Delta Plans New Daily Nonstop Service between New York-JFK and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Delta Air Lines and the Delta Connection carriers offer service to nearly 370 destinations on six continents. For more information visit news.delta.com. (PRNewsFoto/Delta Air Lines)

ATLANTA, March 23, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Delta Air Lines (NYSE: DAL) will offer a new daily nonstop flight between New York-JFK (JFK) and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, beginning Dec. 21, 2017, subject to U.S. Department of Transportation approval. The airline’s strategic alliance with GOL Linhas Aereas Inteligentes will extend the reach of this service to 23 destinations within Brazil and provides seamless connections at Antonio Carlos Jobim International Airport (GIG) in Rio de Janeiro.

Delta Air Lines and the Delta Connection carriers offer service to nearly 370 destinations on six continents. For more information visit news.delta.com. (PRNewsFoto/Delta Air Lines)

“We listen to our customers and continuously strive to offer them increasingly convenient ways to travel, both for business and leisure,” said Luciano Macagno, Delta’s Director-Brazil. “It is exciting to have the opportunity to offer a daily direct flight from Rio de Janeiro to our second-largest international hub at New York-JFK. Delta’s continued route expansions demonstrate our commitment to the Brazilian market and the strength of our alliance with our Brazilian partner, GOL.”

Delta’s proposed schedule between JFK and GIG is as follows:

 

Flight Number

Departs

Arrives

Frequency

Effective

DL 479

New York-JFK (JFK) at
9:24 p.m.

Rio de Janeiro (GIG) at
10:30 a.m.

Daily

Dec. 21, 2017

DL 478

Rio de Janeiro (GIG) at
10:15 p.m.

New York-JFK (JFK) at
5:36 a.m.

Daily

Dec. 22, 2017

 

The GIG-JFK route will be operated using a Boeing 767-300 aircraft. The 767-300 has 35 Delta One full flat-bed seats with direct aisle access for every passenger. The aircraft also has oversized personal entertainment screens, allowing travelers to increase productivity, get more rest, as well as experience the on-demand in-flight entertainment system. Delta customers flying on Delta One will also enjoy industry-leading food with Latin-inspired meal selections by Chef Michelle Bernstein, paired with elegant wines chosen by master sommelier Andrea Robinson.

The 210-passenger aircraft also includes 32 Delta Comfort+ seats and 143 seats in the Main Cabin. Delta’s latest improvements include the introduction of new sleep kits and several other upgraded amenities for passengers seated in the Main Cabin on flights to and from Brazil. Customers flying in Delta Comfort+, Delta’s premium economy service, benefit from up to four additional inches of legroom and 50 percent more recline than Delta’s standard international Main Cabin seats; free beer, wine, snacks; and priority boarding. Other product initiatives being rolled out across Delta’s international fleet include the expansion of its Wi-Fi service.

Elite customers and passengers flying in Delta One through New York-JFK and Rio de Janeiro-GIG will also enjoy a premium airport experience at the 24,000 square-foot flagship Delta Sky Club in JFK’s Terminal 4, the biggest club in Delta’s system, and a recently opened GOL VIP lounge located in GIG’s Terminal 2.

Once approved, these flights will be available for booking through www.delta.com. Customers may also access Delta’s Twitter channel in English at @Delta and in Portuguese at @DeltaAjuda, for real-time support before, during and after travel.

About Delta Air Lines
Delta Air Lines is working to be the best U.S. airline in Latin America and the Caribbean. It has been honored with five World Travel Awards in 2016 in the categories of North America’s Leading Airline and Leading U.S. Airline to Central America, to South America, to Caribbean and to Mexico for the second year in a row. Delta has been also recognized with LADEVI’s 2016 Insignia Latam Excellence award for its service to the region. Delta continues to grow in Latin America through its long-term exclusive alliances with GOL Linhas Aéreas Inteligentes, Aeroméxico and Aerolíneas Argentinas, and is committed to building a solid regional footprint to enhance its global network and offer its customers the best overall experience. Delta provides service to 33 countries and 55 destinations in the region, offering over 1,900 weekly flights between the U.S. and Latin America/the Caribbean. Delta customers can also receive real-time, on-the-go travel assistance in Spanish and Portuguese through Twitter channels @DeltaAssist_ES and @DeltaAjuda from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. EST. Brazilian customers can also access Delta’s dedicated Brazilian Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/DeltaAirLinesBrasil.

Delta Air Lines serves more than 180 million customers each year. In 2017, Delta was named to Fortune’s top 50 Most Admired Companies in addition to being named the most admired airline for the sixth time in seven years. Additionally, Delta has ranked No.1 in the Business Travel News Annual Airline survey for an unprecedented six consecutive years. With an industry-leading global network, Delta and the Delta Connection carriers offer service to 323 destinations in 57 countries on six continents. Headquartered in Atlanta, Delta employs more than 80,000 employees worldwide and operates a mainline fleet of more than 800 aircraft. The airline is a founding member of the SkyTeam global alliance and participates in the industry’s leading transatlantic joint venture with Air France-KLM and Alitalia as well as a joint venture with Virgin Atlantic. Including its worldwide alliance partners, Delta offers customers more than 15,000 daily flights, with key hubs and markets including Amsterdam, Atlanta, Boston, Detroit, Los Angeles, Minneapolis/St. Paul, New York-JFK and LaGuardia, London-Heathrow, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Salt Lake City, Seattle and Tokyo-Narita. Delta has invested billions of dollars in airport facilities, global products and services, and technology to enhance the customer experience in the air and on the ground. Additional information is available on the Delta News Hub, as well as delta.com, Twitter @DeltaNewsHub, Google.com/+Delta, and Facebook.com/delta.

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Eight Out Of Ten Women Feel They Have Not Reached Their Full Potential

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BATTLE CREEK, Michigan, March 23, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Girls and women around the world view inner strength as important as happiness – and those two qualities are nearly two times more significant than physical beauty and wealth. Yet, eight out of 10 women feel they have not reached their full potential, according to new global research conducted and published by Special K®.1 This startling statistic represents the “strength gap” – recognized as the difference between how strong women feel (from the inside out) vs. how strong she could be, or her potential.

In a time where women are seemingly at their strongest with 77 percent feeling they possess inner strength – leading global companies, increasingly occupying boards, and bringing new dimensions to gender roles in and out of homes worldwide – three quarters still wish they possessed even greater reserves.

Following International Women’s Day on March 8, Special K is taking a stance as a leader in the food and nutrition space – an area that has a significant impact on girls and women’s sense of self – by announcing its commitment to educating young women about this gap through a partnership with the United Nations Foundation’s Girl Up campaign.

Special K‘s report, “The New Face of Strength,” reveals that many women feel the factors contributing to women’s inner strength are within their control – such as nutrition, fitness, a sense of community and mental and emotional wellbeing. In fact, 68 percent of women surveyed cited food as important in fueling inner strength.

“Inner strength is as important as happiness to women around the world – and nearly two times more significant than physical beauty and wealth,” said Doug VandeVelde, Senior Vice President at Kellogg Company. “We are committed to better understanding what defines inner strength, what it means for women today and the vital role nutrition plays in unlocking a woman’s inner strength. Through our partnership with Girl Up in 2017, we’ll provide key nutrition education for 500,000 girls and young women to help guide them toward their full potential.”

Special K + Girl Up
A movement within the United Nations Foundation, Girl Up is led by girls and for girls, with the mission of uniting girls and empowering them to take action on behalf of the hardest-to-reach girls in places around the world where it’s hardest to be a girl.

“We have nearly half a million advocates raising awareness, engaging and educating girls to change the world,” said Anna Blue, deputy director of Girl Up. “We’re thrilled to join forces with Special K to further our mission of inspiring girls and women to learn about their inner strength to make change for girls around the world.”

It is within every girl and woman to reach their maximum potential in all aspects of life. Customized nutrition workshops and digital programs made available by Special K and Girl Up are critical resources to ensure young women around the world have the tools they need to live life at full strength, and they provide a way for the communities associated with both organizations to help build and support female empowerment.

The New Face of Strength
A number of findings detailed in “The New Face of Strength” attest to the importance of inner strength among women, including:

  • The stronger a woman feels, the more confident and motivated she is – which, in turn, impacts her positivity and proactivity.
    • Nine out of 10 women consider inner strength to be key to success, just ahead of intellect.
  • 80 percent of women feel stronger when helping others, contributing to a chain of strength – yet only 57 percent say they have received support from another woman.
    • For example, 84 percent of women in the US, 79 percent of women in the UK, 83 percent of women in Australia, 86 percent of women in Canada, 89 percent of women in Mexico and 79 percent of women in France say they feel stronger when helping others.
  • Inner strength is complex and multidimensional, and it varies by situation – 79 percent of women view determination as an important attribute in a professional space, yet only 59 percent view the trait as important when parenting.
  • Inner strength is viewed as an inherently female trait or need – 62 percent say that inner strength is most needed by women, with 9 percent feeling it is most needed by men.
  • We know nutrition contributes to the inner strength gap as 92 percent of women believe that food plays a vital role in how strong they feel.

Visit StrongFeedsStrong.com to learn more about the strength gap and share your story with #StrongFeedsStrong.

About Kellogg Company
At Kellogg Company (NYSE: K), we strive to make foods people love. This includes our beloved brands – Kellogg’s®, Keebler®, Special K®, Pringles®, Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes®, Pop-Tarts®, Kellogg’s Corn Flakes®, Rice Krispies®, Cheez-It®, Eggo®, Mini-Wheats® and more – that nourish families so they can flourish and thrive. With 2015 sales of $13.5 billion and more than 1,600 foods, Kellogg is the world’s leading cereal company; second largest producer of cookies, crackers and savory snacks; and a leading North American frozen foods company. Through our Breakfasts for Better DaysTM global hunger initiative, we’ve provided more than 1.4 billion servings of cereal and snacks to children and families in need around the world. To learn more, visit www.kelloggcompany.com or follow us on Twitter @KelloggCompany, YouTube and on Social K.

About Girl Up
Girl Up, the United Nations Foundation’s adolescent girl campaign, supports the empowerment of girls everywhere.  Since its launch in 2010, the campaign has funded UN programs that promote the health, safety, education, and leadership of girls in developing countries and built a community of nearly half a million passionate advocates – including Girl Up Global Advocates Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan and Latin American business leader Angélica Fuentes.
Our youth leaders, representing more than 1400 Girl Up Clubs in 85 countries, stand up, speak up, and rise up to support the hardest to reach girls living in places where it is hardest to be a girl.
Learn more at GirlUp.org.

About the United Nations Foundation
The United Nations Foundation builds public-private partnerships to address the world’s most pressing problems, and broadens support for the United Nations through advocacy and public outreach. Through innovative campaigns and initiatives, the Foundation connects people, ideas, and resources to help the UN solve global problems. The Foundation was created in 1998 as a U.S. public charity by entrepreneur and philanthropist Ted Turner and now is supported by philanthropic, corporate, government, and individual donors. Learn more at: www.unfoundation.org.

