All-New 2018 Accord Hybrid Arrives in Showrooms as the New Benchmark among Midsize Hybrids

The 2018 Accord Hybrid will begin arriving in dealerships starting March 23 as the latest addition to Honda’s growing portfolio of electrified vehicles. Boasting class-leading power, cabin space, and cargo space, the next-generation Accord Hybrid wholly embodies Honda’s unique approach to electrification - infusing fun-to-drive performance, efficiency, premium feature content, and comfort in a sophisticated and affordable package.

TORRANCE, Calif., March 16, 2018 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — The 2018 Accord Hybrid will begin arriving in dealerships starting March 23 as the latest addition to Honda’s growing portfolio of electrified vehicles. Boasting class-leading power, cabin space, and cargo space, the next-generation Accord Hybrid wholly embodies Honda’s unique approach to electrification – infusing fun-to-drive performance, efficiency, premium feature content, and comfort in a sophisticated and affordable package.  

The 2018 Accord Hybrid will begin arriving in dealerships starting March 23 as the latest addition to Honda’s growing portfolio of electrified vehicles. Boasting class-leading power, cabin space, and cargo space, the next-generation Accord Hybrid wholly embodies Honda’s unique approach to electrification – infusing fun-to-drive performance, efficiency, premium feature content, and comfort in a sophisticated and affordable package.

To suit a wider variety of hybrid sedan shoppers, the Accord Hybrid lineup now comes in five trim levels: Hybrid, EX (new), EX-L, EX-L Navi (new), and Touring. Better yet, the new Accord Hybrid is more affordable than ever thanks to a starting Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP)1 of $25,100 (excluding $890 destination and handling), reflecting a $4,505 drop compared to the previous model. Despite this lower entry point, the Accord Hybrid still offers a lengthy list of standard equipment, such as 17-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights (low beam) and taillights, dual-zone climate control, Smart entry with Push-button Start, a 7-inch TFT digital driver’s meter, a multi-angle rearview camera, and the Honda Sensing® suite of advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies, which bundles together Adaptive Cruise Control with Low-Speed Follow, Collision Mitigation Braking System™, Road Departure Mitigation, Lane Departure Warning, and Traffic Sign Recognition.

The 2018 Accord Hybrid is powered by the third generation of Honda’s innovative two-motor hybrid powertrain, which pairs a 2.0-liter DOHC i-VTEC® Atkinson-cycle inline-4 engine with 40-percent thermal efficiency to an electric propulsion motor that churns out 232 lb.-ft. of torque for a class-leading total system output of 212 horsepower. As before, the Accord two-motor system operates without the need for a conventional automatic transmission.

Helping to maximize energy generation are steering wheel-mounted Deceleration Selectors. Similar to transmission paddle shifters, the Accord Hybrid’s Deceleration Selectors allow the driver to easily toggle between four levels of regenerative braking performance. The right selector increases regenerative braking and the left selector reduces regenerative braking. The system simultaneously helps reduce stress on the brakes while increasing battery charging via regeneration.

The Accord Hybrid’s powertrain operates by seamlessly shifting between three distinct drive operations: EV Drive (100-percent electric motor), Hybrid Drive (electric motor and gasoline engine [driving the generator motor]) and Engine Drive (gasoline engine), utilizing power from the gasoline engine and electric motors to accommodate the current driving conditions.

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The 2018 Accord Hybrid benefits from a 2.16 inch longer wheelbase and a 32-percent smaller intelligent power unit (IPU) that is now mounted under the rear floor instead of in the trunk, allowing for the inclusion of a 60/40-split rear seat. As a result, the Accord Hybrid provides the same people- and cargo-hauling space and flexibility as its conventionally-powered counterparts. Add it altogether and the 2018 Accord Hybrid delivers class-leading cargo space (16.7 cubic feet), interior space (122.3 cubic feet), and rear legroom (40.4 inches) all while reducing its overall footprint.  

The newest Accord Hybrid joins an expanding line-up of electrified Honda vehicles that includes the Clarity series – Clarity Fuel Cell, Clarity Electric and Clarity Plug-In Hybrid – and forthcoming 2019 Insight compact hybrid sedan. These models represent the next generation of Honda vehicles as the company advances toward its global initiative to grow electrified vehicle sales to two-thirds by 2030.

The new Accord Hybrid joins the Accord 1.5T and 2.0T in Honda’s all-new, award-winning 10th-generation Accord lineup. The new Accord has been called “America’s Best Sedan” by Car and Driver magazine, and in January was named 2018 North American Car of the Year. On the heels of claiming Kelley Blue Book’s prestigious Overall Best Buy Award for 2018, the Accord has also earned a Best Resale Value Award.

The 2018 Accord Hybrid for the North American market is manufactured using domestic and globally-sourced parts exclusively at Honda’s Marysville, Ohio auto plant3 alongside the Accord 1.5T and Accord 2.0T. Its hybrid powertrain, including the 2.0L Atkinson-cycle, is produced at the nearby Anna, Ohio engine plant, Honda’s largest engine plant. The intelligent power unit (IPU), containing the hybrid battery pack, also is assembled in the Marysville Auto Plant. More than 11 million of the 13 million Accords purchased by U.S. car buyers over the past 41 years have been made in America since Honda started U.S. automobile manufacturing in Marysville, Ohio in November 1982.

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Honda offers a full line of reliable, fuel-efficient and fun-to-drive vehicles with advanced safety technologies sold through over 1,000 independent U.S. Honda dealers. The Honda lineup includes the Fit, Civic, Accord and Clarity series passenger cars, along with the HR-V, CR-V and Pilot sport utility vehicles, the Ridgeline pickup and the Odyssey minivan. 

Honda has been producing automobiles in America for more than 35 years and currently operates 19 major manufacturing facilities in North America. In 2017 more than 90 percent of all Honda brand vehicles sold in the U.S. were made in North America, using domestic and globally sourced parts.

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2 MSRP plus $890 destination charge, excluding tax, license, registration and options. Dealer prices may vary.

3 Accord Hybrid vehicles and engines are manufactured using domestic and globally-sourced parts.


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Cal/OSHA Fines Foundry over $280,000 for Confined Space Accident


LOS ANGELES, March 7, 2018 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Cal/OSHA has cited Alhambra Foundry Co. Ltd. $283,390 for workplace safety and health violations following a confined space accident that resulted in the amputation of an employee’s legs. Cal/OSHA cited Alhambra Foundry for similar violations eight years ago.

On August 28, two workers at the foundry were cleaning and unjamming a 38-foot long auger screw conveyor at the bottom hopper of an industrial air filtration device without effectively de-energizing or locking out the equipment. One of the workers re-entered the 20-inch square opening after the cleaning was done to retrieve a work light from inside the confined space, when a maintenance worker 45 feet away energized the equipment to perform a test. The moving auger screw pulled the worker into the screw conveyor. Both his legs had to be amputated in order to free him.

“Sending a worker into a confined space is dangerous, especially inside machinery that can be powered on at any time,” said Cal/OSHA Chief Juliann Sum. “Employers must ensure that machinery and equipment are de-energized and locked out before workers enter the space to perform operations involving cleaning and servicing.”

Cal/OSHA’s investigation found that:

  • The foundry did not have the permit-required confined space program.
  • The screw conveyor was not de-energized and locked out before workers entered the hopper, and accident prevention signs were not placed on the controls.
  • The worker re-entering the hopper was not monitored by a confined space attendant.
  • Alhambra Foundry lacked specific procedures for de-energizing and locking out the equipment.

A confined space is defined as an area that is large enough and so configured that an employee can bodily enter and perform assigned work, has limited or restricted means of entry or exit, and is not designed for continuous employee occupancy.

Cal/OSHA issued eight citations to Alhambra Foundry Co. with proposed penalties totaling $283,390. The eight violations cited included one willful serious accident-related, one willful serious, four serious, one willful general and one general in nature. The citation for a willful serious accident-related violation was issued because Alhambra Foundry had been cited eight years prior for failing to take appropriate measures to protect workers performing cleaning and servicing operations. Cal/OSHA has extensive information on lock out / tag out requirements online.

A willful violation is issued where evidence shows that the employer committed an intentional and knowing (as contrasted with inadvertent) violation, and the employer was conscious of the fact that what he or she was doing constituted a violation, or was aware that a hazardous condition existed and made no reasonable effort to eliminate the hazard. A serious violation is cited when there is a realistic possibility that death or serious harm could result from the actual hazard created by the violation.

In 2012, Cal/OSHA launched a confined space emphasis program to raise awareness of confined space hazards and ensure employers follow proper safeguards.

The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health, or Cal/OSHA, is the division within the Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) that helps protect California’s workers from health and safety hazards on the job in almost every workplace. Cal/OSHA’s Consultation Services Branch provides free and voluntary assistance to employers to improve their safety and health programs. Employers should call (800) 963-9424 for assistance from Cal/OSHA Consultation Services.

Employees with work-related questions or complaints may contact DIR’s Call Center in English or Spanish at 844-LABOR-DIR (844-522-6734). Complaints can also be filed confidentially with Cal/OSHA district offices.

Members of the press may contact Lucas Brown or Peter Melton at (510) 286-1161, and are encouraged to subscribe to get email alerts on DIR’s press releases or other departmental updates.

The California Department of Industrial Relations, established in 1927, protects and improves the health, safety, and economic well-being of over 18 million wage earners, and helps their employers comply with state labor laws. DIR is housed within the Labor & Workforce Development Agency. For general inquiries, contact DIR’s Call Center at 844-LABOR-DIR (844-522-6734) for help in locating the appropriate division or program in our department.


Live Nation Entertainment Announces Pricing Of Private Notes Offerings


LOS ANGELES, March 15, 2018 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Live Nation Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: LYV) (the “company”) today announced that it priced offerings of $500 million in aggregate principal amount of its 2.5% convertible senior notes due 2023 (the “Convertible Notes”) and $300 million in aggregate principal amount of its 5.625% senior notes due 2026 (the “Senior Notes”). The Convertible Notes and the Senior Notes were each priced at 100.000% of their principal amount. The company intends to use the net proceeds from these offerings to repurchase its existing 2.5% convertible senior notes due 2019 (the “existing convertible notes”) from time to time, to pay related fees and expenses and for general corporate purposes.

The Convertible Notes will have an initial conversion rate of 14.7005 shares of the company’s common stock per $1,000 principal amount of the Convertible Notes (equivalent to an initial conversion price of approximately $68.02 per share of the company’s common stock). The initial conversion price represents a premium of approximately 50% to the $45.35 per share closing price of the company’s common stock on The New York Stock Exchange on March 15, 2018.

In connection with the Convertible Notes offering, the company granted the initial purchasers a 30-day option to purchase an additional $50 million aggregate principal amount of such Convertible Notes to cover over-allotments, if any. The closing date of the Convertible Notes offering and the Senior Notes offerings will be March 20, 2018. The completion of the Convertible Notes offering is not contingent on the completion of the Senior Notes offering, and the completion of the Senior Notes offering is not contingent on the completion of the Convertible Notes offering.

