Foundation continue this vital work, in the Dominican Republic, in Afghanistan, and all over the world."

Toyota, NCFL expand national learning program to five new cities

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire
By Lisa Avetisian, lavetisian@familieslearning.org, 502-718-2725
By Ashley Brauer, ashley@guthriemayes.com, 502-649-3205

Grants boost literacy and work skills, strengthen families, improve communities

Louisville, Kentucky, May 3, 2016 - A national two-generation family learning program that aims to provide a solution to the educational challenges facing low-income and ethnically diverse families has expanded from 10 to 15 communities. The following organizations were each awarded a $175,000 grant from Toyota and the National Center for Families Learning (NCFL) to launch Toyota Family Learning:

National Center for Families Learning President and CEO Sharon Darling works with Jasmine He and her grandfather Yun Tong at a recent unveiling of Toyota Family Learning in Louisville, Ky. (PRNewsFoto/Toyota)

Village of Promise, Huntsville, Ala.
Broward County Public Schools, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
Public Education Foundation, Las Vegas
Louisville Free Public Library Foundation, Louisville, Ky.
Plano Independent School District, Plano, Texas

These cities join programs in Bronx, N.Y.; Cincinnati; Denver; Detroit; Houston; Lincoln, Neb.; Milwaukee; Providence, R.I.; San Mateo, Calif.; and San Pedro, Calif. An end goal to the initiative is to strengthen communities by providing opportunities for participants to both learn together and serve their communities.

Toyota Family Learning is a forward-thinking, four-part approach to two-generation learning. Key areas include: Parent and Child Together (PACT) Time® that focuses on parents and children learning together; parents learning together; family to family mentoring; and, Family Service Learning projects in the community.

Sara Aguirre joined Toyota Family Learning in Louisville with the hope that it will start her on a path to find a better job and improve her family's quality of life by helping her get her GED® certificate and apply to college. She is learning more English and is relying less on her children to translate.

"My three children and I love PACT Time®," Aguirre said. "Spending that time together is priceless. I know I am learning how to better help them with their homework. We have fun with it and are a stronger family because of it."

An independent evaluation found that among families graduating from Toyota Family Learning programs:

90% of parents increased their engagement in their children's education
96% of parents became better teachers to their children
75% of parents increased their English language skills
34% of parents got a better job

More information on the exponential impact of Toyota Family Learning and NCFL's two-generation efforts is available here: http://familieslearning.org/pdf/NCFL_Theory-to-Outcomes-brief-2016.pdf

"Toyota Family Learning is elevating families and communities nationwide," said Sharon Darling, president and founder of NCFL. "As parents are empowered through our two-generation approach to education, service learning, and technology training, they are able to engage with their children and form a stronger bond."

This year, NCFL and Toyota celebrate 25 years of partnership. Since 1991, more than 2 million families across the country have been impacted by programs developed by NCFL – a pioneer in the concept of families learning and serving together to raise literacy levels and improve communities. Toyota has invested more than $46 million to fund two-generation family literacy programs at more than 280 sites in 55 communities and 31 states.

"Toyota is proud to stand with NCFL through the past quarter century," said Mike Goss, general manager, Toyota Social Innovation for Toyota Motor Engineering and Manufacturing North America, Inc. "These NCFL programs help get people where they need to be by bridging the gap between classroom and lifelong learning."

The Toyota Family Learning initiative also includes two online learning communities: Toyota Family Trails, a website that inspires families nationwide to learn through family exploration and adventure, and Family Time Machine, which encourages grantee site families to learn and thrive together.

HITN introduces renowned chef and restaurateur Lidia Bastianich to the US Hispanic market

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire
By Blanca Vasquez / (212)-966-5660 / bvasquez@hitn.org,
By Maricel Del Sol / (786)-226-7211 / Maricel@devcommco.com

Brooklyn, N.Y., May 2, 2016 - The Hispanic Information and Telecommunications Network (HITN), the leading media company in offering educational content relevant to the Spanish-speaking audience of the United States, brings to its network screens celebrated chef and entrepreneur Lidia Bastianich with an entertaining cooking show.