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1 On behalf of Special K, Edelman Intelligence surveyed over 6,000 women across Australia, Canada, France, Mexico, the United Kingdom and the United States. Women aged 21-55 were spoken to via a quantitative online survey fielded between December 2015 and January 2016. Each market sample was nationally representative of the online population.

Pharma Companies Tap Startups to Develop Protocol for Tracking and Verifying Prescription Drugs using Blockchain

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SAN FRANCISCO, March 23, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — The goal of the pilot is to build an electronic, interoperable system to identify and track prescription drugs as they are distributed in the United States, in response to requirements from US FDA to better protect consumers by improving counterfeit detection and removal of potentially dangerous medicines.

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Blockchain startup Chronicled, which links the physical and digital worlds with cryptographic identity chips and blockchain technology and recently raised $6.25M, and the LinkLab, a life sciences supply chain consultancy, have launched a serialized “track and trace” pilot for the pharmaceutical industry, which is projected to grow to a $1.12 trillion industry by 2022.

The pilot launched at a one-day event in San Francisco, where the startup gathered feedback on the launch of a blockchain-based compliance protocol for that will satisfy the Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA). Blockchain refers to a distributed, peer-to-peer networking paradigm known for its security.

The event is the first phase of a pilot to develop an interoperable platform for the pharmaceutical industry. Representatives from global pharmaceutical manufacturers, wholesalers, hospitals, and leading blockchain and enterprise IT companies were in attendance.

Chronicled and the LinkLab have partnered to bring a blockchain-supported DSCSA protocol and compliance solution to market. This solution aims to provide the pharmaceutical industry with a less expensive, less cumbersome, and more secure approach to meeting existing regulatory requirements. The project’s goal is to develop around GS1 standards and to emphasize data privacy.

“The first phase of this project is to prove that one global pharmaceutical manufacturer can comply with their DSCSA regulatory obligations and meet the 2017 and 2023 requirements,” said Susanne Somerville, co-founder of the LinkLab. She continued, “we are excited to be partnering with a major pharmaceutical player in this first phase.”

Upcoming phases will involve multiple players in the pharma supply chain, from manufacturer to pharmacy and hospitals, in order to establish a minimum viable ecosystem. In the future, these pilots may allow the industry to automate the flow of goods, finances, and documents leveraging smart contracts.

“We will be working closely with teams at leading enterprise blockchain projects over the coming months to identify the most suitable enterprise blockchain to serve as a data utility for the pharmaceutical industry,” said Samantha Radocchia, CPO and Co-founder at Chronicled.

About Chronicled

Chronicled, Inc. is a San Francisco-based technology company linking the physical and digital worlds with blockchain and IoT technology. We give encrypted identities to physical objects, from consumer luxury goods to high-value products with secure supply chains. The Chronicled platform helps industries implement interoperable IoT solutions that deliver trust between partners, brand experiences for consumers, and compliance for regulators. In addition to our product offerings, Chronicled is developing an open-source, blockchain-backed registry for the Internet of Things, as well as working with a group of industry leading enterprises and startups to build an open-source protocol for blockchain and IoT. Learn more at chronicled.com and chronicled.org, and follow us on Twitter @ChronicledInc, Facebook, Github, and on our blog.

About The LinkLab

The LinkLab is a unique supply chain consulting group founded to provide life science companies guidance and support to meet world-wide serialization regulations. With deadlines fast approaching, we work to provide companies with innovative approaches to ensure gaps are identified, timelines are met, and business value is realized. The LinkLab formed from observing our industry’s progression in establishing electronic management of prescription medicines and seeing a need to do this better. With experience going back to 2008 in planning for California’s ePedigree law, The LinkLab principals have for the last four years focused on projects which support the packaging, distribution, and commercial requirements of serializing prescription medicines. To learn more, visit http://www.thelinklab.com/.

For more information, contact:

Chronicled
Rebecca Migirov
Chronicled, Inc.
rebecca@chronicled.com

The LinkLab
Susanne Somerville
The LinkLab, LLC
somerville@thelinklab.com

 

Mazda Names Tim Olson as Public Relations Program Manager

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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 www.mazdausamedia.com.

IRVINE, California, March 23, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Mazda North American Operations (MNAO) today announced the addition of Tim Olson to its public relations team as Program Manager, Public Relations.

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 www.mazdausamedia.com.

Olson comes to MNAO from the Powersports industry, where he spent the last decade as the public relations manager for Yamaha Motor Corporation and Suzuki Motor of America. Prior to that, he spent a decade working in the editorial space as managing editor for one of the most prominent motorcycle magazines.

In his new position, Olson is responsible for managing day-to-day PR activities and storytelling related to product, corporate, lifestyle and motorsports communications. He will report directly to Eric Booth, Senior Manager, Public Relations, and will be based out of MNAO’s corporate headquarters in Irvine, Calif. For all working media, he can be reached at 949-727-6651 and at tolson4@mazdausa.com.

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

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PoliceOne Provides Notice of Data Security Incident Related to PoliceOne Forums

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SAN FRANCISCO, March 22, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — PoliceOne announced that a recent data security incident has compromised the security of PoliceOne Forums users’ email addresses, user names, a small number of dates of birth and MD-5 hashed and salted passwords.  Although there is no indication of actual or attempted misuse of this information nor was PoliceOne’s central database compromised, PoliceOne is notifying users whose information may have been subject to unauthorized access and acquisition and providing these users with information and resources that can be used to better protect against the possibility of identity theft or fraud if they feel it is appropriate to do so. 

“We take this incident and user privacy very seriously as we have over the past 17 years,” Alex Ford, CEO of PoliceOne stated. “We have fully reviewed our forums, confirming the vulnerability had already been addressed, and continue to review our processes, policies, and procedures that address data security to prevent any future incidents.”

What Happened: On Friday, February 3, 2017, we were notified that the content of our PoliceOne Forum was the subject of unauthorized access and acquisition. The access and acquisition allegedly occurred in 2014, but was just brought to our attention.

What Information Was Involved: The information accessed included email addresses, a small number of dates of birth, user names, and MD-5 hashed passwords. The passwords were also salted, which adds another layer of security; however, the salt was also accessed.

What PoliceOne Users Can Do: We want to make sure you have information regarding what happened, what we are doing to address it, and what you’ll be asked to do as a result. Here’s what you need to know:

– As soon as we became aware of the potential incident, we took down the forums and set any new member login to require a password reset via email for potentially affected accounts

– On your next PoliceOne login, you will automatically receive an email with a link to change your password. We strongly recommend you go to our login page and initiate a password change immediately.

– If you use your same PoliceOne user name or email address and password for any other sites, we highly recommend changing your password on those sites.

– In general, it is a best practice to change any online password every 30 to 60 days due to the increase in hacking activity.

What We are Doing:  While our investigation is ongoing, we are currently in the process of completing a security review. 

For More Information:  We apologize for any inconvenience. If you have any questions about this incident, please contact our Customer Service department at 1-888-765-4231.  This notice was not delayed as a result of a law enforcement investigation.

eMerge Americas 2017: Registration is Now Open for the Biggest Tech Conference in South Florida

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

MIAMI, March 17, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — eMerge Americas, the technology conference connecting companies with business and government leaders from North America, Latin America and Europe, today announced the launch of registration for the highly-anticipated 2017 event. eMerge Americas also launched the application process for the event’s Startup Showcase, which brings hundreds of innovative entrepreneurs from around the world to compete in front of expert judges and thousands of attendees.

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

Setting the stage for another successful year of innovative collaboration and forward thinking, the tech conference will return with three of its most popular sessions: the WIT (Women, Innovation and Technology) Summit, the eGov Summit and the Start-Up Showcase. WIT, launched in year two, brings together innovative women leaders from varying fields to discuss how they’re actively working towards disrupting their respective industries through technology. eGov, the gathering of the most powerful public and private sector forces, will once again stimulate conversation around how innovation and technology are increasingly influencing policy and fostering citizenship on the global scale.

“We could not be more eager to head into this year’s event armed with the experience and knowledge of the past three years to make eMerge Americas 2017 the most successful conference yet,” said eMerge Americas CEO, Xavier Gonzalez. “We’ve spent the past few months working diligently to strike new partnerships and secure unique speakers to ensure eMerge 2017 surpasses all expectations.”

The Start-Up Showcase, a unique opportunity for up-and-coming startups to connect with top-level investors and business leaders, is now accepting applications. This year’s showcase includes participation from 125 startups, which will pitch their ideas to a carefully selected team of qualified judges for the chance to win up to $175,000 in prizes.

Registration for eMerge Americas 2017 is now open. For more information or to register, visit emergeamericas.com. For the latest eMerge Americas news, connect with us on Facebook, Twitter (@eMergeAmericas), Instagram (@emergeamericas) and LinkedIn.

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, IT decision-makers, and entrepreneurs, partnerships are forged that spur visionary innovation and technological advancements for the betterment of business and society. eMerge’s founding partners include: Medina Capital, A Rod Corporation, Greenberg Traurig, Knight Foundation, Miami-Dade County, and Miami Herald. For more information about eMerge Americas, please visit: emergeamericas.com. 

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Wyndham Grand Cruises into Belize with Luxurious Five-Star Destination

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PARSIPPANY, N.J., March 23, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Continuing its aggressive development in Latin America and the Caribbean Wyndham Hotel Group, the hotel giant with an unmatched global presence of more than 8,000 hotels, today unveiled plans to manage the stunning 242-key Wyndham Grand Ambergris Caye, the first resort in Belize to fly the Wyndham Grand® flag.

Wyndham Hotel Group

Caribbean tranquillity meets Venetian romance and charm at this five-star oceanfront resort, scheduled to open in December 2018. Situated along the crystal-clear Caribbean Sea, the resort’s five towers – housing elegantly designed one-, two-, and three-bedroom hotel and residential suites – feature eleven cascading waterfalls and rise up from sparkling pools connected by bridges and canals reminiscent of Venice. The various waterways create the largest pool of its kind in all of Belize for guests and residents to enjoy.

Wyndham Grand Ambergris Caye – owned by Venezia del Caribe, LTD, and developed by Sandy Point Developments, LTD – will offer a signature spa, a fitness center, multiple restaurants, 7,000 square feet of meeting space, and an onsite excursion center. It puts guests within just yards of Belize’s Barrier Reef, the world’s second largest coral reef system, which runs the length of the country and is just three miles from San Pedro, the island’s only town.

Belize is emerging as a top spot on every traveler’s bucket list, thanks to its pristine beaches, celebrated culture, and continuous recognition as a must-visit destination by respected sources like The New York Times, Lonely Planet, and U.S. News & World Report,” said Paulo Pena, president and managing director, Latin America and the Caribbean for Wyndham Hotel Group. “With overnight visitors hitting a record high last year – up 13% over 2015 – we’re seeing an increased demand for first-class, high-end hotel experiences in destinations like Ambergris Caye. With Wyndham Grand’s understated approach to luxury travel, coupled with the market expertise of established partners like Venezia del Caribe, LTD, and Sandy Point Developments, LTD, we’ll deliver a distinct and unforgettable resort experience for guests.”

The resort’s development will create upwards of 250 jobs. Upon opening Wyndham Grand Ambergris Caye will employ approximately 350 people.