The Convertible Notes will mature on March 15, 2023, unless repurchased or converted in accordance with their terms prior to such date. Prior to the close of business on the business day immediately preceding December 15, 2022, the Convertible Notes will be convertible only upon satisfaction of certain conditions and during certain periods; thereafter, the Convertible Notes will be convertible at any time until the close of business on the second scheduled trading day immediately preceding the maturity date. Upon conversion, holders of the Convertible Notes will receive shares of the Company’s common stock, cash or a combination thereof, at the company’s election. Holders of the Convertible Notes will have the right to require the company to repurchase all or a portion of their Convertible Notes at 100% of their principal, plus any accrued and unpaid interest, upon the occurrence of certain corporate events constituting a “fundamental change” as defined in the indenture for the Convertible Notes.

The Senior Notes will be guaranteed by certain of the company’s existing and future domestic subsidiaries and will be senior unsecured obligations of the company.

On March 15, 2018, the company agreed to repurchase approximately $200.7 million principal amount of the existing convertible notes from a limited number of holders in privately negotiated transactions.  Holders of the existing convertible notes may employ a convertible arbitrage strategy with respect to the existing convertible notes and have a short position with respect to the company’s common stock that they would close through purchases of the company’s common stock in connection with the company’s repurchase of their existing convertible notes.

Each of the Convertible Notes and Senior Notes will be offered through a private placement and will not be registered under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”), or any state securities laws. As a result, the Convertible Notes, the Senior Notes and any common stock issuable upon conversion of the Convertible Notes may not be offered or sold in the United States or to any “U.S. persons” except pursuant to an applicable exemption from, or in a transaction not subject to, the registration requirements of the Securities Act. Accordingly, the Convertible Notes and Senior Notes will be offered only to “qualified institutional buyers” under Rule 144A of the Securities Act and, in the case of the Senior Notes, outside the United States, to persons other than “U.S. persons” in compliance with Regulation S under the Securities Act. This news release is neither an offer to sell nor a solicitation of an offer to buy the Convertible Notes, any common stock issuable upon conversion of the Convertible Notes or the Senior Notes, nor shall there be any sale of any securities in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful.

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This news release contains forward-looking statements, including statements related to the offerings and the expected use of the net proceeds, which are based on current expectations, forecasts and assumptions that involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include, without limitation, risks related to whether the company will consummate the offerings of the Convertible Notes and Senior Notes on the expected terms, or at all, market and other general economic conditions, and the fact that the company’s management will have discretion in the use of the proceeds from any sale of the Convertible Notes and Senior Notes. The company refers you to the documents it files with the Securities and Exchange Commission, specifically the section titled “Item 1A. Risk Factors” of its annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2017, which contains and identifies important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in the company’s projections or forward-looking statements. You are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date on which they are made. The company undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of changes in underlying factors, new information, future events or otherwise.

Information found on Live Nation Entertainment’s website is not incorporated by reference.

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Yandel Joins Star-Studded Line-Up At Kaya Fest

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MIAMI, March 15, 2018 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Kaya Fest announces that GRAMMY Award-winning and urban music artist Yandel will join this year’s Kaya Fest line-up. Produced by Fruit of Life Productions and OneRise Entertainment, Kaya Fest is a two-day music and awareness festival being held at NOS Events Center April 28 – 29 in San Bernardino, California.

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One of the earliest protagonists of the two-decade-old music genre, Yandel’s wildly successful style of reggaeton injects rhythm and nuances from Hip Hop, R&B, Pop and Reggae. Update his fourth studio album, including the hit song Sólo Mía which just surpassed 50 million views on YouTube, was released in September 2017 on Sony Music Latin.

“Music brings people together. Having Yandel at Kaya Fest this year means that our movement of unity, celebration and one love spreads to even more cultures and the message reaches even more people,” said Stephen Marley, founder of Kaya Fest.

Known as a member of the duo Wisin & Yandel, he is the only reggaeton act to win both a Grammy and a Latin Grammy Award.

“Reggaeton, which originated in Puerto Rico, is partly influenced by Caribbean music, in particular Jamaican reggae and dancehall. The musical experience shared with festivalgoers at Kaya Fest is a daily discussion and reggaeton was a natural addition for us,” said David F. Alfonso, chairman at OneRise Entertainment.

Yandel is set to perform at Kaya Fest on Saturday, April 28th and joins a two-day lineup of notables including Stephen Marley, Ziggy Marley, Damian Marley, Julian Marley, Ky-Mani Marley, Ms. Lauryn Hill, Cypress Hill, Action Bronson, Chronixx, Toots & the Maytals, Common Kings and guitarist Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine to name a few for Kaya Fest 2018.

More exciting artist announcements are forthcoming. The current line-up, tickets and additional information can be found at

Created by Stephen “Ragga” Marley of Fruit of Life Productions, Kaya Fest is a one-of-a-kind socially conscious music and awareness festival experience that fosters unity, one love and peace amongst people from all over the world. Named one of the Top 10 Music Moments of 2017 by Miami New Times, each year Kaya Fest invites a notable roster of artists and appreciators to celebrate and get involved. More information and the full line-up can be found at

Founded by David F. Alfonso, OneRise Entertainment (“OneRise”) provides a creative home designed to guide and encourage artists. OneRise identifies, develops, produces, promotes and manages songwriters, recording artists and filmmakers. The company is committed to nurturing talent and presenting art that inspires and unites the world community. OneRise delivers this support through two divisions: OneRise Music and OneRise Pictures.

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Spanish Broadcasting System Wins Two “Medallas de Cortez” Awards From Radio Ink

Spanish Broadcasting System Wins Two "Medallas de Cortez" Awards From Radio Ink

MIAMI, March 14, 2018 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Spanish Broadcasting System, Inc. (the “Company” or “SBS”) (OTCQX: SBSAA), a leading Hispanic media company, today announced it received two Medallas de Cortez Awards at the Hispanic Radio Awards hosted by Radio Ink in Doral, Florida. 

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SBS’s “Jammin” Johnny Caride, Director of Programming of WXDJ-FM EL NUEVO ZOL 106.7FM was honored with the “Program Director of the Year” award.  VP of Corporate Communications, Vladimir Gomez, received the “Marketer of the Year” award. SBS Radio platforms were represented with 5 finalists across 8 categories, which recognize outstanding achievements and leadership in the Hispanic radio marketplace.

SBS winners for the 2018 Medallas de Cortez Awards are:

  • Marketer of the Year: Vladimir Gomez – Spanish Broadcasting System, Inc.
  • Program Director of the Year: “Jammin” Johnny Caride, WXDJ-FM- El Nuevo Zol 106.7FM- Miami- Spanish Broadcasting System, Inc.

The Medallas de Cortez Awards, created by Radio Ink, is the only awards dedicated to celebrating the very best in Hispanic radio and honors industry leaders in station management, sales, programming, and advertising. They were named after Raoul Cortez, a pioneer in the Hispanic radio industry.

Key members of the SBS team were among the speakers and panelists participating at the event including: Albert Rodriguez, EVP/COO, Jesus Salas, EVP/Programming & Multiplatform Coordinator, Maire Mason, VP/General Manager, WSKQ & WPAT, New York, Donny Hudson, VP/General Manager, WXDJ, WRMA, WCMQ, Miami, Florida. This talented and experienced group of executives celebrated SBS’ Medallas de Cortez wins and discussed the future of radio via participation in a diverse set of panel discussions.

“SBS has a long history of providing the best content to our listeners and, with stations in the top 50 fastest growing U.S. Hispanic markets, we are well positioned to continue to entertain and inform Hispanic audiences for years to come,” said Albert Rodriguez, COO of SBS. “We are thrilled to be honored among this prestigious group of Spanish-language broadcasters. Congratulations to the entire SBS Radio Division, Johnny Caride, Vladimir Gomez, as well as all of our stations and employees who were finalist this year. We are proud of all of their hard work, dedication and service to our local communities.”

Radio Ink Publisher Deborah Parenti said, “The Medallas de Cortez awards represent a celebration of Hispanic radio and its dedicated professionals. Every one of them, in large markets and small communities, make Hispanic radio an intimate part of the lives of listeners and clients. This is the biggest year ever in terms of awards competition. While there can be only one winner in each category, we are extremely proud to recognize all of the winners, who are truly worthy of our respect and admiration.”

“Being awarded two Medallas de Cortez is a testament to the dedication of our SBS team who delivers the best programming and experiences available each day. Our team continues to produce leading radio offerings and I am proud of their untiring commitment to keeping our community informed and entertained,” said Jesus Salas EVP of Programming, Multiplatform Coordinator of SBS. “This dedication to our audiences and the Hispanic radio industry resulted in a record number of finalists, and we are truly honored to receive 2 plaques, including the prestigious “Program Director of the Year” and “Marketer of the Year” award. Special thank you to Radio Ink Magazine.”

Winners were announced at the Medallas de Cortez ceremony, as part of the Hispanic Radio Conference, March 13-14 in the Intercontinental Hotel at Doral, Florida.

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About Radio Ink Magazine

Radio Ink Magazine is the radio broadcasting industry’s premier management and marketing trade magazine. Radio Ink is published by Boynton Beach, Florida-based Streamline Publishing, Inc. The bi-monthly magazine celebrated its 20-year anniversary in 2012. For more information, visit

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COFINA Constituents Set the Record Straight with Facts on Sales & Use Tax Collection Data


NEW YORK, March 15, 2018 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — A group of COFINA constituents that includes Ambac, the COFINA Seniors Coalition, National Public Finance Guarantee Corporation and the Puerto Rico Funds, which collectively accounts for more than $6.5 billion of bonds issued by the Puerto Rico Sales Tax Financing Corporation (“COFINA”), released the following statement today regarding the January 2018 revenue report issued by the Government of Puerto Rico on March 8:

“As the citizens of Puerto Rico look to their government for leadership and transparency, we are concerned that the public’s continued receipt of inaccurate information about the island’s financial situation now extends to Sales & Use Tax (“SUT”) collections. This troubling pattern is adversely impacting every one of Puerto Rico’s residents and stakeholders by extending – rather than accelerating – the expensive restructuring process as well as critical post-hurricane recovery efforts intended to revitalize the island. The latest misrepresentations can be found in last week’s report on net revenues, which distorts SUT collection data.

The truth, which was omitted from last week’s report, is that post-hurricane SUT collections are strong and they continue to trend upward despite ongoing power outages and the full SUT exemptions that the government invoked for small businesses, mid-size enterprises and prepared foods between November 2017 and January 2018. The government’s report did not account for these exemptions, which reduced revenues by approximately $60 million. Adjusting for the government’s decision to reduce revenues, year-over-year SUT collections are down approximately 6% through March 2, 2018. This figure is far smaller than the misleading 11% decline reported by the government[1], and it reinforces the fact that SUT collections remain robust even in the aftermath of recent devastating hurricanes.

