Use Your Voice, Change Your City: United Way Challenges Community Leaders to Take Action and Initiate Good

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SEATTLE, May 21, 2018 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — An eatery that donates a meal to someone in need, three college graduates who help students go to college debt-free and a corporation that is funding solutions so that no child sleeps outside: from individuals to large companies, people in Seattle are using their voice to make a positive difference in the community.

On May 23rd at Safeco Field, home of the Seattle Mariners, hundreds of guests will gather to hear and be empowered by stories of initiating and amplifying change at United Way’s fundraising event, Initiate. Speakers include Starbucks Corporation President and CEO Kevin Johnson, Angela and Ethan Stowell of Ethan Stowell Restaurants and Jonathon Sposato, chairman and co-founder of GeekWire and PicMonkey.

Seattle is an incredibly giving community and I’m inspired by individuals and companies using their platform in innovative ways to promote social good,” says Sposato, United Way of King County’s Campaign Co-chair beginning July 1st.  “As a tech entrepreneur, I care about constant innovation, and I love United Way’s amazing platform as a true and direct solution to solving some of our toughest community challenges, like homelessness and young people dropping out of school. It’s like 1 + 1 = 3.” Through its Reconnecting Youth program, United Way is working to engage 14,000 young people ages 16-24 in King County who have left school without a high school diploma or GED. The program reconnects them to their education through coaching, mentoring and career navigation.

Generous corporate support of Initiate includes Microsoft, Nordstrom, AT&T, Alaska Airlines and Starbucks Corporation.

For more information on making sure people have homes, students graduate and families are financially stable, click here or visit United Way of King County’s website at https://www.uwkc.org/donate

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CMC Honors Sprint with the 2018 Marketer of the Year Award

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The Voice of Hispanic Marketing is rebranding as Culture Marketing Council: The Voice of Hispanic Marketing, which will continue to elevate the quality and effectiveness of U.S. marketing by harnessing the power of cultural expertise and impact to drive business results.

FAIRFAX, Va., May 21, 2018 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — The Culture Marketing Council: The Voice of Hispanic Market (CMC) announced today that Sprint is the winner of the 2018 CMC Marketer of the Year Award. Sprint joins a prestigious short list of elite brands that have received the award, including Ford, McDonald’s, State Farm, Toyota, and Walmart. Alberto Lorente, multicultural marketing director for Sprint, will accept the award and discuss the wireless carrier’s commitment to the Hispanic and multicultural market at CMC’s 2018 Annual Conference. The session will take place on Wednesday, June 6 at 9:00 a.m. at the Loews Hollywood Hotel in Los Angeles.

The Voice of Hispanic Marketing is rebranding as Culture Marketing Council: The Voice of Hispanic Marketing, which will continue to elevate the quality and effectiveness of U.S. marketing by harnessing the power of cultural expertise and impact to drive business results.

“On behalf of Sprint, it’s an honor to be recognized by the Culture Marketing Council as Marketer of the Year,” said Lorente. “At Sprint, we are on a mission to deepen consumer connections through relevant messaging and innovative activations that highlight Sprint services, products and value.”

To be considered for this prestigious award, companies had to demonstrate a top-down commitment to multicultural marketing and significant spending commensurate with the opportunity in marketing efforts targeting Hispanics. Sprint’s commitment to the Hispanic Market has grown over the past few years, driven primarily by a culture that also values diversity going all the way to the top with CEO Marcelo Claure, the first-ever US Hispanic CEO of a major telecommunications company in the USA, and CMO Roger Solé.

Under the strategic approach of ‘promotion through emotion,’ Sprint launched several product/service offerings specifically tailored to the Hispanic audience becoming the first US provider to allow customers to pay for a loved one’s wireless plan in Mexico and El Salvador through its initiative with Movistar. Led by agency-of-record Alma, Sprint created 360-degree groundbreaking initiatives across emotional passion points in music, sports, and social responsibility. In addition to partnerships with entertainment platforms Pantaya, Flix Latino and  TIDAL, Sprint amplified its relationship with brand ambassador Prince Royce, providing US Hispanic consumers access to unique and relevant experiences tied to Prince Royce’s “FIVE” Tour. It served as the official wireless sponsor of the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup for the sixth year in a row and was a major sponsor of the “Somos Una Voz” benefit concert, raising funds to rush food, shelter, medicine, power and communications to those suffering from the effects of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico and Hurricane Irma in Florida. During this time, Sprint also waived fees for long distance texts and calls for people in disaster areas to help them communicate with loved ones during this difficult period. This collection of seamless and strategic efforts earned Sprint the “ANA Multicultural Excellence Award – 2017 Hispanic Grand Prize winner,” and a finalist spot in the Significant Results category.

“Sprint has gone beyond marketing to demonstrate its commitment to the Hispanic community and supported key causes to help the community in times of need, and that’s why they are our 2018 Marketer of the Year,” said CMC Executive Director Horacio Gavilan.

Taking place June 4-6 at the Loews Hollywood Hotel in Los Angeles, the CMC Annual Conference is the premier multicultural marketing conference featuring dynamic and interactive sessions with notable newsmakers, C-suite leaders and top trendsetters in the industry. This year, the conference will educate the sharpest minds in media, marketing and communications on how to amp up their multicultural marketing innovation with the Power of C3: Creativity, Community and, above all, CULTURE. The new American mainstream, which is fueled by multicultural ethnicities and led by the dynamic state of the Hispanic consumer, is constantly evolving, but the three keys to ensure campaigns resonate and connect meaningfully with audiences remain the same: Creativity, Community & Culture.

For more information, visit culturemarketingcouncil.org and follow the CMC on Facebook and Twitter at @cmchispanic using the conference hashtag #CMCpowerof3.

About CMC:

Founded in 1996 as the Association of Hispanic Advertising Agencies, the Culture Marketing Council: The Voice of Hispanic Marketing is the national trade organization of all marketing, communications and media firms with trusted Hispanic expertise.

About Sprint:

Sprint (NYSE: S) is a communications services company that creates more and better ways to connect its customers to the things they care about most. Sprint served 54.6 million connections as of March 31, 2018, and is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including the first wireless 4G service from a national carrier in the United States; leading no-contract brands including Virgin Mobile USA, Boost Mobile, and Assurance Wireless; instant national and international push-to-talk capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone. Today, Sprint’s legacy of innovation and service continues with an increased investment to dramatically improve coverage, reliability and speed across its nationwide network and commitment to launching the first mobile 5G network in the U.S. You can learn more and visit Sprint at www.sprint.com or www.facebook.com/sprint and www.twitter.com/sprint.

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A Sold-Out Opening Weekend for ¿Qué Pasa, U.S.A.? Today… 40 Years Later Presented by UniVista Insurance and Produced by Loud and Live

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MIAMI, May 21, 2018 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — ¿Qué Pasa, U.S.A.? Today, presented by UniVista Insurance, premiered at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts on Thursday, May 17, 2018 with sold-out performances throughout opening weekend.

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“We knew we had to partner with ¿Qué Pasa, U.S.A.? Today,” said Ivan Herrera, Founder and CEO, UniVista Insurance, one of the nation’s fastest-growing insurance agencies.  The show connects with our Cuban heritage and aligns with our brand from a business, cultural and community standpoint. ¿Qué Pasa, U.S.A.? Today is a perfect fit for UniVista Insurance and we’re excited to invite our Spanish and English-speaking customers to ‘Say Hello, America!'”

The all-new production opens with a nine-show run including returning cast members Ana Margo, Connie Ramirez, Barbara Ann Martin and Steven Bauer, who will each reprise their roles from the original television show; stage and screen standouts Martha Picanes and Vivian Ruiz, and Grethel Ortíz, Rodolfo Jaspe, Tania Guzmán, Ariel Texidó, Nick Simmons and Eduardo Wasveiler rounding out the cast.  

Three years in the making, ¿Qué Pasa, U.S.A.? Today Producer and Loud and Live CEO Nelson Albareda has spearheaded the show from concept to execution.

Gonzalo Rodriguez directed the production of ¿Qué Pasa, U.S.A.? Today written by Patrick H. Pino, with set and costume design by Jorge Noa and Pedro Balmaseda. The play is being presented in partnership with South Florida PBS and The Adrienne Arsht Center. ¿Qué Pasa, U.S.A.? Today sponsors include UniVista Insurance, Leon Medical Centers, Versailles Restaurant, Rubenstein Law and Café Bustelo.

UniVista Insurance
Founded in 2006, UniVista Insurance is one of America’s fastest growing insurance agencies, supporting its customers with Auto, Home, Life, Health, Commercial and Property insurance.  Headquartered in Miami with offices across Florida and California, UniVista and its 700+ associates are committed to excellence and serving our Spanish and English-speaking communities.

Leon Medical Centers
With more than 2,400 employees dedicated to caring for more than 42,000 Medicare patients, Leon Medical Centers and Leon Medical Centers Health Plans redefine the standard in the medical health care industry, offering the highest level of Medical Excellence to the Medicare community in Miami Dade combined with the dignity, compassion and human warmth that all patients deserve.  

Café Bustelo
Our delicious coffee and rich espresso heritage was born in 1928. Since then, we’ve not only been proud of our rich, full-bodied flavor, but also of our unique and inviting culture. Café Bustelo coffee can be prepared using your preferred method.  Available in the forms you want, including K-Cup® pods.

Versailles
Established in 1971, Versailles Restaurant has been serving classic Cuban cuisine from its same location at 3555 Southwest 8th Street in Little Havana for all of its 48 years in business.  Owned and operated by three generations of the Valls family, Versailles is also widely considered the hub of the Cuban exile community and a favorite local attraction among politicians, celebrities and tourists. 

Rubenstein Law
Founded in 1988, Rubenstein Law is Florida’s leading plaintiff’s personal injury law firm. The firm has proudly grown to over 35 attorneys and 200 staff. With 6 offices throughout the state and a traveling Mobile Office (on wheels), Rubenstein Law focuses its practice on all types of cases, including car, truck, and motorcycle accidents, pedestrian and bicycle accidents, slip and falls, spinal cord and traumatic brain injuries, wrongful death, and medical malpractice. Rubenstein Law does its best for its personal injury clients and has obtained over $750 million in verdicts and settlements for its clients. Heavily involved in the community, Rubenstein Law also proudly sponsors events throughout Florida in hopes of making a difference, supporting and giving back to the community.

About Loud and Live
An Entertainment, Media & Live Events Company, Loud and Live performs at the intersection of music, sports, lifestyle and content development. Headquartered in Miami, Florida, our success is driven by our passion to create engaging experiences for our global audiences. For event sponsorship or general inquiries, please contact info@loudlive.com.

About South Florida PBS
Florida’s largest public media company, which includes Public Broadcasting stations WPBT2, serving Miami-Dade and Broward counties and WXEL-TV, serving the Palm Beaches. South Florida PBS connects organizations and institutions across our region and preserves South Florida’s history.  Leading the way in this global society, South Florida PBS serves diverse communities from Key West to the Sebastian Inlet and from the Atlantic Ocean west to Lake Okeechobee. South Florida PBS is committed to creating and presenting unique arts, education and cultural heritage programming, and serves as a model for telling unique local stories across a variety of digital media platforms.