“The combination of Wyndham Hotel Group’s vast global reach and recognition, along with a top-rated loyalty program in Wyndham Rewards, sets the stage for a successful luxury development in one of Belize’s most desirable locations,” said Jeremy Meighan, partner and director for Venezia del Caribe, LTD, and Sandy Point Developments, LTD.

“With the baby-boomer population looking for new places to retire and major airlines adding more flights to Ambergris Caye, the area is experiencing a real estate boom,” said Daniel Hartin, owner of Sandy Point Real Estate. “Wyndham Grand is going to be the benchmark of the luxury market in Belize and we invite travelers to register and explore the ownership opportunities within this prestigious resort at www.wyndhamgrandbelize.com.”

Ambergris Caye is the largest of the more than 200 islands, known as cayes, located off the coast of Belize. Situated off the Barrier Reef, the island is a renowned destination for diving and snorkelling. Regular cooling trade winds create a temperate atmosphere year-round whether relaxing on the beach, hiking through rainforests, or exploring limestone caves and Mayan ruins.

Grand Global Growth

The worldly, upper-upscale Wyndham Grand brand offers an unpretentious and approachable atmosphere, allowing guests to enjoy the grand things in life like pristine guest rooms, relaxing spas, one-of-a-kind dining experiences, and more, with local culture and style infused into each hotel and resort. The brand welcomes travellers in sought-after destinations around the world like Athens, Phuket, Shanghai, Istanbul, Chicago, and Frankfurt.

Wyndham Grand’s presence is burgeoning in the Caribbean with the existing Wyndham Grand Rio Mar in Puerto Rico and spectacular new-construction resorts planned for Barbados and Nevis, both of which will be managed by Wyndham Hotel Group upon opening over the next two years.  The company is growing its collection of managed properties around the world, recently widening it to more than 100 hotels and resorts globally with the acquisition of Fën Hotels, a leading management company in Latin America with 25 hotels across Argentina, Peru, Costa Rica, Uruguay, Paraguay, and the U.S.

Wyndham Grand hotels participate in Wyndham Rewards®, the simple-to-use, revolutionary loyalty program from Wyndham Hotel Group. Named the number one hotel rewards program by U.S. News & World Report and the most generous hotel rewards program by IdeaWorks, it offers members a generous points earning structure along with a flat, free-night redemption rate in more than 70 countries across the world – the first of its kind for a major hotel rewards program. To learn more or to join for free, guests should visit www.wyndhamrewards.com.

About Wyndham Hotel Group
Wyndham Hotel Group, hotel giant with an unmatched global presence, is one of three hospitality business units of Wyndham Worldwide (NYSE: WYN). Driving the democratization of travel, Wyndham Hotel Group is elevating the experience of the everyday traveler, changing the game so every traveler – no matter how much they spend or how they like to travel – has an extraordinary experience. As both a leading hotel brand franchisor and hotel management services provider, the company’s global  portfolio consists of more than 8,000 hotels and over 697,600 rooms in 77 countries under the following brands: Dolce Hotels and Resorts®, Wyndham Grand®, Dazzler® Hotels, Esplendor® Boutique HotelsWyndham Hotels and Resorts®, Wyndham Garden® Hotels, TRYP by Wyndham®, Wingate by Wyndham®, Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham®, Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham®, Ramada®, Baymont Inn & Suites®, Days Inn®, Super 8®, Howard Johnson®, Travelodge® and Knights Inn®. Wyndham Rewards, ranked number one hotel rewards program for 2016-2017 by U.S. News & World Report, offers more than 49 million members the opportunity to earn and redeem points at more than 25,000 hotels, condos and homes globally. For more information, visit www.wyndhamworldwide.com.

About Sandy Point 
The Sandy Point group of companies in Belize, Central America, is the best choice for amazing real estate ownership opportunities. Boasting the largest group of successful and beautiful resort projects on Ambergris Caye, Belize (named a Top Island Destination multiple years in a row), the Sandy Point group of companies provides clients with expert in-house services of real estate sales, property management and real estate commercial development. Visit sandypointresorts.com to find more information about the award-winning Sandy Point resorts.

Explore choices for the Wyndham Grand Ambergris Caye at www.wyndhamgrandbelize.com.

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Statement of Stacey D. Stewart, President, March of Dimes on House consideration of The American Health Care Act

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WASHINGTON, March 21, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — The March of Dimes released the following statement from President Stacey D. Stewart on the American Health Care Act (AHCA), legislation that will be taken up by the House of Representatives this week:

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“Women, children and families need quality, affordable health coverage to lead healthy, productive lives. Unfortunately, in its current form, the American Health Care Act will deny millions of pregnant women and their families the affordable coverage and quality services they need.

The American Health Care Act fails to meet one critical test of success by causing significant coverage losses. The Congressional Budget Office has estimated that 14 million people will lose or drop coverage in the first year after passage, and 24 million within a decade. This would include many women of childbearing age and children who need access to vital health services.

In the individual market, critical consumer protections will also vanish. For example, insurers will be able to place onerous conditions on coverage for anyone who did not maintain consistent coverage for any reason, including  people with pre-existing conditions. This would almost certainly result in higher rates for pregnant women or children with complex medical conditions.

“Every year, preterm birth costs our nation over $26 billion.  An infant born preterm costs an average of 10 times more than an infant born without complications. Other adverse birth outcomes increase that cost further.  Our nation cannot afford to put in place policies that make it more difficult for women to get the coverage and services they need to have healthy pregnancies and healthy babies.

The AHCA’s proposal to repeal the Medicaid expansion would leave millions of low-income women of childbearing age without access to care.  Medicaid coverage offers these women a critical opportunity to get healthy before they get pregnant.  Even if they qualify after becoming pregnant, women may receive inadequate services because states will no longer be required to cover maternity and newborn care. Women, infants, and communities will bear the long-term cost if prenatal care is shortchanged and more babies are born sick as a result.

“The March of Dimes urges the House of Representatives to reconsider this legislation. We would welcome the opportunity to work collaboratively with policymakers to achieve our mutual goals of ensuring better, more affordable coverage for all Americans.”

About March of Dimes
The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. For more than 75 years, moms and babies have benefited from March of Dimes research, education, vaccines, and breakthroughs.

For the latest resources and health information, visit our websites marchofdimes.org and nacersano.org. To participate in our annual signature fundraising event, visit marchforbabies.org. If you have been affected by prematurity or birth defects, visit our shareyourstory.org community to find comfort and support. For detailed national, state and local perinatal statistics, visit persistats.org. You can also find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.

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Lopez Negrete Communications Celebrates Winning Streak at American Advertising Federation – Houston Chapter Awards

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HOUSTON, March 22, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Lopez Negrete Communications, Inc., the nation’s largest independent, Hispanic owned and operated, full-service agency specializing in Hispanic marketing, walked away with 21 American Advertising Federation – Houston Chapter awards, including a “Best in Show” in the Broadcast category. This marks the 14th consecutive year that the agency has earned “Best in Show” honors.

The winning “Best in Show” spot, created for Walmart’s Halloween campaign, aspired to show how a child’s ingenuity goes a long way with Walmart’s help. The main character, a young boy, has the clever idea to dress up as Captain America and bring his Invisible Man sidekick to trick-or-treat for candy for himself and a friend. Later in the advertisement, viewers learn that his friend was at home with a broken leg. The song that accompanies the commercial is “Stand by Me” by Prince Royce and was chosen to portray the message of friendship and sharing.

“Our passion and commitment to our clients and our community continues to shine through our work. The dedication and excitement of this group of superbly talented creative professionals make me proud,” says Lopez Negrete Communications President and CEO Alex López Negrete. “Fourteen consecutive Best in Show awards is quite remarkable. We welcome these accolades with dignity and pure joy and with the understanding that our work here is not done; it has just begun,” he added.

In addition to its Best of Show – Broadcast award, Lopez Negrete Communications also received the following honors:

  • Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
    • Best in Show, one Gold, one Silver, and six Citations of Excellence
  • Fiat Chrysler Automobiles
    • Three Gold, three Silver and three Citations of Excellence
  • Saint Arnold Brewing Company
    • One Silver
  • Lopez Negrete Communications
    • Two Silver

The American Advertising Awards, formerly the ADDYs, are the advertising industry’s largest and most representative competition, attracting over 40,000 entries every year in local AAF Club (Ad Club) competitions. The mission of the American Advertising Awards competition is to recognize and reward the creative spirit of excellence in the art of advertising.

ABOUT LOPEZ NEGRETE COMMUNICATIONS, INC.
Lopez Negrete Communications, Inc. specializes in providing marketing services to corporations wishing to reach and engage with the Hispanic marketplace in America, and stands as the largest Hispanic, independently owned and operated, full-service agency in the United States. Founded in 1985 by Alex and Cathy López Negrete, the agency offers thought leadership and a full range of marketing, advertising and communications services, including strategic planning, research and consumer insights, media planning and buying, creative, brand strategy, digital/social/mobile marketing services, public relations, and promotions. Award winning throughout a rich, 32-year history, Lopez Negrete counts as clients some of the nation’s largest corporations and their prestigious brands, such as Bank of America, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., NBC Universal Motion Pictures Group, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, SAMSUNG Telecommunications America, Southern California Edison, Phillips 66 Company, Community Coffee Company, Dannon Company, Inc., Realtor.com, and Lone Star College Systems. With national headquarters in Houston, Texas and offices in Los Angeles, Lopez Negrete employs over 120 employees who keep clients at the forefront of a burgeoning Hispanic market.

Native Advertising Pioneer, MGID, Launches Spanish Dashboard to Accommodate Rapid Growth in Latin America

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SANTA MONICA, California, March 22, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — MGID, a leading provider of native advertising and marketing solutions, today announced that its user dashboard is now available in Spanish. The launch is the first in a series of localized user interface rollouts, and will provide a more streamlined experience for MGID’s Spanish-speaking clients.

The company launched the Spanish dashboard to accommodate increased demand in the Latin American market, where it experienced 491 percent growth in 2016. “We’re very excited about the traction we’re seeing in the Latin American market, and realized that in order to give those advertisers and publishers the best experience possible, we needed to make our dashboard available in Spanish,” said Sergey Denisenko, chief executive officer at MGID. “We’ve always provided localized managed services to our clients, so introducing a localized dashboard felt like a natural next step.”

On the demand side, the dashboard enables advertisers to quickly set up a campaign from start to finish, including uploading creatives, setting up targeting and tracking preferences and managing bids. On the supply side, it allows publishers to easily add or remove websites, generate customized widget codes and filter ad content. Both publishers and advertisers can use the dashboard to export detailed campaign reports.

MGID launched the Spanish dashboard in beta earlier this year to collect user feedback and adjust the platform before making it available to the public, and will do the same with each new launch to come.

For more information on MGID and its services, please visit www.mgid.com.