In addition, Puerto Rico’s Treasury Department attributes lower SUT revenue flowing to the General Fund to the fact that the required buildup of cash within the COFINA structure concluded in February instead of in early January, as was the case in 2017. Last week’s report does not mention that the Government of Puerto Rico enacted Law 84, which altered the flow of funds to COFINA by redirecting 0.5% of the SUT to municipalities beginning in July 2017. Had this change not been made, COFINA would have been funded in January 2018.

Looking ahead, there is real cause for optimism based on data that indicate February 2018 SUT collections are in-line with February 2017 figures. COFINA, which is the most widely-held bond issuance among local savers and retirees, remains Puerto Rico’s most affordable vehicle to re-access the capital markets going forward. The structure has consistently provided financing at a lower cost than General Obligation debt. These are just a few of the reasons why we call on the administration to shift from obfuscating the facts and undermining COFINA to driving a transparent, pro-growth agenda for the future.” 

For a copy of Miller Buckfire & Company’s analysis of SUT collection data, please reach out to: and  

[1] Press release titled “Puerto Rico Treasury Reports Net Revenues to the General Fund for January 2018” dated March 8, 2018.

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ESOP Association Applauds Committee Passage of H.R. 5236


WASHINGTON, March 15, 2018 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — The ESOP Association applauds Rep. Nydia Velazquez (D-NY) and Rep. Steve Chabot (R-OH) for their roles yesterday in introducing and supporting H.R. 5236, the Main Street Employee Ownership Act of 2018. The bill, which was introduced today and approved unanimously by the House Small Business Committee, seeks to redress longstanding inequities in how the Small Business Administration (SBA) administers its loans with respect to Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOPs).

“The SBA was authorized to loan to ESOPs in 1979,” said Rep. Velazquez. “Unfortunately, this tool has been rarely used, due to a lack of understanding of the business structure and cumbersome transition requirements.”

Rep. Chabot, the Committee Chair, bolstered H.R. 5236 by adding a chair’s amendment, and also urged other committee members to support the bill.

“H.R. 5236 provides important reforms to how the SBA treats employee owned businesses,” he said during the Committee meeting. “From updating reporting statistics to capturing accurate data, to codifying ownership transition plans, H.R. 5236 will provide clarity to small businesses that truly need it.”

The bill now moves to the full House for consideration.

Rep. Velazquez thanked Rep. Chabot for his support. She also pointed out that she had worked very closely with the office of Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) on supporting employee ownership.

“The support of Rep. Velazquez, Rep. Chabot, and Sen. Gillibrand underscores that ESOPs and employee ownership merit and continue to receive support that is bipartisan and bicameral,” said ESOP Association President J. Michael Keeling. “As Rep. Velazquez noted in her remarks, Baby Boomers own a vast number of businesses in this country, and as those owners prepare to retire, their companies may face uncertain futures. No businesses should shutter, and no employees should lose their jobs, when becoming employee owned is a perfectly sound, well researched, well regarded business option. This bill will make it easier for businesses to pursue that alternative, with help from the SBA.”

Video of the Committee meeting can be seen at:

About the ESOP Association

The ESOP Association is America’s largest employer-sponsored advocacy and education association focused on employee stock ownership plans. Founded in 1978, the Association seeks to enhance federal laws governing ESOPs, provide members with expert information, and fund research via the Employee Ownership Foundation (an affiliate).

The ESOP Association is a national non-profit organization with 18 local Chapters. Its members include ESOP companies, companies considering an ESOP, and service providers that assist in setting up and maintaining ESOPs.



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Alcohol Justice Reports California Senate Committee Chooses Commerce Over Public Health & Safety by Approving the Dangerous 4 a.m. Bar Bill

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SACRAMENTO, California, March 14, 2018 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Alcohol Justice and the California Alcohol Policy Alliance (CAPA) expressed disappointment as a majority of the California State Senate Governmental Organization Committee (GO) voted 8-2 at a March 13, 2018 hearing, allowing SB 905 to proceed.  The bill was introduced by Senator Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco) and a number of co-authors including Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens).

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At the hearing, opponents presented compelling, peer-reviewed data on harms and costs that would result from two additional hours of alcohol sales. Yet the committee seemed disinterested. The bill’s author attempted to discount it entirely while offering again his own meaningless, cherry-picked, disparate, numbers from federal sources.

Los Angeles City Councilmember Paul Koretz appeared and refuted Senator Wiener’s statement that Los Angeles had asked to be included in the bill’s list of cities that could apply for later last call. Koretz stated that he was against expanding alcohol sales to 4 a.m., and that the City Council had not been consulted and would probably not approve of it either.

Carson Benowitz-Fredericks, Research Manager at Alcohol Justice, summarized the existing evidence supporting how the acute effects of extending alcohol sales would spread to “Splash Zones” surrounding the six cities mentioned in the bill: Los Angeles, San Francisco, Sacramento, Oakland, Long Beach, and West Hollywood. He also commented that a true “pilot project” would cover a small sample, not the 76% of the state’s population that will be exposed to additional alcohol-related harms if SB 905 becomes law. He also stated that the bill did not contain any language detailing the collection or analysis of data, or even how to pay for this so-called “pilot project.”

In response to the author’s continued mischaracterization of SB 905 as a ‘local control’ measure, there is consensus among opponents that there is no such thing as local control in alcohol policy and that the harm from one city’s decision to change last-call times will “splash” over to every surrounding community.

Brenda Villanueva, Prevention Coordinator of Pueblo y Salud and Co-chair of the Los Angeles Drug & Alcohol Policy Alliance testified that Southern California does not have reliable, late night transportation options across cities’ borders.  She said “…the bill will cause early morning commuter backup for the inevitable 4:30 to 5:30 a.m. drunk driving collisions from the bar crawlers who have to leave the entertainment districts and go back to their city of origin.”

Brenda also offered a statement from Jonathan Fielding, M.D., M.P.H., M.A., M.B.A, Distinguished Professor UCLA Fielding School of Public Health and UCLA Geffen School of Medicine. Dr. Fielding was Chair of the U.S. Community Preventive Services Task Force which found in a peer-reviewed, global meta-analysis that every 2-hour increase in last-call times results in greater vehicle crash injuries and E.R. admissions. (Hahn et al., 2010) Dr. Fielding stated, “…I have no reason to believe that an increase in hours of sale anywhere in the U.S. would have different results.”

California currently suffers over 10,500 alcohol-related deaths and $34 billion in costs annually. The California Office of Traffic Safety has reported that fatal DUI is a chronic, worsening problem for the state. Between 2014 and 2016, alcohol-related crash deaths rose 21%. That number can only go with two additional hours of alcohol consumption. Thus, the only benefit of selling alcohol between 2 and 4 a.m. will be greater profits to bar, restaurant, and club owners in the party zones the bill will create. While the public and all levels of government will be forced to continue to cover the costs of cleaning up the mess that follows.

“It is profoundly disturbing that this committee will not even acknowledge the current annual catastrophe of alcohol-related harm in California,” stated Michael Scippa, Public Affairs Director for Alcohol Justice. “Instead, they approve a measure that will increase it. Not surprising really, as there is no other committee in the Senate so vulnerable to alcohol industry lobbying. The term GUI – Government Under the Influence — sadly fits them to a tee.”

According to the website, California Senate GO Committee members who voted YES to approve Wiener’s poorly constructed and funded six city, 5-year experiment have taken a total of $727,802 in campaign contributions from beer, wine and spirits companies:

  • Chairman Bill Dodd (D-Napa) — $217,957
  • Cathleen Galgiani (D-Stockton) — $141,016
  • Anthony Cannella (R-Ceres) — $86,372
  • Anthony Portantino (D-La Canada Flintridge) — $84,488
  • Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) — $62,171
  • Jerry Hill (D-San Mateo) — $59,999
  • Steven Glazer (D-Orinda) – $38,399
  • Steven Bradford (D-Gardena) – $37,400

Two Senators voted NO:  Ted Gaines (R-El Dorado Hills), Andy Vidak (R-Hanford)
Two Senators were absent:  Tom Berryhill (R-Modesto), Ben Hueso (D-San Diego)

The bill now heads to the Senate Appropriations Committee where opponents would like to see the Governor’s State Budget and Accounting Department weigh-in. There is no language in SB 905 for additional funding for a true “pilot study” or for local enforcement or emergency services to deal with the projected increases in alcohol-related violence and traffic crashes after 4 a.m.

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Michael Scippa 415-548-0492

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UniverSoul Circus Brings Historic 25th Anniversary Tour To Queens, Brooklyn, Mt. Vernon And Newark


NEW YORK, March 15, 2018 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — A show for All Ages!

UniverSoul Circus proudly celebrates twenty-five high-flying years as America’s top-ranked venue for music, laughter, and unrivalled performance artistry.  Commemorating its 25th anniversary in 2018, UniverSoul Circus has forever transformed the world’s urban entertainment landscape with an unforgettable display of music, laughter, and extreme thrills. Acts include Ringmaster Lucky and his sidekick Zeke.. Other acts include Caribbean Dancers, Fresh Clowns, Comedy Dogs, Teeterboard, Trampoline, Pole, Quick Change, Horses and Daredevil Motorcycles. UniverSoul Circus features a multicultural conglomeration of performers from virtually every corner of the globe, including the United States, Trinidad and Tobago, South Africa, Mongolia, Chile, Cuba, Russia, Guinea, and China. 

UniverSoul Circus Tickets are on sale now at or 800-745-3000.

UniverSoul Circus sets up its single ring big top in the following New York City metropolitan areas:

Queens at Roy Wilkins Park, March 22nd thru April 8th

Brooklyn at Floyd Bennett Field, April 11-29th

Mt. Vernon, NY at Hutchinson Field, May 2-13th

Newark, NJ at Orange and Nesbitt Avenue, May 16-28th

Visit for more info, ticket prices, show times, and schedules. Follow us on Facebook @UniverSoulcircus, Twitter @UniverSoulCirc and Instagram @UniverSoulCircus.

About UniverSoul Circus

Celebrating its 25th Anniversary in 2018, UniverSoul is a highly interactive combination of circus arts, theater, and music that spans genres including Pop, Classic R&B, Latin, Hip Hop, Jazz and Gospel. It embraces and celebrates the unique and familiar aspects of pop culture globally by bringing them center stage with a cast of international performers. UniverSoul Circus is rated as one of the top two circuses in America along with Cirque du Soleil. UniverSoul’s fresh approach to family friendly live entertainment has garnered it a coveted spot as one of Ticketmaster’s top ten most requested family events, along with other shows including Sesame Street Live, Disney on Ice, and Radio City Christmas Spectacular. The circus was founded 25 years ago in Atlanta by concert and theatre promoter, Cedric Walker.