About the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County
The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County is made possible by the public support of the Miami-Dade County Mayor and the Board of County Commissioners, the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Tourist Development Council and the City of Miami Omni Community Redevelopment Agency, as well as the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture. The Adrienne Arsht Center also receives generous support from individuals, corporations and local, state and national foundations.

Set in the heart of downtown Miami and designed by world-renowned architect Cesar Pelli, the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County is one of the world’s leading performing arts organizations and venues. Since opening in 2006, the Arsht Center, a 501C3 non-profit organization, has emerged as a leader in presenting innovative programming that mirrors South Florida’s diversity as well as a catalyst for billions of dollars in new development in the downtown area. Spotlighting legends and serving as a launch pad for local artists to make their mark on the international stage, the Center presents nearly 400 events each year across its flexible, state-of-the-art performance spaces. The Center programs several Signature Series, including the largest jazz series in South Florida, a major annual Flamenco Festival, and a robust program of new theatrical works as well as free programming for the community and an arts education program that serves nearly 60,000 children each year. As Miami’s new Town Square, the Arsht Center also houses BRAVA by Brad Kilgore, a fine dining restaurant; the Café at Books & Books in the historic Carnival Tower and a weekly Farmers Market.  Visit www.arshtcenter.org for more information.

 

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16th annual FedEx/St. Jude Angels & Stars gala brings a night of 50’s-era style and classic Miami glamour to South Florida and raises $1 million for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®

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Julia Rodriguez, Maria Elena Salinas & St. Jude patient Victoria at 16 FedEx St. Jude Angels & Stars gala

MIAMI, May 21, 2018 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — The South Florida community united against childhood cancer on Saturday, May 19, when 500 guests filled the Grand Ballroom at the InterContinental Hotel in downtown Miami at the 16th annual FedEx/St. Jude Angels & Stars Gala.  Philanthropists, influencers and celebrities gathered to honor the true stars — the patients and families of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®. The annual event, chaired by Javier Polit, President & Chief Information Officer for The Procter & Gamble Company, raised funds to help ensure families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food – because all a family should worry about is helping their child live.

Julia Rodriguez, Maria Elena Salinas & St. Jude patient Victoria at 16 FedEx St. Jude Angels & Stars gala

Broadcast journalist, news anchor, and the author, called the “Voice of Hispanic America” by The New York Times, Maria Elena Salinas, received the 2018 “FedEx/St. Jude Angels & Stars Lifetime Achievement Award” for her outstanding citizenship to the community.

“I have always been on a mission to inform and empower my community, and now I am excited to be able to share the remarkable stories of bravery and inspiration from St. Jude as well, this is truly an honor I take with the greatest of responsibility,” said Salinas. 

Monica Rabassa, Vice President of Marketing & Corporate Communications from Univision Communications, also received an award for her longstanding commitment to the families of St. Jude. This event was co-founded in 2002 by model and entrepreneur Daisy Fuentes. Since that time, the Miami gala has raised more than $7 million.

“Events like these are so important as we continue to raise awareness and funds for our lifesaving mission all across the United States and beyond,” said Richard Shadyac Jr., president and CEO of ALSAC, the fundraising and awareness organization for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. “We congratulate both Maria Elena and Monica for their commitment to the patients and families of St. Jude and thank them for their continued support.”

The gala had the support of some of television and music’s most notable stars, including Victor Manuelle, Zuleyka Rivera, Ilia Calderon, William Valdes, DJ Mauricio Parra, Sebastián Villalobos, Jorge Bernal, Quique Usales, Boris Izaguirre, Marc Clotet, Candela Ferro, Khotán Fernández, Poncho de Anda, Maky Soler, and Federico Díaz among others.

This year’s gala sponsors included: FedEx Express, Bancrédito International Bank, Salesforce, Pricewaterhouse Coopers, Dell Technologies, CISCO, Softtek, Carnival Foundation, AT&T, C-Comm Group, Accenture, Diario La Americas, Rana Furniture, Clarins and International Dermatology Research.

About St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Its purpose is clear: Finding cures. Saving children.® It is the only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center devoted solely to children. Treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20 percent to more than 80 percent since the hospital opened more than 50 years ago. St. Jude won’t stop until no child dies from cancer. St. Jude freely shares the discoveries it makes, and every child saved at St. Jude means doctors and scientists worldwide can use that knowledge to save thousands more children. Families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food – because all a family should worry about is helping their child live. Join the St. Jude mission by visiting stjude.org, liking St. Jude on Facebook (facebook.com/stjude), following us on Twitter (@stjude) and subscribing to our YouTube channel (youtube.com/user/MyStJude).

Carlos Ponce, Javier Polit & Karla Monroig at 16 FedEx St. Jude Angels & Stars gala

 

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Vitel Mobile Announces Exclusive Partnership with Hyundai Mobile

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SEOUL, South Korea, May 18, 2018 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Vitel Mobile, Inc, largest open market Authorized Distributor for Samsung and LG in Latin America, has just announced today that it has also partnered exclusively with Hyundai Mobile to launch and distribute its full mobile line up.  This partnership is unique as production and commercialization are managed by Vitel Mobile, Inc. along with Hyundai’s licensing department, which will oversee all of the devices’ design and quality control.  Hyundai Mobile devices are a reintroduction of the brand.  “Hyundai Mobile’s Android Smartphones have been very well received in the market,” said Mr. Rommey Bahhur, CEO of Vitel Mobile, Inc.  Mr. Bahhur also went to say that the Hyundai Mobile’s price point fills a void in a category were top tier brands are not present.  Hyundai Mobile complements Vitel Mobile’s handset offering of well positioned worldwide brands at all levels of consumer wants and needs.  Hyundai Mobile’s current model lineup will include 9 different handsets, with 3G and LTE capabilities, at a range of USD$39-89 at the point of sale.   Mr. Bahhur also concluded that, “We are very excited about this partnership; having such a worldwide recognized brand as it is Hyundai, at very affordable and attractive prices, is a gamechanger in the industry.”  Hyundai Mobile devices are being currently distributed and sold throughout all Latin America and the Caribbean and now in the USA.  

Contact: John Nam, info@hyundaimobile.com

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Fintech Selects Mark Kimber as Chief Revenue Officer to Support Strategic Long Term Revenue Growth

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TAMPA, Fla., May 18, 2018 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Financial Information Technologies, LLC (Fintech) announced today that Mark A. Kimber has been selected for the position of Chief Revenue Officer (CRO).  As CRO, Mark will lead the development in new business sales, installed client base sales, and partner strategy.

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With Mark’s extensive and diverse background in both technology and hospitality, he offers the knowledge and expertise needed to lead the company’s financial growth across Fintech’s diverse platform of products and services dedicated to the beverage alcohol industry.

“I am so pleased with our decision to appoint Mark as our CRO,” said Fintech’s CEO Scott Riley, “We look forward to his leadership, and benefiting from his experience, as we continue to transform our purchase data and industry connectivity into resources that increase margins, and grow profits, for our clients.”

Mark brings 30 years of industry knowledge both in, and servicing, the hospitality industry, spending his last 11 years with NCR as the Senior Account Executive for Strategic Global Brands. Prior to his recruitment by NCR in 2007, he spent 19 years in restaurant operations as COO of Brand Equity Development, Senior Vice President of Operations for Waffle House, and Vice President of Operations for Huddle House.

Mark stated, “I am both honored and proud to be afforded the opportunity to contribute to such a unique and successful technology company that has such passion for the success of operators dedicated to the beverage alcohol industry.”

Mark and his wife Cathy have been married for 23 years and have two children, Matt and Taylor. Like Mark, who played basketball at Berry College in Rome, GA, Taylor is a college basketball athlete, at the University of Alabama Huntsville. They are relocating from Atlanta to Tampa Bay.

About Fintech
Fintech, the leading solutions provider for beverage alcohol management, and regulatory information resource, offers a OneSource® solution with a suite of profit-building products and services for alcohol distributors and retailers.

With decades of industry experience offering unwavering dependability and trust, Fintech empowers users with information to increase margins and maximize operating efficiencies within their beverage alcohol category.  By anticipating client needs, nurturing relationships, and growing partnerships within the industry, Fintech continues to deliver cutting-edge, strategic solutions that range from purchase order management, reconciliation, and data reporting, to pricing and promotion communication, payment compliance adherence, and regulatory resource connectivity. Fintech manages over 500,000 industry relationships and services more than 3,400 distributors nationwide adding hundreds of clients every month. For more information on how Fintech can better your business, visit www.fintech.net and follow us on FacebookTwitter, and LinkedIn.

Contact: Misha Hart, 800.572.0854 x 3827, mhart@fintech.net
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Dr. Kelle H. Moley Appointed Senior Vice President and Chief Science Officer By March of Dimes

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WHITE PLAINS, New York, May 17, 2018 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Kelle H. Moley, MD, has been named Senior Vice President and Chief Scientific Officer of March of Dimes, it was announced today. In her new position, Dr. Moley is responsible for the strategic direction and oversight of March of Dimes research. This portfolio includes the international network of six March of Dimes Prematurity Research Centers, which are seeking to find the unknown causes of preterm birth and new ways to prevent it.

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“We are thrilled to have Dr. Moley join the leadership of March of Dimes.  Her background and expertise in women’s health and reproduction are exactly what our organization is looking for to advance our research, grow our knowledge, and improve the health of all moms and babies,” says Stacey D. Stewart, president of the March of Dimes. 

“It is a great honor to be joining March of Dimes. Their approach to research is innovative and the science is making tremendous strides.  I am proud to spearhead these efforts and join this organization that is leading the fight for maternal and infant health,” says Dr. Moley.

Until recently, Dr. Moley was the James P. Crane Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and vice chair and chief of the Division of Basic Science Research in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. She was also a professor of cell biology and physiology.

Dr. Moley’s particular research interest is maternal obesity and diabetes before and during pregnancy and the long term effects on infant health. She is the principal investigator on several National Institutes of Health grants exploring aspects of reproductive biology and risk.

A native of Connecticut, Dr. Moley earned her B.A. from Wellesley College, her medical degree from Yale University, and completed her residency in OB-GYN, as well as a fellowship in reproductive endocrinology and Infertility, at Washington University School of Medicine. She is board-certified in obstetrics and gynecology, and was elected a member of the National Academy of Medicine (formerly the Institute of Medicine) in 2014.  She is a past president of the Society for Reproductive Investigation.

She resides in St. Louis, Missouri with her three adult sons, Patrick, Charles and John.

About March of Dimes

March of Dimes leads the fight for the health of all moms and babies. We support research, lead programs and provide education and advocacy so that every family can have the best possible start. Building on a successful 80-year legacy of impact and innovation, we stand up for every mom and every baby. Visit marchofdimes.org or nacersano.org for more information. Visit shareyourstory.org for comfort and support. Find us on Facebook and follow us on Instagram and Twitter.

