The Home Depot Foundation Increases Commitment to Mexico Earthquake Relief to $500,000

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ATLANTA and MONTERREY, Mexico, Sept. 21, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — The Home Depot® Foundation announced today that it is increasing donations to the communities of Mexico struck by earthquakes over the past two weeks to $500,000.

The Home Depot Foundation logo.

The Home Depot operates 120 stores and employs 15,000 associates in Mexico.

The financial support will be provided through funding to local nonprofits and international disaster relief organizations such as Operation Blessing, Team Rubicon and TECHO. The Foundation committed the funds in addition to product that was donated previously by The Home Depot Mexico.

“All of the associates of  The Home Depot in Mexico, the United States and Canada support the great work the citizens and authorities have undertaken in the face of this difficult situation,” said Sergio Gutierrez, president—The Home Depot Mexico. “We will continue working to help our communities heal.”

About The Home Depot Foundation

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

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

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

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

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¡Vive Tu Vida! Get Up! Get Moving!® Brings Needed Services and Day of Family Fun to Vineland

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VINELAND, N.J., Sept. 21, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — This Saturday, September 23, 2017, the National Alliance for Hispanic Health and the Metropolitan Multicultural Center present the first Annual ¡Vive tu vida! Get Up! Get Moving!® event in Vineland.  The event promotes Hispanic family physical activity and good nutrition for better health and wellness for people of all ages and sizes.

“For eleven years ¡Vive tu vida! Get Up! Get Moving!, has provided nutrition education, free health screenings and wellness activities to communities across the nation,” said Dr. Jane L. Delgado, President and CEO of the National Alliance for Hispanic Health, the nation’s leading Hispanic health advocacy group. “We are grateful and proud of the work and energy of all our partners and hundreds of volunteers that make these events such a success and celebration of family, culture, and health.”

“The Metropolitan Multicultural Center (MMC) is extremely pleased to partner with the National Alliance for Hispanic Health in order to provide much needed health service information to the residents of Cumberland County and in particular the City of Vineland, NJ.,” said Ralph Rivera, Chief Operations Officer of the Center. “About 40 percent of children ages 8 to 12 in Vineland—Cumberland County’s largest city—are overweight or obese, compared with 21 percent of their counterparts across the country. For this reason, we feel honored and fortunate to have been considered by the Alliance in an effort to generate health awareness among families in need and help alleviate this serious issue,” concluded Mr. Rivera.

What: ¡Vive tu vida! Get Up! Get Moving!® event featuring —

  • Health Screenings: Glucose and blood pressure
  • Fitness: Zumba, volleyball and soccer clinics
  • Nutrition: Farmers market, fresh fruits and healthy snacks, along with educational resources
  • Family fun: Live music, dance performances, talent competition, prizes and giveaways

Where: Landis Park at 600 E Park Ave, Vineland, NJ 08360
When: Saturday, September 23, 2017 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Cost: FREE!

“The National Alliance for Hispanic Health has a longstanding commitment to help create healthier communities. We are proud to contribute to their efforts through our continuing support of ¡Vive tu vida! Get Up! Get Moving! events,” said Robert Forrester, President and CEO of Newman’s Own Foundation.  The Foundation is marking its 8th year as a national sponsor of the ¡Vive tu vida! Get Up! Get Moving! event series.

The events are also supported nationally by the Healthy Americas Foundation.  This is the 11th anniversary of the ¡Vive tu vida! Get Up! Get Moving! event series that in its first decade has been attended by over 175,000 people and provided over 85,000 free health screenings. 

About the National Alliance for Hispanic Health (the Alliance) – The Alliance is the nation’s foremost science-based source of information and trusted non-partisan advocate for the best health outcomes for all. The Alliance represents thousands of Hispanic health providers across the nation providing services to more than 15 million each year. For more information, visit http://www.healthyamericas.org or call the Alliance’s Su Familia National Hispanic Family Health Helpline at 1-866-783-2645.

SOURCE National Alliance for Hispanic Health

Vallarta Supermarkets Announces Customer Campaign To Aid Victims Of Recent Earthquakes In Mexico And Hurricane Maria In Puerto Rico

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Vallarta Supermarkets teams up with La Cruz Roja Mexicana and the American Red Cross to develop an in-store fundraising campaign for victims of these recent natural disasters and will match donations 2-1 up to $25,000

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 20, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — As a result of the devastating natural disasters that have impacted Mexico and Puerto Rico, Vallarta Supermarkets has started a customer campaign to benefit the many people who have been impacted or displaced.  In response to these natural disasters, Vallarta Supermarkets has partnered with the La Cruz Roja Mexicana and the American Red Cross to provide relief via monetary assistance for relief supplies.  As part of this effort, Vallarta will match 2-1 customer donations up to the first $25,000.  

Mexico has suffered devastating earthquakes and many people have been injured, lost loved ones and/or their homes.  Hurricane Maria was also devastating to Puerto Rico, and we are truly committed to provide assistance to those most in need,” said Rick Castillo, Director of Marketing.  “We are once again stepping up to provide assistance where it is needed, and will work alongside our customers to match donations 2-1 to help the most vulnerable communities.”

The customer campaign will begin September 20 and culminate September 27.  Vallarta Supermarkets will send funds to La Cruz Roja Mexicana and the American Red Cross to assist them in providing critical aid in the areas most devastated by the recent earthquakes in Mexico, as well as provide aid to families impacted by Hurricane Maria.

About Vallarta Supermarkets: Vallarta Supermarkets Inc. is an American supermarket chain headquartered in Sylmar, California with 49 locations in California. The company employs approximately 8,000 employees. Vallarta Supermarkets intends to positively impact 100 communities by the year 2030.

CONTACT: RICK CASTILLO
(818) 639-5607   

 

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Victor X. Cerda of V-me Media Inc. appointed as member of the FCC Advisory Committee on Diversity and Digital Empowerment

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MIAMI, Sept. 21, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — V-me Media Inc. is pleased to announce that Victor X. Cerda, our SVP of Corporate Strategy has been named to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Advisory Committee on Diversity and Digital Empowerment.

“I am pleased to see the Advisory Committee on Diversity and Digital Empowerment get up and running,” FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said in a release announcing the Committee members. “All Americans should have the opportunity to participate in the communications marketplace, no matter their race, gender, religion, ethnicity, or sexual orientation. I hope this committee will help our agency take important steps towards increasing diversity throughout the communications industry and bringing digital opportunity to all Americans.”

The primary agenda of the ACDDE’s first meeting will be to introduce the members of the Committee, set out initial assignments, and begin the selection process for working group membership. The ACDDE will also begin discussing its mission to provide recommendations to the FCC on how to empower and accelerate the entry of small businesses, including those owned by women and minorities, into the media, digital news and information, and audio and video programming industries, including as owners, suppliers, and employees, as well as recommendations on how to ensure that disadvantaged communities are not denied the wide range of opportunities made possible by next-generation networks.

“I am honored to have been selected by the FCC to support this very important diversity initiative,” Victor Cerda said.  “I look forward to working with the FCC in empowering disadvantaged communities and minority businesses looking to enter the media industry,” Victor Cerda said.

The ACDDE will hold its first meeting on Monday, September 25, 2017.

Additional information about the ACDDE is available at: https://www.fcc.gov/advisory-committee-diversity-and-digital-empowerment

About Vme Media

V-me Media Inc. (pronounced veh-meh), is a family of three television networks; including Vme TV, Vme Kids and Primo TV, which provide quality programming for Hispanic families.  Vme Media selects programming which is engaging, empowering, educational and entertaining with a contemporary mix of original productions, exclusive premieres, acquisitions and popular children’s programs specially adapted for U.S. Hispanic families.  To learn more about Vme Media and their networks, visit www.vmetv.com, or www.vmekids.com or www.primotv.com.

Media Contact:
Michael Fernandez
mfernandez@vmetv.com
786-924-8330

 

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BOSS Revolution Offers Help Following Earthquakes in Mexico

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NEWARK, N.J., Sept. 21, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Following the devastating earthquakes that recently struck Mexico, BOSS Revolution is offering free calling and no-fee money transfers from the US to Mexico through Saturday, September 30, 2017. 