“This has been an amazing journey and a fantastic ride,” said Founder and CEO Cedric Walker, speaking of UniverSoul’s 25th Anniversary. “Generations have witnessed our growth and have evolved with us. We want our fans to know they will always be a part of the UniverSoul Circus family. Consider us a community-minded, family-oriented, spiritually-uplifting entertainment revival for families across America.”

The Circus Ring of Fame Foundation, Inc. in Sarasota, FL., selected UniverSoul Founder and CEO Cedric Walker for 2018 enshrinement into the prestigious Circus Ring of Fame in recognition of his “outstanding contributions to circus arts and culture.”

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2018 Mazda6: Premium Performance and Design Heighten Appeal

Mazda North American Operations is headquartered in Irvine, Calif., and oversees the sales, marketing, parts and customer service support of Mazda vehicles in the United States and Mexico through nearly 700 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 (PRNewsFoto/Mazda North American Operations)

IRVINE, California, March 15, 2018 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Adorned with authentic materials like our Japanese Sen Wood and Nappa leather, the 2018 Mazda6 elevates its premium positioning above the mainstream fray and into a higher class of competition. New technologies and refinements complement Mazda6’s stellar reputation for driving dynamics and design.

Mazda North American Operations is headquartered in Irvine, Calif., and oversees the sales, marketing, parts and customer service support of Mazda vehicles in the United States and Mexico through nearly 700 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 (PRNewsFoto/Mazda North American Operations)

Thoroughly re-engineered for 2018, Mazda6 is quieter, more comfortable, carries more standard and available features and even comes with a newly available engine option, the torquey, turbocharged SKYACTIV-G 2.5T.

Every detail has been rethought to polish and elevate Mazda6. Yet, Mazda6 doesn’t betray its roots, still available with its six-speed SKYACTIV-MT manual transmission in the entry Mazda6 Sport model as well as an available, quick-shifting SKYACTIV-DRIVE six-speed automatic transmission with Sport Mode that recalibrates the transmission for more spirited driving.

Mazda6 Sport comes with an efficient SKYACTIV-G 2.5 engine, which enjoys a number of refinement upgrades for 2018. Smoother and quieter, the engine now produces 187 horsepower and 186 lb-ft of torque. When paired with its available automatic transmission, Mazda6’s 2.5-liter engine comes standard with cylinder-deactivation technology, which shuts off its two outside cylinders in cruising conditions for even more efficiency. Mazda is the only automaker to employ this technology in a four-cylinder engine in North America.

Additionally, Mazda6 Sport comes standard with an electronic parking brake, cloth seats, a six-way manual driver’s seat with lumbar support, dual-zone climate control, remote keyless entry, push-button start, a 60/40 split-folding rear seat, cruise control, 17-inch alloy wheels, a six-speaker audio system, Bluetooth phone and audio pairing, MAZDA CONNECTTM infotainment system with and Commander control knob and touchscreen control, rearview camera, a new eight-inch display screen, Blind Spot Monitoring and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert. Other newly standard features include LED headlights and tail lights and Smart City Brake Support, which automatically applies the brakes in emergency stops below 19 mph.

When paired with its available six-speed automatic transmission, Mazda6 Sport can be had with the i-ACTIVSENSE package, further adding Smart Brake Support, Lane-Departure Warning, adaptive Mazda Radar Cruise Control, Lane-Keep Assist, High Beam Control, automatic on/off headlights and rain-sensing windshield wipers.

Mazda6 Touring includes all of the convenience and safety features available in Mazda6 Sport but upgrades to leatherette seating surfaces, standard SKYACTIV-DRIVE six-speed automatic transmission, 19-inch alloy wheels, Advanced Keyless Entry and a six-way power driver’s seat. Rear HVAC vents, heated front seats and a power moonroof complement the package.

Turbocharged motivation catapults Mazda6 Grand Touring, equipped with Mazda’s SKYACTIV-G 2.5T, which can generate a robust 310 lb-ft of torque from just 2,000 RPM. It offers effortless performance, with power sent through a SKYACTIV-DRIVE six-speed automatic that was developed specifically for high-torque applications. Power comes on nearly instantaneously, courtesy of its innovative Dynamic Pressure Turbocharger, which uses a small valve to create high boost pressure, akin to holding your thumb over the end of a garden hose. Once the engine is up to speed, a secondary valve opens up to allow more airflow through the turbocharger.

Mazda6 Grand Touring also adds an 11-speaker BOSE® Premium audio system, SiriusXM satellite radio with a four-month trial subscription, Mazda Navigation, an auto-dimming interior mirror, auto-dimming driver-side mirror, heated side mirrors and paddle shifters mounted on the steering wheel.

Further upping the ante, Mazda6 Grand Touring Reserve comes with black or Parchment leather-trimmed seats, a windshield-projected Active Driving Display with Traffic Sign Recognition, an eight-way power driver’s seat, six-way power front passenger’s seat, Adaptive Front-lighting System (AFS), brilliant silver alloy wheels, rear lip spoiler, windshield wipers de-icer, heated rear seats and a heated steering wheel. Mazda6 Grand Touring Reserve is also the entry point for Mazda’s first-ever ventilated front seats, which wick hot air away from the driver and front passenger’s backs to keep them cool.

The lineup is bookended with the new Mazda6 Signature, becoming the second Mazda model behind Mazda CX-9 to offer this aspirational trim level, replete with premium amenities. Mazda6 Signature is available with either Parchment or Deep Chestnut Nappa leather seating surfaces, Japanese Sen wood interior accents, gilded UltraSuede® NU whose coloring was inspired by Japanese kimonos, a new 360⁰ View Monitor, front and rear parking sensors, a seven-inch TFT reconfigurable gauge display, frameless rearview mirror and a gunmetal-colored grille.

Thoroughly reworked underneath the sheet metal, Mazda6 integrates many of the learnings introduced in the CX-5 and CX-9 crossover SUVs and goes a step further to build an engaging, confident sedan that only Mazda could build, with as ample a presence at a valet on Rodeo Drive as the snaking roads of Mulholland Drive.

MSRP2 for the 2018 Mazda6 is as follows:

Mazda6 Sport 6MT


Mazda6 Sport 6AT


• Sport i-ACTIVSENSE Package (6AT only)


Mazda6 Touring


Mazda6 Grand Touring


Mazda6 Grand Touring Reserve


Mazda6 Signature



Premium Paint Colors:

Soul Red Crystal


Machine Gray Metallic


Snowflake White Pearl Mica


The 2018 Mazda6 will be available in dealerships nationwide in April.

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 nearly 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

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1 Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price does not include $890 for destination and handling or additional taxes or fees. Dealers set actual sale prices.
2 Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price does not include $890 for destination and handling or additional taxes or fees. Dealers set actual sale prices.

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Goya Foods Donates 100,000 Pounds Of Food To The Community FoodBank Of New Jersey As Part Of The Goya Gives ‘Can Do’ Campaign

Goya, New Jersey Devils, and Prudential Center employees, along with Devils Alumni members volunteered their time to sort and pack a portion of the 100,000 pound donation (equal to over 83,000 meals) at the Community Food Bank of New Jersey as part their annual Day of Service. The bags of meals will then be distributed to Newark area families in need.

JERSEY CITY, N.J., March 14, 2018 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Goya Foods donated 100,000 pounds of food to the Community FoodBank of New Jersey as part of the Goya Gives ‘Can Do’ campaign and in the name of Goya retailer Twin City.  The donation is part of the first installment of the 1.5 million pounds of food (1.25 million meals) raised over the course of six months that will go to Feeding America and will be distributed to families and individuals throughout the United States.

Goya, New Jersey Devils, and Prudential Center employees, along with Devils Alumni members volunteered their time to sort and pack a portion of the 100,000 pound donation (equal to over 83,000 meals) at the Community Food Bank of New Jersey as part their annual Day of Service. The bags of meals will then be distributed to Newark area families in need.

“The ‘Can Do’ campaign is one of the many ways that Goya gives back and helps to bring people together to do good for our communities,” said Bob Unanue, President of Goya Foods.  “We are grateful for the work of our local food banks who have the means to distribute good food to those who lack the access to nutritious, affordable and culturally appropriate meals.”

On Tuesday, March 13, 2018, Goya, New Jersey Devils, and Prudential Center employees, along with Devils Alumni members, teamed up at the Community FoodBank of New Jersey for their annual Day of Service. Thirty employees from the two organizations worked together to sort and bag a portion of Goya’s donation of 100,000 pounds of food, equal to over 83,000 meals that will be distributed to Newark area families in need. 

“Goya’s generous donation will help us to better serve people of different cultural backgrounds throughout New Jersey,” said Karen Leies, Vice President of Development at the Community FoodBank of New Jersey. “Our long-standing partnership with Goya, New Jersey Devils, and the Prudential Center is invaluable, and their annual day of service is such a meaningful event for CFBNJ and the people we serve.”

The ‘Can Do’ campaign is a yearlong series of consumer product promotions that was launched in June 2017 and ends June 2018.  Each month throughout the course of the year, Goya has featured a different product that consumers can purchase to participate in the overall donation.  For every GOYA® product purchased during the designated month, Goya will donate additional products to Feeding America.

For more information about Goya Gives and the ‘Can Do’ campaign, please visit,

About GOYA

Founded in 1936, Goya Foods, Inc. is America’s largest Hispanic-owned food company, and has established itself as the leader in Latin American food and condiments. Goya manufactures, packages, and distributes over 2,500 high-quality food products from Spain, the Caribbean, Mexico, Central and South America. Goya products have their roots in the culinary traditions of Hispanic communities around the world.  The combination of authentic ingredients, robust seasonings and convenient preparation makes Goya products ideal for every taste and every table.  For more information on Goya Foods, please visit


The New Jersey Devils are part of the 31-team National Hockey League, with teams throughout the United States and Canada. Established in 1982, they are currently in their 34th season in the Garden State.  During that time, the team has won three Stanley Cup Championships:  1995, 2000 and 2003. Follow the Devils at, on Facebook and @NHLDevils on Twitter. The New Jersey Devils organization is a Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment property.


Prudential Center is the world-class sports and entertainment venue located in downtown Newark, New Jersey. Opened in October 2007, the state-of-the-art arena is the home of the National Hockey League’s (NHL) three-time Stanley Cup Champion New Jersey Devils, Seton Hall University’s NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball program, and more than 175 concerts, family shows and special events each year. The arena is also home to the GRAMMY Museum Experience Prudential Center, which opened its doors to the public on October 2017. The 8,200-square-foot experience marks the first GRAMMY Museum outpost on the East Coast, and features a dynamic combination of educational programming and interactive permanent and traveling exhibits, including a spotlight on legendary GRAMMY winners from New Jersey. Ranked in the Top 8 nationally by Pollstar, Billboard and Venues Today, Prudential Center is recognized as one of the premier venues in the United States, and over 2 million guests annually. For more information about Prudential Center, visit and follow the arena on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @PruCenter. Prudential Center is a Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment property.