 

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Chronicled Named San Francisco’s Best Tech Company of 2018

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SAN FRANCISCO, May 18, 2018 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Chronicled is honored to have been named San Francisco’s Best Tech Company of 2018 by SF Weekly, a San Francisco Media Company publication. The award is a people’s choice award adjudicated by the editors of the magazine following a community ballot process. Previous winners of the award include Google and Twitter.

Members of the Chronicled Team on a sailing trip in the San Francisco Bay.

Chronicled, which uses blockchain technology to offer a full suite of smart supply chain solutions, received the award at SF Weekly Presents Best of SF, on Thursday, May 17th. The event coincided with the release of the magazine’s “Best of San Francisco” special issue.

Founded in late 2014, Chronicled has been a pioneer in interfacing physical asset and supply chain workflows with blockchain systems. During 2017, the company launched a project to bring security to supply chains for physical gold bullion and commodities.  Also in 2017,  the company proved a method to privately record supply chain events on a blockchain ledger in partnership with major pharmaceuticals companies Pfizer, Genentech, McKesson, AmerisourceBergen, and Abbvie. The pharmaceutical initiative, named MediLedger, was designed to prove that blockchain technology is substantially better than other options to meet end to end track and track requirements of the Drug Supply Chain Security Act, passed by Congress in 2013. The Act mandates that drug companies implement secure methods of protecting and tracking their products through the supply chain. The program is now being expanded into a full, ongoing partnership with more than two dozen U.S. pharmaceutical producers, wholesalers, and technology service providers.

Chronicled is also expanding its platform to support additional verticals including commodities, food, agriculture, electronics, and consumer packaged goods.

“We’ve been working hard at Chronicled over the past several years on this platform solution, and it is wonderful to be recognized by a major outlet like SF Weekly,” said Chronicled CEO Ryan Orr. “When we started working on this, nobody had heard of blockchain, and now we can offer a full stack solution to deliver real-world value, improve the way economies work, and keep people safe. We’re very thankful to SF Weekly, our team, and all of our partners and supporters for this tremendous accolade.”

SF Weekly has presented its “Best of San Francisco” award every year since 2009 to its top picks in Arts & Entertainment, People & Places, Shopping & Services, and more.

About Chronicled

Based in San Francisco, Chronicled is a technology company leveraging blockchain and IoT to bring trust, efficiency, and automation to global supply chain ecosystems. The Company is a pioneer in linking physical world economy workflows to blockchain systems and has developed a decentralized protocol and network for supply chain in order to extend trust boundaries and enforce cross-organization business rules without revealing private data. Currently, Chronicled’s most active market verticals are Pharmaceuticals, Commodities, and Precious Metals and Minerals.   See:  http://www.chronicled.com and http://www.chronicled.org

Contact: sam@chronicled.com

Chronicled

 

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The Home Depot Declares First Quarter Dividend Of $1.03

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ATLANTA, May 17, 2018 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — The Home Depot®, the world’s largest home improvement retailer, today announced that its board of directors declared a first quarter cash dividend of $1.03 per share. The dividend is payable on June 14, 2018, to shareholders of record on the close of business on May 31, 2018. This is the 125th consecutive quarter the company has paid a cash dividend.

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The Home Depot is the world’s largest home improvement specialty retailer, with 2,285 retail stores in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, 10 Canadian provinces and Mexico. In fiscal 2017, The Home Depot had sales of $100.9 billion and earnings of $8.6 billion. The Company employs more than 400,000 associates. The Home Depot’s stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: HD) and is included in the Dow Jones industrial average and Standard & Poor’s 500 index.

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Olympusat’s CEO, Tom Mohler, Highlights the Importance of Scripted Programming and the Future of OTT at LA Screenings Independents 2018

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WEST PALM BEACH, Florida, May 17, 2018 /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, was in attendance at LA Screenings Independents 2018, where Tom Mohler, CEO of Olympusat Holdings, delivered a Keynote presentation. He discussed the importance of scripted content in today’s Hispanic TV marketplace, as well as Olympusat’s industry leading efforts to produce and successfully distribute multicultural programming.

On Wednesday, May 16th at 8:30 a.m. PST, during a breakfast sponsored by Olympusat at LA Screenings Independents, Mr. Mohler delved into the high demand for Spanish-language scripted programming targeted at multicultural audiences. In addition, the executive offered insight into the advantages of OTT over traditional broadcast delivery, and how the TV and media industry is transitioning from linear channels to digital platforms.

“Most of the content available on OTT platforms is scripted. Whether it’s an action series or a drama, it performs better that any other format and it will continue to increase in importance as OTT evolves and grows,” stated Mr. Mohler. “There were over 450 English-language scripted programs produced last year, and the same demand exists for Spanish content. This is a great business opportunity; excluding telenovelas, which are rapidly losing popularity, there were only about 35 scripted shows produced in Spanish in all of the Americas last year.”

This year, LA Screenings Independents will feature a special content screening in which Olympusat will showcase its latest original productions including the realistic fiction series Hacienda del Rey, the romantic comedy Monserrate, Como el Cerro starring Angélica Blandón, and the powerful drama Sofía starring Paola Rey. The content screening will take place on Friday, May 18th at 2 p.m. PST at the Ballroom of InterContinental Los Angeles Century City hotel.

LA Screenings Independents 2018 is produced in association with NATPE.

To learn more about Olympusat’s industry-leading efforts, please visit olympusat.com.

Olympusat – Editorial Contact:
Jesús Piñango
561-249-5228
jesus@olympusat.com

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Disneyland Resort Gives Guests a Treat: More Days Than Ever to Celebrate Halloween Time at Both Disneyland and Disney California Adventure Parks, Sept. 7-Oct. 31, 2018

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HALLOWEEN TIME AT THE DISNEYLAND RESORT (ANAHEIM, Calif.) - Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort is returning for even more spook-tacular days than ever this year, enchanting guests of all ages with frightfully fun experiences themed especially for the season. From Sept. 7 through October 31, 2018, a spell will be cast at both Disneyland park and Disney California Adventure park, transforming the Disneyland Resort into a frenzy of happy haunts. (Joshua Sudock/Disneyland)

ANAHEIM, California, May 17, 2018 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort returns for more spook-tacular days than ever this year, enchanting guests of all ages with frightfully fun experiences themed especially for the season, from Sept. 7 through October 31, 2018.

HALLOWEEN TIME AT THE DISNEYLAND RESORT (ANAHEIM, Calif.) - Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort is returning for even more spook-tacular days than ever this year, enchanting guests of all ages with frightfully fun experiences themed especially for the season. From Sept. 7 through October 31, 2018, a spell will be cast at both Disneyland park and Disney California Adventure park, transforming the Disneyland Resort into a frenzy of happy haunts. (Joshua Sudock/Disneyland)

Eerie encounters and fiendish fun await guests at both Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park as favorite experiences are transformed into dreadful delights. With seasonal attraction overlays, Halloween-themed décor and food and beverage offerings, plus encounters with dastardly Disney villains, happy haunts will materialize around every corner.

Additionally, the guest-favorite Mickey’s Halloween Party will return with 15 nights of after-hours fun. This separate-ticket event features some exclusive entertainment, Disney characters in their Halloween attire, trick or treating at locations throughout Disneyland Park and a chance for the entire family to visit the parks in costumes. Tickets for Mickey’s Halloween Party go on sale Tuesday, June 5, 2018, for Annual Passholders, Disney Vacation Club members and Disney Visa Card holders. Tickets go on sale Tuesday, June 12, 2018, for the general public. They may be purchased online at Disneyland.com/party as well as at the Disneyland Resort main gate and by phone at 714-781-4400.

At Disney California Adventure Park

A spell will be cast as guests enter Disney California Adventure. Oogie Boogie takes over with his twisted tale of a forever Halloween, inspired by “Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas.” Oogie Boogie’s oversized silhouette will beckon guests through the main entrance of the park, and hover over a swarm of bats that circle around Carthay Circle Restaurant and Lounge.

Halloween décor extends along Buena Vista Street to Carthay Circle, where guests will encounter a 10-foot-tall statue of the Headless Horseman holding his jack-o-lantern head to the sky.

The citizens of Cars Land will celebrate Halloween by turning Radiator Springs into Radiator Screams. The entire land will be transformed with a special Haul-O-Ween makeover as the townsfolk of Radiator Springs don Halloween costumes and decorate their respective homes for the season.

Guests will encounter Lightning McQueen, Mater, Cruz, Red and DJ in “car-stume” as they get ready to go “trunk-or-treating.” Popular Cars Land attractions will transform as well: Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree takes on a spooky tone as Mater’s Graveyard JamBOOree, and Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters gets a seasonal twist to become Luigi’s Honkin’ Haul-O-Ween.

Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! will transform nightly into Guardians of the Galaxy – Monsters After Dark, bringing Halloween adventure to this popular attraction. As the sun sets, the attraction’s exterior goes dark and then suddenly powers back up with lighting effects, a signal that something has gone awry. The Guardians have successfully escaped The Collector’s Fortress, but have accidentally left Groot behind. Guests will help Rocket distract the creatures that have been released so he can find and rescue Groot in this exciting seasonal overlay.

At Disneyland Park

The Halloween magic continues at Disneyland, where guests will enjoy beautiful décor on Main Street, U.S.A., including a giant Mickey Mouse jack-o’-lantern and a Pumpkin Festival. In Frontierland, guests will encounter the colorful Día de los Muertos tribute, an exhibit that commemorates the Mexican holiday of Day of the Dead with a musical trio of iconic skeleton figurines, brightly colored flowers and other decorative items.

Two popular attractions will transform into their annual Halloween themes, delivering Halloween thrills for guests who dare to take a ride. Haunted Mansion will become Haunted Mansion Holiday, inspired by the Walt Disney Pictures classic “Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas.” The seasonal attraction celebrates the collision between Halloween and Christmas as Jack Skellington offers his unique take on the holidays.

Space Mountain in Tomorrowland will become Space Mountain Ghost Galaxy, a reimagining of the popular attraction. Guests on board the speeding Space Mountain vehicles are thrust into a ghostly galaxy where they are surrounded by eerie screams, sound effects and music. Spine-chilling spirits pop out of the darkness, appearing to reach out and menace the space travelers.

Mickey’s Halloween Party*

This year, more nights are available for guests to enjoy Mickey’s Halloween Party. At this after-hours, separate-ticket event, guests may dress in costume and have the opportunity to trick-or-treat throughout Disneyland Park for candy and healthy goodies. Mickey’s Halloween Party also includes special entertainment, classic attractions and the added bonus of unlimited Disney PhotoPass downloads of the night**, making it easier than ever to capture memories during the party.

An exclusive treat for guests attending Mickey’s Halloween Party is “Halloween Screams,” a supernatural firework show. The nighttime spectacular is hosted by “Master of Scare-omonies,” Jack Skellington.

Also exclusive to Mickey’s Halloween Party is the “Frightfully Fun Parade” led by The Headless Horseman of Sleepy Hollow (from the Disney animated classic, “The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad”). The Horseman rides down Main Street, U.S.A., on his ghostly black steed with a flickering jack-o’-lantern to usher in the parade, which features Jack Skellington and a procession of grim, grinning (and hitchhiking) ghosts from the iconic Haunted Mansion attraction.