La Italia de Lidia en América ('Lidia's Italy in America') is the Spanish-language version of a program designed to educate and entertain food-loving audiences. Acclaimed chef Lidia Bastianich takes viewers by the hand on an exciting culinary journey through different American cities.

"I am so pleased to be joining the HITN family, offering viewers my series, Lidia's Italy and Lidia's Italy in America. I know how important family and cooking is to me, and I know it will resonate with this wonderful Spanish speaking community in America. It's an honor to be sharing my tradition of food, wine, culture and my cuisine with the Hispanic community," said Lidia Bastianich Chef and Entrepreneur.

In each episode of La Italia de Lidia en América the chef offers up the ingredients of the cultural fusion between Italy and the United States. In her way, every place she visits is a window on to interesting facts that show viewers how the influence of the rich Italian culture is reflected in various aspects of the culture of the American people, in cuisine, music and artistic expression.

"La Italia de Lidia en América is a stellar show hosted by acclaimed chef Lidia Bastianich, who is given to the task of showing our viewers, in a lively and lighthearted way, various facets of Italian culture, while highlighting the great influence that Italian cuisine has had on American cuisine over the years," said, HITN General Manager Eric Turpin.

Lidia Bastianich has managed to combine the two greatest passions of her life, her love for her family and her passion for cooking, to develop a successful career in business. The prominent chef is the author of several internationally best-selling cookbooks and, as a successful businesswoman, is the owner of several restaurants in the United States and of a thriving gastronomic enterprise, which she manages with the support of her children.

La Italia de Lidia en América premieres on Saturday, May 7, at 4:00 pm ET / 1: 00 pm Pacific.

For more information about The Hispanic Information and Telecommunication Network (HITN, Inc.) visit: http://www.hitn.org/en/about-us

Safety Ties Together Construction Industry

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire
By Carrie Phillippi, 513-703-9626, carrie.phillippi@intrinzicbrands.com
By Rob Pasquinucci, 513-604-3556, rob.pasquinucci@intrinzicbrands.com

Annual Commemorative Event to be Held May 2 – 6

Worcester, Pa., April 26, 2016 - More than 50 national and global construction firms have joined forces for the annual Safety Week, a construction industry-wide education and awareness event. Safety Week 2016 will be held May 2-6 to align with what the Occupational Safety & Health Administration and other federal agencies have set as the National Safety Stand-Down focusing on fall prevention on the job.

Safety first! Construction workers at Skanska stretch and prepare for their day. Photo Credit: Diana Rothery (PRNewsFoto/Construction Safety Week)

Safety Week is an opportunity for people and companies – even competitors – to work together and rally around a common cause. During Safety Week, construction companies will take the opportunity to thank their employees for the commitment to safety and work to educate, inspire and share best practices. Many companies will conduct on-site safety awareness activities.

"Ask anyone in construction and they will tell you that safety is the number one priority – it crosses competitive boundaries and ties us all together," said Ross Myers, CEO, Allan Myers and Safety Week co-chair.

"That is the reason we've chosen Safety Ties as our theme this year, because the commitment to safety is strongest when it's woven into the culture of our work and is a visible part of our everyday routines and processes. For workers on a job site, this starts with the individual. Every day, each person needs to take responsibility for their own safety and the safety of those around them."

To symbolize Safety Ties, participating companies will launch social media campaigns around photos of bootlaces as a visible homage to Safety Week.

Three major U.S. construction sites will host ceremonial events during which the laces and a "ribbon tying" will be used as powerful emblems of safety.