The Community FoodBank of New Jersey, a member of Feeding America®, provides people across the state with food, help and hope. The FoodBank distributed more than 50 million pounds of food last year to its more than 1,000 community partners including pantries, soup kitchens, emergency shelters, mobile pantries, and child and senior feeding programs. More than 4.7 million times a year, someone in need is fed by the FoodBank’s network of partners. For our neighbors, especially families, and for the volunteers and donors who support them, the Community FoodBank of New Jersey is the powerful change agent that fills the emptiness caused by hunger with the basic human essentials people need to survive.


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Cybersecurity, AI And Blockchain To Take Center Stage At eMerge Americas 2018

Inspiration, Innovation, and a Nod to the Future Take Center Stage at eMERGE Americas 2016

MIAMI, March 14, 2018 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — eMerge Americas, the premier technology event connecting Latin America, North America and Europe, today announced a number of sessions that will get at the heart of the hottest trends being discussed across industries: cybersecurity, AI and blockchain. Speakers include Andy Ellis, Chief Security Officer, Akamai; Sophia the Robot; César Cernuda, President, LatAm, Microsoft; Manny Medina, CEO, Cyxtera Technologies; and Jackie Hyland, Director, LatAm, Silicon Valley Bank.

Inspiration, Innovation, and a Nod to the Future Take Center Stage at eMERGE Americas 2016

“We have gathered some of the brightest minds in innovation to share how they are solving the world’s most pressing business issues,” said Xavier Gonzalez, CEO of eMerge Americas. “We are proud to connect startups, entrepreneurs, VCs, major businesses and government officials for an unparalleled opportunity to stand shoulder to shoulder with these visionary leaders and build powerful partnerships without borders.”


  • Redesigning Security
    Andy Ellis, Chief Security Officer, Akamai
    2:30 – 3:00 p.m. – Monday – eMerge Main Stage
  • Network Breaches
    John Ackerly, Co-Founder and CEO, Virtru
    Will Ackerly, Co-Founder and CEO, Virtru
    3:15 – 3:45 p.m. – Monday – eMerge Main Stage
  • Keynote: Digital Enterprise
    Manny Medina, CEO, Cyxtera Technologies
    4:50 – 5:30 p.m. – Monday – eMerge Main Stage


  • Keynote Fireside Chat: Artificial Intelligence: Unleashing New Opportunities Across Latin America
    César Cernuda, President, LatAm, Microsoft
    Emiliano Abramzon, CEO, Satellogic
    11:35 – 12:05 p.m. – Monday – eMerge Main Stage
  • Keynote: Sophia the Robot
    9:10 – 9:50 a.m. – Tuesday – eMerge Main Stage


  • Financial Inclusion: Unlocking Blockchain for the Underbanked
    Jackie Hyland, Director, LatAm, Silicon Valley Bank
    12:05 – 12:25 p.m. – Tuesday – eMerge Main Stage
  • Blockchain & Cryptocurrency Capital Raising Continues
    Emma Channing, CEO, Satis Group + Manny Medina, CEO, Cyxtera + Angela Dalton, Managing Director, TMT Sector Head, Guggenheim Partners (Moderator)
    2:30 – 3:00 p.m. – Tuesday –  WIT Stage

New this year, attendees will have the opportunity to interact with a unique art installation. Messages from the Mines excavates and analyzes messages left in the Bitcoin blockchain by miners, and in doing so helps to disambiguate some of the misunderstood aspects of this new technology. These messages, left inside the blocks of the blockchain, are a form of digital graffiti, unique—though overlooked—cultural artifacts forever embedded in one of the most contemporary digital technologies.

Registration for eMerge Americas 2018 is now open, visit to register. For the latest eMerge Americas news, connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn (@eMergeAmericas) and Instagram (@emergeamericas).

About eMerge Americas
eMerge Americas serves as the preeminent innovative thought exchange transforming Miami into the technological hub of the Americas. By connecting global industry leaders and investors with America’s top business executives, technology decisionmakers, and entrepreneurs, partnerships are forged that spur visionary innovation and technological advancements for the betterment of business and society. The eMerge Americas founding partners include: Medina Capital, A Rod Corporation, Greenberg Traurig, Knight Foundation, Miami-Dade County, and the Miami Herald. For more information about eMerge Americas, please visit:

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Unveiling of La Florida: The Interactive Digital Archive of the Americas to Revolutionize Early American History

A photo preview of one of the many short videos found in La Florida: The Interactive Digital Archive of the Americas that highlight numerous lives, key events and gripping stories from early Spanish Florida.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., March 13, 2018 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — At receptions in Washington, D.C. on March 15-16, the University of South Florida St. Petersburg will unveil the groundbreaking La Florida: The Interactive Digital Archive of the Americas in front of dignitaries, international media and the public.

A photo preview of one of the many short videos found in La Florida: The Interactive Digital Archive of the Americas that highlight numerous lives, key events and gripping stories from early Spanish Florida.

Through short videos, interactive maps and digital reconstructions, La Florida brings to life the diverse melting pot of people that made up early Spanish Florida, from conquistadors and Native Americans to free and enslaved blacks and Europeans. It weaves together the lives and critical events of America’s earliest beginnings – such as the founding of the first permanent European settlement in the continental U.S. at St. Augustine in 1565 and the first free black settlement anywhere in the colonies at Fort Mose in 1738.

Overall, La Florida produces an engaging narrative that will alter the way we look at Florida, American and world history.

La Florida will provide the details, visuals and stories to present Florida’s unknown history in a compelling way that is unprecedented,” said Dr. J. Michael Francis, Executive Director of La Florida and the Hough Family Endowed Chair of Florida Studies at USF St. Petersburg.

“It takes the best in cutting-edge technology and combines that with the best in humanities research so history is accessible to anyone who wants to know about Florida and its important role in history.”

La Florida is a collaborative initiative with substantial support from institutions in Spain. Partners include the Spanish Embassy, the Instituto Nauta and EDRIEL Intelligence who developed the site’s innovative technology. Other technology companies, such as Amazon, Google and Microsoft, will participate through EDRIEL.

The principle sections of the site include:

  • Exhibits – Interactive, digital exhibits will explore various themes in colonial Florida history.
  • People – Building the largest comprehensive and searchable biographical database to draw conclusions on the kinds of people who lived in Florida at any point between the 16th and 19th centuries.
  • Mapping – Creating interactive maps of Florida that reveal insights and the history of towns and structures when clicked on.
  • Florida Stories –Telling stories through short videos and posts about forgotten men, women and events in Florida’s Colonial period.

Receptions will take place at the Organization of American States on March 15 at 6 p.m. and at the Former Spanish Ambassador Residence on March 16 at 6:45 p.m.

CONTACT: Matthew Cimitile, 727-873-4840,

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California Adopts New Workplace Safety Regulation to Protect Hotel Housekeepers from Injury


OAKLAND, Calif., March 13, 2018 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — California has adopted a new workplace safety and health regulation to prevent and reduce work-related injuries to housekeepers in the hotel and hospitality industry. This is the first ergonomic standard in the nation written specifically to protect hotel housekeepers. The new standard, which will be enforced by Cal/OSHA, was approved March 9 by the Office of Administrative Law and will become effective July 1.

“Hotel housekeepers have higher rates of acute and cumulative injuries compared to workers in other industries, and data shows those injuries have steadily increased,” said Cal/OSHA Chief Juliann Sum. “This regulation requires employers to identify, evaluate and correct housekeeping-related hazards with the involvement of housekeepers and their union representative.”

The new regulation requires employers in the hotel and lodging industry to establish, implement and maintain an effective Musculoskeletal Injury Prevention Program (MIPP). Hotel housekeepers frequently suffer musculoskeletal injuries from lifting mattresses, pulling linens, pushing heavy carts, and slipping, tripping or falling while cleaning bathrooms.

The MIPP must include the following:

  • Procedures to identify and evaluate housekeeping hazards through worksite evaluations that include housekeeper input
  • Procedures to investigate musculoskeletal injuries to housekeepers
  • Methods to correct identified hazards
  • Training of employees and supervisors on safe practices and controls, and a process for early reporting of injuries to the employer

In 2012, hotel worker representatives presented a petition to the Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board (OSHSB) requesting a new standard to regulate the specific hazards faced by hotel housekeepers. Cal/OSHA convened open advisory meetings over a three-year period to gather information, and determined that existing regulations did not adequately address the hazards faced by housekeepers. Dozens of workers spoke at the meetings, sharing their experiences and discussing how their injuries impacted their lives at work and at home.

Musculoskeletal injuries, which are injuries of a muscle, tendon, ligament, bursa, peripheral nerve, joint, bone or spinal disc can prevent workers from returning to their jobs, and can impose high financial costs on the injured workers and their families, employers and insurers. 

OSHSB adopted the proposed standard on January 18 after six years of staff research and analysis and participation by the public through meetings, hearings and submission of comments. The standard will be added to Title 8 of the California Code of Regulations as section 3345, Hotel Housekeeping Musculoskeletal Injury Prevention.

The mission of the Occupational Safety & Health Standards Board is to promote, adopt, and maintain reasonable and enforceable standards that will ensure a safe and healthful workplace for California workers.

The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health, or Cal/OSHA, is the division within the Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) that helps protect California’s workers from health and safety hazards on the job in almost every workplace. Cal/OSHA’s Consultation Services Branch provides free and voluntary assistance to employers to improve their safety and health programs. Employers should call (800) 963-9424 for assistance from Cal/OSHA Consultation Services.

Employees with work-related questions or complaints may contact DIR’s Call Center in English or Spanish at 844-LABOR-DIR (844-522-6734). Complaints can also be filed confidentially with Cal/OSHA district offices

Members of the press may contact Peter Melton or Paola Laverde at 510-286-1161, and are encouraged to subscribe to get email alerts on DIR’s press releases or other departmental updates.

The California Department of Industrial Relations, established in 1927, protects and improves the health, safety, and economic well-being of over 18 million wage earners, and helps their employers comply with state labor laws. DIR is housed within the Labor & Workforce Development Agency. For general inquiries, contact DIR’s Call Center at 844-LABOR-DIR (844-522-6734) for help in locating the appropriate division or program in our department.


Pamela Anderson Continues Support of the National Domestic Violence Hotline


AUSTIN, Texas and LOS ANGELES, March 13, 2018 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ – Actress, author and philanthropist Pamela Anderson announced today, the donation of $30,000 to the National Domestic Violence Hotline (The Hotline) on behalf of the Pamela Anderson Foundation. This marks the fourth year of the Pamela Anderson Foundation’s generous support of The Hotline. Anderson, who now spends most of her time raising funds for non-profit organizations worldwide, visited The Hotline’s headquarters in 2015 to present a $60,000 donation and hear firsthand how advocates are making a difference in the lives of those affected by abuse.