Guests attending Mickey’s Halloween Party may also visit Villains Square for a chance to encounter and take photos with Disney villains. Additional Disney characters donned in Halloween attire can also be found throughout the park.

As an added value, guests with a Mickey’s Halloween Party ticket will have the opportunity to “mix in” with regular park guests for three hours prior to the party’s start time. These guests also will be able to visit both Disneyland and Disney California Adventure parks with their tickets.

Beginning June 5 for Annual Passholders, Disney Vacation Club members and Disney Visa Card holders and June 12 for the general public, Mickey’s Halloween Party tickets may be purchased online and on mobile devices at Disneyland.com/party as well as at the Disneyland Resort main gate and by phone at 714-781-4400. Guests may check for availability for the 15 nights: Wednesday, Sept. 19; Friday, Sept. 21; Monday, Sept. 24, Wednesday, Sept. 26; Friday, Sept. 28; Tuesday, Oct. 2; Friday, Oct. 5; Tuesday, Oct. 9; Friday, Oct. 12; Tuesday, Oct. 16; Friday, Oct. 19; Tuesday, Oct. 23; Friday, Oct. 26; Monday, Oct. 29; and Wednesday, Oct. 31, Halloween night. Online and mobile purchases are not available the day of the event. Parking is not included in the ticket price, and parking fees will apply. Mickey’s Halloween Party is a non-smoking event.

For more information about Halloween Time at the Disneyland Resort, please visit  http://www.Disneyland.com/Halloween. Entertainment and attractions are subject to change without notice.

*Mickey’s Halloween Party tickets are subject to availability and are valid only for specific event dates and hours. Space is limited. Limit eight (8) tickets per person, per event date. Tickets are nonrefundable and may not be resold. Costumes subject to Disney guidelines at https://disneyland.disney.go.com/events-tours/mickeys-halloween-party/ and should not be obstructive or offensive. Ages 2 and under: no ticket required. Entertainment may be cancelled due to inclement weather or otherwise. Subject to restrictions and change without notice.

**Disney PhotoPass service is subject to the PhotoPass terms found in https://disneyland.disney.go.com/photopass-terms-conditions/. Online registration required.  Disney PhotoPass Photos captured during the Mickey’s Halloween Party must be linked to your Disney account and may be downloaded pursuant to the expiration policy at https://disneyland.disney.go.com/photopass-expiration-policy/.  Not responsible for missing, lost or damaged photos. Downloads are restricted to personal use by Disney account holder only and may not be used for a commercial purpose.  Subject to restrictions and change without notice.

Jack Skellington and Haunted Mansion Holiday are inspired by “Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas.

About the Disneyland Resort
The Disneyland Resort features two spectacular theme parks – Disneyland (the original Disney theme park) and Disney California Adventure Park – plus three hotels and the Downtown Disney District, comprising unique dining, entertainment and shopping experiences. The Resort’s hotels are the luxurious, 948-room Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, which also features 50 two-bedroom equivalent Disney Vacation Club units; the magical, 973-room Disneyland Hotel – both AAA Four Diamond properties – and the 481-room Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel with its “day-at-the-beach” theme. For information on attractions and vacations at the Disneyland Resort, visit Disneyland.com, call (866) 43-DISNEY or contact local travel agents. Located in Anaheim, Calif., the Disneyland Resort opened July 17, 1955. Open daily, year-round.

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55+ Reasons to Switch to Sprint Now!

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OVERLAND PARK, Kansas, May 17, 2018 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — 55 or older? Celebrate the best time of your life with Sprint’s new Unlimited 55+ plan: $35 per month per line for two lines of unlimited data, talk and text for people who are 55 and up. You can consider that 55+ reasons to join Sprint (NYSE: S) and switch from your current carrier! Enjoy your age and benefit from it by signing up for this amazing plan from Sprint.

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Here’s the plan:

  • Starting Friday, May 18, new customers who are 55 and up can get two lines of unlimited data, talk and text for $35 per month per line with Autopay.1
  • The first line is $50 per month and the second line is an additional $20 per month.
  • With Sprint Global Roaming included, travel worry-free with the industry’s best global roaming package and stay connected with text and basic data for no additional charge in more than 185 worldwide destinations.
  • Unlimited 55+ allows you to keep your devices connected with unlimited mobile hotspot data at 3G speeds.
  • You can stream videos in DVD quality with speeds up to 480p+ resolution, music at up to 500kbps, streaming cloud gaming at up to 2Mbps.
  • This offer is for a limited time only and you’ll need a valid ID so Sprint can make sure you meet the age criteria.

“We know customers love unlimited no matter what their age, so we’ve designed a plan with the 55 plus age group in mind,” said Roger Solé, chief marketing officer. “If you’re considering which wireless plan to choose, this is the one. Unlimited 55+ gives you unlimited data, talk and text at a great price. Plus, with free global roaming to more than 185 countries, you can cross some international adventures off your bucket list without worrying about high wireless charges.”

At Sprint, we’ve made it super easy to switch. You can bring, buy or lease your phone to take advantage of this great offer. If you want to go even bigger, you can opt-in for a $10 per line per month upgrade and receive 10GB of mobile hotspot2 plus HD streaming with video streams at up to 1080p resolution, music at up to 1.5Mbps, and gaming at up to 8Mbps. If you want to save on your current wireless phone plan and get excellent perks, this is the place!

Want more information about how to sign up for Unlimited 55+? Starting May 18, visit www.sprint.com/55plan for more information and visit your local Sprint store to sign up for Unlimited 55+. With Sprint, you’ll save money on your monthly wireless bill and you’ll be on a great network.

The company’s investment and the work performed by our network engineers have helped drive a 35 percent increase in Sprint’s national average download speed year-over-year.Sprint is also preparing to launch the first 5G mobile network in the U.S in the first half of 2019. Sprint’s Next-Gen Network build includes upgrading cell sites to triband service using 800MHz, 1.9GHz and 2.5GHz, adding thousands of new cell sites to expand coverage, densifying the network with more small cells to increase capacity and speed, and deploying 5G technology.

About Sprint:
Sprint (NYSE: S) is a communications services company that creates more and better ways to connect its customers to the things they care about most. Sprint served 54.6 million connections as of March 31, 2018, and is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including the first wireless 4G service from a national carrier in the United States; leading no-contract brands including Virgin Mobile USA, Boost Mobile, and Assurance Wireless; instant national and international push-to-talk capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone. Today, Sprint’s legacy of innovation and service continues with an increased investment to dramatically improve coverage, reliability, and speed across its nationwide network and commitment to launching the first 5G mobile network in the U.S. You can learn more and visit Sprint at www.sprint.com orwww.facebook.com/sprint and www.twitter.com/sprint.

1 Data deprioritization during congestion. Other mo. charges apply.

2 MHS reduced to 2G speeds after 10GB/mo.

3 Based on Ookla’s analysis of Speedtest Intelligence data comparing April 2017 to April 2018 for all mobile results.           

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2018 CMC Annual Conference Delivers Groundbreaking Research

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AHAA: The Voice of Hispanic Marketing is rebranding as Culture Marketing Council: The Voice of Hispanic Marketing, which will continue to elevate the quality and effectiveness of U.S. marketing by harnessing the power of cultural expertise and impact to drive business results.

FAIRFAX, Virginia, May 17, 2018 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Top leaders and elite marketing executives rely on the Culture Marketing Council: The Voice of Hispanic Marketing (CMC) to deliver new and compelling multicultural research to help inform their creative strategy and marketing campaigns. The 2018 CMC Annual Conference, taking place at the Loews Hotel in Los Angeles from June 4-6, will provide marketers with the latest CMC, Magna Global and Nielsen research to help inform their marketing campaigns and ensure culture is at the heart of every strategy.

AHAA: The Voice of Hispanic Marketing is rebranding as Culture Marketing Council: The Voice of Hispanic Marketing, which will continue to elevate the quality and effectiveness of U.S. marketing by harnessing the power of cultural expertise and impact to drive business results.

“With digitalization and demography being the two most transformative forces affecting our industry today, top researchers agree on the critical role that culture plays in the marketing strategies and have brought the latest data and insights to help marketers navigate complex consumer behaviors,” said CMC Research Chair Nancy Tellet, president of Pure Clarity LLC.

The research track at the CMC Annual Conference includes:

  • CMC Digital Lives 2018: A World of Digital ‘Everything’ through a Cultural Lens
    The Digital Lives 2018 study looks at two transformative & disruptive forces: digitalization & demography. Digital inhabits every area of our lives today, reforming how we buy things and redefine content creation, curation, delivery & consumption across entertainment, news, marketing and everyday human interaction—in fact, online shoppers make 51 percent of their purchases online with Millennials outpacing that figure. With culture playing a larger role in the American mainstream, this study uncovers how digital is used to gather or provide information, socialize, consume or create entertainment, maximize utility while applying a cultural lens to ascertain areas of similarity, cultural uniqueness or areas of cultural fusion. Moderated by CMC Research Chair Nancy Tellet, this session features a candid conversation with David Chitel, CEO and founder of NGL Collective, and Meghann Elrhoul, head of agency research at Twitter, as they discuss real-life applications from this study.
  • In-Culture Marketing: Driving Brand Growth
    In this Q&A session moderated by Gonzalo del Fa, president of GroupM Multicultural, Mireya Artega, research director from Magna Global will unveil results from new studies conducted in partnership with Telemundo and Univision on how advertisers should create and deploy ads for Hispanic audiences in both TV and digital.  Attendees will gain a deeper understanding of both creative and media strategies that can be used to optimize brand KPIs and generate growth.
  • Fact or Fiction: The State of the Hispanic Market
    A lot has been speculated about the current state of the Hispanic market.  Everything from the political landscape to the rapidly changing omni-channel shopping experience challenges marketers, manufacturers and retailers to separate rhetoric from reality. Vanessa Strain, vice president, Multicultural Growth and Strategy at Nielsen, will provide the latest data and answer the question, ‘what really happened with the Hispanic consumer packaged goods spending in 2017?’

The CMC Annual Conference will deliver content underscoring the Power of C3: Creativity, Community & Culture. C-suite executives from Nestlé and Target will present as well as top leaders from AutoZone, Comcast, Domino’s Pizza, Intuit, NFL, Pepsi, Sprint, Twitter, and Verizon. Topics include The Multicultural Marketing Journey with Comcast, Domino’s Pizza & Pepsi, The Hispanic Brand in the Trump Era, Influence of Influencers, Pasión for Sports: How Hispanics Are Driving the Future of Sports Marketing, Culture is the New Mainstream, Corporate America & the State of Latino Representation, Fireside Chat with Danny Trejo: Hispanic Representation on Screens, The Future of Advertising Agencies, Multicultural Structure: The Good, The Bad, They Ugly, among others.

For more information, visit culturemarketingcouncil.org and follow the CMC on Facebook and Twitter at @cmchispanic using the conference hashtag #CMCpowerof3.

About CMC

Founded in 1996 as the Association of Hispanic Advertising Agencies, the Culture Marketing Council: The Voice of Hispanic Marketing is the national trade organization of all marketing, communications and media firms with trusted Hispanic expertise.