Job sites include:

1. The New NY Bridge (replacing the Tappan Zee), Tarrytown, NY – featuring eight general traffic lanes, cashless tolling, and a shared-use path for pedestrians and cyclists.
2. The Crenshaw/LAX Transit project, Los Angeles – an 8.5-mile light-rail line, with eight stations, serving the Crenshaw District, Inglewood, Westchester and surrounding area.
3. The 35Express Project, Dallas, Texas – a $1.4 billion expansion of Interstate 35E between U.S. Highway 380 in Denton County and I-­635 in Dallas County extending approximately 30 miles, through nine cities and two counties to relieve traffic congestion. AGL Constructors, a joint venture between Archer Western Contractors L.L.C., Granite Construction Incorporated and the Lane Construction Corporation, in partnership with the design team of Parsons and HDR Inc., manages construction of the 35Express Project for the Texas Department of Transportation. The project is scheduled for completion in mid-2017.

At these events, guest speakers and project executives will speak about the status of their projects and the importance of and unifying nature of safety.

"A culture of safety starts at the CEO's office and I applaud all the corporate executives who focus on safety as their essential product," said LA Metro CEO Phillip A. Washington. "The end users of these great transportation projects understand that by caring for the safety of workers, we also care about the quality and safety of the entire system."

Additionally, Safety Week activations will be held at many other job sites across the country.

Rongxiang Xu Memorial Center Site Dedication Ceremony held in the US to Commemorate the First Anniversary of Dr. Rongxiang Xu's Passing

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire

Lake Elsinore, California, April 22, 2016 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ -- On April 15, 2016, family members Dr. Li Li, wife of Rongxiang Xu, and Kevin Xu, son of Rongxiang Xu and current President of National Rongxiang Xu Foundation, colleagues and friends of world-renowned Chinese Regenerative Life Scientist Dr. Rongxiang Xu, gathered at Lake Elsinore, California to commemorate the first anniversary of Rongxiang Xu's passing and attend the groundbreaking ceremony for the Rongxiang Xu Memorial Center, a major program of the National Rongxiang Xu Foundation.

On April 15, 2016, family members Dr. Li Li, wife of Rongxiang Xu, and Kevin Xu, son of Rongxaing Xu and current President of National Rongxiang Xu Foundation, colleagues and friends of world-renowned Chinese Regenerative Life Scientist Dr. Rongxiang Xu, gathered at Lake Elsinore, California to commemorate the first anniversary of Rongxiang Xu's passing and attend the groundbreaking ceremony for the Rongxiang Xu Memorial Center, a major program of the National Rongxiang Xu Foundation. (PRNewsFoto/Rongxiang Xu Foundation)

Dr. Xu was the foremost scientific researcher and proponent of Human Body Regenerative Restoration Science. Among those paying their respects to the memory of Dr. Xu were California state and local government dignitaries and representatives of the University of Southern California Davis School of Gerontology and California State University at Los Angeles. In addition, U.S. President Barack Obama sent a commemorative painting to acknowledge Dr. Xu's scientific and humanitarian contributions.

Last year, upon being advised of Dr. Xu's passing, US President Barack Obama sent a handwritten condolence letter, by express mail, to the burial ceremony. Moreover, letters of condolence were sent by former President Bill Clinton, Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, Chairman of Democratic Party, California Governor Jerry Brown, County of Los Angeles and City of Lake Elsinore officials. The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors adjourned their meeting to pay tribute and reverence.

One year later, April 14, 2016, the site dedication ceremony of the Rongxiang Xu Memorial Center was held in the city of Lake Elsinore. U.S. Congressional representative Ted W. Lieu, on behalf of the U.S. Congress, awarded the Certificate of Congressional Recognition to the National Rongxiang Xu Foundation. It recognized their continuing contributions and humanitarian efforts in providing care, healing and the application of Human Body Regenerative Restoration Science to people around the world.