IDT Corporation: www.idt.net

BOSS Revolution’s offer of free calls to Mexico applies to any call made from the popular BOSS Revolution Calling app for the remainder of September.

BOSS Revolution is also waiving all fees on money transfers to Mexico made from its website (www.bossrevolution.com/MoneyTransfer) and from the BOSS Revolution Money app.  (BOSS Revolution’s money transfer service will return to its low rates to Mexico – as low as $3.99 – on October 1st.)   Funds can be sent directly to bank accounts with many of Mexico’s largest banks or to any of the 23,900 BOSS Revolution payout locations throughout Mexico for cash pick-up.

Both the BOSS Revolution Calling and BOSS Revolution Money apps are free and available on the iTunes App Store and on Google Play – and through the BOSS Revolution (www.bossrevolution.com) and BOSS Revolution Money Transfer (www.bossrevolution.com/moneytransfer) websites, respectively.   

“IDT Telecom serves millions of immigrants, including many with family and friends in Mexico.  In response to the horrific damage done by the earthquakes there, we are pitching-in to help our customers and anyone with family in Mexico by offering our money transfer and calling services at no charge,” said Bill Pereira, CEO of IDT Telecom.

About IDT:

IDT Corporation (NYSE: IDT), through its IDT Telecom division, provides telecommunications and payment services to individuals and businesses primarily through its flagship BOSS Revolution® and net2phone® brands.  IDT Telecom’s wholesale business is a leading global carrier of international long-distance calls.  For more information on IDT, visit www.idt.net.

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Hispanics can enjoy Bollywood movies on ZeeMundo.com

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MIAMI, Sept. 21, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — From September 29 through October 1 starting at 5 pm PST/ 6pm MST/ 7 pm CST/ 8pm EST/, hispanic audiencces will be able to enjoy the exclusive online streaming of one of Bollywood’s blockbuster films, “Tanu y Manu se Casan” (Tanu and Manu Get Married).  ZEE Mundo, the TV channel dedicated to Bollywood movies, invites you to watch the film online from any mobile device for free at www.zeemundo.com. Viewers will also have the chance to share their opinions and interact during the movie.

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Manu Sharma is a young man who returns from London to India to find a girlfriend to fulfill his parents wishes. Life has other plans when he falls in love with Tanu Trivedi, a free-spirited girl who has no plans of getting married. This is a story about family unity, values, and the traditions sorrounding Indian weddinngs, featuring animated choreographies and colorful sceneries, iconic of Bollywwod productions. The movie will be available from september 29 through october 1st, at the site: www.zeemundo.com. After the movie, the channel invites you to meet its director, choreographers, and main characters in an exclusive behind the scenes presentation.  

The hispanic audience is discovering the grandiose productions stemming from India thanks to the unrivaled niche Zee Mundo offers by bringing Bollywood programming in HD and Spanish directly to them. Starting on September 29th, audiences will be able to enjoy one of India’s biggest blockbusters online by visiting www.zeemundo.com.  

With 104 years of history, Bollywood has become a global industry with 3,500 million people watching at least one its movies somewhere around the world. No one can doubt the quality of its movies, as most Indian production companies spend around 10 million dollars in each film. Their cinematic style is very particular:  mixing themes, superb acting, and stories that appeal to every type of audience around the world, crossing borders at every turn.

The Bollywood industry is one of the biggest producers of movies worldwide. The term Bollywood was adopted in the 1970’s, when Indian cinema surpassed the number of American productions. Today, Bollywood generates three times more productions than any other studio worldwide, including Hollywood.

To watch the preview, visit: http://zeemundo.com/zee-mundo-play/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/zeemundo
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/zeemundo
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/zeemundo

For more information visit www.zeemundo.tv.

MEDIA CONTACT

pulpo PR
Latiffe Ghanem
lghanem@outlook.com
(305) 479-0279

Gracia Larrain
glarrain@gmail.com
(305) 205-5270

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New PSAs focus on the importance of adopting teenagers from foster care

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WASHINGTON, Sept. 21, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — New public service advertisements (PSAs) launched today by the Children’s Bureau at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Administration for Children and Families (ACF) in partnership with the Ad Council, AdoptUSKids and KBS, highlight the importance of adopting teens from foster care and emphasize that adoptive and potential adoptive parents do not have to be a perfect parent in order to adopt youth from foster care.

Experience the interactive Multichannel News Release here: https://www.multivu.com/players/English/8177151-ad-council-adoptuskids-adoption-foster-care/

Older children in foster care, particularly teenagers, have a hard time being adopted from foster care. Of the estimated 428,000 youth in the U.S. foster care system, 112,000 youth are currently waiting for adoptive families.

“All of us – and that includes teens in foster care who are waiting to be adopted – need and want families to support us and to give us the connections, relationships, and sense of belonging that are so critical to our well-being,” said Jerry Milner, associate commissioner at the Children’s Bureau, and the acting commissioner for the Administration on Children, Youth and Families.

The PSAs feature the theme of “What to Expect When You’re Expecting… A Teenager” to recognize that being there for a teenager is the most important role that an adoptive parent can play as well as encouraging the adoption of teens from foster care.

“The parents and families who adopt older teens from foster care enrich their own lives while providing an incredible impact on the lives of the adopted children and teens at a time when it is needed most,” said Milner. “We are proud to sponsor the Adoption from Foster Care campaign to encourage adoptions of teens nationwide.”

KBS collaborated with the authors and illustrator of “What to Expect When You’re Expecting” on the PSAs, which include TV, out-of-home, print and digital materials. The PSAs feature videos of well-intentioned moms and dads attempting to give new parents of teens step-by-step parenting tutorials in the What to Expect When You’re Expecting tone – namely how to wake up your teen and how to teen-proof your home. The print, digital and out-of-home creative parodies the original book cover and illustrations by humorously showing common scenarios parents can expect when adopting a teen, such as confusing text messages, binge-watching and prom proposals.

“We’re excited to infuse this very successful campaign with the cultural relevance of What to Expect When You’re Expecting,” said Michele Kunken, Executive Creative Director at KBS. “We were really lucky that the authors of What to Expect When You’re Expecting were so passionate about this cause and were willing to partner with us. We’re hoping this new take on the ‘Perfect Parent’ campaign will bring AdoptUSKids even more awareness and lead to even more adoptions from foster care.”

The Children’s Bureau provides funding to AdoptUSKids to raise public awareness about the need for families for children in foster care, and assist states, territories and tribes to recruit and retain foster and adoptive families and connect them with children.  

The Ad Council will distribute the new PSAs to media outlets nationwide this week. Per the Ad Council’s model, the PSAs will run in time and space donated by the media. Since the initial launch of the campaign in 2004, the campaign has received more than $565 million in donated media support across television, radio, print, out-of-home and digital media.

The PSAs direct audiences to visit AdoptUSKids.org or to call 1-888-200-4005 (English) or 1-877-236-7831 (Spanish) to receive information about the foster care system and the adoption process.

“The many thousands of teens in foster care are there at no fault of their own and are just as in need of family as anyone,” said Lisa Sherman, president and CEO of the Ad Council. “This project has already helped more than 28,000 youth find their forever families and experience the many milestones teens first encounter. We hope that this new work inspires prospective parents to consider adopting teens from foster care and become the pillar of stability and love every teen needs.”

For more information about adoption, or about becoming an adoptive parent to a child from foster care, please visit AdoptUSKids.org or visit the AdoptUSKids social communities on Facebook and Twitter.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families
Within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) is responsible for federal programs that promote the economic and social well-being of families, children, individuals, and communities. The Administration on Children, Youth and Families (ACYF) administers national programs for children and youth; works with states, tribes, and local communities to develop services that support and strengthen family life; seeks joint ventures with the private sector to enhance the lives of children and their families; and provides information and other assistance to parents. Many of the programs administered by ACYF focus on children from low-income families; abused and neglected children; children and youth in need of foster care, independent living, adoption or other child welfare services; preschool children; children with disabilities; runaway and homeless youth; and children from Native American and migrant families. For more information on ACYF’s adoption programs, please visit http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/cb/focus-areas/adoption.