About MGID:

MGID is a pioneer in native advertising and marketing solutions, offering brands, agencies and publishers a performance-driven network for the real-time buying, selling and management of native ads. MGID’s award-winning global network services thousands of publishers with billions of content recommendations every day. The company’s innovative technology, customer service-centric team and performance-driven philosophy contribute to the consistent delivery of quality, highly relevant end-user experiences, which result in increased traffic, engagement and revenue for its advertisers and publishing partners. Founded in 2007, MGID’s headquarters are in Santa Monica, Calif., with additional offices in Kiev, Ukraine. For more information visit www.MGID.com.

Lotte Koala’s March Cookies Make for a Sweet Spring Snack

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CARSON CITY, California, March 22, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Easter is a major holiday in the United States celebrated by over 80% of Americans according to the National Retail Federation1; of that 80% celebrating, 87% of parents celebrate specifically with Easter baskets2. When looking for a sweet snack to fill this year’s Easter basket, Lotte Koala’s March are delicious and adorable cookies featuring a creamy fondant filling with a crunchy outer biscuit shell. New to shelves in Southern California Hispanic grocery markets, Koala’s March is available in both Chocolate and Strawberry flavors.

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“Lotte Koala’s March was first introduced in Japan over 30 years ago when the first koala bear came to the country,” explains Yuji Kamiyama, from LOTTE USA. “Since then the cookies have been enjoyed by millions and make a great snack, especially for kids.”

Koala’s March is a snack loved by kids. Whether looking for an after school snack or a snack to take to the park, Koala’s March is great for sharing and features more than 100 varieties of cute Koala character cookies. Since making its debut in Japan, Koala’s March made its way to the United States and onto shelves in Asian specialty markets. This year, due to its popularity, Koala’s March is now available in Hispanic specialty markets in Southern California including Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Orange County and Riverside.

Koala’s March is a gold member of the Australian Koala Foundation®, a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting and researching koalas’ habitats.

Koala’s March are available at Southern California Hispanic and Asian specialty markets in both Chocolate and Strawberry flavors. For more information, visit http://koalasmarch-usa.com/ .

About LOTTE 
LOTTE USA, Inc., headquartered in Battle Creek, Michigan is a wholly owned subsidiary of Lotte Co., Ltd. of Japan. Established in September of 1978, Lotte USA, Inc. manufactures chewing gum base, and imports cookies. Lotte USA. Inc. operates a vigorous export business of gum base to our parent and affiliate companies.

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Olympusat Launches Newly Redesigned Website

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WEST PALM BEACH, Florida, March 22, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Olympusat Inc., one of the largest independent media companies specializing in the ownership, distribution, production and technical services of Spanish- and English-language networks, is excited to announce that its new and refreshed website is now LIVE, the newly redesigned website focuses on aesthetics, content, and increasing the visibility of the company’s owned-and-operated networks, original productions, brands and services.

The new website, olympusat.com, offers an enriched user experience, providing interactive content, streamlined menus, navigation functionalities and a responsive layout for both desktop and mobile. Created with the user experience in mind, the website is completely bilingual in English and Spanish.

“Our main goal is to make our content and services even more accessible through all platforms. We aim to continue to grow our relationship with our current and future clients and partners, as well as the general public,” stated Tom Mohler, CEO of Olympusat Holdings. “We are very pleased with the new design; it’s exceptionally clean and modern, providing an efficient and user-friendly experience.”

In addition to a refreshing new design and a general restructure of the website, Olympusat will constantly update its website with new content, programming highlights and schedules, trailers, leadership profiles, news and blog posts. Olympusat.com also includes relevant information and updates on company services such as VEMOX™, original productions, owned-and-operated networks, film restoration, end-to-end solutions, dubbing, distribution, content sales and ad sales.

To explore the newly redesigned website and learn more about Olympusat’s industry-leading efforts, please visit olympusat.com.

Olympusat – Editorial Contact:
Jesus Piñango
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jesus@olympusat.com

Beau Ferrari Named Executive Vice President Of NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises

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MIAMI, March 20, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises announced today it has named Beau Ferrari to Executive Vice President of NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises. Ferrari previously served as Executive Vice President, Corporate Strategy and Development for Univision Communications Inc. He will be based in Miami and will report to Cesar Conde, Chairman of NBCUniversal International Group and NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises.

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In this role, Ferrari will oversee finance, operations, corporate strategy and development to manage growth and profitability for NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises. Under his new responsibilities, Ferrari will support the company’s business units, including the broadcast and cable networks, digital, sports division, news division, international distribution groups, and corporate functions. He will also partner across NBCUniversal’s platforms to identify new opportunities in the marketplace.

“I am thrilled that Beau is joining our company at this extraordinary moment in our business,” said Conde. “He is a seasoned executive with a wide range of operating, strategic and financial skills who brings a wealth of experience and deep industry relationships to our company. His unique combination of traditional and digital media experience across multiple businesses will be a great addition to our leadership team and will further position our organization as an industry leader.”

Ferrari said, “I am excited to join a world-class company that has consistently demonstrated its commitment to win. With the support of the senior leadership at Comcast NBCUniversal, I look forward to the opportunity to work closely with Cesar and the senior leadership across the company to help build on their successes into the future.” 

Ferrari held various senior leadership and operating roles during his eight years at Univision Communications. He was responsible for Univision Communications’ corporate development as Executive Vice President of Corporate Strategy and Development, and previously served as Executive Vice President of Operations. He was also integral to Univision’s acquisitions and investments in the digital space. During his tenure, Ferrari also served as the first CEO and General Manager of FUSION, the multiplatform joint venture with the Walt Disney Company, headed Univision Deportes and the launch of Univision’s sports network and served as Chief of Staff/Special Assistant to the CEO.

Prior to Ferrari joining Univision Communications, he was co-founder and partner at Royal Palm Capital Partners, a private equity investment and management firm. Ferrari began his career as an investment banker with Morgan Stanley & Co. in New York.

Ferrari holds an MBA from Columbia Business School and graduated from Georgetown University, magna cum laude, with a double major in Finance and International Business. He is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

About NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises:

NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises encompasses TELEMUNDO, a Spanish-language television network reaching 94% of Hispanic TV households and featuring original scripted and non-scripted productions, theatrical motion pictures, specials, news and first-class sports events; Telemundo Studios, the leading producer of original Spanish-language primetime content in the U.S.; the Telemundo Station Group, reaching U.S. Hispanic viewers in 210 markets, through its 17 owned stations and 54 broadcast affiliates in the US and Puerto Rico; Universo, the fastest Spanish-language entertainment cable network in the U.S. bringing immersive original programming and the world’s top sports franchises to more than 40 million households; Telemundo International, the second largest distributor of Spanish-language content in the world, reaching more than 120 countries in over 40 languages; and its Digital Media unit, which creates and distributes original content across digital and emerging platforms including mobile devices, apps, www.telemundo.com and www.nbcuniverso.com, and operates Fluency Productions, the company’s multi-format, multi-platform production studio. NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises is a division of NBCUniversal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies. NBCUniversal is a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation.

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FIBRA Prologis to Host First Quarter 2017 Earnings Conference Call April 21

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MEXICO CITY, March 21, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — FIBRA Prologis (BMV: FIBRAPL 14), a leading owner and operator of Class-A logistics real estate in Mexico, will host a webcast and conference call with senior management to discuss first quarter results, current market conditions and future outlook on Friday, April 21, at 9:00 a.m. CT/10:00 a.m. ET.

To access a live broadcast of the call, dial +1 877 256 7020 (toll-free from the United States and Canada), 01 800 926 9146 (toll-free from Mexico) or +1 973 409 9692 from all other countries and enter conference code 91962563. A live webcast can be accessed at www.fibraprologis.com in the Investor Relations section on April 21.

A telephonic replay will be available April 21April 28 at +1 855 859 2056 from the U.S. and Canada or at +1 404 537 3406 from all other countries using conference code 91962563. The replay will be posted in the Investor Relations section of the FIBRA Prologis website.

ABOUT FIBRA PROLOGIS
FIBRA Prologis is a leading owner and operator of Class-A logistics real estate in Mexico. As of December 31, 2016, FIBRA Prologis was comprised of 194 logistics and manufacturing facilities in six industrial markets in Mexico totaling 34.2 million square feet (3.2 million square meters) of gross leasable area.

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS
The statements in this release that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are based on current expectations, estimates and projections about the industry and markets in which FIBRA Prologis operates, management’s beliefs and assumptions made by management.  Such statements involve uncertainties that could significantly impact FIBRA Prologis financial results. Words such as “expects,” “anticipates,” “intends,” “plans,” “believes,” “seeks,” “estimates,” variations of such words and similar expressions are intended to identify such forward-looking statements, which generally are not historical in nature.  All statements that address operating performance, events or developments that we expect or anticipate will occur in the future — including statements relating to rent and occupancy growth, acquisition activity, development activity, disposition activity, general conditions in the geographic areas where we operate, our debt and financial position, are forward-looking statements. These statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve certain risks, uncertainties and assumptions that are difficult to predict. Although we believe the expectations reflected in any forward-looking statements are based on reasonable assumptions, we can give no assurance that our expectations will be attained and therefore, actual outcomes and results may differ materially from what is expressed or forecasted in such forward-looking statements. Some of the factors that may affect outcomes and results include, but are not limited to: (i) national, international, regional and local economic climates, (ii) changes in financial markets, interest rates and foreign currency exchange rates, (iii) increased or unanticipated competition for our properties, (iv) risks associated with acquisitions, dispositions and development of properties, (v) maintenance of real estate investment trust (“FIBRA”) status and tax structuring, (vi) availability of financing and capital, the levels of debt that we maintain and our credit ratings, (vii) risks related to our investments (viii) environmental uncertainties, including risks of natural disasters, and (ix) those additional factors discussed in reports filed with the “Comisión Nacional Bancaria y de Valores” and  the Mexican Stock Exchange by FIBRA Prologis under the heading “Risk Factors.” FIBRA Prologis undertakes no duty to update any forward-looking statements appearing in this release.

Non-Solicitation – Any securities discussed herein or in the accompanying presentations, if any, have not been registered under the Securities Act of 1933 or the securities laws of any state and may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an applicable exemption from the registration requirements under the Securities Act and any applicable state securities laws. Any such announcement does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy the securities discussed herein or in the presentations, if and as applicable.

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28th Annual Honda Campus All-Star Challenge Celebrates Academic Prowess of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs)

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Students from Claflin University and Norfolk State University compete in the 2016 Honda Campus All-Star Challenge (HCASC), the nation's only academic competition among Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). Teams from 48 HBCUs will compete for top honors and a share of more than $350,000 in institutional grants from Honda in the 28th Annual HCASC National Championship Finals, April 8-10, 2017. Tune into HCASC.com on April 10 at 12 p.m. EDT for all of the academic action.

TORRANCE, Calif., March 21, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — After months of rigorous preparation and multiple competitions among 89 schools, students from 48 Historically Black College and University (HBCU) teams are ready to compete for the National Championship of the 28th Annual Honda Campus All-Star Challenge (HCASC), April 8-10, 2017. The “Great 48” will vie for top honors and bragging rights, as well as a share of more than $350,000 in institutional grants from Honda. The HCASC National Championship Finals will be held on April 10 at 12 p.m. EDT on the Honda campus in Torrance, Calif. Tune into HCASC.com for all of the academic action, including a live stream of the Final Four competition.  