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Consolidated Credit Celebrates 25 Years of Financial Education

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When Debt is the Problem, We are the Solution...

FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida, May 17, 2018 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Since 1993 when Consolidated Credit first opened its doors they have been a leader in providing financial education. In the past 25 years they have helped over 6.5 million people overcome debt and credit obstacles.

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Each year the nonprofit distributes 50,000 educational publications, participates in nearly 300 events reaching more than 15,000 thousand people annually.  The goal is to provide education that empowers people to control their own financial destiny and overcome challenges.

“Without financial education, financial stability is just a dream,” says Gary Herman, President of Consolidated Credit. “We’re in the business of helping people to get out of credit card debt, but our mission is to help people get to a level where they don’t need debt relief services.”

This mission continues today as Consolidated Credit explores new ways to keep financial education at the forefront of consumers’ minds. “We’re excited to find ways to use new technologies that are changing the way people do everyday tasks,” Herman explains. “That way, financial education can adapt to become a habit that’s incorporated into people’s lives day-to-day. We believe that kind of accessibility will help us make even greater strides in improving financial literacy across America.”

While the technology has evolved, the goal is exactly what it was when Consolidated Credit launched its first financial education initiatives – to improve financial literacy so consumers can achieve and maintain long-term financial stability.

About: Consolidated Credit’s mission is to assist families throughout the United States to end financial crises and solve money management issues through education and professional counseling. Visit ConsolidatedCredit.org for more information.

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Sherwin-Williams Celebrates The Power Of Paint By Transforming More Than 200 Community Spaces

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Sherwin-Williams Celebrates The Power Of Paint By Transforming More Than 200 Community Spaces

CLEVELAND, May 16, 2018 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Sherwin-Williams is embracing the transformative power of paint and color by refreshing more than 200 community spaces across North America this month alone. It’s all part of Sherwin-Williams seventh annual National Painting Week, May 25-June 4. The company is donating paint and supplies, and thousands of local employees are volunteering their time and expertise to transform community centers, schools, historic landmarks and more.

Sherwin-Williams Celebrates The Power Of Paint By Transforming More Than 200 Community Spaces

To celebrate National Painting Week, Sherwin-Williams employees have demonstrated their commitment to communities by donating nearly 90,000 hours of their time to refresh more than 1,000 community spaces since 2012. This year, Sherwin-Williams is partnering with the local affiliates of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America and Canada, Ronald McDonald House Charities and Rebuilding Together, in addition to other deserving community organizations. Professional painting contractors and builders from across North America will also participate with teams from their local Sherwin-Williams stores.

“A fresh coat of paint and a new color palette can completely transform a space,” said Ellen Moreau, senior vice president of marketing communications at Sherwin-Williams. “We’re proud of our thousands of store employees and National Painting Week partners who are committed to giving back, so that we can continue to support the communities where we live and do business.”

To help showcase the transformative nature of paint, and to help all DIYers embrace their personal color style, Sherwin-Williams is teaming up with TV personality and home remodeling enthusiast, Joelle “JoJo” Fletcher. In addition to participating in a National Painting Week community painting project in her hometown, Fletcher has created four trend-forward color palettes to help DIYers more confidently select colors.

“Painting is one of the easiest and most affordable ways to transform any space,” Fletcher said. “I’m excited to partner with Sherwin-Williams to help bring more color to deserving nonprofit organizations.”

For DIYers looking to transform their home, Fletcher created the following four personalized Sherwin-Williams palettes:

“I love creating color palettes and helping homeowners make confident color selections,” said Fletcher. “Whatever the project, I’ve always found it helpful to start with a favorite color, and then accent with neutrals.”

Three Hispanic DIY bloggers are also joining this year’s National Painting Week activities: Casa Linda, The Latina Next Door and Pearmama are transforming places in their communities with a fresh coat of paint. More information on these projects, as well as the hundreds of others taking place during National Painting Week, is available at swpaintingweek.com.

For additional color selection options and expert advice on choosing the right paint for the right job, consumers are encouraged to visit one of Sherwin-Williams 4,200 neighborhood stores. The National Painting Week sale runs from May 25-June 4 and includes 30 percent off Sherwin-Williams brand paints and stains and an additional 20 percent off custom-order wallpaper in U.S. stores.

About Sherwin-Williams National Painting Week
Sherwin-Williams National Painting Week is an annual celebration dedicated to the transformative power of paint and color in our homes and in our communities. Every year thousands of Sherwin-Williams associates volunteer to refresh hundreds of local spaces, including community centers, historic landmarks and more. We aim to inspire DIYers and pros to embrace paint as a powerful solution for transformation.

Ask Sherwin-Williams™
For more than 150 years, Sherwin-Williams has been an industry leader in the development of technologically advanced paint and coatings. As the nation’s largest specialty retailer of paint and painting supplies, Sherwin-Williams is dedicated to supporting both do-it-yourselfers and painting professionals with exceptional and exclusive products, resources to make confident color selections and expert, personalized service at its more than 4,200 neighborhood stores across North America. For more information, visit sherwin-williams.com/hogar. Join Sherwin-Williams Latino on Facebook and Twitter.     

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Labor and Workforce Development Agency Announces Record Number of Apprentices

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SACRAMENTO, California, May 15, 2018 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — California Labor and Workforce Development Agency Secretary David M. Lanier today announced that there are nearly 82,000 active apprentices in California – the highest number in the 79-year history of formal apprenticeship job training in the state. In 2015, California had approximately 53,000 active apprentices and is on track to double the number by the end of 2020.

“Apprenticeship programs provide workers with paid on-the-job training that can lead to good-paying careers and supply employers with skilled workers,” said Secretary Lanier. “We have made significant progress during this period of economic growth in strengthening existing apprenticeship opportunities – reflected by the nearly 50,000 apprentices in state-approved apprenticeships in the building trades – and in creating new programs in high-growth industries.”

California is home to the nation’s largest and fastest-growing apprenticeship system. According to the State Building and Trades Construction Council of California, the state-supported apprenticeships make more jobs available for young people out of high school.

California has a highly trained and streamlined workforce of 450,000 men and women who are ready to build public infrastructure and private projects while earning middle-class wages – which enables them to buy a home, support a family and drive our economy,” said State Building and Construction Trades Council President Robbie Hunter. “Apprentices who learn skilled trades will be the workers of the future who keep California’s economy strong.” 

California has invested $15 million each year over the past three years through the California Apprenticeship Initiative to promote the creation of new apprenticeship programs in transportation and logistics, advanced manufacturing, healthcare and information technology. This initiative includes pre-apprenticeship programs which are designed to prepare individuals to enter registered apprenticeship programs through industry-based training and classroom instruction. Pre-apprenticeship programs also broaden opportunities for underrepresented populations – including women and low-income individuals – to enter registered apprenticeship programs. California Apprenticeship Initiative grantees have registered more than 900 apprentices and pre-apprenticeship programs have enrolled more than 2,000 participants.

“SEIU Locals are proud to sponsor high-quality registered apprenticeship training programs in early childhood education, healthcare and state civil service occupations and we will continue to support expanding apprenticeships that provide a high quality learning experience that leads to high quality jobs,” said Roxanne Sanchez, President of SEIU California and SEIU Local 1021.

The Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017 – which invests $52.4 billion over the next 10 years to fix roads, freeways and bridges throughout the state and improve public transportation – includes $5 million per year for five years to expand pre-apprenticeship training programs. These programs provide at-risk youth, women, veterans and the formerly incarcerated with training in the construction trades.

The job training proposal in the transportation package builds on the California Workforce Development Board’s successful efforts in Proposition 39 pre-apprenticeship training pilots, called the High Road Construction Careers program. Since 2014, this program has trained more than 1,100 at-risk youth, veterans and other disadvantaged job seekers in construction and green job skills through regional partnerships of building trades councils, workforce boards, community colleges, schools and community organizations. Upon completion of the training, 875 were hired in construction employment or enrolled in higher education, including more than 330 of which joined a state-certified apprenticeship.

The Division of Apprenticeship Standards in the California Department of Industrial Relations creates opportunities for Californians to gain employable lifetime skills and provides employers with a highly skilled and experienced workforce while strengthening California’s economy. For more information on state registered apprenticeship programs and to search for available apprenticeship programs, visit https://www.dir.ca.gov/das/das.html.

Contact: Garin Casaleggio
916-653-9900

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National Comprehensive Cancer Network Begins Work on Guidelines to Improve Cancer Care in the Caribbean

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FORT WASHINGTON, Pennsylvania, May 16, 2018 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — The National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®) is embarking on a new collaboration with the Caribbean Association for Oncology & Hematology (CAOH). The nonprofit alliance of leading U.S. cancer centers announced plans to collaborate and develop a library of NCCN Harmonized Guidelines™ for the Caribbean during the CAOH Conference — Oncology: Charting a New Course for the Caribbean — in Trinidad and Tobago on May 12.

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“This project is just one example of our dedication to expanding global access to quality cancer care,” said Robert W. Carlson, MD, Chief Executive Officer, NCCN. “By partnering to create these easy-to-follow guidelines, we help overburdened clinicians stay up-to-date on research and innovation. We’re working with oncologists in low- and mid-resource countries to create recommendations that encompass evidence-based best practices. These guidelines will focus on what’s currently attainable and what we hope to make attainable in the future.”

Dr. Carlson was joined at the CAOH conference by Joan McClure, MS, Senior Vice President, Clinical Information and Publications, NCCN; Ben Anderson, MD, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center/Seattle Cancer Care Alliance; Al Benson III, MD, FACP, FASCO, Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University; Natalie Callander, MD, University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center; Wui-Jin Koh, MD, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center/Seattle Cancer Care Alliance; James Mohler, MD, Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center; and Douglas Wood, MD, FACS, FRCSEd, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center/Seattle Cancer Care Alliance.

They participated in a working session with local oncologists to adapt existing NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology (NCCN Guidelines®) and NCCN Framework for Resource Stratification of NCCN Guidelines (NCCN Framework™) in order to better reflect the diverse needs and resources throughout the Caribbean. The archipelago that extends from the Bahamas in the north to Trinidad and Tobago in the south ranks among the highest regions in the world for cancer prevalence. Cancer is the second leading cause of death in the Caribbean, and the rate of breast cancer deaths is currently twice that of the United States.

“This international partnership between CAOH and NCCN will enable doctors throughout the Caribbean to provide the best possible care for people with cancer,” said Marisa Nimrod, MD, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, CAOH. “We look forward to creating a blueprint for improving treatment outcomes, and tailoring the available resources to meet the demands of structured, evidence-based cancer prevention and control. These guidelines will also help inform governmental policies in the future.”

The Clinical Team was led by Kavi Capildeo, MBBS, FRCP (Edin), DM, Trinidad and Tobago; Sophia Edwards-Bennett, MD, PhD, DABR, Jamaica; Owen Gabriel, MD, DM (Oncology), St. Lucia; Theresa Laurent, Bsc (Hons), MBBS, DM Oncology/Haematology, Barbados; Dylan Narinesingh, FCRadOnc, MMed; and Gilian Wharfe, MBBS, DM (Haem), The University of the West Indies, Jamaica.