AdoptUSKids
AdoptUSKids is a multi-faceted, federally funded project whose mission is to raise public awareness about the need for families for children in foster care, and assist states, territories and tribes to recruit and retain foster and adoptive families and connect them with children. The project is managed through a cooperative agreement with the Children’s Bureau at ACF.

The Ad Council
The Ad Council is a nonprofit organization with a rich history of marshaling volunteer talent from the advertising and media industries to deliver crucial messages to the American public. Having produced literally thousands of PSA campaigns addressing the most pressing social issues of the day, the Ad Council has effected, and continues to effect, tremendous positive change by raising awareness, inspiring action and saving lives. To learn more about the Ad Council and its campaigns, visit AdCouncil.org, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter or view our PSAs on YouTube.

KBS
KBS is a global agency that helps companies thrive in today’s tech-infused culture through the application of integrated solutions and capabilities including: advertising, social, content, CRM, creative technology, experiential, data and analytics, media planning and buying and product innovation. Our global network includes offices in New York, Los Angeles, Toronto, Montreal, London and Shanghai. Our clients around the world include BMW, American Express, Unilever, Bank of Montreal, Harman, Stanley Black & Decker, Thomas Cook Group, Vodafone, Compare the Market, Alibaba, Jose Cuervo and Vanguard. For more information, visit www.kbsagency.com.

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Chronicled and The LinkLab Announce The MediLedger Project, a Revolutionary Blockchain-backed System to Safeguard the Pharmaceutical Industry

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SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 21, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Chronicled, Inc. and The LinkLab LLC today announced The MediLedger Project, a joint venture that will explore and develop blockchain solutions for the pharmaceutical industry.  The project is primarily aimed at demonstrating compliance with the Drug Supply Chain Security Act (DSCSA), utilizing innovative capabilities found with blockchain technology to track and trace prescription medicines.  The project seeks to demonstrate the ability to prevent counterfeit medicines from entering the supply chain.  The DSCSA requires the industry to adopt an “interoperable system” to manage records of ownership and transfer of prescription drugs in the United States, and they feel strongly that blockchain technology could be best suited to do this.

Blockchain offers a number of unique advantages over older technologies. Every time an asset is registered, verified, or transferred on a blockchain, a distributed network of validation “nodes” come to consensus, making it exceedingly difficult for malicious actors to fabricate or tamper with the event logs.  Therefore, it is much more secure than existing central database solutions, which are vulnerable to hacking and data addition or deletion by a central administrator, and allows for a level of data provenance that has not been possible within current frameworks.  The MediLedger Project aims to leverage this capability to create an interoperable system in which multiple parties, including manufacturers, wholesale distributors, hospitals, and pharmacies can register, verify, and transfer pharmaceutical products with absolute trust in their authenticity and provenance.  This represents a major step forward in regulatory transparency and consumer safety and signifies an important step forward in the application of blockchain technology to the biopharmaceutical industry.

“Traditional, centralized databases are like castles with moats,” said Chronicled CEO Ryan Orr.   “You can fortify them as much as you want, but a hacker will always find a clever way to sneak inside the castle.  Blockchain introduces a whole new paradigm.  It’s a distributed network, data is cryptographically secured, a breach in one node has no effect on the whole, and the consensus mechanism prevents malicious actors from tampering the system.  That’s one of the things that’s really revolutionary about this technology.”

The MediLedger Project has aspirations beyond helping to enable pharmaceutical companies to achieve DSCSA compliance.  The participants hope to use their system to help fundamentally move the industry forward in improving drug security and preventing the production and trafficking of counterfeit and illicit drugs globally.  By year end, they plan to have demonstrated, through a series of milestones, the advantages of a blockchain system as the best way forward for this significant use case.  

The project has formed a working group of pharmaceutical industry leaders, which include Genentech, a member of the Roche Group, Pfizer, AmerisourceBergen, and McKesson Corporation.  The working group defined the industry requirements for the blockchain pilot, both for a prototype system and for an industry operating model.  The group has met the first hurdle: building a prototype system for the registration and verification of medicines on the blockchain  while keeping all business information private from other participants.  The next effort will be focused on developing business models and operating requirements.

“The immediate goal for us is to show that blockchain is the best solution for this need,” said Susanne Somerville, co-Founder of The LinkLab.  “We are aiming to have done that by the end of the year.  After that, the sky’s the limit.”

About Chronicled
Based in San Francisco, Chronicled is a technology company leveraging blockchain and IoT to power smart, secure supply chain solutions. Chronicled secures IoT device identities, data, and event logs and automates IoT-dependent business logic through smart contracts. Chronicled is also a founding member of the Trusted IoT Alliance, with the mission of creating open source tools and standards to connect IoT and blockchain ecosystems to deliver business value.

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

SOURCE Chronicled

Telemundo’s Don Francisco And Celebrities Join Forces In 4-Hour Prime Time Special For Mexico And Puerto Rico Victims Sunday, September 24 At 7pm/6c

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MIAMI, Sept. 21, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/–

WHAT:      

Telemundo presents a four-hour live special hosted by Mario Kreutzberger, Don Francisco, to bring Hispanic celebrities together with the Red Cross in support of the victims of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico and the earthquake in Mexico.

WHO:       

Produced from Miami, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Houston and Los Angeles, and live streamed with partners, Telemundo will feature stars and celebrities including Rafael Amaya, Carlos Ponce, Maria Celeste Arraras, Jose Díaz-Balart, Carlos Hermosillo, Gaby Espino, Miguel Varoni, Dana Paola, and Mariana Seoane, among many others to be announced shortly.

HOW:      

To help collect funds for the victims of these natural disasters, donors can contribute through www.elpoderenti.com/cruzroja and by calling 1-800-596-6567.

WHEN:       

This Sunday, September 24 from 7-11pm/6-10pm CT.

 

About NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises:

NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises is a world-class media company leading the industry in the production and distribution of high-quality Spanish-language content to U.S. Hispanics and audiences around the world. This fast-growing multiplatform portfolio is comprised of the Telemundo Network and Station Group, Telemundo Deportes, Telemundo Studios, Telemundo Internacional, Telemundo International Studios, Universo, and a Digital Enterprises & Emerging Business unit. Telemundo Network features original Spanish-language entertainment, news and sports content reaching 94% of U.S. Hispanic TV households in 210 markets through 17 owned stations, 55 affiliates and its national feed.  Telemundo also owns WKAQ, a television station that serves viewers in Puerto Rico.  Telemundo Deportes is the designated Spanish-language home of two of the world’s most popular sporting events: FIFA World Cup™ through 2026 and the Summer Olympic Games through 2032.  As the #1 media company reaching Hispanics and millennials online, the Digital Enterprises & Emerging Business unit distributes original content across multiple platforms, maximizing its exclusive partnerships with properties such as Buzzfeed, Vox, and Snapchat. Through Telemundo Internacional, the largest U.S.-based distributor of Spanish-language content in the world; Telemundo International Studios, a production unit focused on creating high-end short form, scripted formats for international markets; and Universo, the fastest growing Hispanic entertainment cable network, the company reflects the diverse lifestyle, cultural experience and language of its expanding audience. NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises is a division of NBCUniversal, a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation.

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Actress Salma Hayek Launches CrowdRise Campaign with $100,000 Donation to Help Victims of Mexican Earthquake

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REDWOOD CITY, California, Sept. 20, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Today, actress, producer, and humanitarian Salma Hayek launched a fundraiser on CrowdRise, part of GoFundMe, to help her native country Mexico after the devastating earthquakes. Hayek also donated $100,000 to the campaign.

“The people of my country have now suffered three natural disasters in a row,” said Hayek on her CrowdRise campaign. “Many children and families are hurt and in terrible need. I’m contributing $100,000 now to UNICEF which has teams on the ground responding. Please join me and contribute what you can and thank you.”