Anderson’s donation will support The Hotline’s work in educating and providing resources to family members affected by abusive relationships in the home, by providing emotional support, safety planning and local resources, such as legal advice and counseling.

Advocates from The Hotline often hear from victims and survivors whose abusive partners exploit their children as a tactic for control in the relationship. They work with victims and survivors to assess tactics that are used when there are young people in the home and provide safety-planning tips. They also coach families on how to communicate when alcohol and drug abuse are factors.  

Every day, advocates at The Hotline receive nearly 1,300 calls, chats and texts from victims, survivors and their friends and family seeking information about domestic violence. With one in four women, one in seven men and one in three teens experiencing physical, emotional or verbal abuse by an intimate partner in their lifetime, the need to provide resources and support for victims is critical.

“It’s a privilege to continue to support the important work of the National Domestic Violence Hotline, whose advocates I’ve had an opportunity to meet and hear from directly,” said Pamela Anderson, founder of the Pamela Anderson Foundation. “As a mother of two, I am particularly delighted to know that our donation will help ensure that families in need of both compassion and information will continue to find a 24/7, trusted resource in The Hotline.”

“Our everyday work is made possible by supporters like Pamela Anderson, and we are tremendously grateful for her partnership and generous contributions over the past four years,” said Katie Ray-Jones, chief executive officer of The Hotline. “The Foundation’s support significantly and positively impacts our ability to offer services and provide resources for parents who are experiencing abuse, which is critical to our mission.”

About the Pamela Anderson Foundation (PAF) 
The Pamela Anderson Foundation supports organizations and individuals that stand on the front lines in the protection of human, animal, and environmental rights. By funding the efforts of those who inform and defend the planet and all who live within it, the Pamela Anderson Foundation is an agent of change, love and an advocate for justice. For more information, please visit

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About the National Domestic Violence Hotline
The National Domestic Violence Hotline is a non-profit organization established in 1996 as a component of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). Operating around the clock, confidential and free of cost, The Hotline provides victims and survivors with life-saving tools and immediate support. Callers to The Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) can expect highly trained advocates to offer compassionate support, crisis intervention information and referral services in more than 200 languages.  Visitors to can chat live with advocates and they can find information about domestic violence, safety planning, local resources, and ways to support the organization.

The National Domestic Violence Hotline relies on the generous support of individuals, private gifts from corporations and foundations and federal grants.  It is funded in part by Grant Number 90EV0426 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)/Administration for Children and Families. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Administration for Children and Families or the U.S. Department of HHS.

Supporting Resources

Press Contact: 
Kyrsten Aspegren, Edelman for the National Domestic Violence Hotline / (512) 770-8036


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Pitbull Joins STX’s UGLYDOLLS Franchise

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BURBANK, Calif., March 13, 2018 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Robert Simonds’ STX Entertainment announced today that GRAMMY® Award-winning, multi-platinum international music superstar and business entrepreneur Pitbull is joining its UglyDolls franchise based on the ubiquitous pop culture Uglydoll characters. UglyDolls will be the first film for which Pitbull will write and perform an original song, as well as lend his voice talent to one of the film’s key characters. STX is also eyeing involvement from the multi-talented entertainer for the studio’s expansive franchise plans across its other platforms where spinoff UglyDoll projects are in development at STXtv, STXdigital and STXsurreal VR.

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Said Adam Fogelson, Chairman of STXfilms: “Pitbull’s amazing musical creativity and magnetic personality have captivated millions of adoring fans around the world. We’re thrilled to collaborate with him, and look forward to showcasing his singular talent as we build the UglyDolls franchise.”

“It’s truly an honor to have the opportunity to work alongside the STX team and be involved with UglyDolls,” said Armando Christian Perez, (Pitbull). “The brand takes a fun approach to universal messages no matter color, culture or creed. These are themes I am passionate about, and our team is very excited about this partnership.”

Pitbull will voice one of the key characters in the animated UglyDolls movie, where our UglyDolls confront what it means to be different, struggle with their desire to be loved, and ultimately discover that you don’t have to be perfect to be amazing because who you truly are is what matters most. STXfilms will release UglyDolls in 2019 as a launch vehicle for the franchise.

From Mr. 305 to Mr. Worldwide, Armando Christian Perez, aka Pitbull, rose from the streets of Miami to exemplify the American Dream and achieve international success. His relentless work ethic transformed him into a GRAMMY®-winning global superstar and business entrepreneur.

Landing # 1 hits in over 15 countries, 10 billion YouTube/VEVO views, 70 million single sales and 6 million album sales, Pitbull does not stop. In addition to the United States, his sold-out world concert tours have taken him to North and South America, Europe and the Far East. He has also completed headlining tours in China and Japan.

Pitbull ushered in 2018 with his fourth annual New Year’s Eve event at Bayfront Park in Miami and capped off another stellar year that included the release of his tenth full-length album, Climate Change [Mr. 305, Polo Grounds, RCA Records], a second co-headlining U.S. tour with Enrique Iglesias, the release of his first-ever Greatest Hits [Mr. 305, Polo Grounds, RCA Records] and a new Spanish single. 

His social networking channels include 56 million likes on Facebook (@Pitbull), 27 million followers on Twitter (@Pitbull) and 6 million followers on Instagram (@Pitbull), plus more than 9 million subscribers on YouTube (PitbullVEVO and PitbullMusic).

Whether it’s his Voli 305 Vodka or fragrance line “Pitbull,” his influence has catapulted. His Las Vegas residency, “Time of Our Lives” at the AXIS at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, has now accomplished multiple consecutive runs and includes new dates in 2018. Norwegian Cruise Line handpicked him as Godfather to Norwegian Escape, one of the most innovative cruise ships ever built. He completed his Second Annual Pitbull Cruise in March 2018. Globalization, his 24/7 commercial-free channel on Sirius XM (Ch.4), has become one of the platform’s fastest-growing channels following its 2015 launch.

ABOUT STX Entertainment
STX Entertainment is a global, next-generation media company whose mission is to unlock the value of the direct connection stars have with their fans through the development, financing, production, marketing and distribution of film, television, VR, digital video, music and live entertainment content.  It is the industry leader in transforming beyond traditional platform-driven content to creating talent-driven enterprises. 

The company is led by accomplished businessman Robert Simonds and was co-founded by Bill McGlashan, managing partner of the leading global private investment firm TPG.  Other investors include Hony Capital, a leading private equity firm in China; PCCW, Southeast Asia’s largest Internet and cable services provider; Tencent Holdings, China’s leading provider of online products and services; Liberty Global, the world’s largest distribution platform; Dominic Ng, Chairman of East West Bank; DNS Capital (representing the business interests of Gigi Pritzker and her immediate family); and Beau Wrigley, former Chairman and CEO of the Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company, among others.  With these strategic relationships, the company is uniquely positioned to maximize the impact of content worldwide, with direct passage into the China market.

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

Costo mínimo de vida en las principales ciudades estadounidenses seleccionadas por los latinoamericanos según Reporte Globofran sobre "Inversiones Migratorias"

MIAMI, March 13, 2018 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — According to the first report on Immigration Investments by Globofran (download at, with information that explains where Latin Americans in the USA come from, what they invest in, and where they prefer to live, Mexico is the country that has had the largest number of residency permits granted, accounting for 39% of the Latin American total, as well as “non-immigrant” investor visas issued, with more than 3,700 issued in 2016.

But it is not only Mexico with the largest number of “green cards” among Latin Americans; people from the Dominican Republic and Cuba have also obtained large numbers of green cards.

Regarding investment visas granted under the EB-5 program, in 2016 Brazil was in first place, followed by Venezuela. The EB-5 program requires an investor to provide at least US$ 500,000 to a project certified by the UCSIS in order to obtain legal residence.

“This is the first report with reliable data that shows Latin American behavior in terms of investment and migration. It also shows the importance of this community in the growth of the United States economy,” said Jorge Partidas, CEO of Globofran.

In what do Latinos invest in the US?

According to the Globofran study, Latinos prefer to invest and work in:

  1. Residential and corporate maintenance (20%)
  2. Restaurants (18%)
  3. Vehicle repair and maintenance (16%)

Where do they prefer to live?

The data analyzed confirm that more than 50% of Latin Americans residing in the USA live in:

  1. California (27.1%)
  2. Texas (18.8%)  
  3. Florida (8.7%)

In terms of cities with the most favorable cost of living, Houston is most accessible with its annual average of US$ 47,000. New York has the highest average cost of living, at more than US$ 61,000 per year.

The minimum cost of living in the major United States cities chosen by Latin Americans, according to the Globofran report on Immigration Investments.

The “Reporte Globofran sobre Inversiones Migratorias” is published quarterly, and is a research effort by Globofran.

About Globofran: 
A United States company specializing in Immigration Investments. Every year it helps hundreds of Latin American investors obtain legal status in the United States through investments in businesses and franchises. For more information:

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Lexus Draws a New (Black) Line for its RC F SPORT Models


NEW YORK, March 13, 2018 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — One of the most dynamic cars in the Lexus lineup, the RC coupe, has pushed the limits of design and performance since its introduction in 2014. This month, that tradition continues as Lexus rolls out the RC F SPORT Black Line Special Edition at the 2018 New York Auto Show.


Available on all RC 300/350 F SPORT models, the Black Line coupes feature two exterior paint colors:  Caviar and Atomic Silver. A limited run of 650 units will be available this Spring at dealerships nationwide.

The gloss exterior paint contrasts with the standard matte black wheels and orange or black brake calipers that make the wheels pop. In place of the standard chrome trim, the Black Line edition features black chrome accents around the grille and windows.

Inside, these special models showcase tasteful orange stitching throughout the interior. Everything from the seats to the dash and doors feature the eye-catching hint of color that defines the car as a Black Line edition. Additionally, an exclusive wood-trimmed steering wheel features distinctive shades of black that were created by a Japanese calligraphy shop dedicated to perfecting ink for more than 200 years.

All RC F SPORT Black Line coupes come equipped with the Navigation + Mark Levinson Audio Package, Intuitive Parking Assist, Moonroof and Triple Beam LED headlamps.

The Black Line special edition is available on all four versions of the RC coupe. The base RC 300 comes with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine. The RC 300 AWD, RC 350 and RC 350 AWD come with a 3.5-liter V6.

The RC 300/350 F SPORT Black Line models will have a starting Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of the following:

  • RC 300 – $51,730      RC 300AWD – $53,755
  • RC 350 – $54,660      RC 350 AWD – $56,120

The 2018 RC F SPORT Black Line Edition will be joined at the 2018 New York Auto Show by the 2019 Lexus UX compact crossover, which will be making its North American debut.