The NCCN Harmonized Guidelines for the Caribbean will initially cover the following cancer types:

  • Breast Cancer
  • Cervical Cancer
  • Colon Cancer & Colon Cancer Screening
  • Multiple Myeloma
  • Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer
  • Prostate Cancer
  • Rectal Cancer

As always, these guidelines will be available free-of-charge for non-commercial use via NCCN.org or via the Virtual Library of NCCN Guidelines mobile app for smartphones and tablets.

For more information on the NCCN Harmonized Guidelines, visit NCCN.org/harmonized. For details on NCCN’s various efforts around the world, visit NCCN.org/global. Join the conversation online with the hashtag #NCCNGlobal.

About the Caribbean Association for Oncology & Hematology
The Caribbean Association for Oncology and Hematology (CAOH) is a Non-Governmental Organization that was re-incorporated in July 2017 to address the developing needs of Trinidad and Tobago, as well as those of the Caribbean, in the fields of Hematology and Oncology. The Association operates under the patronage of Mrs. Sharon Rowley, wife of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, Dr. Keith Christopher Rowley. CAOH’s mission is to develop a regional strategic plan that focuses on quality-of-care, regulation of services offered, and capacity for research to produce annual, evidence-based feedback and standardized cancer guidelines for cancers with the highest burden of disease (Breast, Prostate, Colon, Cervical, Lung and Multiple Myeloma).

Visit NCCN.org/news, @NCCNnews on Twitter, and @National.Comprehensive.Cancer.Network on Facebook for more about NCCN.

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Rachel Darwin
267-622-6624
darwin@nccn.org 

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Aspen Institute Hosts 2018 America’s Future Summit In Chicago

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WASHINGTON, May 16, 2018 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — After a year of economic advancement programming focused on the financial security and economic mobility of Latino Americans, the Aspen Institute’s Latinos and Society Program will host the 2018 America’s Future Summit: Unlocking Potential, Advancing Prosperity on Thursday, May 17, 2018 at Malcom X College in Chicago.

The growth rate, size, and relative youth of the Latino population indicates that the well-being of the entire nation will increasingly rest on Latino Americans’ ability to successfully navigate the changing economy. The ability for Latinos to advance economically is crucial to the future of the nation’s economy; however, many Latinos still face challenges gaining opportunities and attaining the American Dream.

“Latino issues are America’s issues. That’s why we are creating conversations between a diverse group of people to contribute to solutions to problems that will affect us all,” said Abigail Golden-Vázquez, Executive Director of the Latinos and Society Program. “The America’s Future Summit brings together leaders from across sectors to learn about and work on increasing Latino economic mobility as a way to increase prosperity for all Americans.”

The 2018 Summit will feature panels composed of leaders from a variety of backgrounds, including Laysha Ward, Executive Vice President and Chief External Engagement Officer of Target; Juan Salgado, Chancellor of City Colleges of Chicago; Arne Duncan, Former U.S. Secretary of Education and Managing Partner of the Emerson Collective; and features a keynote presentation by Nina Vaca, Chairman and CEO of the Pinnacle Group.

Conversations will demonstrate the importance of a collective response to ensure Latinos and all Americans have an opportunity to reach their full potential. The scheduled discussions include conversations on:

  • Preparing for the future of work and creating good jobs
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Uniting Black and Brown communities
  • Gentrification
  • Drivers of prosperity

Each panel discussion will be available for livestreaming throughout the day. Opening and welcoming remarks will begin at 9:00 a.m. CST. The summit will be livestreamed online at http://as.pn/americasfuturesummit. Registration for the livestream is open at http://as.pn/afslivestream.

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Broadway Angels and Chronicled Aligned for Growth Phase of Blockchain and Supply Chain Ecosystems with Pre-Series A Investment

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Chronicled

SAN FRANCISCO, May 16, 2018 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Chronicled, Inc. has announced an investment by Broadway Angels in the company’s pre-Series A financing. Over the past year, Chronicled, a technology firm using blockchain technology to secure and automate industrial supply chains has grown significantly, adding team members and launching a production-ready platform. The investment from Broadway Angels will help Chronicled to execute on its strategic roadmap.

Chronicled

“Broadway Angels is delighted to invest in Chronicled,” said Sonja Perkins, Founder of Broadway Angels. “Blockchain technology will solve some of the biggest problems in enterprise and we view Chronicled as the leader in supply chain.”

Broadway Angels represents the top women venture capitalists, founders, and thought leaders in Silicon Valley.  Broadway Angels invests in the best companies, with both male and female founders, while diversifying cap tables and showcasing female excellence in investing.

The group includes:

  • Sonja Perkins, founder of The Perkins Fund, Broadway Angels and Project Glimmer.  She spent 22 years at Menlo Ventures and won the “Investor of the Year Award” six times.  Sonja has invested in three start-ups that achieved multi billion dollar public company valuations.
  • Jennifer Fonstad, Partner at Aspect Ventures and co-founder of Broadway Angels.  Jennifer spent over 20 years with DFJ and now runs the largest female founded venture capital firm in the world.  
  • Katherine August de Wilde, Vice Chair & Member of Board, First Republic Bank.  She is on the boards of SunRun and Eventbrite.
  • Elen Levy, referred to as the “Most Connected Woman in Silicon Valley” by Fast Company; former Head of Strategic Initiatives and member of Exec Team, LinkedIn.
  • Shellye Archambeau, former CEO of IBM Asia-Pacific and MetricStream.  She currently serves on the boards of Verizon and Nordstrom.
  • Karen Boezi, former CEO, Redwood Bioscience.  Karen was the co-founder and Managing Partner of Thomas McNerney & Partners.  She has over 20 years of healthcare private equity experience.

“It is great to have such an influential group of women investing in Chronicled, the future of blockchain, and the larger social movements this technology represents,” said Samantha Radocchia, Co-Founder at Chronicled. “We are excited to have strong partners as we strive towards decentralization, inclusion, and responsible global trade.”

The investment bridges into a larger Series A round that Chronicled plans to close in 2018. Since its launch in 2014 Chronicled has raised more than $10m in Angel and Seed financing.

About Chronicled
Based in San Francisco, Chronicled is a technology company leveraging blockchain and IoT to bring trust, efficiency, and automation to global supply chain ecosystems. The Company is a pioneer in linking physical world economy workflows to blockchain systems and has developed a decentralized protocol and network for supply chain in order to extend trust boundaries and enforce cross-organization business rules without revealing private data. Currently, Chronicled’s most active market verticals are Pharmaceuticals, Commodities, and Precious Metals and Minerals.

http://www.chronicled.com

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sam@chronicled.com

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Inside Rx Prescription Savings Program Marks First Anniversary By Achieving $100 Million Savings Milestone

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FRANKLIN LAKES, N.J., May 16, 2018 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — In just one year, customers of the Inside Rx® prescription savings program collectively have saved $100 million on their medications. Inside Rx, launched by Express Scripts (NASDAQ:ESRX) in May of 2017, is celebrating its first year of providing deep discounts on more than 125 brand-name medications, and a robust list of generic medications, for Americans who are uninsured or pay out-of-pocket for their prescriptions.

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Inside Rx offers patients with chronic conditions such as diabetes, heart disease and high cholesterol more affordable access to the therapies they need at a price they can afford, with average savings of 40 percent off on brand-name and 80 percent off retail on generics medications. It also offers access to many other therapies including treatments for epilepsy, erectile dysfunction, migraines, and dermatology drugs not often covered through health insurance.

“We work with drug manufacturers and retail pharmacies to constantly increase our portfolio of products and offer eligible uninsured and underinsured patients deep discounts in the most critical therapy classes affecting people in our country,” said Leslie Achter, CEO of Inside Rx. “Since launch, we have also added a Spanish-language version of our website to help Spanish-speaking patients have access to the online information.” The site is available at InsideRx.com/Es.

Earlier this year, the program launched Inside Rx Pets offering savings on select medications commonly prescribed for pets purchased at any of the participating pharmacies.

To benefit from the Inside Rx discounts, eligible users simply need to download the free discount card from InsideRx.com and present it at one of the 40,000 participating pharmacies including national chains such as CVS, the Kroger Family of Pharmacies and Walgreens. There is no membership fee or other costs to obtain the card.  

For a complete list of the medications and participating pharmacies, as well as restrictions and eligibility information, visit InsideRx.com. The Inside Rx card is not insurance.  

*Average savings per prescription for Inside Rx users are based on cash price versus Inside Rx price for featured brand medications.

About Inside Rx

Headquartered in Franklin Lakes, New Jersey, Inside Rx provides affordable access to medication, especially for the uninsured and those navigating the changing healthcare landscape.

Powered by our parent company, Express Scripts, and working collaboratively across the pharmacy supply chain, Inside Rx delivers access to a broad list of branded medications that treat many common, chronic health conditions.

Visit https://InsideRx.com/ or follow us @Inside_Rx on Twitter, to learn more.

 

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Pizza Hut and Telepizza Group Announce Landmark International Growth Alliance

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  • Doubles Pizza Hut’s footprint in the regions covered by the alliance; places Pizza Hut in the #1 position in the category across Latin America and the Caribbean in terms of unit count; and confirms Pizza Hut position as the world’s largest pizza restaurant company
  • Telepizza Group to become a leading multi-country pizza operator worldwide and Pizza Hut’s largest master franchisee globally by unit count
  • Alliance nearly doubles Telepizza Group’s store portfolio to more than 2,500 units and €1.1 billion (1.3 Bn $) in system sales, with a presence in 37 countries with more than 500 million potential consumers
  • Long-term alliance involves Telepizza Group opening 1,300 new stores over the next 10 years across regions covered in alliance: Spain, Portugal, Latin America (excluding Brazil), the Caribbean and Switzerland

PLANO, Texas, and MADRID, Spain, May 16, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Pizza Hut, a division of Yum! Brands, Inc. (NYSE: YUM) and the world’s largest pizza restaurant company with nearly 17,000 restaurants in over 100 countries, and Telepizza Group (BME: TPZ), the largest non-U.S. pizza delivery company worldwide with more than 1,600 stores in over 20 countries, today announced a strategic deal and master franchise alliance to accelerate growth across Latin America (excluding Brazil), the Caribbean, Spain (including Andorra), Portugal and Switzerland.

The landmark deal doubles Pizza Hut’s footprint in the regions covered by the alliance; places Pizza Hut in the number one position in the category across Latin America and the Caribbean in terms of unit count; and confirms Pizza Hut’s position as the world’s largest pizza restaurant company. As a result of the alliance, Telepizza Group will become Pizza Hut’s largest master franchisee globally by unit count and a leading multi-country pizza operator worldwide.

“This ground-breaking deal is a major milestone in our journey to become the most loved, fastest growing pizza brand in the world, and Telepizza Group is the ideal partner with the capability, commitment and capital to accelerate Pizza Hut’s expansion into key high-growth regions like Latin America,” said Milind Pant, President, Pizza Hut International. “Geographically, this long-term, strategic alliance with Telepizza Group will make Pizza Hut accessible to more consumers over time, helping fulfill our mission of making it easier to get a better quality pizza.”