For carrying forward Dr. Xu's legacy recognized by both the US and China, in September of 2015, Kevin Xu attended the Third Governors Forum held during the state visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping to the US in Seattle, WA; Kevin Xu attended the 10th annual conference of CGI and launched the first Chinese medical technology commitment to train doctors on Moist Exposed Burn Therapy (MEBT); The Rongxiang Xu Center for Regenerative Life Science at USC Davis School of Gerontology and the Los Angeles County Department of Health signed the Memorandum of Understanding on MEBT training in the US; In February of 2016, Kevin Xu met with Xiaolin Li, President of the Chinese People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries (CPAFFC) and reached an agreement to partner with the China Partnership Network of UN program "Every Woman, Every Child" led by CPAFFC, contributing to improving the health conditions of Chinese and international woman and children.  www.rxxf.org

HITN-TV: Latino Vote Will Influence 2016 Election!

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire
By Eric Turpin (212)-966-5660 / eturpin@hitn.org

New HITN-TV programming designed to educate Hispanics on the electoral process

Brooklyn, New York, April 22, 2016 - In a year where a record breaking 27.3 Million Hispanics will be able to vote, The Hispanic Information and Telecommunications Network (HITN) announced today the launch of Tu Momento 2016 (Your Moment 2016), an education and information initiative designed to help the Hispanic community understand how the complex United States electoral system works and to keep the Hispanic community informed.

Tu Momento 2016 will be hosted by acclaimed political commentator Gerson Borrero (PRNewsFoto/HITN-TV)

Tu Momento 2016 will include an extensive campaign to encourage Hispanics to vote as they under-index in participation. It is estimated that less than 50% of eligible Hispanics will actually vote in 2016. HITN is making the program and its short-versions available to educational institutions and organizations that can benefit from its use in the United States. Each of the capsules are available to be viewed today at this dedicated website: www.tumomento2016.org .

"The 2016 election is going to be an opportunity for Hispanics to demonstrate its strength as a community by influencing the outcome of the 2016 presidential contest," said Mike Nieves, President and CEO, HITN. "Spanish-language media has a responsibility to deliver content to its audience so more Hispanics can participate in this important election. HITN understands this responsibility and is committed to helping Hispanics better understand on how the electoral process works."

Tu Momento 2016 will be hosted by acclaimed political commentator Gerson Borrero and will include a number of short and long form content that will commence in April all the way through Election Day in November. As part of this initiative, HITN will produce a one-hour special which focuses in providing detailed, yet simple to understand, explanations of how the complete electoral process works in the United States. Covering every step of the way from the moment every contender announces their intention to run for President to inauguration day.

The program will not mention any of the current candidates as it strives to become an evergreen piece that can be used as a reference for many years to come. This is the first program of its kind ever produced in Spanish-language. It has been shot in Ultra High Definition 4K technology and includes a sophisticated use of graphic elements that will make it very attractive and easy to understand.

In addition to the educational content, HITN will provide information and analysis coverage from the Primaries and will continue to do so for the Parties Conventions, the Debates, the General Election campaign and Election Day. Additional shows will cover the Republican Convention, Democrat Convention, Presidential Debates, and live Election Day coverage.

Taking Simple Steps Can Help Protect Your Sight

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire

American Academy of Ophthalmology provides tips to help keep eyes at their best during Healthy Vision Month in May

San Francisco, April 21, 2016 - Approximately 37 million adults in America have age-related macular degeneration, cataract, diabetic retinopathy, or glaucoma, all of which can cause visual impairment or blindness, according to the National Eye Institute (NEI).[1] However, recent studies show that making healthy choices and getting regular eye exams can help reduce a person's risk of vision loss. In support of NEI's Healthy Vision Month in May, the American Academy of Ophthalmology is encouraging everyone to take charge of their eye health and preserve their sight by following some simple tips.