Hayek also included her note in Spanish and posted videos in both English and Spanish. All funds raised will benefit UNICEF.

To learn more and donate to the campaign, visit: https://go.crowdrise.com/o/en/team/salma

About CrowdRise
CrowdRise is the world’s largest crowdfunding platform dedicated exclusively to charitable fundraising. CrowdRise enables people to creatively leverage their resources and networks to unlock the power of the crowd to support positive social missions and create massive impact. Founded by actor Edward Norton, film producer Shauna Robertson and Robert and Jeffrey Wolfe, CrowdRise has conceived, implemented and powered campaigns that have raised hundreds of millions of dollars to date. In January 2017, CrowdRise merged with GoFundMe to offer both people and organizations the best fundraising tools for any cause they care passionately about.

About GoFundMe
Launched in 2010, GoFundMe is the world’s largest social fundraising platform, with over $4 billion raised so far. With a community of more than 40 million donors, GoFundMe is changing the way the world gives. Find us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

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FIBRA Prologis Announces Results from Ordinary and Extraordinary Holders’ Meeting

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MEXICO CITY, Sept. 20, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — FIBRA Prologis (BMV: FIBRAPL14), a leading owner of Class-A logistics real estate in Mexico, today announced the results of proposals presented at the ordinary and extraordinary holders’ meetings held Wednesday, September 20, 2017.

Proposals approved at the ordinary holders’ meeting:

  • Establishment of a program for the discretionary but non-obligatory issuance of CBFIs and debt trust certificates; and
  • Trustee substitution.

Proposal approved at the extraordinary holders’ meeting:

  • Amendment to the trust agreement allowing change of trustee to occur with Technical Committee approval alone.

ABOUT FIBRA PROLOGIS

FIBRA Prologis is a leading owner and operator of Class-A industrial real estate in Mexico. As of June 30, 2017, FIBRA Prologis was comprised of 194 logistics and manufacturing facilities in six industrial markets in Mexico totaling 34.2 million square feet (3.2 million square meters) of gross leasable area.

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

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

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Henry Schein Disaster Relief Hotline Remains Open To Support Customers Affected By Hurricane Maria

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Dentists, Physicians, and Veterinarians Who May Experience Operational, Logistical, or Financial Issues Encouraged to Call 800-999-9729

MELVILLE, N.Y., Sept. 20, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Henry Schein, Inc. (Nasdaq: HSIC) reminds its customers in Puerto Rico, the Caribbean, and all areas in the projected path of Hurricane Maria, that the Henry Schein Disaster Relief Hotline is open for dentists, physicians, and veterinarians who may experience operational, logistical, or financial issues as a result of damage caused by the storm.

The toll-free number for all Henry Schein customers is 800-999-9729. The hotline is open 24/7, with real-time assistance available from Team Schein Members from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. ET.  The Henry Schein Disaster Relief Hotline remains open throughout the year to provide assistance to practitioners during their preparation and recovery from disasters.

To help meet the challenges of rebuilding a practice in the wake of a natural disaster, practitioners can download our Recovery Guide for Office-Based Practitioners and visit our Road to Recovery Resource Center for more resources and information.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the people and communities of Puerto Rico, the Caribbean, and all areas preparing for Hurricane Maria’s potential impact,” said Stanley M. Bergman, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Henry Schein. “We encourage health care providers whose practices may sustain damage during the storm to contact our disaster relief hotline and visit our web-based Road to Recovery Resource Center for assistance in reopening their practices as soon as possible.”

About Henry Schein Cares
Henry Schein Cares stands on four pillars: engaging Team Schein Members to reach their potential, ensuring accountability by extending ethical business practices to all levels within Henry Schein, promoting environmental sustainability, and expanding access to health care for underserved and at-risk communities around the world. Health care activities supported by Henry Schein Cares focus on three main areas: advancing wellness, building capacity in the delivery of health care services, and assisting in emergency preparedness and relief.

Firmly rooted in a deep commitment to social responsibility and the concept of enlightened self-interest championed by Benjamin Franklin, the philosophy behind Henry Schein Cares is a vision of “doing well by doing good.” Through the work of Henry Schein Cares to enhance access to care for those in need, the Company believes that it is furthering its long-term success. “Helping Health Happen Blog” is a platform for health care professionals to share their volunteer experiences delivering assistance to those in need globally. To read more about how Henry Schein Cares is making a difference, please visit our blog: www.helpinghealthhappen.org.

About Henry Schein, Inc.
Henry Schein, Inc. (Nasdaq: HSIC) is the world’s largest provider of health care products and services to office-based dental, animal health and medical practitioners. The company also serves dental laboratories, government and institutional health care clinics, and other alternate care sites. A Fortune 500® Company and a member of the S&P 500® and the Nasdaq 100® indexes, Henry Schein employs more than 21,000 Team Schein Members and serves more than 1 million customers.

The company offers a comprehensive selection of products and services, including value-added solutions for operating efficient practices and delivering high-quality care. Henry Schein operates through a centralized and automated distribution network, with a selection of more than 120,000 branded products and Henry Schein private-brand products in stock, as well as more than 180,000 additional products available as special-order items. The company also offers its customers exclusive, innovative technology solutions, including practice management software and e-commerce solutions, as well as a broad range of financial services.                                              

Headquartered in Melville, N.Y., Henry Schein has operations or affiliates in 32 countries. The company’s sales reached a record $11.6 billion in 2016, and have grown at a compound annual rate of approximately 15 percent since Henry Schein became a public company in 1995. For more information, visit Henry Schein at www.henryschein.com, Facebook.com/HenrySchein and @HenrySchein on Twitter.

 

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Telemundo Set To Win The 2016-2017 Broadcast Season As The New #1 In Spanish-Language TV

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MIAMI, Sept. 20, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — After a record-breaking summer, Telemundo is set to make ratings history ending the 2016-2017 broadcast season as the #1 Spanish-language television network in weekday 8pm-11pm primetime among the highly-coveted adults 18-49 (858,000) and adults 18-34 (398,000), according to Nielsen. The network registered its highest share ever in Spanish-language TV, surpassing Univision and Unimas among adults 18-49 (43%) and adults 18-34 (45%). Telemundo also ranked among the top 5 broadcast networks with NBC, ABC, CBS, and Fox, during the season and outperformed all cable networks, except ESPN, in the key demos.

This unprecedented victory is the result of the network’s commitment to redefining Hispanic media and providing action-packed, “ripped from the headlines” contemporary stories that resonate and connect with Latinos.  In fact, Telemundo claimed the top three highest-rated series in all Spanish-language television in weekday prime time 8-11pm among adults 18-49 and adults 18-34 – “Señora Acero,” “El Chema,” and “El Señor de los Cielos” – and delivered the largest composition (24%) of adults 18-34 out of Total Viewers 2+ among all broadcast networks, regardless of language.

“We are proud our investments are paying off and that Telemundo has become the new standard in primetime television, which is where the largest number of Hispanics go for their entertainment,” said Cesar Conde, Chairman, NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises.  “This historic paradigm shift in Spanish language TV signals there is a new norm as more and more Latinos choose Telemundo.”

Over the last few years, Telemundo’s programming has evolved with its audience – mindful of the way they consume media and the type of content they prefer. The network’s business model was designed to produce original content, positioning Telemundo as the only network that offers high quality content across all platforms made specifically for U.S. Hispanics living in the United States. Telemundo has been part of this rapidly evolving market and has demonstrated a better understanding of what resonates and is relevant to this new audience, across all platforms.

For the 6th consecutive year, Telemundo is the #1 Hispanic network in VOD.  In addition, in August, Telemundo ranked as the #1 broadcast network in Total Engagement according to Shareablee, the social media metrics company.  The shows “El Señor de los Cielos” and “Sin Senos Sí Hay Paraíso,” ranked #1 and #2 respectively, in social actions among all broadcast drama series in Facebook.

About NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises:

NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises is a world-class media company leading the industry in the production and distribution of high-quality Spanish-language content to U.S. Hispanics and audiences around the world. This fast-growing multiplatform portfolio is comprised of the Telemundo Network and Station Group, Telemundo Deportes, Telemundo Studios, Telemundo Internacional, Telemundo International Studios, Universo, and a Digital Enterprises & Emerging Business unit. Telemundo Network features original Spanish-language entertainment, news and sports content reaching 94% of U.S. Hispanic TV households in 210 markets through 17 owned stations, 55 affiliates and its national feed.  Telemundo also owns WKAQ, a television station that serves viewers in Puerto Rico.  Telemundo Deportes is the designated Spanish-language home of two of the world’s most popular sporting events: FIFA World Cup(tm) through 2026 and the Summer Olympic Games through 2032.  As the #1 media company reaching Hispanics and millennials online, the Digital Enterprises & Emerging Business unit distributes original content across multiple platforms, maximizing its exclusive partnerships with properties such as Buzzfeed, Vox, and Snapchat. Through Telemundo Internacional, the largest U.S.-based distributor of Spanish-language content in the world; Telemundo International Studios, a production unit focused on creating high-end short form, scripted formats for international markets; and Universo, the fastest growing Hispanic entertainment cable network, the company reflects the diverse lifestyle, cultural experience and language of its expanding audience. NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises is a division of NBCUniversal, a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation.

Source:  Nielsen, NPM, M-F 8-11pm, Most Current 9/19/16-9/17/17 (L+7 through 9/3/17) vs. 9/21/15-9/18/16, A18-49 and A18-34 (000).  Share calculation based on TEL A18-49/A18-34 divided by the sum of TEL+UNI+UMA impressions.

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Letter Carriers Recognized as Heroes of the Year

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WASHINGTON, Sept. 20, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Letter carriers who rescued a young man from a house fire, helped police defuse a tense standoff with an armed man, and raised money for a disabled-accessible van for a young girl, will be honored Oct. 4.

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Matthew Lamb of Johnston, PA, repelled by heat and smoke from a burning house before going to the back yard and telling the 20-year-old trapped inside to jump out the window into his waiting arms, is the National Hero of the Year. Clinton Parker of Waterbury, CT, a 30-year Army veteran named Eastern Hero of the Year, counseled a fellow veteran suffering from PTSD to yield his weapon, which he’d already fired. Letter carriers in Springfield, IL, who held a fundraiser that enabled the family of a 12-year-old girl with muscular dystrophy to buy a van that could accommodate the girl’s wheelchair, will receive the Branch Service Award.

Several other carriers also are being recognized as heroes. They represent thousands of letter carriers who not only deliver the mail to 155 million households and businesses six or even seven days a week, but often assist in situations involving accidents, fires, crimes or health crises.

Donte Cotton of Dayton, OH, who crawled through broken glass to extricate a baby girl from a car that had flipped onto its roof, will receive the Central Hero Award. Daniel Ochoa of Garden Grove, CA, a Marine Reservist, who saw smoke coming from a customer’s house, spotted a propane tank near the fire, and doused the flames, is the Western Hero of the Year. Grand Rapids, MI, letter carriers James McKay and Evelyn Woodward, who provided CPR to a postal clerk who had fallen face-first on the lobby floor, was convulsing in a pool of blood and then stopped breathing, are the Unit Citation recipients.

Holly Allen of Charleston, WV, recipient of the Carrier Alert Award, was concerned when he hadn’t seen an elderly customer for a while, investigated and found the woman injured on her kitchen floor, even as a gas leak was spreading from the basement. Deb Ochetti of Burnsville, MN, who donated bone marrow to save the life of a stranger she had never met, is the Humanitarian of the Year.

The National Association of Letter Carriers Heroes of the Year will be honored by NALC President Fredric Rolando at a special luncheon at noon on Wednesday, Oct. 4, at the Washington Court Hotel, 525 New Jersey Ave. NW, Washington D.C. Go to http://nalc.org/heroes for further information on the Heroes, including video, audio and text.

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The NALC represents letter carriers across the country. Its 280,000 members make it the largest of the four unions representing employees of the United States Postal Service. Founded by Civil War veterans in 1889, the NALC is among the country’s oldest labor unions.  

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“Entre Nos: Part 2” Starring Rising Latino Stand-Up Comics Premieres On HBO LATINO® On October 13

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NEW YORK, Sept. 20, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Riding on the success of Entre Nos: Part 1, comedians Vladimir Caamaño, Frankie Quiñones and Shayla Rivera will take the stage in the 30-minute stand-up comedy show Entre Nos: Part 2 when it premieres on Friday, October 13th at 9:30pm EST exclusively on HBO LATINO®. In the hilarious English-Language special, the three comedians are joined by host and comedian Ben Gonzalez at Los Angeles’ El Portal Theatre for a laugh-out-loud night of stand-up. Directed by Joke Yanes and Adolfo Nowake, Entre Nos: Part 2 will air across all of the channel’s platforms including HBO NOW®, HBO GO®, HBO On Demand® and affiliate portals.

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HBO Latino is thrilled to showcase these talented stars, bring laughter, and celebrate this audience as the premiere coincides with National Hispanic Heritage month. The comedians tell their stories of growing up Latino in the U.S. touching on everything from moving cross-country to growing older in a technology-driven world. They also give their unique perspective on other topics including how to spend money once you finally get some, having a childhood cholo phase, making love while aging, and more.

Entre Nos: Part 1 (HBO LATINO®’s Spanish-language comedy special) recently premiered on the network this past June and will return to the channel with more specials in 2018.

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Vlad’s comedic style is the fruit of an immigrant Dominican family living in New York City and is described as a combination of urban grit and intellect. After graduating from Wesleyan University he launched into standup comedy. Vlad has quickly become a staple of the New York Comedy scene performing at The Stand, Gotham Comedy Club, New York Comedy Club, Dangerfield’s and the Comic Strip Live. In 2016, Vlad was named one of the Top 10 Comics to Watch by Variety and was honored at Just For Laughs.

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Frankie Quiñones’ performance is compared to a one-man variety show. He has toured with some of the industry’s most respected headliners including Craig Robinson, Paul Rodriguez, and Eddie Griffin to name a few. His repertoire of characters ranges from a hippie woman named Sun Diamond, to Juanita Carmelita, a spicy Latina diva on a budget, to Creeper, a Cholo who has changed his life in a positive direction.

SHAYLA
Shayla Rivera is a Puerto Rican/American stand-up comedian who uses observational and self-deprecating humor to point out that the truth is the funniest thing out there. Rivera’s material is intended for mature audiences as she reports her observations of the common experiences in our everyday life. Her point of view comes from being a woman, a Latino, a mother, a rocket scientist, a mystic, “You know, a typical human being”, she says.

ABOUT HBO LATINO
HBO Latino is a dedicated Spanish-language premium channel that delivers compelling and relevant programming to the U.S. Latino market.  Exclusive to the channel are the regular U.S. premieres of Spanish-language series, films and documentaries acquired from North America, Latin America, Spain and Caribbean, as well as original short-form programming.  Additionally, HBO Latino offers the best Hollywood movies and HBO original programming from the network’s main channel in Spanish. HBO Latino is included free with an HBO subscription. HBO Latino content can also be accessed on HBO On Demand®, HBO GO® and HBO NOW®.

Stay updated with HBO Latino’s latest news, view compelling video content and get sneak peeks with behind-the-scenes footage on:

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Sesame Place® Unveils Plans For First Wooden Coaster

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LANGHORNE, Pennsylvania, Sept. 20, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Sesame Place®, the nation’s only theme park based entirely on the award-winning show Sesame Street®, announced today its first wooden-steel hybrid coaster – Oscar’s Wacky Taxi™ – debuting Spring 2018. The new coaster is one of the largest new attractions in the park’s 37-year history and will feature a bright yellow, taxi cab-inspired train with everyone’s favorite grouch at the helm.