Students from Claflin University and Norfolk State University compete in the 2016 Honda Campus All-Star Challenge (HCASC), the nation's only academic competition among Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). Teams from 48 HBCUs will compete for top honors and a share of more than $350,000 in institutional grants from Honda in the 28th Annual HCASC National Championship Finals, April 8-10, 2017. Tune into HCASC.com on April 10 at 12 p.m. EDT for all of the academic action.

Honda established the Honda Campus All-Star Challenge as a way to highlight and recognize the academic talents of HBCU students. More than $8 million in grants from Honda have provided support for books and tuition, scholarships, enhancement of student programs and other investments to improve campus facilities. The winning HBCU team will receive a $75,000 institutional grant; the runner up will receive $30,000, while the third and fourth place finishers will each take home $20,000.

This year’s journey to the championship began in the fall, with 89 HBCUs competing for a spot in the finals. Team members spent countless hours preparing for the competition, which includes knowledge acquisition, learning game skills and mastering game strategies. The Honda Campus All-Star Challenge tests students’ knowledge and ability to quickly and accurately answer questions about world history, science, literature, religion, the arts and popular culture. See the full list of participating HBCUs.

“The Honda Campus All-Star Challenge is more than a competition of academic excellence; it has fostered a close-knit community that supports the students even after they enter professional life,” said Steve Morikawa, Vice President, Corporate Relations and Social Responsibility, American Honda Motor Co., Inc. “The ‘Great 48’ teams represent some of the best and brightest HBCU talent, and Honda looks forward to an exciting HCASC National Championship Tournament.”

Building a Legacy through HCASC
With more than 125,000 HCASC alumni, the annual academic competition creates professional networking opportunities for HBCU students. HCASC’s impressive roster of past participants includes engineers, lawyers, doctors and professors. Each year, outstanding former HCASC competitors, who have succeeded in their chosen career and life paths, are inducted into the HCASC Alumni Hall of Fame. To continue their legacy, many Hall of Fame alumni become mentors for the current generation of HCASC competitors.

“HCASC helped me meet ‘friends for life’ who now form the core of my social and professional networks,” said HCASC Alumni Hall of Fame honoree, Myles B. Caggins, who serves as U.S. Army Lt. Colonel and Defense Department Spokesman for Military Personnel Policy. “Two decades after my last ‘hands on the buzzer’ experience as an HCASC player at Hampton University, I stay engaged with HCASC because my fellow volunteers are the heart of a positive experience for our exceptional students.”

The 2017 Honda Campus All-Star Challenge National Championship Finals will be live-streamed at HCASC.com on April 10 at 12:00 p.m. EDT. For social media updates, visit the HCASC Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages and follow #HCASC.

About Honda’s Commitment to Historically Black Colleges and Universities
Honda has supported and celebrated America’s HBCUs for more than 25 years. Since 1989, Honda Campus All-Star Challenge (HCASC), one of Honda’s largest and longest running philanthropic initiatives in the United States, has impacted the lives of over 125,000 academic superstars from across the country. Since 2003, Honda Battle of the Bands (HBOB) has provided eight top HBCU marching bands with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to deliver a dynamic performance on a national stage, while earning grants and positive attention for their respective institutions. Through programs like HCASC and HBOB, Honda is not only helping students academically, but building them up for the future, helping position them for career success. Honda has also awarded $10 million to support music and educational programs at America’s HBCUs.

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Honda Ridgeline Field Restoration in Houston Enables Little Leaguers® to Take the Field

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TORRANCE, California, March 21, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Honda and its award-winning and versatile Ridgeline pickup have helped restore the OFA Little League facilities in Houston, Texas, which were damaged by consistent flooding throughout 2016. Through the Honda Little League Grant Program, Honda donated $55,000 towards the Honda Ridgeline Little League Community Project, which supported the renovation efforts.

The Honda Ridgeline Little League Community Project has helped hundreds of children begin the 2017 season with a home run! On Opening Day, March 4, 2017, OFA Little League in Houston proudly revealed their upgraded facilities, which included: newly regraded fields, restored dugouts, protective netting replacements, repaired bleachers and fences, and new concession stand equipment. The renovation was a dream made real by Honda with the help of local Honda dealers, community volunteers and the Honda Ridgeline. The full renovation will unfold in a series of videos on Spanish language @HondaLatino and @Honda social media accounts, with the first video debuting today: http://honda.us/RidgelineCommunityProject.

“Honda is dedicated to helping young people strive to pursue their dreams and our Honda Little League Grant Program enables us to help communities overcome damage from weather related disasters, like flooding experienced in this neighborhood of Houston last year,” said Susie Rossick, Assistant Vice President of Honda Automobile Marketing.

Honda and Little League® Baseball and Softball
American Honda has been a proud sponsor of Little League Baseball and Softball since 1996 and is dedicated to helping kids learn discipline and teamwork while improving self-esteem through the love of the game. Through the Honda Little League Grant Program, Honda has donated more than 1.2 million dollars to underfunded leagues and has helped with improvement of playing fields, the purchase of new equipment and rebuilding of local Little League programs devastated by hurricanes, tornadoes and other natural disasters – including programs in Joplin, MO, Staten Island, NY, Brookville, PA, and now, Houston, TX.

About Little League®
Little League® Baseball and Softball is the world’s largest organized youth sports program, with 2.4 million players and one million adult volunteers in every U.S. state and more than 80 other countries. Founded in 1939, more than 35 million people around the world, from a U.S. president to community leaders to professional athletes, can call themselves Little League graduates. And every year, millions of people follow the hard work, dedication, and sportsmanship that the Little Leaguers display at our nine baseball and softball World Series events, the premier tournaments in youth sports. For more information, visit LittleLeague.org, or follow Little League on Facebook (facebook.com/LittleLeague), Twitter (twitter.com/LittleLeague), and Instagram (Instagram.com/LittleLeague). Follow all of the action from the nine Little League World Series at llbws.org or on social media at hashtag: #LLWS.

About the 2017 Honda Ridgeline
The all-new Honda Ridgeline, 2017 North American Truck of the Year, available at Honda dealerships nationwide, builds on the unique and still industry-exclusive features that debuted in the award-winning first-generation Ridgeline in 2005. With superior on-road manners and a spacious, flexible interior — the 2017 Ridgeline adds a truck bed audio system to the already industry-first In-Bed Trunk® and Dual-Action Tailgate. Ridgeline joins an expanded lineup of innovative Honda light-truck models, including the HR-V crossover, the CR-V and Pilot SUVs and the Odyssey minivan.

The Ridgeline was developed by Honda R&D Americas in Ohio and California, and is produced exclusively at Honda’s Lincoln, Alabama, auto and engine plant, alongside the Honda Pilot and Odyssey.

About Honda
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 Fuel Cell 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 34 years and currently operates 19 major manufacturing facilities in North America. In 2016, more than 96 percent of all Honda vehicles sold in the U.S. were made in North America, using domestic and globally sourced parts.

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

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SAN FRANCISCO, March 20, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — A recent article in the New England Journal of Medicine highlights concerns that the American Academy of Ophthalmology has previously expressed regarding stem cell therapy for diseases of the retina. 

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In June 2016 the Academy issued clinical guidance that covers the appropriate use of stem cell therapy in eye care.  An article co-authored by the Academy’s Chief Executive Officer in the November issue of the Academy’s journal Ophthalmology highlights the dangers of unapproved trials, the need for appropriate oversight, and the risk to patients looking for a transformative cure. 

The Academy has called on both the National Institutes of Health and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to take steps to better ensure public safety associated with treatments outside of FDA-approved clinical trials.  Good research is being performed under FDA-approved trials by innovative clinician-scientists and tragedy associated with non-approved use of stem cells threatens the conduct and impact of this high-quality science.

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

About the American Academy of Ophthalmology
The American Academy of Ophthalmology is the world’s largest association of eye physicians and surgeons. A global community of 32,000 medical doctors, we protect sight and empower lives by setting the standards for ophthalmic education and advocating for our patients and the public. We innovate to advance our profession and to ensure the delivery of the highest-quality eye care. Our EyeSmart® program provides the public with the most trusted information about eye health. For more information, visit aao.org.

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Kmart kicks off 2017 March of Dimes fundraising campaign

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WHITE PLAINS, New York, March 21, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — The March of Dimes longest-standing and top overall corporate partner, Kmart, celebrates its 34th year of commitment to healthy babies by launching its in-store fundraising campaign, slated for March 19June 17. The campaign coincides with the March of Dimes signature fundraiser, March for Babies, which takes place in nearly 500 communities nationwide this spring.

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This year’s fundraising efforts are being led by Kelly Cook, chief marketing officer for Kmart and mother of triplets born five weeks premature. “As the mother of children who were born too soon and needed help, I’m grateful for the work of the March of Dimes,” said Ms. Cook. “But Kmart’s Shop Your Way members, customers and associates are the real heroes for babies. Each year they remain dedicated to our fundraising efforts by supporting the March of Dimes coast-to-coast.”

Kmart’s annual fundraising campaigns have raised more than $140 million in support of the March of Dimes work over the past 33 years – more than any other corporation in the foundation’s history. In addition to raising funds in store and online, Kmart also sells a collectible puppy figurine, of which a portion of those sold is donated back to the March of Dimes.

“Kmart’s efforts and unwavering commitment have helped to advance the critical work being done by the March of Dimes to improve the health of all babies,” says Stacey D. Stewart, president of the March of Dimes. “Their efforts have played a major role in the discovery of breakthroughs, like surfactant therapy for preemies that have saved the lives of countless children.”

The funds raised by Kmart have benefited the March of Dimes by helping the organization:

  • Provide reliable and up-to-date information on healthy pregnancy and newborn care;
  • Advocate for better healthcare coverage for pregnant women and babies;
  • Fight for better newborn screening requirements in every state;
  • Further prevention efforts to support education and awareness about Zika virus;
  • Help more moms get access to prenatal care.

About Kmart
Kmart is making shopping fun again. The retailer, a subsidiary of Sears Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ: SHLD), is bringing back the iconic Bluelight Specials, hosting Freebie Saturdays and in-store family events for its Shop Your Way members and customers. Kmart offers customers thrilling deals and amazing finds on quality products and exclusive brands including Jaclyn Smith, Joe Boxer, Route 66 and Smart Sense. Kmart’s V.E.R.V. coast-to-coast mobile tour, will travel nationwide.

About March of Dimes
The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. For more than 75 years, moms and babies have benefited from March of Dimes research, education, vaccines, and breakthroughs. For the latest resources and health information, visit our websites marchofdimes.org and nacersano.org. To participate in our annual signature fundraising event, visit marchforbabies.org. If you have been affected by prematurity or birth defects, visit our shareyourstory.org community to find comfort and support. You can also find us on Facebook or follow us on Instagram and Twitter.