The American Academy of Ophthalmology is supporting Healthy Vision Month in May. (PRNewsFoto/American Academy of Ophthalmology)

Live a healthy lifestyle. Eating a nutritious diet, maintaining a healthy weight and not smoking can lower your risk of eye disease. Foods that boost eye health include dark green leafy greens, cold water fish and citrus fruits. A study recently published in the journal Ophthalmology showed that a diet rich in vitamin C can cut the risk of cataract progression by nearly a third.[2] Other research shows that smoking doubles the risk of the eye disease age-related macular degeneration, is linked to cataracts, and worsens dry eye.

Know your family history. Certain eye diseases can be inherited. If you have a close relative with macular degeneration, you have a 50 percent chance of developing the condition. In addition, a family history of glaucoma increases your chances of developing the condition by four to nine times. So talk to your family members about what eye conditions they have. It can help you and your eye care professionals evaluate whether you may be at higher risk.

Get a dilated eye exam. Many eye diseases may have no symptoms in their early stages. A dilated eye exam is the best way to detect eye diseases so they can be treated as soon as possible to help prevent vision loss. The Academy recommends that adults have a baseline comprehensive eye exam with an ophthalmologist – a physician specializing in medical and surgical eye care – by the time they turn 40. This is when age-related eye changes often begin to occur. People who are 65 and older should get an eye exam every one to two years. Those with chronic conditions such as diabetes or high blood pressure or known eye diseases may need to go earlier and more often.

Wear sunglasses. Over time, exposure to UV rays from the sun can increase your risk of cataracts, certain cancers and growths in or around the eyes. When choosing sunglasses, pick ones that block out at least 99 percent of UV rays. A wide-brimmed hat offers great additional protection as well.

Use protective eyewear to prevent injuries. Roughly a third of all emergency room visits for eye-related issues stem from traumatic eye injuries, according to a recent study in the journal Ophthalmology.[3] To help prevent these injuries, wear the right protective eyewear when doing activities that could cause eye injuries, such as home repair, garden work and sports.

"People don't often realize that simple, everyday actions can help them preserve their vision well through their golden years," said Rebecca J. Taylor, M.D., clinical spokesperson for the American Academy of Ophthalmology. "We encourage everyone to take these steps in order to keep their eyes healthy."

To learn more ways to keep your eyes healthy, visit the American Academy of Ophthalmology's public information website at www.aao.org/eye-health.

"Say It.. The Sixto Ramos Show" Causes Scandals on the 'Luis Network'

By PR Newswire-Hispanic PR Wire
By Alma Jimenez, Alma@LuisNetwork.com

New York, April 17, 2016 - (Alma Entertainment) In an exclusive interview with Harlem Pastor, James David Manning, the one and only 'King of Radio', Luis Jimenez got the low down on his unique variety of inappropriate additives various companies are adding to their beverages.

Whether it's protein boosts, vitamins or something they may consider to be organic or natural supplements, Harlem Pastor, James David Manning Jr. caused mayhem when it came to talking about his not so favorite flavor of the month.

In addition to finding out the funny faux pas of interesting flavor combinations of the #1 coffee houses, the 'Luis Network' team holds no bars when it comes to getting the juiciest content and bringing on board the best cast to represent the 'Luis Network'. An eccentric online radio station operated and produced by The King of Radio, Luis Jimenez and executive producer, Maria Alma Jimenez.

Their newest team member consists of the legendary actor and iconic comedian Sixto Ramos. Known best for his roles in Shaft, Do the Right Thing and The Devil's Own, the Luis Network boldly made the wise decision to induct him as part of the Luis Network Posse. "Say It.. The Sixto Ramos Show", a show hosted by Sixto Ramos, is the only segment where you can truly expect the unexpected on online radio. A segment full of comedy, celebrity interviews, and sarcasm based on daily life experiences.

You can catch Sixto Ramos "Say It.. The Sixto Ramos Show" on the Luis Network every Friday on "SAY IT.. THE SIXTO RAMOS SHOW".

Subscribe to 'Luis Network' Listen to exclusive high profile interviews, current events and much, much more. https://www.luisnetwork.com

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