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The new coaster, combining both wood and steel elements to create a smooth ride, will give pint-sized thrill-seekers and their families the opportunity to experience another exciting first at Sesame Place. Oscar’s Wacky Taxi™ will send riders soaring down an exhilarating first drop of 40 feet, traveling over 1,200 feet of track with exciting twists, turns, and plenty of airtime hills — sure to delight even the grouchiest of riders. A 40″ rider height requirement (with a supervising companion) or 46″ height requirement for single riders will make this the perfect first coaster for many park guests. 

Oscar’s Wacky Taxi™ will join Super Grover’s Vapor Trail® as the second roller coaster at the park. Super Grover’s Vapor Trail, which opened in 1998 as the park’s first mechanical ride, is celebrating its 20th birthday in 2018. The 14-acre park also features two popular themed lands – Elmo’s World which opened in 2006 and Cookie’s Monster Land which opened in 2014. A total of eleven dry rides, nine water attractions, five interactive play elements, the Sesame Street Neighborhood, three live daily character shows and The Neighborhood Street Party Parade bring the joy of everyone’s favorite Sesame Street friends to families. 

“Oscar’s Wacky Taxi™ will bring a whole new level of excitement to Sesame Place in 2018,” said Bob Caruso, park president. “We’re constantly looking for ways to enhance our guest experience, and our first wooden roller coaster is an exciting and thrilling addition to the park.” 

About Sesame Place®:
It’s the perfect time, and they’re the perfect age, for Sesame Place®. Go before they grow® to the nation’s only theme park based entirely on Sesame Street®.  Sesame Place is located just 30 minutes north of Philadelphia and 90 minutes south of New York City.  Sesame Place was named by Parents Magazine as one of the “10 Best Theme Parks for Families”.  For more information, call 1-866-GO-4-ELMO or visit www.sesameplace.com

About SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc.
SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: SEAS) is a leading theme park and entertainment company providing experiences that matter, and inspiring guests to protect animals and the wild wonders of our world. The company is one of the world’s foremost zoological organizations and a global leader in animal welfare, training, husbandry, and veterinary care. The company collectively cares for what it believes is one of the largest zoological collections in the world and has helped lead advances in the care of animals. The company also rescues and rehabilitates marine and terrestrial animals that are ill, injured, orphaned, or abandoned, with the goal of returning them to the wild. The SeaWorld® rescue team has helped more than 31,000 animals in need over the last 50 years.

SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc. owns or licenses a portfolio of recognized brands including SeaWorld, Busch Gardens®, and Sea Rescue®. Over its more than 50-year history, the company has built a diversified portfolio of 12 destination and regional theme parks that are grouped in key markets across the United States, many of which showcase its one-of-a-kind zoological collection. The company’s theme parks feature a diverse array of rides, shows, and other attractions with broad demographic appeal which deliver memorable experiences and a strong value proposition for its guests.

 

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10xU and IDE Business School Launch 10xU IDE Promoting Entrepreneurship and Globalization for Companies in Ecuador

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MIAMI, Sept. 20, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — 10xU, a company dedicated to empowering entrepreneurs and corporations with the right mindset and tools to achieve success in today’s hyper connected world, and the IDE Business School from Universidad de los Hemisferios in Ecuador, the premiere business management institution dedicated to the development of leading business executives, announce the launch of the 10xU IDE Innovation Center located in the IDE campus in Quito and Guayaquil. 10xU IDE was created with the objective of promoting and fostering entrepreneurship and the country’s economic development, while taking advantage of the global platform 10xU offers to offer local companies globalization and exponential growth.

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Latin America is known for its thriving entrepreneurial community and local economies are sustained by small and medium businesses. This is even more prominent in Ecuador, where according to a study conducted by the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) in 2015, which evaluates global entrepreneurship, one in three adults in the country is an entrepreneur or is planning to become one. Ecuador leads the region with the highest rate of early entrepreneurship registered at 33.6%, followed by Chile at 25.9%, Colombia at 22.7%, and Peru at 22.2%. 

These numbers show Ecuador is favorably positioned to continue leading the region when it comes to entrepreneurship. However, many of these startups do not have a global mentality, which puts them at a disadvantage. Although they are solving local problems, they are not thinking about exponential growth or contemplating international expansion.

This is what the 10xU IDE Innovation Center will help solve through courses tailored to entrepreneurs and executives, who are either building new companies or looking for corporate innovation, based on the unique methodology developed by 10xU. This methodology addresses head-on the main reasons that cause companies to fail or that stagnate growth for established companies bringing students directly to action rather than focusing on theory. Additionally, it invites entrepreneurs to take advantage of the abundance of global resources so they can take their companies to international markets.   

“We are honored to partner with IDE to launch 10xU IDE, as this not only marks the first of our global subsidiaries, it also provides us with a strategic partner that shares our passion for entrepreneurship and our mission to take local innovation to the international stage,” said Lorenzo de Leo, CEO and co-founder of 10xU. “Ecuador is a very attractive market for us, given its active entrepreneurial community, which we want to complement to build a ripe business environment that invites innovation and economic development across the board.”   

10xU is the main access point to the Rokk3r Labs ecosystem, and benefits from the company’s experience in Cobuild, the branch of the company dedicated to building companies using the 10xU methodology. Additionally, Rokk3r Labs offers the services of Scale, the branch of the company that develops technological products, and it also counts with the support from the investment fund Rokk3r Fuel. 10xU is committed to preparing future and current leaders so they may face today’s business challenges while stimulating new ways of thinking and promoting innovation.  

“We are proud to bring 10xU to Ecuador and announce the launch of 10xU IDE, as it aligns with our commitment to bring our students the best opportunities,” said Ernesto Noboa, Strategic Director for IDE. “This digital revolution is not a fad but a new reality, and every industry of the local and global economy is at risk of being disrupted. We have an obligation to properly train entrepreneurs, CEOs, managers, and their reporting lines, so they may take advantage of exponential technologies and the digital revolution to benefit local and regional economies.”

10xU IDE will begin its courses on October 16. For more information about the 10xU IDE courses, visit www.10xU.ec or for more information on 10xU visit www.10xU.com.

Contact: Latiffe Ghanem, 305-479-0279, lghanem@outlook.com

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CETYS University Discusses Innovation And Global Education In The US And Mexico Border As Part Of Its 56th Anniversary Celebration

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MEXICALI, Mexico, Sept. 19, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — With a series of regional and international events, CETYS University, ranked among the top universities in Mexico, will celebrate the 56th anniversary of its founding from September 20 to 22 at its three campuses in Mexicali, Tijuana and Ensenada. Higher education leaders and influencers will discuss innovation in education and the construction of bridges between nations through international institutional partnerships.

“Since 1961, CETYS has distinguished itself by a vision of a high-quality global education. We are an institution committed to providing our students the tools they need to become socially responsible global leaders. This year we celebrate another milestone in this journey, as we continue to prepare for the future,” said CETYS president Dr. Fernando León García.

The three-day event will begin on Wednesday, September 20 at Mexicali Campus, with an inauguration ceremony presided over by the academic community, government and business leaders, as well as alumni, which leads to a keynote and question and answer session by the renowned Mexican-American journalist and author, Jorge Ramos.

Ramos will travel to the border city to discuss what it takes to be successful in the United States, and how Mexico has no borders in exporting world-class talented and educated individuals.  He will also give his perspective on the current relationship between Mexico and the United States and how, in these changing times, it is even more important to build bridges and understanding.

As a continuation of its Innovation Series which began last year with the International Seminar on Innovation in Higher Education, CETYS will host three panels, one on each campus:

  • “Innovation in Global Engagement” to be held in Mexicali on September 20
  • “Student Success and Retention Strategies: Practical Advice and Best Practice Recommendations” in Ensenada on September 21
  • “Innovation in Accreditation” on September 22 in Tijuana

Also, at the Tijuana Campus, on Friday, September 22, the celebrations will open with a re-accreditation ceremony by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), which in 2012 made CETYS the first university outside of the United States to be accredited by this organization. As part of the accreditation process, institutions have to have evidence of:

  • Commitment to Student Learning and Success
  • Commitment to Quality and Improvement
  • Commitment to Institutional Integrity, Sustainability, and Accountability

This re-accreditation, according to President León-García, “confirms our commitment to quality and continuous improvement, which contributes to the education of globally competitive citizens.  CETYS is pleased that we once again meet the stringent requirements of accreditation.”