About Lexus
Lexus’ passion for brave design, imaginative technology, and exhilarating performance enables the luxury lifestyle brand to create amazing experiences for its customers. Lexus began its journey in 1989 with two luxury sedans and a commitment to pursue perfection. Since then, Lexus has developed its lineup to meet the needs of global luxury customers in more than 90 countries. In the United States, Lexus vehicles are sold through 240 dealers offering a full lineup of luxury vehicles. With six models incorporating Lexus Hybrid Drive, Lexus is the luxury hybrid leader. Lexus also offers six F SPORT models and two F performance models. Lexus is committed to being a visionary brand that anticipates the future for luxury customers. 


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2018 Amway Global Entrepreneurship Report Reveals Americans Continue to be More Bullish Towards Entrepreneurship Compared to Other Countries


ADA, Michigan, March 13, 2018 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — As Americans continue to demonstrate positive attitudes towards entrepreneurship, Amway’s new report reveals that more men are interested in becoming entrepreneurs than women and that as individuals get older, their desire to start a business lessens. The report dives into the key drivers behind the entrepreneurial spirit and the impact internal and external factors have on attitudes and perceptions about entrepreneurship.

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The eighth annual Amway Global Entrepreneurship Report (AGER), published today, measures the state of entrepreneurship worldwide. The 2018 study finds that more U.S. respondents (57 percent) have the desire to start their own business compared to global respondents (49 percent). While the desire to become an entrepreneur in the U.S. is down slightly from the previous year (61 percent), there is a strong sense of continued optimism among respondents. Age, gender and education levels also can potentially impact   attitudes towards entrepreneurship. Most surprisingly, in the U.S., the education gap is significantly shrinking when it comes to desirability of starting a business. The report explains that having a university degree does not play a significant role in shaping entrepreneurial spirit – those with and without university degrees exhibited similar sentiments.

“Across the United States, the spirit of entrepreneurship is alive and thriving, from coast to coast,” said Dr. David B. Audretsch, professor and director of the Institute for Development Strategies at the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs. “This year’s AGER confirms Americans continue to view entrepreneurship in a positive light and are open to the idea of starting their own business. Compared to the global average, attitudes towards entrepreneurship in America are sustaining momentum from previous years and are on track to experience continued growth.”

“The time is ripe for cultivating entrepreneurs, as evidenced by this year’s AGER results” said Jim Ayres, Managing Director, Amway North America. “Over the past five years, we have seen how age, education levels and gender influence attitudes towards entrepreneurship. Through this research, we realized the importance of understanding what motivates individuals to start their own businesses. This year’s AGER reveals a growing number of Americans continue to express a desire to start their own business. This desire is shared among the many independent business owners we work with year-round.”


Similar to previous years, the Amway Global Entrepreneurship Report features the Amway Entrepreneurial Spirit Index (AESI). Introduced in 2015, the AESI measures three dimensions that influence a person’s intention to start a business: desire, feasibility and stability against social pressure. The average for all countries slightly declined from 50 to 47. In the U.S., AESI score was 54, similar to recent years (2016: 56 and 2015: 53). Additionally:

  • 57 percent of U.S. respondents expressed the desire to become an entrepreneur – desire
  • 60 percent of U.S. respondents felt prepared for entrepreneurship – feasibility
  • 46 percent of U.S. respondents would not dismiss their dream of starting a business if their family or friends stood in the way – stability


This year’s report examined how age, gender and education levels impact attitudes towards entrepreneurship. It also examined various aspects that either hinder or help entrepreneurs – internal factors (such as commitment, willingness to take risks, knowledge of how to earn money) and external factors (such as their country’s operating environment, technology availability and entrepreneurially forward education system).


This year’s report confirmed the desirability of starting a business falls with age. While the AESI is the same (58) for respondents under 35 years of age and those between the ages of 35 and 49, it is considerably lower (51) for respondents over 50 years old. The youngest age group surveyed demonstrated the strongest desire (68 percent) to start a business. This falls to 60 percent for the middle age group and 48 percent for the oldest group of respondents. Most interestingly, the feasibility of becoming an entrepreneur follows a different demographic pattern with respect to age. It is the lowest for the youngest respondents (58 percent) and highest for the middle-aged respondents (64 percent).


Education, in terms of having a university degree, has a minimal impact on shaping entrepreneurial spirit. Respondents with and without university degrees exhibited a similar AESI. Previously, those without a university degree exhibited a greater desirability for entrepreneurship compared to their counterparts with a university degree, however this gap has disappeared.


Gender plays a clear role in shaping the entrepreneurial spirit of Americans. While 67 percent of U.S. males reported starting a business would be desirable, only 47 percent of U.S. females reported the same. Similarly, 69 percent of U.S. male respondents felt they have the requisite capabilities to become an entrepreneur compared to 52 percent of U.S. females. In general, men also had higher AESI scores (62 percent) compared to women (48 percent), roughly similar to previous years.


In looking at U.S. respondents’ abilities and attitudes regarding starting and running a business, the majority (88 percent) perceive themselves as socially supported (compared to 64 percent globally). When it comes to taking risks, 74 percent of U.S. respondents consider themselves to be risk-takers, compared to 47 percent of respondents globally.

Furthermore, when asked to evaluate how entrepreneurially friendly the U.S. business environment is, respondents revealed:

  • 79 percent of U.S. respondents believe their country has the technology available to make entrepreneurship easier (compared to 48 percent of respondents globally)
  • 43 percent of U.S. respondents believe the education system in their country teaches the skills they need to start a business (compared to 40 percent globally)
  • 57 percent of U.S. respondents believe the economic situation in their country is beneficial (compared to 36 percent globally).

Full results and more information about AGER can be found here.


The first iteration of AGER launched in 2010 as the Amway European Entrepreneurship Report, then expanded worldwide with the 2013 AGER, encompassing 24 countries. This year’s report spans 44 countries, with in-person and telephone interviews conducted with nearly 49,000 men and women aged 14-99.

The 2018 AGER was conducted by Amway, in partnership with Prof. Dr. Isabell M. Welpe from the Chair of Strategy and Organization of the School of Management, Technical University of Munich, Germany. Fieldwork was completed by the Gesellschaft fuer Konsumforschung, Nuremberg, from April through June 2017. Results are shared with the scientific community, including the 44 AGER academic advisors and all interested think tanks and academic and public institutions.


Amway is an $8.6 billion direct selling business based in Ada, Michigan, USA. Top-selling brands for Amway are Nutrilite™ vitamin, mineral and dietary supplements, Artistry™ skincare and color cosmetics, eSpring™ water treatment systems and XS™ energy drinks – all sold exclusively by Amway Business Owners. Global sales in 2016 made Amway the No. 1 direct selling business in the world, according to the 2017 Direct Selling News Global 100. The company’s annual sales figure includes revenue from direct selling operations and other business holdings. 

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Health Alert: Spring Cleaning Tips for Your Health from the Up and Away Campaign

Make storing medicines safely up and away part of your spring cleaning regimen.

WASHINGTON, March 13, 2018 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — The Up and Away campaign—led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) PROTECT Initiative—is providing families with five important spring cleaning tips for household health and safety.

Make storing medicines safely up and away part of your spring cleaning regimen.

“Spring cleaning can be a big part of keeping your family healthy and safe at home, and that means doing more than dusting and vacuuming,” said Dr. Dan Budnitz, Director of the Medication Safety Program at CDC and coordinator of the PROTECT Initiative, which focuses on children’s medication safety. “Every year, approximately 60,000 young children end up in the emergency room due to accidental medicine ingestions, so as you’re cleaning and reorganizing areas like bathrooms and medicine cabinets, remember to safely store medicines you are using and safely dispose of medicines that you are not.”

The Up and Away campaign urges families to follow these five tips to keep their children safe and healthy:

  1. Clean surfaces. Disinfect surfaces and objects that are touched often, like countertops, doorknobs, keyboards, faucet handles, phones, and toys.
  2. Store safely. When you’re done cleaning and reorganizing, store everything you wouldn’t want your kids to get into, like cleaning products and medicines, in a safe spot up and away and out of sight and reach of young children. Remember to put medicines back in their safe place after you use them every time.
  3. Dispose safely. Dispose of any expired, unused, or unwanted medicines in your home. Make sure to follow recommendations for safe disposal to prevent exposures to medications that have been discarded. Consider bringing expired or unwanted medications to medicine take-back programs.
  4. Be prepared. Check your first aid kit for expired medicines and supplies; medicines that are past their expiration dates may not work as well as they should. Make sure your first aid kit is stored in a location that is accessible to adults, but not to your young children.
  5. Update your contacts. Make sure you have the Poison Help number stored in your cell phone and available to your children’s caregivers: 800-222-1222.

Additional resources on safe medicine storage are available at

About Up and Away 
Up and Away and Out of Sight is an educational campaign to remind families about the importance of safe medicine storage around young children. The campaign is led by CDC and its PROTECT Initiative in partnership with the CHPA Educational Foundation. For more information, visit

About Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) PROTECT Initiative
The PROTECT Initiative is a collaboration among public health agencies, private sector companies, professional organizations, consumer/patient advocates, and academic experts to develop strategies to keep children safe from unintentional medication overdoses. For more information, visit

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A 5-Star Stay Doesn’t Have To Break The Bank


Skyscanner data identifies the top domestic and international cities with the cheapest 5-star hotels

MIAMI, March 13, 2018 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Skyscanner, the global travel search engine, is making travel even more attainable for travelers with its latest hotel data findings. While the idea of choosing a 5-star hotel seems off-limits to most, Skyscanner analyzed its data to debunk some myths and prove to travelers that the option is more reasonable than they would be led to believe. Skyscanner has found that some of the most widely searched domestic and international destinations boast the most affordable 5-star hotels, giving travelers a lot more to consider when planning their travel this year.

As if travelers needed even more of an incentive to get packing, there are plenty of options when it comes to 5-star hotels in major (and highly coveted) destinations. Skyscanner has pulled an extensive list of results, and below are some highlights that show the variety of pricing available, with all well under the $1,000/night mark and most international destinations’ 5-star hotels coming in below $500/night.     



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*Data Methodology:  Top 100 hotel destinations (cities) were selected based on Skyscanner historical data (all markets combined) throughout 2017. All destinations were sorted by average price of 5-star hotel. All prices are in USD and calculated per room per night.

About Skyscanner

Skyscanner is a leading global travel search company providing free search of flights, hotels and car rental. Founded in 2003 Skyscanner helps to meet the travel planning needs of over 60 million people each month. Skyscanner is available in over 30 languages. Skyscanner’s highly-rated free mobile app has been downloaded over 70 million times. The privately-owned company employs over 900 staff and has ten global offices in Edinburgh, Singapore, Beijing, Shenzhen, Miami, Barcelona, Glasgow, Sofia, Budapest and London. For more information, please visit and our news site.