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Wix.com And Manchester City Team Up To Provide A Football Fantasy For One Lucky Winner

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NEW YORK, March 21, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Wix.com Ltd. (Nasdaq: WIX) and the English Premier League’s Manchester City have teamed up for an all-star campaign, featuring the Club’s star players, to reward a Wix user in Latin America.

Through the multi-country campaign, the competition which officially opens today, will grant an amazing opportunity to a user and football fan to promote their winning brand throughout Latin America and beyond.

Manchester City players – Sergio Aguero, Gabriel Jesus, Claudio Bravo and Aleix Garcia – will promote the campaign, which is the latest in a series of once-in-a-lifetime opportunities giving Wix users the ability to promote their brands with the help of a star spokesperson. Pairing football fandom with Wix, the campaign will identify an outstanding individual that reflects both the work hard, play hard Wix brand and the winning team spirit of Manchester City. The campaign, and the winner, will be promoted via Wix and City’s social.

Wix works with artists, photographers, designers, musicians and small businesses all over the world and currently has over 26 million registered users in Latin America.

According to CAF, Development Bank of Latin America, one-third of Latin American workers are autonomous or small employers. SMEs represent more than 90 percent of companies in Latin America, they generate more than half of the employment and one fourth of GDP.

This competition goes beyond business owners, and is open to all Spanish and Portuguese speaking Wix users only in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Uruguay and Venezuela.

“We are making a football fantasy come true. It is no secret that Latin America has a passion for football,” said Omer Shai, CMO of Wix. “Latin America is also one of our most dynamic markets, and we are combining the best of both worlds to give our winner an unforgettable prize. Our customers and their ingenuity are our greatest pride, and we love being able to delight them with such an exciting opportunity. We want to make some magic and create an experience beyond our winner’s wildest dreams.”

In February 2016, Wix became City Football Group’s Official Website Design & Hosting partner for their clubs Manchester City FC, New York City FC and Melbourne City FC. Since then the company has been developing initiatives such as This City is Ours to engage the clubs’ fans.

Omar Berrada, Chief Operating Officer at Manchester City FC added, “We have a large fan base in Latin America, and their passion and support is invaluable to everyone at the Club. With Wix’s support, we will be able to offer them a unique opportunity to share their success stories and be featured in a campaign alongside some of their favorite players. We love the boundless creativity and energy and are certain that our fans will as well.”

How to enter:

The contest is now open for Spanish and Portuguese speaking Wix users only in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Uruguay and Venezuela. Wix users should submit their websites via the link below by March 30, 2017:

In Spanish: http://www.wix.com/man-city/win-a-commercial-es 

In Portuguese: http://www.wix.com/man-city/win-a-commercial-pt  

Wix and Manchester City will collectively choose one winner in early April. The winner will get an online advertisement for their website staring popular City players, which will be promoted across Wix and the Club’s social channels.

Please refer to the contest rules here:

In Spanish: Contest Rules

In Portuguese: Contest Rules

In English: Contest Rules

About Wix.com

Wix.com is a leading cloud-based web development platform with more than 102 million registered users worldwide. Wix was founded on the belief that the Internet should be accessible to everyone to develop, create and contribute. Through free and premium subscriptions, Wix empowers millions of businesses, organizations, professionals and individuals to take their businesses, brands and workflow online. Wix ADI, the Wix Editor and a highly curated App Market enable users to build and manage a fully integrated and dynamic digital presence. Wix’s headquarters are in Tel Aviv with offices in Be’er Sheva, San Francisco, New York, Miami, Berlin, Vilnius and Dnepropetrovsk.

Visit us: on our blogFacebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, Pinterest and Google+.

Download: Wix App for free in Google Play and in the App Store.

About City Football Group
City Football Group is the owner of a number of football related businesses with global relevance. These include high profile professional football clubs, academies, technical support and marketing companies. CFG’s clubs include Premier League Title Winners 2011-2012 and 2013-14 Manchester City FC, Melbourne City FC of the A-League and MLS Franchise New York City Football Club. CFG is also a minority shareholder in Yokohama F. Marinos of the J-League. The Group also includes Manchester City Women’s FC and 2015-16 Westfield W-League Premiership and Championship Winners, Melbourne City Women’s FC. The common aim across all clubs is to provide the best possible experience and an unmatched opportunity for fans and communities to participate in, and benefit from, football at both a local and global level.

The Group’s support companies – City Football Services and City Football Marketing – operate from a number of offices around the world in support of the Group’s clubs, associate organisations and customer organisations. City Football Services shares footballing IP and “know-how” to recruit, develop, train and win. City Football Marketing creates media, marketing and fan engagement properties to support the commercial development of clubs and their partners.

City Football Group is majority owned by Abu Dhabi United Group (ADUG). ADUG is an investment and development company privately owned by His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan. In December 2015, ADUG divested a 13% shareholding to a China Media Capital-led consortium, creating an unprecedented platform for the growth of CFG clubs and companies in China and internationally. City Football Group’s headquarters are in Manchester and it has offices in Abu Dhabi, London, New York, Melbourne, Singapore and Tokyo.

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Matt Rosenberg
Wix.com
pr@wix.com

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Enrique Iglesias And Pitbull Live! Sharing The Stage For Co-Headlining Summer Tour

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LOS ANGELES, March 20, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Two of music’s most captivating live performers will share the stage this summer when multi-platinum selling and multiple Grammy Award-winning global superstars Enrique Iglesias and Pitbull reunite for a co-headlining tour with CNCO as support, announced today.  Adored by fans and critics alike, the celebrated duo and longtime friends start the party on Saturday, June 3 in Chicago at the Allstate Arena, kicking off a 16-city tour exclusively produced by Live Nation.  The North American run will visit Los Angeles, Dallas, New York and Toronto, as well as hometown Miami, Florida.  Complete itinerary below.  For more information please visit livenation.com.

Pitbull and Enrique Iglesias Live! With CNCO:

Saturday, June 03

Chicago, IL

Allstate Arena

Tuesday, June 06

Denver, CO

Pepsi Center

Thursday, June 08

Sacramento, CA

Golden 1 Center

Friday, June 09

San Jose, CA

SAP Center

Saturday, June 10

Los Angeles, CA

STAPLES Center

Wednesday, June 14

Phoenix, AZ

Talking Stick Resort Arena

Friday, June 16

Dallas, TX

American Airlines Center

Saturday, June 17

San Antonio, TX

AT&T Center

Sunday, June 18

Houston, TX

Toyota Center

Thursday, June 22

Tampa, FL

Amalie Arena

Friday, June 23

Miami, FL

American Airlines Arena

Sunday, June 25

Atlanta, GA

Infinite Energy Center

Wednesday, June 28

Detroit, MI

The Palace of Auburn Hills

Friday, June 30

New York, NY

Madison Square Garden

Wednesday, July 05

Montreal, QC

Bell Centre

Thursday, July 06

Toronto, ON

Air Canada Centre

About Enrique Iglesias:
Enrique Iglesias has sold more than 150 million albums worldwide, released ten studio albums plus two greatest hits compilations, and is a multiplatinum artist in almost every country around the world. He has headlined ten world tours to more than 10 million fans throughout his career having performed in literally every corner of the world from New York to Sydney to Cape Town to Minsk to London to Belgrade to Santiago to Mexico among many more.

Undeniably the biggest Latin recording artist in music history, Enrique has 27 #1 singles on the Billboard Latin Songs Chart as well as having multiple #1’s across all the Billboard charts with a combined total of 105. His most recent track, “Duele El Corazon” got him his 14th #1 Billboard Dance track making him the king of the chart beating out Michael Jackson for the most #1’s in Billboard history. He continues to be one of the most successful artists in modern music holding the record for most weeks at #1 on Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs chart with his hit “Bailando” at 42 weeks, and the music video has gained over 1.9 BILLION views on YouTube – with more than 6 billion combined views of all his videos on YouTube.

Enrique has been celebrated with just about every award an artist can receive including multiple Grammys, Billboard Awards, World Music Awards, American Music Awards, Premios Juventud, ASCAP and BMI honors and many more totaling over 200.  Enrique celebrates his success by helping to create awareness of the incredible work of Save The Children.

About Pitbull:
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. Along the way, he has been the subject and host of prestigious cable and network specials. His music has appeared in “Men In Black III” and “The Penguins of Madagascar,” and he even had a starring voiceover role in the animated 3D movie “Epic.” Landing No. 1 hits in over 15 countries, 9 billion YouTube/VEVO views, 70 million single sales and 6 million album sales, Pitbull does not stop. His social networking channels include nearly 90 million combined Facebook (@Pitbull), Twitter (@Pitbull) and Instagram (@Pitbull) followers, plus more than 8 million YouTube subscribers (PitbullVEVO and PitbullMusic).

Making global music, Pitbull flaunts a style that’s indisputably his own. Releasing his full-length debut, “M.I.A.M.I” in 2004, followed by the success of 2006’s “El Mariel” and 2007’s “The Boatlift.” In tribute to his father, he delivered his first Spanish-language album, “Armando,” in 2010. He grinded it out on the road and touched down everywhere from the Far East and South America to Europe and all across the U.S. His success continued as he went on to release additional chart-topping platinum hits, including “Timber” [featuring Ke$ha], “Fireball” [featuring John Ryan] and more. On March 17, 2017, Pitbull released his 10th full-length album, Climate Change, after wrapping his second headlining arena run – “The Bad Man Tour,” named after the Climate Change hit single performed on the 2016 Grammy Awards.

Pitbull also continues to forge a presence in the business world with his vodka Voli, fragrance line “Pitbull,” a strategic alliance with Playboy Enterprises and brand partnerships such as Norwegian Cruise Line. His Honey I’m Home production company has partnered with Endemol Shine North America for three New Year’s Eve Revolution live TV shows on FOX, and Pitbull’s Globalization (Ch. 4) on Sirius XM features some of the most prominent DJs from around the world.

Honored by his accolades and awards, Pitbull is especially proud that he has received a key to the city of his beloved Miami, has a wax figure on display at Madame Tussaud’s Orlando, and received his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the Celia Cruz Plaza on Hollywood Boulevard.

About CNCO
CNCO is Latin music’s newest phenomenon. Winners of the 2015 Univision musical competition, La Banda, the talented quintet — Christopher Vélez, Erick Brian Colón, Joel Pimentel, Richard Camacho, and Zabdiel De Jesús — won over millions of viewers as well as the renowned judges: Ricky Martin, Laura Pausini and Alejandro Sanz. Winning the competition included a contract with Sony Music US Latin and a management deal with Ricky Martin. In 2016, CNCO were crowned the year’s breakout act with multiple gold and platinum certifications of their debut, Primera Cita.  The award-winning quintet became Billboard’s Latin Awards “Artist of the Year, New” with a string of #1’s including singles “Tan Fácil,” “Reggaetón Lento,” “Para Enamorarte,” and “Quiseria”the videos for all combined have more than 960 million views!  Their music has been celebrated by their peers including winning five awards at the Premios Juventud 2016 and three Latin American Music Awards including “New Artist of the Year,” “Favorite New Artist – Pop/Rock,” and “Favorite Duo or Group – Pop/Rock.” So far in 2017, CNCO received four Billboard Award nominations, and three Premio Lo Nuestro nominations, as well as a nomination for Best Latin Artist at the iHeartRadio Music Awards.  CNCO are poised to conquer the U.S. Latin market in 2017!