“Through these events, CETYS University further strengthens its commitment to the academic community and to society, and looks forward to continuing with these international collaborations to drive innovation, and therefore, cultural and economic growth in Mexico and the world,” stated León-García.

About CETYS:

CETYS is ranked among the top universities in Mexico and is climbing the ladder of international recognition. With bilingual and dual-degree programs, CETYS is innovative and expects academic, as well as moral, excellence from its students. Further, CETYS location in Baja California, a region ripe with innovation, is a major draw. With a population of just over 3 million, and proximity to important cities in the United States, like San Diego, the state has 32 major universities and offers over one hundred professional degrees. The region also has an incredible tech ecosystem, with major technology parks focused on research and development.

CETYS University is the first Mexican university accredited by WASC, (Western Association of Schools and Colleges) and boasts alliances with more than 80 international universities, including: UCSD, USD, City University of Seattle and National University. CETYS already serves a diverse population from Southern California, where students from the U.S. border region commute to CETYS in pursuit of an international quality education. By 2020 CETYS University aims to be the educational institution with the best MBA program in Latin America, with a focus on entrepreneurship and in Engineering, with a focus on Innovation and Design.

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Dead Sea Scrolls Are Coming To Denver

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DENVER, Sept. 19, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — “The Dead Sea Scrolls,” the exhibition that has captivated millions around the world, will open at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science on March 16. The presenting sponsor is Sturm Family Foundation, with major support from Lorie and Henry Gordon.

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The regional premiere of this exhibition is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see authentic Dead Sea Scrolls, ancient manuscripts that include the oldest known Biblical documents dating back over 2,000 years. The scrolls will be dramatically presented within a massive exhibit case featuring carefully regulated individual chambers, along with the full English translation.

In addition, the largest collection of artifacts from the Holy Land ever assembled for display will allow guests to explore the traditions, beliefs and iconic objects of ancient Israel that continue to impact world cultures today. The hundreds of objects include inscriptions and seals, weapons, stone carvings, terra cotta figurines, remains of religious symbols, coins, shoes, textiles, mosaics, ceramics and jewelry.

The experience features a re-creation of the Western Wall from the old city of Jerusalem with an actual three-ton stone from the wall believed to have fallen in 70 BCE. Guests may leave their handwritten notes with prayers that will be sent to Israel and placed at the wall. The tradition of putting notes between the stones began centuries ago.

The Dead Sea Scrolls represent one of the most significant archaeological discoveries of the 20th century. In 1947, a Bedouin goat herder stumbled upon a hidden cave along the shore of the Dead Sea, near the site of the ancient settlement of Qumran. Concealed within the cave were scrolls that had not been seen for 2,000 years. After extensive excavation, 972 remarkably preserved scrolls were uncovered, leading to decades of extraordinary scrutiny, debate and awe. 

“This extraordinary opportunity brings our community face-to-face with real documents that are not only central to some of the world’s major religions but also to the origins of Western civilization,” said George Sparks, President and CEO of the Museum.

“Sturm Family Foundation is honored to help bring these world heritage artifacts to Denver,” said Don Sturm, founder of the Sturm Family Foundation.

“The Dead Sea Scrolls” is organized by the Israeli Antiquities Authority (IAA).  

About the Denver Museum of Nature & Science

The Denver Museum of Nature & Science is the Rocky Mountain Region’s leading resource for informal science education. Our mission is to be catalyst and ignite the community’s passion for nature and science. The Museum envisions an empowered community that loves, understands, and protects our natural world. As such, a variety of engaging exhibits, discussions and activities help Museum visitors celebrate and understand the wonders of Colorado, Earth, and the universe. The Museum is located at 2001 Colorado Blvd., Denver, CO, 80205. To learn more about the Museum, visit dmns.org, or call 303-370-6000. Many of the Museum’s educational programs and exhibits are made possible in part by the citizens of the seven-county metro area through the Scientific & Cultural Facilities District. The Museum is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. Connect with the Museum on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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Fewer than half of U.S. women take recommended vitamins prior to pregnancy, according to March of Dimes new Prenatal Health & Nutrition Survey

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WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., Sept. 19, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Women of childbearing age need more education to ensure their own health and that of their babies both before and during pregnancy, according to findings from the new Prenatal Health & Nutrition survey of U.S. women announced today by the March of Dimes. While 97 percent of women 18-45 who have been or are currently pregnant reported taking prenatal vitamins or multivitamins during their current or last pregnancy, only 34 percent said they started taking the prenatal vitamin or multivitamin before they knew they were pregnant, and the number drops to 27 percent for Hispanic women and to 10 percent for African-American/black women.

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The online survey was conducted by The Harris Poll on behalf of March of Dimes in August 2017 among more than 1,000 U.S. women ages 18-45.

“While it tends to shock some Americans, more than 120,000 babies, or three percent of all births, will be born with birth defects in the United States this year,” said Stacey D. Stewart, President of the March of Dimes. “The results of this survey serve as a reminder of the importance of continually informing women of the benefits of taking a multivitamin with folic acid both before and during pregnancy to improve their own health and that of their future family.”

Taking a multivitamin or prenatal vitamin containing 400 micrograms (mcg) of folic acid every day before pregnancy and during the early months of pregnancy can prevent serious birth defects of the brain and spine known as neural tube defects (NTDs). Because these birth defects happen in the first month of pregnancy, often before a woman knows she is pregnant, and with almost half of pregnancies in the U.S. unplanned, multivitamins are recognized as a key strategy to reduce the risk of NTDs. Babies born to Hispanic women are more likely to be born with NTDs than babies born to non-Hispanic white women and non-Hispanic black women. The March of Dimes says up to 7 in 10 of the 3,000 NTDs that occur each year in the U.S. each year could be prevented if all women capable of having a baby took daily multivitamins containing folic acid.

After pregnancy begins, the folic acid recommendation increases to 600 mcg daily.  In addition, iron, calcium, vitamin D, DHA and iodine have been found to play a key role in baby’s growth and development during pregnancy.

Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Care among Hispanic and African-American Populations

Highlighting the challenges of access to care, Hispanic women reported the cost of prenatal care having an impact during pregnancy (53 percent), which is significantly higher than among African-American/black women (34 percent) and relatively higher than in the general population (43 percent).

“Disparities among racial and ethnic groups in birth defects and other birth outcomes, such as preterm birth and infant mortality, have lifelong implications for the health and well-being of families and for our nation,” said José Cordero, MD, MPH, Professor and Director, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, University of Georgia, College of Public Health and a former member of the March of Dimes Board of Trustees. “It is critical that we continue to work to improve access to information and comprehensive prenatal care for mothers in African American/black and Hispanic communities.”

Cost and Future Support of Prenatal Care an Issue

Survey findings also showed that 77 percent of all women worry that there may be changes to the healthcare system that may negatively impact access to prenatal care.  Also, 43 percent of women who have been or are currently pregnant reported that the cost affected when and whether they sought prenatal care for their pregnancy.

“The March of Dimes is hearing this consistently from women – they are scared that insurance coverage to support healthy pregnancies and full-term babies, such as prenatal care and prenatal vitamins, may diminish or even disappear with the proposed changes in the healthcare system,” said Stewart.

Of women who reported taking a prenatal or multivitamin during their current/last pregnancy, half took over-the-counter vitamins and half took prescription prenatal vitamins.  Of those women who took prescription prenatal vitamins, 88 percent reported it was covered by their insurance.   

Physicians and Internet Key Sources of Information

Physicians are the number one source of education for women about healthy pregnancies.  Seventy-four percent of women who have been or are currently pregnant reported seeing their physician for information about pregnancy health and childbirth, and 92 percent of women who did take prenatal vitamins/multivitamins during their current/last pregnancy say they did so based on a recommendation from a healthcare professional.