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Toyota Creates New Digital Transformation & Mobility Pillar

With an eye on enabling agility and scale, TMNA is creating a new Digital Transformation & Mobility pillar, which will be led by newly appointed Chief Digital Officer Zack Hicks. Hicks will report directly to TMNA CEO Jim Lentz. Hicks also will continue in his role as President and CEO of Toyota Connected.

PLANO, Texas, March 12, 2018 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Vehicle connectivity, electrification, new forms of mobility and mobility services, and autonomous driving technologies are driving new opportunities for Toyota Motor North America (TMNA). 

With an eye on enabling agility and scale, TMNA is creating a new Digital Transformation & Mobility pillar, which will be led by newly appointed Chief Digital Officer Zack Hicks. Hicks will report directly to TMNA CEO Jim Lentz. Hicks also will continue in his role as President and CEO of Toyota Connected.

With an eye on enabling agility and scale, TMNA is creating a new Digital Transformation & Mobility pillar, which will be led by newly appointed Chief Digital Officer Zack Hicks. Hicks will report directly to TMNA CEO Jim Lentz. Hicks also will continue in his role as President and CEO of Toyota Connected. 

Effective April 2, functions reporting to Digital Transformation & Mobility will include:

  • Information Services, led in the interim by TMNA Chief Information Officer Zack Hicks
  • Connected Technologies, led by Vice President Steve Basra
  • Future Mobility Business Group, led by Group Vice President Chris Tinto

The teams will focus on areas such as shared mobility, connectivity services and over-the-air feature upgrades to identify new business models and future opportunities.

“Digital Transformation & Mobility brings together three integrated teams who can focus on new business innovation, voice of customer excellence and digital product development,” Hicks said.

“As Toyota transitions from a traditional car company into a global mobility company, we are focused on how we can better suit our customers’ needs now and in the future,” said TMNA CEO Jim Lentz. “Bringing these mobility functions together under Zack’s leadership gives us the ability to collaborate in unprecedented new ways.” 

About Toyota 
Toyota (NYSE:TM) has been a part of the cultural fabric in the U.S. and North America for 60 years, and is committed to advancing sustainable, next-generation mobility through our Toyota and Lexus brands. During that time, Toyota has created a tremendous value chain as our teams have contributed to world-class design, engineering, and assembly of more than 36 million cars and trucks in North America, where we operate 14 manufacturing plants (10 in the U.S.) and directly employ more than 47,000 people (more than 37,000 in the U.S.).  Our 1,800 North American dealerships (nearly 1,500 in the U.S.) sold more than 2.7 million cars and trucks (2.4 million in the U.S.) in 2017 – and about 87 percent of all Toyota vehicles sold over the past 15 years are still on the road today.   

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  

About Toyota Connected, Inc.
Based in Plano, Texas, Toyota Connected North America (TCNA) was established in 2016 to drive Toyota’s global efforts for an intelligent mobile society. With big data collected from vehicles and analyzed on a cloud platform, TCNA humanizes the driving experience by freeing customers from the tyranny of technology via secure, seamless and contextual services, elevating the customer experience while benefitting dealers, distributors, and partners. Analyzing traffic patterns, driver behavior and connecting drivers with infrastructure and other information is only part of TCNA’s work that will open new services and products to keep the car as a beloved companion.

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Discovery En Español Premieres Original Series EMPRENDEDORES, Where Hispanic Entrepreneurs Prove Anything Is Possible With Passion And Determination

EMPRENDEDORES explores family, heritage and hard work of a group of Hispanic entrepreneurs as they fight against the odds to achieve success in their businesses.

MIAMI, March 12, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Discovery en Español presents EMPRENDEDORES, a new original series that explores family, heritage, hard work, and heartbreak of a group of Hispanic entrepreneurs in Los Angeles, as they fight against the odds to achieve success in one of the most competitive cities in the world. Hosted by renowned presenter Angélica Atondo, EMPRENDEDORES premieres Sunday, March 25 at 7pm ET/ 8pm PT.

EMPRENDEDORES explores family, heritage and hard work of a group of Hispanic entrepreneurs as they fight against the odds to achieve success in their businesses.

Shot on location in Los Angeles, the inaugural season of EMPRENDEDORES will follow six diverse and dynamic businesses as they confront issues ranging from business planning and marketing to staffing and employee relations. Businesses profiled include a family-owned boxing gym, a coffee shop and a scooter sales business.

Host, entrepreneur, former news anchor and published author Angelica Atondo works with each of the business owners and their families to assess their unique situation. The hopeful entrepreneurs are then mentored by brothers Sean and Kenny Salas, two successful Hispanic businessmen and consultants, who delve into the family dynamics, their business operations, and provide much needed guidance to help put them on the path to profitability.

EMPRENDEDORES features real-life stories of Latino families who have given everything to pursue their dreams of having their own business and forge a future for their families in the United States“, says Angélica Atondo. “Personally, this project touches on 3 of my greatest joys: help others, provide support for small business owners, and do it on television, my greatest passion. I am proud to connect with these stories and desires to thrive and succeed in life.”

Viewers can take a deeper dive into the world of EMPRENDEDORES with additional features and content on Discovery en Español’s social media platforms including behind the scenes and in-depth videos, business tips from the host and mentors, and interviews with talent. For more information, please follow us on Facebook at, Twitter @DiscoveryenESP and Instagram @discoveryenespanol.

About Discovery en Español
Discovery en Español connects Spanish-speaking viewers in the U.S. to the world and all its wonder and possibilities. It provides quality programming focusing on bold storytelling across core genres including adventure, ingenuity, natural history, investigation and current affairs. Created by Discovery Communications, Discovery en Español is widely distributed on Hispanic tier packages throughout the country. Discovery reaches audiences across screens through digital first programming from Discovery VR, over the top offerings Eurosport Player and Dplay, as well as TV Everywhere products comprising the GO portfolio of TVE apps and Discovery K!ds Play. It also reaches audiences across screens on the “Discovery en Español GO” TV Everywhere app. For more information, please follow us on Facebook at, Twitter @DiscoveryenESP and Instagram @discoveryenespanol.

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Turbocharged, Tech-Forward and Torque Vectoring: All-New 2019 Acura RDX to Debut in New York

Turbocharged, Tech-Forward and Torque Vectoring: All-New 2019 Acura RDX to Debut in New York

NEW YORK, March 12, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Acura will hold the world debut of the all-new 2019 Acura RDX and RDX A-Spec, in production form, at the 2018 New York International Auto Show (NYIAS) and via live-stream on March 28 at 12:15 p.m. ET. The third-generation RDX, launching mid-2018, is the first in a new generation of Acura products featuring the brand’s new design language, Precision Cockpit inspired premium cabin and groundbreaking True Touchpad Interface™. 

Turbocharged, Tech-Forward and Torque Vectoring: All-New 2019 Acura RDX to Debut in New York

The reveal will feature the 2019 Acura RDX along with the new RDX A-Spec, the first application of the sport appearance variant to an Acura SUV. This third-generation Acura RDX marks the return of Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive™ (SH-AWD®) to the RDX lineup, and pairs it with a powerful new 2.0L VTEC® Turbo engine, segment-first 10-speed transmission and NSX-inspired Integrated Dynamics System, making it the quickest and best-handling RDX ever.

The 2019 Acura RDX was designed and developed in America for the first time, styled by the Acura Design Studio in Los Angeles, California and developed by engineers in Raymond, Ohio. The new RDX will be produced at the company’s East Liberty, Ohio plant, while its new VTEC Turbo engine will be manufactured in Anna, Ohio1. The Acura RDX has sold more than 50,000 units each year since 20152, maintaining its position in the premium-entry SUV segment as a perennial top-seller.

For More Information
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About Acura
Acura is a leading automotive luxury nameplate that delivers Precision Crafted Performance, representing the original values of the Acura brand – a commitment to evocative styling, high performance and innovative engineering, all built on a foundation of quality and reliability.

The Acura lineup features six distinctive models – the RLX premium, luxury sedan, the TLX performance luxury sedan, the ILX sport sedan, the 5-passenger RDX luxury crossover SUV, the seven-passenger Acura MDX, America’s all-time best-selling three-row luxury SUV and the next-generation, electrified NSX supercar as a new and pinnacle expression of Acura Precision Crafted Performance

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2 Based on Autodata sales for the Entry Premuim CUV segment for individual calendar years 2015-2017.

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Toyota Connected North America Partners With Avis Budget Group To Enhance Customer Rental Experience

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PLANO, Texas, March 12, 2018 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Toyota Connected North America, the global technology strategy business unit for Toyota, today announced a multi-year partnership with Avis Budget Group, a leading global provider of mobility solutions, that will add 10,000 Toyota vehicles to Avis Car Rental’s expanding fleet of connected cars. Avis Budget Group will utilize Toyota’s proprietary Mobility Services Platform (MSPF) to enable greater operational and rental fleet efficiency while creating a more seamless rental experience for customers. 

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“At Toyota Connected North America, we are leveraging the power of data science to develop and deliver new mobility services that create new value for businesses and customers alike,” said Zack Hicks, chief executive officer and president, Toyota Connected North America. “Toyota’s mobility services platform will provide Avis Budget Group with enhanced connectivity and visibility into their fleet, and bring travelers increased control and convenience over their rental experience.”

The Toyota vehicles will deliver increased benefits to Avis customers by tapping into Toyota’s proprietary MSPF, a suite of advanced software and connected services that support mobility businesses. The platform’s telematics data API (application programming interface) will enable customers to receive real-time rental information via the Avis mobile app, which includes virtual odometer readings and fuel levels, and will assist them in locating the vehicle. The connected services provided by the telematics interface will also allow for greater fleet management capabilities, improve informatics, and enable shorter vehicle check-in and check-out processing times.

Toyota’s MSPF is already being used to support a range of businesses and test programs, including car share programs, use-based car insurance pricing, and fleet management. Servco Pacific Inc., the distributor of Toyota vehicles in Hawaii, is currently using MSPF to launch a new Honolulu-based car share business through an application developed and managed by Toyota Connected North America that supports driver identification and authentication, plus payment and fleet management. Getaround, a San Francisco-based, peer-to-peer car-sharing company, is leveraging MSPF and connected car technology to allow drivers to seamlessly and securely rent, locate and drive Toyota vehicles with a Smart Key Box (SKB) that lets users lock and unlock vehicles and start the engine via a smartphone.

About Toyota Connected North America
Based in Plano, Texas, Toyota Connected North America (TCNA) was established in 2016 to drive Toyota’s global efforts for an intelligent mobile society. With big data collected from vehicles and analyzed on a cloud platform, TCNA humanizes the driving experience by freeing customers from the tyranny of technology via secure, seamless and contextual services, elevating the customer experience transparently while benefitting dealers, distributors, and partners. Analyzing traffic patterns, driver behavior and connecting drivers with infrastructure and other information is only part of TCNA’s work that will open new services and products to keep the car as a beloved companion.

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(469) 292-3573

Ming-Jou Chen
(469) 292-3799

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