About Live Nation Entertainment
Live Nation Entertainment (NYSE: LYV) is the world’s leading live entertainment company comprised of four market leaders: Ticketmaster, Live Nation Concerts, Artist Nation Management and Live Nation Media/Sponsorship. For additional information, visit www.livenationentertainment.com.

Enrique Iglesias
http://www.enriqueiglesias.com/
https://www.facebook.com/Enrique/
http://twitter.com/enriqueiglesias
https://www.instagram.com/enriqueiglesias/
https://www.youtube.com/user/enriqueiglesiasplay

Pitbull
http://www.pitbullmusic.com
http://www.facebook.com/pitbull
http://www.twitter.com/pitbull
https://www.instagram.com/pitbull/
https://www.youtube.com/user/PitbullMusic

CNCO
www.cncomusic.com
www.facebook.com/CNCOmusic
www.twitter.com/CNCOmusic
www.instagram.com/CNCOmusic
Snapchat: @cncomusic

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MoneyGram Board of Directors Determines Unsolicited Proposal from Euronet Worldwide Could Reasonably Be Expected to Result in a “Company Superior Proposal”

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DALLAS, March 20, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — MoneyGram (NASDAQ: MGI) announced today that its board of directors, after consultation with its outside legal and financial advisors, has determined that the unsolicited proposal received on March 14, 2017 from Euronet Worldwide, Inc. (“Euronet”) (NASDAQ: EEFT) to acquire all of the outstanding shares of MoneyGram Common Stock and Preferred Stock for $15.20 per share in cash on an as-converted basis (the “Euronet Proposal”) could reasonably be expected to result in a “Company Superior Proposal” as defined in MoneyGram’s merger agreement with Ant Financial Services Group (“Ant Financial”).

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MoneyGram noted that the determination by its board of directors allows MoneyGram to take certain actions, in accordance with the procedures set forth in the merger agreement with Ant Financial, to further consider the Euronet Proposal, including engaging in discussions with Euronet subject to entry into of an Acceptable Confidentiality Agreement with Euronet pursuant to such merger agreement.

As previously announced on January 26, 2017, MoneyGram entered into a definitive agreement with Ant Financial Services Group under which MoneyGram will merge with Ant Financial, with stockholders of MoneyGram being offered $13.25 per share in cash.

MoneyGram remains subject to the merger agreement with Ant Financial.  In connection with its approval of that merger agreement, MoneyGram’s board of directors determined to recommend that MoneyGram stockholders approve the merger agreement.  The MoneyGram board of directors has not changed its recommendation in support of the merger agreement, nor is the MoneyGram board of directors making any recommendation with respect to the Euronet Proposal.  There can be no assurance that the board of directors will ultimately determine that the Euronet Proposal is a Company Superior Proposal, that the terms of any transaction will be the same as those reflected in the Euronet Proposal or that any transaction with Euronet will be agreed to or consummated.

BofA Merrill Lynch is serving as financial advisor to MoneyGram and Vinson & Elkins LLP is serving as its legal advisor.

About MoneyGram

MoneyGram is a global provider of innovative money transfer services and is recognized worldwide as a financial connection to friends and family. Whether online, or through a mobile device, at a kiosk or in a local store, we connect consumers any way that is convenient for them. We also provide bill payment services, issue money orders and process official checks in select markets. More information about MoneyGram International, Inc. is available at moneygram.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements which are protected as forward-looking statements under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 that are not limited to historical facts, but reflect MoneyGram’s current beliefs, expectations or intentions regarding future events. Words such as “may,” “will,” “could,” “should,” “expect,” “plan,” “project,” “intend,” “anticipate,” “believe,” “estimate,” “predict,” “potential,” “pursuant,” “target,” “continue,” and similar expressions are intended to identify such forward-looking statements. The statements in this press release that are not historical statements are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the federal securities laws, including, among other things, statements regarding the Euronet proposal and the MoneyGram board of directors’ review thereof, any future determination by the MoneyGram board of directors, the likelihood of the merger with Ant Financial being consummated, and the likelihood of the Euronet Proposal resulting in a definitive agreement on the terms thereof or at all. These statements are subject to numerous risks and uncertainties, including the risk that Euronet may withdraw or modify the terms of its proposal, many of which are beyond MoneyGram’s control, which could cause actual results to differ materially from the results expressed or implied by the statements.

Additional Information for Stockholders

In connection with the proposed merger with Ant Financial, MoneyGram has filed a preliminary proxy statement and will file a definitive proxy statement and other materials with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”). In addition, MoneyGram may also file other relevant documents with the SEC regarding the proposed transaction.  INVESTORS AND SECURITY HOLDERS ARE URGED TO READ THE PROXY STATEMENT(S) AND OTHER DOCUMENTS THAT HAVE BEEN OR MAY BE FILED WITH THE SEC CAREFULLY AND IN THEIR ENTIRETY IF AND WHEN THEY BECOME AVAILABLE BECAUSE THEY WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION.

Investors and security holders may obtain a free copy of the proxy statement(s) (when available) and other documents filed with the SEC by the Company, at the Company’s website, corporate.moneygram.com, or at the SEC’s website, www.sec.gov. The proxy statement(s) and other relevant documents may also be obtained for free from the Company by writing to MoneyGram International, Inc., 2828 North Harwood Street, 15th Floor, Dallas, Texas 75201, Attention: Investor Relations.

Participants in the Solicitation

The Company and its directors and executive officers may be deemed to be participants in the solicitation of proxies from the stockholders of the Company in connection with the proposed transaction. Information about the directors and executive officers of the Company is set forth in the Proxy Statement on Schedule 14A for the 2016 annual meeting of stockholders for the Company, which was filed with the SEC on April 4, 2016. This document can be obtained free of charge from the sources indicated above. Other information regarding the participants in the proxy solicitation and a description of their direct and indirect interests, by security holdings or otherwise, is contained in the preliminary proxy statement and will be contained in the definitive proxy statement and other relevant materials to be filed with the SEC when they become available.

MoneyGram Contact
Michael Freitag / Joseph Sala / Viveca Tress
Joele Frank, Wilkinson Brimmer Katcher
Phone: 212 355 4449

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Oglala Lakota College Partners with Honda to Provide STEM Education to Reservation Schools

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Honda-funded program uses astronomy to help preserve Lakota history and culture.

TORRANCE, California, March 20, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — To address the issue of low science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) proficiency on the reservation and increase exposure to STEM opportunities, Oglala Lakota College and the American Honda Foundation have partnered on the Lakota Star Knowledge Project. The program provides STEM curriculum, research and outreach to kindergarten through twelfth-grade Native American youth on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. A new Honda Community Partners Spotlight video about the program can be seen at Honda.us/LakotaStarKnowledge.

Honda-funded program uses astronomy to help preserve Lakota history and culture.

The Lakota Star Knowledge Project was designed to increase students’ STEM knowledge while helping to preserve their native history and culture. With an emphasis on astronomy, the program uses a portable Starlab planetarium to make STEM more relatable and accessible to youth. The Starlab serves as a backdrop to learn the Lakota cosmology, with community elders and spiritual leaders delivering oral tradition, storytelling, demonstrations and field research.

“By combining the Lakota culture with Western science, we’ve developed a curriculum that brings STEM education and activities to reservation schools,” said Michelle Salvatore, Science Engineering Mathematics Aerospace Academy (SEMAA) Director at Oglala Lakota College. “It’s important that we introduce students to STEM at an early age to stimulate interest, encourage career aspirations and open their minds to possibilities in higher education.”

“The Lakota Star Knowledge Project is an essential part of the educational development of Pine Ridge youth,” said Alexandra Warnier, manager, American Honda Foundation. “Due to the limited resources on the reservation, these students would have little exposure to STEM concepts without this program.”

For more information about Oglala Lakota College and its STEM outreach programs, visit http://www.olc.edu/departments/ms-tech/outreach/semaa.htm.

About Honda
Honda seeks to be a company that society wants to exist, creating products and technologies that improve the lives of people while minimizing the environmental impacts of its products and business operations to ensure a sustainable future for society. Honda is also committed to making positive contributions to the communities where we do business, to socially responsible business practices and to the promotion of diversity in our workforce. From our involvement in STEM education and Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) to our support of pediatric brain tumor research, and volunteer efforts by Honda associates, including environmental clean-up activities, Honda believes in giving back to the communities where we live and work.

Honda supports a variety of initiatives aimed at advancing education and creating experiences of discovery that help young people see and achieve their own dreams. Honda’s partnership with the Hispanic Scholarship Fund is one of many programs demonstrating Honda’s commitment to the Latino community and to helping young people access The Power of Dreams. Find out more at csr.honda.com.

About the American Honda Foundation
The American Honda Foundation is dedicated to helping prepare America’s children for tomorrow’s challenges. The Foundation focuses its efforts in the areas of youth and scientific education, with a specific focus on STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects and the environment. Since its inception, the Foundation has awarded more than $37 million to organizations serving over 117 million people in every state in the U.S. For more information, please visit http://www.foundation.honda.com.

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NIOXIN Announces Naya Rivera As New Celebrity Brand Ambassador

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NIOXIN's new Celebrity Brand Ambassador, Naya Rivera.

WOODLAND HILLS, California, March 20, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — NIOXIN®, the #1 Globally Selling Salon Brand for Thicker, Fuller-Looking Hair, today announced actress, singer and author Naya Rivera as the brand’s new Celebrity Ambassador. Together, NIOXIN and Rivera will help give a voice to the 75% of Americans who are worried about losing their hair* and the 46% of Americans who think there is nothing they can do to prevent their hair from thinning. NIOXIN encourages and empowers men and women to talk openly about thinning hair, and Rivera will lead the charge in helping normalize this otherwise taboo and embarrassing subject.

Speaking to the 59% of women who do not know that giving birth can cause hair loss, Rivera will also help educate consumers, specifically new mothers. As a new mom herself, Rivera knows firsthand about the struggles of postpartum hair loss and the effect it can have on a woman, both physically and emotionally. Rivera’s confidence and honesty inspire women around the world to embrace their struggles and view them as an opportunity to take action, by simply talking with family and friends or consulting with a stylist.

“I am so thrilled to join the NIOXIN team as their Celebrity Brand Ambassador! Thinning hair has been misrepresented for so long and I think it’s about time we elevate the conversation. I’m excited to really help people – whether there’s a new mom out there who doesn’t understand why her hair has changed or started to thin, or a woman who is constantly dealing with dry scalp (like I was) – there is a solution,” says Rivera.