“Our alliance with Pizza Hut delivers on Telepizza Group’s strategic plan to transform pizza delivery with a management model grounded in improving the customer experience through best-in-class operations,” said Pablo Juantegui, Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Telepizza Group. “The deal accelerates our global growth plan, nearly doubles the scale of our business and extends our international reach to 37 countries, which represent more than 500 million potential consumers. The aspirations and capabilities of Telepizza Group and Pizza Hut International are complementary, and we are confident this deal will drive significant value for customers, employees, franchisees and shareholders as it represents an ideal platform for future growth opportunities.”

“At Pizza Hut International, we’re focusing all of our innovation, technology investments and franchise alliances on delivering the easiest, fastest and tastiest pizza experience wherever we operate,” said Enrique Ramirez, Global Chief Growth Officer, Pizza Hut. “Telepizza Group is the ideal partner to help us deliver on this focus across Latin America (excluding Brazil), the Caribbean, Spain, Portugal and Switzerland, because of their incredible depth and capability in franchise operations and supply chain management. Leveraging the strong experience of our Pizza Hut franchisees, we expect this to accelerate the growth of Pizza Hut with a best-of-both approach.”

Highlights of the alliance include:

  • Spain and Portugal. In Spain, where Telepizza is the leading player, and in Portugal, Telepizza Group will continue operating the Telepizza brand, but it will also operate Pizza Hut stores and oversee Pizza Hut franchisees. Telepizza will leverage the best of Pizza Hut capabilities and well-known signature products.
  • Latin America (excluding Brazil) and the Caribbean. As master franchisee, Telepizza Group will oversee Pizza Hut franchisees who will continue to operate Pizza Hut stores in Latin America (excluding Brazil) and the Caribbean.  Telepizza Group will also progressively convert its existing stores in this region to Pizza Huts and leverage Pizza Hut’s brand awareness to accelerate store network expansion and boost entry into key growth markets.
  • Unit Development Growth. Across the regions covered in the alliance, Telepizza Group will target opening at least 1,300 new stores over the next 10 years, and 2,550 stores total over 20 years. The vast majority of the new store openings will be Pizza Hut, including all stores in Latin America and the Caribbean.
  • Supply Chain: Telepizza Group will manage Pizza Hut’s supply chain in Latin America (excluding Brazil), the Caribbean, Spain (including Andorra), Portugal and Switzerland and will become an authorized supplier of Pizza Hut establishments. Both groups will explore further possibilities of collaboration in this field worldwide.

Completion of the alliance will be subject to certain conditions, including regulatory approvals and approval by Telepizza Group shareholders.

Impact to Telepizza

The alliance will nearly double Telepizza Group’s store portfolio to more than 2,500 units and €1.1 billion (1.3 Bn $) in system sales, making the company present in 37 countries with more than 500 million potential consumers. Telepizza Group will leverage its strong operational capabilities to crystallize the significant industrial synergies resulting from the combined platform, and will also benefit from its enlarged footprint to accelerate its international growth expansion. All this will be achieved without impacting Telepizza Group’s leverage profile nor its dividend policy and preserving Telepizza Group’s commitment with its current network of franchisees, targeting €100 million (120 M $) EBITDA by 2021.

Impact to Pizza Hut

This landmark deal moves Pizza Hut to the number one position in the category across Latin America and the Caribbean in terms of unit count. Across all the markets covered in the alliance, Telepizza Group will oversee nearly 1,000 Pizza Huts and contribute nearly 1,500 of its stores to Pizza Hut’s global unit count.  Pizza Hut International franchisees in these regions will continue to operate their businesses, under the management of Telepizza as a Pizza Hut master franchisee.  This strategic deal is a long-term initiative by Pizza Hut expected to result in accelerated unit development and operating profit growth on what will be a combined initial unit count of nearly 2,500 stores. The transaction is not expected to have a significant impact on Yum! Brands’ core operating results or cash flows over the next few years.

About Pizza Hut

Pizza Hut, a subsidiary of Yum! Brands, Inc. (NYSE: YUM), has more restaurant locations in the world than any other pizza company. Founded in 1958 in Wichita, Kan., Pizza Hut operates nearly 17,000 restaurants in more than 100 countries. For more information, visit www.pizzahut.com.

About Telepizza

Telepizza Group, headquartered in Madrid, operates in 23 countries with Telepizza and Jeno’s Pizza brands, among others, and celebrates 30 years with over 60 million of pizzas delivered worldwide. The Company manages a total network of 1,607 stores including 441 owned stores and 1,166 franchisees and master franchisees (as of 31 December, 2017) and is the leading player by number of stores in Spain, Portugal, Chile and Colombia. Total sales in its network, including own stores, franchisees and master franchisees, recorded as chain sales, amounted €561.6 million euro in the 12 months ended December 31, 2017. Telepizza Group is listed in the Barcelona, Bilbao, Madrid and Valencia stock exchanges with its shares starting trading on April 27, 2016.

About Yum! Brands

Yum! Brands, Inc., based in Louisville, Kentucky, has over 45,000 restaurants in more than 135 countries and territories and is one of the Aon Hewitt Top Companies for Leaders in North America. In 2018, Yum! Brands was recognized as part of the inaugural Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index and ranked among the top 100 Best Corporate Citizens by Corporate Responsibility Magazine. In 2017, Yum! Brands was named to the Dow Jones Sustainability North America Index. The company’s restaurant brands – KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell – are global leaders of the chicken, pizza and Mexican-style food categories. Worldwide, the Yum! Brands system opens over seven new restaurants per day on average, making it a leader in global retail development.

More information:

Analistas e inversores Grupo Telepizza:
+34 91 6576200
inversores@telepizza.com

Medios Grupo Telepizza:
Telepizza (Miguel Justribó) + 34 626 338 993 / 646 844 460
miguel.justribo@telepizza.com /

Omnicom PR Group (Víctor Acero / Rosa Fernández / Idoia Revuelta) 
 +34 91 7883200 / 680449126 / 606077813
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Medios Pizza Hut:
Weber Shandwick (Raquel Capellas / Francisco Porras)
+34 917458614 / 917458623 / 607241119 / 607527721
rcapellas@webershandwick.com / fporras@webershandwick.com

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

This communication does not constitute an offer to purchase, sell or exchange or the solicitation of an offer to purchase, sell or exchange any securities. The shares of TELEPIZZA GROUP may not be offered or sold in the United States of America except pursuant to an effective registration statement under the Securities Act or pursuant to a valid exemption from registration.

This communication contains forward-looking information and statements about TELEPIZZA GROUP, including financial projections and estimates and their underlying assumptions, statements regarding plans, objectives and expectations with respect to future operations, capital expenditures, synergies, products and services, and statements regarding future performance. Forward-looking statements are statements that are not historical facts and are generally identified by the words “expects”, “anticipates”, “believes”, “intends”, “estimates” and similar expressions.

Although TELEPIZZA GROUP believes that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are reasonable, investors and holders of TELEPIZZA GROUP shares are cautioned that forward-looking information and statements are subject to various risks and uncertainties, many of which are difficult to predict and generally beyond the control of TELEPIZZA GROUP, that could cause actual results and developments to differ materially from those expressed in, or implied or projected by, the forward-looking information and statements. These risks and uncertainties include those discussed or identified in the documents sent by TELEPIZZA GROUP to the Comisión Nacional del Mercado de Valores.

Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance. They have not been reviewed by the auditors of TELEPIZZA GROUP. You are cautioned not to place undue reliance on the forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date they were made. All oral or written forward-looking statements hereby made or otherwise attributable to TELEPIZZA GROUP or any of its members, directors, officers, employees or any persons acting on its behalf are expressly qualified on its entirety by the cautionary statement above. All the forward-looking statements included herein are based on information available to TELEPIZZA GROUP on the date hereof. Except as required by applicable law, TELEPIZZA GROUP does not undertake any obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

This announcement may contain “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. We intend all forward-looking statements to be covered by the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements generally can be identified by the fact that they do not relate strictly to historical or current facts and by the use of forward-looking words such as “expect,” “expectation,” “believe,” “anticipate,” “may,” “could,” “intend,” “belief,” “plan,” “estimate,” “target,” “predict,” “likely,” “seek,” “project,” “model,” “ongoing,” “will,” “should,” “forecast,” “outlook,” “new store opening goals” or similar terminology. These statements are based on and reflect our current expectations, estimates, assumptions and/ or projections, our perception of historical trends and current conditions, as well as other factors that we believe are appropriate and reasonable under the circumstances. Forward-looking statements are neither predictions nor guarantees of future events, circumstances or performance and are inherently subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and assumptions that could cause our actual results to differ materially from those indicated by those statements. There can be no assurance that our expectations, estimates, assumptions and/or projections, including with respect to the future earnings and performance or capital structure of Yum! Brands, will prove to be correct or that any of our expectations, estimates or projections will be achieved.

Numerous factors could cause our actual results and events to differ materially from those expressed or implied by forward-looking statements, including, without limitation: food safety and food borne-illness issues; health concerns arising from outbreaks of viruses or other diseases; the success of our franchisees and licensees, and the success of our transformation initiatives, including our refranchising strategy; our significant exposure to the Chinese market; changes in economic and political conditions in countries and territories outside of the U.S. where we operate; our ability to protect the integrity and security of individually identifiable data of our customers and employees; our increasing dependence on digital commerce platforms and information technology systems; the impact of social media; our ability to secure and maintain distribution and adequate supply to our restaurants; the success of our development strategy in emerging markets; changes in commodity, labor and other operating costs; pending or future litigation and legal claims or proceedings; changes in or noncompliance with government regulations, including labor standards and anti-bribery or anti-corruption laws; recent Tax Legislation (defined below) and other tax matters, including disagreements with taxing authorities; consumer preferences and perceptions of our brands; changes in consumer discretionary spending and general economic conditions; competition within the retail food industry; and risks relating to our significant amount of indebtedness. In addition, other risks and uncertainties not presently known to us or that we currently believe to be immaterial could affect the accuracy of any such forward-looking statements. All forward-looking statements should be evaluated with the understanding of their inherent uncertainty.

Information regarding the impact of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (“Tax Legislation”) consists of preliminary estimates which are forward-looking statements and are subject to change. Information regarding the impact of Tax Legislation is based on our current calculations, as well our current interpretations, assumptions and expectations relating to Tax Legislation, which are subject to further ongoing change.

The forward-looking statements included in this announcement are only made as of the date of this announcement and we disclaim any obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statement to reflect subsequent events or circumstances.

Milind Pant, President, Pizza Hut International and Pablo Juantegui Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Telepizza Group

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The Home Depot to Present at Bernstein 34th Annual Strategic Decisions Conference

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ATLANTA, May 16, 2018 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — The Home Depot®, the world’s largest home improvement retailer, today announced that Craig Menear, chairman, CEO and president, will present at the Bernstein 34th Annual Strategic Decisions Conference in New York, NY. The presentation will begin at 8 a.m. ET on May 31, 2018.

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The presentation will be webcast live over the internet at http://ir.homedepot.com/events-and-presentations. A link will be displayed under “Events and Presentations.” The webcast will be archived and available at the same location after the conclusion of the live event and will be available until November 27, 2018.