NIOXIN continues to pave the way forward for those seeking a solution to thicker, fuller-looking hair. To find the nearest NIOXIN salon, visit: www.nioxin.com and to see upcoming content of Rivera, follow NIOXIN on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. #FullHairFullLife

About Coty Inc.
We celebrate and liberate the diversity of your beauty. Coty is one of the world’s largest beauty companies with approximately $9 billion in revenue. Its strong entrepreneurial heritage has created an iconic portfolio of leading beauty brands.  Coty is the global leader in fragrances, a strong number two in professional salon hair color & styling, and number three in color cosmetics.  Coty operates three divisions – Coty Consumer Beauty, which is focused on color cosmetics, retail hair coloring and styling products, body care and mass fragrances sold primarily in the mass retail channels with brands such as Cover Girl, Max Factor and Rimmel; Coty Luxury, which is focused on prestige fragrances and skincare with brands such as Calvin Klein, Marc Jacobs, Hugo Boss, Gucci and philosophy; and Coty Professional Beauty, which is focused on servicing salon owners and professionals in both hair and nail, with brands such as Wella Professionals, Sebastian Professional and OPI.  Coty has over 20,000 colleagues globally and its products are sold in over 130 countries. Coty and its brands are committed to a range of social causes as well as seeking to minimize our impact on the environment.
For additional information about Coty Inc., please visit www.coty.com.

About Naya Rivera
Naya Rivera is an American actress, singer, and author most widely recognized for her work as Santana Lopez on Fox’s award-winning musical comedy GLEE. Rivera’s character was known for maintaining her snarky, bad girl cheerleader persona throughout the series. With this role, Rivera gained critical acclaim for portraying one of the first characters on network television to explore her sexual orientation. Rivera’s talent as a singer and actor led her to tour with GLEE LIVE across the nation, which was then released as GLEE: THE 3D CONCERT MOVIE in 2011. Earlier this year Rivera starred in Sony Crackle’s MAD FAMILIES, a comedic feature film from Fred Wolf and David Spade, which also starred Charlie Sheen and Leah Remini.
In 2016, Rivera released her funny and deeply personal memoir SORRY NOT SORRY: DREAMS, MISTAKES, AND GROWING UP.  The book recounts her successes and missteps, urging young women to pursue their dreams and to refuse to let past mistakes define them.
At age four, Rivera burst into the acting scene in Eddie Murphy’s sitcom THE ROYAL FAMILY opposite Redd Foxx on CBS. She then appeared in THE FRESH PRINCE OF BEL-AIR starring Will Smith; opposite the lovable ultra-nerd Steve Urkel character on FAMILY MATTERS; recurring on THE BERNIE MAC SHOW; and in DEVIOUS MAIDS produced by Eva Longoria
Rivera lives in Los Angeles with her son Josey.

*KRC Research conducted the NIOXIN survey via an online survey of a total of 1,000 US adults ages 18+ with an oversample of up to 300 new moms in June 2016.

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Hidden Salt: How Everyday Foods Harm You

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LEAWOOD, Kansas, March 20, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — It’s in your bread. Your cheese. Your soup. It’s everywhere, and it could be killing you. What is it? Salt.

That’s why, in observation of World Salt Awareness Week (March 20–26, 2017), the American Academy of Family Physicians is spreading the word and offering resources to help consumers lower their daily intake of “hidden” salt in the foods they eat. Why? Because too much salt in the diet raises blood pressure, which can lead to heart disease and stroke — two of the leading causes of death in the United States.

Many Americans think they only get too much salt when they use it at the dining room table. In reality, the Centers for Disease Control estimates that Americans get 77 percent of their salt from processed foods and restaurant meals, compared to 6 percent from the salt shaker at the table and 5 percent added during home cooking. As a result, Americans ages 2 and up consume an average 3,400 milligrams of salt each day — well above the recommended Federal Drug Administration’s guideline of 2,300 milligrams per day, or 1,500 milligrams per day for people diagnosed with or at risk for high blood pressure.

“Salt is hiding everywhere, so it doesn’t take much to reach the FDA’s recommended daily allowance,” said John Meigs, Jr., MD, president of the AAFP. “There are 2,300 milligrams of sodium — the chemical name for salt — in a single teaspoon of table salt. It’s a real challenge to reduce salt intake, even for people who are highly motivated to do so.”

Where is all of this “hidden” salt? According to the CDC, a significant amount of the salt we eat comes from the following 10 types of foods:

  1. Breads and rolls
  2. Cold cuts and cured meat (e.g., deli or packaged ham or turkey)
  3. Pizza
  4. Fresh and processed poultry
  5. Soups
  6. Sandwiches such as cheeseburgers
  7. Cheese
  8. Pasta dishes (not including macaroni and cheese)
  9. Meat-mixed dishes such as meat loaf and tomato sauce
  10. Snacks such as chips, pretzels and popcorn

In an effort to reduce the national level of heart disease and stroke from high blood pressure, the FDA has called on restaurants and food companies to voluntarily reduce the amount of salt used in their products over the next 10 years, with the goal of decreasing Americans’ salt intake to 2,300 milligrams a day or less. The AAFP supports voluntary goals for reducing salt in commercial products, which has proven effective in other countries.

The CDC estimates nearly 400,000 Americans die each year due to health problems stemming from high blood pressure. Unfortunately, implementation of the voluntary guidelines will be slow to gain traction. So, what can individuals do in the meantime to reduce the amount of salt they consume? Start by reading nutrition labels, which indicate how much sodium is in the product. One can also regulate salt consumption by preparing healthy food at home. Non-processed fresh foods that are high in fiber are ideal. Think fresh fruits, vegetables, lean meat and whole grains.

While it would be difficult to entirely eliminate processed foods from one’s diet, it is possible to make smarter choices, Meigs said. Different brands of the same foods often contain varying levels of salt. For example, a slice of white bread can range anywhere from 80 to 230 milligrams of salt. Salt levels in a can of chicken noodle soup can range from 100 to 900 milligrams per serving.

When dining out at restaurants, it is often difficult to know how much salt is in your meal. If nutrition information isn’t included on the menu, you may need to do some homework in advance by visiting the restaurant’s website, Meigs advised. You may be surprised to find that items billed as “light or healthy fare” are often high in salt.

“Even meals that seem healthy, like a turkey sandwich with a side of cottage cheese, can have high levels of salt. It may not even taste salty. That’s why it’s important to read nutrition labels and talk with your family physician about your blood pressure, cholesterol levels, family health history, and ways to prevent health problems before they start,” Meigs said. “What you eat should be a very important part of that conversation.”

Dr. Meigs also points to familydoctor.org and cdc.gov as credible websites for education about the effects of salt on your body and tips for reducing salt consumption.

About the American Academy of Family Physicians
Founded in 1947, the AAFP represents 124,900 physicians and medical students nationwide. It is the only medical society devoted solely to primary care.

Family physicians conduct approximately one in five office visits — that’s 192 million visits annually or 48 percent more than the next most visited medical specialty. Today, family physicians provide more care for America’s underserved and rural populations than any other medical specialty. Family medicine’s cornerstone is an ongoing, personal patient-physician relationship focused on integrated care.

To learn more about the specialty of family medicine, the AAFP’s positions on issues and clinical care, and for downloadable multi-media highlighting family medicine, visit aafp.org/media. For information about health care, health conditions and wellness, please visit the AAFP’s award-winning consumer website, familydoctor.org.

 

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ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, New Jersey, March 20, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — As today marks the Spring Equinox, longer days and warmer temps test guys’ looks and they need more from their products in order to dial-up their personal style. Now guys can take full advantage of the 12 hours of sunlight with the AXE Advanced Collection, including the first-ever men’s body washes in the U.S. to feature 12-hour touch-release technology.

More than nine in ten millennial men (94%) wish they could keep the shower-fresh feeling with them all day1, and with the new AXE Adrenaline Cool Charge and Urban Charcoal Clean Body Washes, they can look and feel as good as they did when they first got out of the shower.

“Today’s guy requires product innovations and advanced technology that keep up with his style,” says Donna Foster, Senior Scientist, Unilever. “The AXE Advanced Collection body washes are designed with millions of microscopic encaps that are deposited onto the skin so every time his body is touched throughout the day, it creates a burst of fragrance.”

Developed by renowned fragrance house Firmenich, AXE Adrenaline Cool Charge and Urban Charcoal Clean Body Wash fragrances contain notes of chilly iced mint and refreshing ginger, and charcoal with a touch of watermint respectively. With intoxicating fragrances and state-of-the-art technology, guys can feel confidently fresh all day, all season.

About the Advanced Collection

In addition to the new 12-hour touch-release technology found in the new AXE Adrenaline Cool Charge and Urban Charcoal Clean Body Washes, the premium Advanced Collection also includes deodorant products designed to help guys look their best. New AXE Anti-Marks Protection Antiperspirants, available in sticks and dry sprays, go beyond standard odor and wetness protection to include anti-yellow stains and anti- white marks technology so guys can keep their white shirts white and black shirts black throughout the season.

Visit AXE at AXE.com and follow us on Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, and Facebook to learn more about the Advanced Collection, find style inspiration, get access to exclusive content, special promotions, and more.

About AXE®
AXE, the No. 1 men’s fragrance brand in the world*, champions individuality and self-expression by encouraging guys to embrace their personal style. With a full line of grooming products including daily fragrance sprays, deodorants, anti-perspirants, shower gels, shampoos and styling products, AXE gives guys the tools to express what makes them unique, authentic and ultimately attractive to the world around them.

*Source Euromonitor International Limited; Beauty and Personal Care 2015ed, Men’s Deodorants & Mass and Premium Men’s Fragrances retail value sales combined, as per umbrella brand name classification, 2014; Lynx includes all AXE/Lynx/Ego sales

About Unilever United States, Inc.
Unilever is one of the world’s leading suppliers of Food, Home Care, Personal Care and Refreshment products with sales in more than 190 countries and reaching 2.5 billion consumers a day. In the United States, the portfolio includes brand icons such as Axe, Ben & Jerry’s, Breyers, Caress, Clear Scalp & Hair Therapy, Country Crock, Degree, Dollar Shave Club, Dove, Good Humor, Hellmann’s, I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter!, Klondike, Knorr, Lever 2000, Lipton, Magnum, Nexxus, Noxzema, Pond’s, Popsicle, Promise, Q-tips, Seventh Generation, Simple, St. Ives, Suave, Talenti Gelato & Sorbetto, TIGI, TONI&GUY, TRESemmé and Vaseline. All of the preceding brand names are trademarks or registered trademarks of the Unilever Group of Companies.
Unilever employs approximately 8,000 people in the United States – generating more than $9 billion in sales in 2016.

The Unilever Sustainable Living Plan commits to:

  • Helping more than a billion people take action to improve their health and well-being by 2020.
  • Halving the environmental impact of our products by 2030.
  • Enhancing the livelihoods of millions of people by 2020.

Unilever ranked number one in its sector on the 2016 Dow Jones Sustainability Index.

For more information on Unilever U.S. and its brands visit: www.unileverusa.com

To connect with Unilever U.S. via Facebook visit: www.facebook.com/unileverusa

To connect with Unilever U.S. via Twitter follow: @unileverusa

1 These are findings from an Ipsos poll conducted October 7-11, 2016 on behalf of Unilever. For the survey, a sample of 1,000 U.S. adults between the ages 18 and 34 was interviewed online, in English. For more information on this study, including findings and full methodology, please visit the Ipsos News Center.

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Christina.kuklinski@edelman.com
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