The Home Depot is the world’s largest home improvement specialty retailer, with 2,285 retail stores in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, 10 Canadian provinces and Mexico. In fiscal 2017, The Home Depot had sales of $100.9 billion and earnings of $8.6 billion. The Company employs more than 400,000 associates. The Home Depot’s stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: HD) and is included in the Dow Jones industrial average and Standard & Poor’s 500 index.

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Cigna Furthers its Commitment to Help Curb the National Opioid Epidemic

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New campaign advances the concept of a “pain plan” to encourage conversations among patients and health care providers about the safe use of opioids and other pain management options

BLOOMFIELD, Connecticut, May 16, 2018 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Global health service company Cigna (NYSE: CI) is furthering its commitment to curbing the national opioid epidemic by launching a new online campaign featuring easy to use tools to inform Americans and their loved ones about the safe use of opioids for pain management.

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Cigna’s focus is on preventing the risk of opioid misuse, even before a prescription is written. The new campaign advances the concept of a “pain plan,” which is intended to help people partner with their health care providers to better understand available treatments, including behavioral, pharmaceutical and medical options, provide guidance for the safe and appropriate use of opioids, and set goals for pain relief.

An estimated 2.5 million people suffer from substance use disorders related to prescription opioid pain relievers in the United States1.  Additionally, one in five people are at increased risk of long-term use with just a 10-day prescription2. A proprietary study from Cigna found that while 80 percent of respondents agree that “anyone could become addicted to opioids, even someone like me,” the majority are unaware or disagree that “opioids are not safe to take for more than one week without an increased risk of addiction”3.To help encourage informed conversations, people can text “Help with Pain” to 25792 to receive a list of questions they can ask their health care provider, along with a link to other helpful resources. Cigna has also developed a tool enabling people to determine if a prescription is an opioid or not by entering the name of the medicine on the Help with Pain website. 

“Both acute and chronic pain can be debilitating, and we understand the real challenges people face when trying to cope with their pain,” said Douglas Nemecek, M.D., Chief Medical Officer for Behavioral Health at Cigna. “We want to help people better understand pain, how it manifests, and ultimately, how to manage it safely and effectively, immediately and over time. The best place to begin is to have an informed conversation with your health care provider and develop a highly personalized pain plan together.”

To resonate with Americans in a meaningful way, Cigna has partnered with a group of influencers, representing well-known athletes, chefs and bloggers. This includes Kansas City Chiefs football player Travis Kelce, award-winning celebrity chef and author of Rocco’s Healthy + Delicious, Rocco DiSpirito and Pinteresting Plans blogger Rachel Moore, among others. Each will share why they are aligning with this campaign, with the goal of raising awareness about opioid addiction and introduce simple, preventive solutions.

“At Cigna, we focus on preventive care and keeping people healthy,” said Stephen Cassell, Vice President, Global Branding at Cigna. “That’s why it’s important to help people take control of their health by educating them about pain management and encouraging them to talk with their care provider to create a pain plan.  We’ve made this process easy and simple. When people send us a text message, we’ll respond with the key questions to ask their care provider when discussing their pain management.”

This campaign comes on the heels of Cigna’s recent announcement that in partnership with more than 1.1 million prescribing clinicians, the company has achieved a 25 percent reduction in opioid use among its customers, reaching this key metric one year ahead of its goal.

Cigna’s new pain resource website provides tools for individuals, care providers and employers to help prevent opioid misuse through education. The website will better equip people to have informed conversations with care providers about chronic and acute pain, and the risks and benefits associated with opioid prescriptions.

To learn why you need to make a pain plan with your care provider and if your prescription is an opioid, please visit cigna.com/helpwithpain. For more information on Cigna’s efforts to fight the opioid epidemic, please visit https://www.cigna.com/about-us/healthcare-leadership/away-from-blame.

About Cigna
Cigna Corporation (NYSE: CI) is a global health service company dedicated to helping people improve their health, well-being and sense of security. All products and services are provided exclusively by or through operating subsidiaries of Cigna Corporation, including Connecticut General Life Insurance Company, Cigna Health and Life Insurance Company, Life Insurance Company of North America and Cigna Life Insurance Company of New York. Such products and services include an integrated suite of health services, such as medical, dental, behavioral health, pharmacy, vision, supplemental benefits, and other related products including group life, accident and disability insurance. Cigna maintains sales capability in over 30 countries and jurisdictions, and has more than 95 million customer relationships throughout the world. To learn more about Cigna®, including links to follow us on Facebook or Twitter, visit https://www.cigna.com. For more information about Cigna’s proposed acquisition of Express Scripts, please visit http://www.makinghealthcaresimple.com.

REFERENCES

  1. McLellan AT. Substance Misuse and Substance use Disorders: Why do they Matter in Healthcare? Transactions of the American Clinical and Climatological Association. 2017;128:112-130. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5525418/
  2. Shah A, Hayes CJ, Martin BC. Characteristics of Initial Prescription Episodes and Likelihood of Long-Term Opioid Use — United States, 2006–2015. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep 2017;66:265–269. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15585/mmwr.mm6610a1.
  3. Omnibus Survey, Cigna, 11/3/17-11/6/17.

MEDIA CONTACT:

Ellie Polack

Ph. 860.902.4906      

elinor.polack@cigna.com

 

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Yolo Rum Gold Takes Double Gold at 2018 San Francisco World Spirits Competition

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DENVER and SAN FRANCISCO, May 16, 2018 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Fresh off multiple wins at the New York World Wine and Spirits Competition and San Diego Spirits Fest, Yolo Rum‘s premier blend, Yolo Rum Gold, won a Double Gold Medal at the 2018 San Francisco World Spirits Competition. Yolo Rum Silver also took home a Bronze Medal.

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“I guess these medals show that master rum blender Don Pancho Fernandez knows what he’s doing,” said Yolo Rum founder Philip Guerin. “But, seriously, Yolo Rum is a tremendous value considering it is a highly decorated boutique spirit. It seems like the more prestigious the competition, the higher we place.”

Held in early spring at the Hotel Nikko, the San Francisco World Spirits Competition is one of the premier events of its kind, attracting entrants and attendees from all over the world. This year, over two thousand entrants participated in a variety of spirits categories. Ranked as one of the top cocktail festivals in America, SFWSC judges come from the ranks of top food and beverage buyers, writers, columnists, beverage directors, and sommeliers. This year marks the eighteenth anniversary of the competition.

Continuing an impressive, award-winning run at industry expositions and competitions, this win puts Yolo Rum’s international medal count at 21. Yolo Rum has also received multiple wins from the New York World Wine and Spirits Competition, and taken home more gold medals at the Miami Rum Renaissance Festival. Now they add two more medals to their crowded trophy case.

At the heart of the Yolo Rum operation is master distiller Francisco “Don Pancho” Fernandez. Born in Cuba and operating out of the Republic of Panama, Don Pancho is the world’s most-respected and honored ronero (that’s “rum blender,” for the layman). The recipient of hundreds of awards, Francisco “Don Pancho” Fernandez is acclaimed worldwide as the ultimate practitioner of his craft and recognized as a man who elevates the trade of rum making to high art. Yolo Rums are gluten free, with no added sugar or molasses and no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives, and the company produces its products using revolutionary environmentally sustainable processes. Offering boutique quality at exceptional value, Yolo Rum is the ideal synthesis of ancient crafts and modern tastes.

Yolo Rum is exploring a possible equity crowdfund. This could be the opportunity to invest in an equity-based share of Yolo Rum. For information, visit yolorum.com/invest.

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Production of All-New 2019 Acura RDX Begins at East Liberty Auto Plant

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Production of All-New 2019 Acura RDX Begins at East Liberty Auto Plant

EAST LIBERTY, Ohio, May 15, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Acura today celebrated the start of mass production of the all-new 2019 Acura RDX, the first in a new generation of Acura products built around Acura’s Precision Crafted Performance brand direction. The new RDX is a clean-sheet, top-to-bottom redesign of Acura’s perennial top-selling five-passenger luxury SUV, brought to life through new capital investment of $54 million in new technologies and processes at the East Liberty Auto Plant (ELP).

New technologies at the East Liberty Auto Plant include a new roller hemming process for the new RDX’s ultra-wide panoramic moonroof and the use of high-performance structural adhesives for enhanced body rigidity – both manufacturing firsts for a mass-produced Acura model. A new multi-layer paint system highlights the introduction of new Acura-exclusive premium exterior color options.

“This new RDX defines the future of Acura, and our Ohio team did an incredible job preparing this first in a new generation of Acura vehicles for our customers,” said Jim Hefner, plant manager at the East Liberty Auto Plant. “Paired with a new Ohio-made 2.0-liter Turbo engine, an all-new platform and a host of new technologies, the 2019 RDX sets a new high bar for style, performance and sophistication in a compact luxury SUV.”

The new Acura RDX takes its power from a direct-injected and turbocharged 2.0-liter, VTEC® Turbo engine produced at the nearby Anna, Ohio engine plant. The engine is mated to a segment-first 10-speed automatic transmission (10AT) manufactured at the company’s Tallapoosa, Georgia transmission plant. Peak output is 272 horsepower and 280 lb.-ft. of torque, with the new 10AT and available next-generation of Acura Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive® (SH-AWD™), making this the quickest, best-handling RDX yet. The all-new 2019 Acura RDX will begin arriving at U.S. Acura dealerships in June.

The Acura RDX is launching from a position of strength as the top selling nameplate in the compact luxury SUV segment since its launch in 2006, with cumulative U.S. sales of more than 375,000 units (through end of April 2018), all made in Ohio.  RDX also is coming off its 3rd straight year of 50,000 or higher sales (2015-17), something no other model in segment can claim.

In addition to being manufactured in the U.S. for the past 12 years and over three generations, the all-new 2019 model is the first RDX to be designed and developed in America. Styling design of the RDX was conducted by the Acura Design Studio in Los Angeles, California, with development undertaken by the company’s North American R&D team, based in Raymond, Ohio. The RDX has been completely reengineered on a new, Acura-exclusive platform and showcases the next-generation Acura design direction.

Five of the six models in the Acura lineup are made exclusively in central Ohio1, including the ILX and TLX luxury sports sedans (Marysville Auto Plant), the RDX and MDX luxury SUVs (East Liberty Auto Plant) and the Acura NSX supercar, which is built to order at the Performance Manufacturing Center in Marysville, Ohio.

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About Acura

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

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

Five of the six models in the Acura lineup are made exclusively in central Ohio using domestic and globally sourced parts, including the ILX and TLX luxury sports sedans (Marysville Auto Plant), the RDX and MDX luxury SUVs (East Liberty Auto Plant) and the Acura NSX supercar, which is built to order at the Performance Manufacturing Center in Marysville, Ohio.

1 Manufactured in America using domestic and globally sourced parts

Production of All-New 2019 Acura RDX Begins at East Liberty Auto Plant

 

Production of All-New 2019 Acura RDX Begins at East Liberty Auto Plant

 

The third generation RDX is the quickest, best-handling RDX ever, with top-class cabin and cargo space, and a host of groundbreaking new Acura technologies.

 

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