Nearly half of women who have been or are currently pregnant (48 percent) also reported they sought information online, which the March of Dimes says reinforces both the opportunity to reach millions with prenatal health facts via the internet, and the critical importance of the reliable, medically-vetted news and information the March of Dimes provides on its websites marchofdimes.org and nacersano.org

Need for Deeper Understanding of Nutrient Requirements

Other survey findings related to nutrients necessary for healthy pregnancy showed most women reporting they are aware that folic acid is important for health of baby — but not when to take it, how much to take, or why it is important. Even less understanding was reported around other key nutrients.

  • While nearly two-thirds of all women (63 percent) were able to identify folic acid as a very important nutrient, fewer than 40 percent of women cited iron (36 percent), calcium (33 percent) and vitamin D (29 percent) as vitamins that may help reduce a woman’s risk of having a baby with a birth defect.
  • Eighty-four percent of women who reported being familiar with folic acid either didn’t know (59 percent) or cited an inaccurate recommended amount of the nutrient.
  • Thirteen percent of women weren’t aware that avoiding smoking/tobacco products would help reduce the risk of birth defects, and 12 percent were unaware that eliminating drinking and illegal drugs would do the same.

About the Survey

The Prenatal Health & Nutrition survey was conducted online within the United States by The Harris Poll on behalf of March of Dimes between August 11 and 24, 2017 among a nationally representative sample of 503 women ages 18-45, plus oversamples of 267 Hispanic women ages 18-45 and 243 African American/black women ages 18-45.

Results were weighted for age within gender, region, race/ethnicity, income, region, household size, marital status and education where necessary to align them with their actual proportions in the population. Propensity score weighting was also used to adjust for respondents’ propensity to be online.

All sample surveys and polls, whether or not they use probability sampling, are subject to multiple sources of error which are most often not possible to quantify or estimate, including sampling error, coverage error, error associated with nonresponse, error associated with question wording and response options, and post-survey weighting and adjustments. Therefore, Harris Poll avoids the words “margin of error” as they are misleading. All that can be calculated are different possible sampling errors with different probabilities for pure, unweighted, random samples with 100% response rates. These are only theoretical because no published polls come close to this ideal.

The survey was sponsored by Mission Pharmacal. The Harris Poll administered the survey and analyzed the results.

About March of Dimes

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

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

About Mission Pharmacal

The Prenatal Health & Nutrition survey was sponsored by Mission Pharmacal, a privately held pharmaceutical company based in San Antonio, Texas. For more than seven decades, the company has been improving the lives of people by identifying unmet needs and delivering innovative, high-quality prescription, over-the-counter, and dietary supplement products, using only the purest ingredients and FDA-approved methods of manufacturing. Mission is recognized as a pioneer and leader in the therapeutic areas of women’s health and urology, and offers leading products through its pediatric, dermatology, primary care, and long-term care service lines.

With the shared objective of improving the health of all moms and babies, Mission is proud to support the March of Dimes Foundation®, the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health.

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Caregiving Is Risky Business for Family Caregivers

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LOS ANGELES, Sept. 19, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Nine out of 10 non-professional family caregivers feel that it’s important to provide a good quality of life for the person they care for, like helping, and enjoy spending time with the care recipient. However, many caregivers are providing care at their own risk. Fifty-five percent say that their own health is taking a back seat to the health of their care recipient. Sixty-nine percent gave little or no consideration to their own financial situation when deciding to become a caregiver. These findings are part of a new report, The Many Faces of Caregivers: A Close-Up Look at Caregiving and Its Impacts, released today by nonprofit Transamerica Institute and its Center for Retirement Studies (TCRS) and Center for Health Studies (TCHS).

“Millions of Americans are serving as family caregivers for relatives or friends who need help taking care of themselves. With people living longer, the high cost of long-term care, and the aging of the Baby Boomer generation, the number of family caregivers is likely to increase,” said Catherine Collinson, CEO and president of the Institute and TCRS. “It’s time to raise awareness of the challenges faced by caregivers so they can simultaneously care for their loved ones and protect their own long-term health and financial well-being.”

Transamerica Institute’s national survey of 3,000+ non-professional caregivers examines their duties and the impact caregiving has on their personal health and well-being, employment, finances and retirement preparations. It offers an in-depth analysis and demographic portraits of caregivers by employment status, gender, generation, household income, ethnicity, and whether they are the primary caregiver and became a caregiver voluntarily or not.  The report also offers detailed findings about care recipients, including their health status and financial situation.

The Daily Lives and Duties of Caregivers

“Caregiving responsibilities involve commitments of time and energy to perform a wide variety of tasks, ranging from personal care to household management to administering medications and treatments. These responsibilities can be fulfilling, but also exhausting,” said Hector De La Torre, executive director of TCHS. Seventy-four percent of caregivers have been providing care for one or more years and 27 percent have been providing care for five or more years.

Caregiving is a full-time job for many – 36 percent of caregivers spend 100 or more hours per month providing care, with a median of 50 hours spent per month, across all caregivers. The four most time-intensive duties are providing companionship (33 hours median), meal preparation (20 hours median), and personal care and feeding (both 12 hours median).

Among the 85 percent of caregivers who perform medical/nursing-related tasks, only about half (54 percent) say they learned these tasks from hospital or doctor’s office personnel. “Many caregivers are in need of formal training to perform their caregiving duties, especially those involved in medical or nursing-related tasks. Without adequate training, they are putting both the care recipient and themselves in harm’s way,” said De La Torre.

The Precarious Employment Situation of Caregivers

Many caregivers are holding down jobs in addition to their caregiving duties, which requires a daily balancing act. More than half of caregivers (52 percent) are employed either full-time (39 percent) or part-time (13 percent). Among those currently employed or who have been employed during their time as a caregiver, three in four (76 percent) have made some type of adjustment to their employment as a result of their caregiving duties, ranging from using vacation and sick days (30 percent), to taking on fewer hours or responsibilities (26 percent), to quitting their jobs or retiring (14 percent).

A harsh reality for caregivers is that their caregiving duties may conflict with job responsibilities which, in turn, may impact their performance and put a strain on their relationship with their supervisor or employer. Twenty-eight percent of caregivers who are employed or have been employed during their time as a caregiver have experienced adverse actions taken by their employers as a result of their caregiving responsibilities.

The Potential Negative Financial Implications of Being a Caregiver

“Caregiving responsibilities can impact a caregiver’s finances, ranging from lost income due to time off the job to incurring out-of-pocket expenses on behalf of the care recipient. Over time, it can negatively impact the caregiver’s own future retirement,” said Collinson.

Caregivers spend $150 per month (median) out-of-pocket to cover expenses for their care recipient. Seventy-five percent of caregivers do not receive any form of financial assistance or payment for their work.

Only 56 percent of caregivers self-describe their financial well-being as excellent or good. Forty-three percent cite “just getting by” as a current financial priority. Perhaps one of the greatest measures of a caregiver’s long-term financial security is their total household retirement savings. Caregivers have saved $68,000 (estimated median) in total household retirement accounts. Almost one of five caregivers (18 percent) say that they have taken a loan, hardship withdrawal and/or early withdrawal from their retirement accounts as a result of becoming a caregiver.

The Health Effects of Being a Caregiver

“Given the demands of being a caregiver, especially when juggling a job and other responsibilities, some caregivers may be jeopardizing their own health,” said De La Torre.

While three out of four caregivers say they are in excellent or good health (74 percent), approximately one in six caregivers (17 percent) indicate their general health has gotten worse/declined since becoming a caregiver. Fifty-five percent of caregivers say their caregiving duties leave them physically or emotionally exhausted. Forty-four percent say their duties leave them feeling completely overwhelmed.

Caregivers want and need help with their caregiving duties, ranging from a desire for more information to financial assistance. Eighty-eight percent of caregivers would like more information on one or more topics related to caregiving.

“Caregivers play a vital role in our society by providing support for family, friends, and loved ones. It is a labor of love that comes without a paycheck. As a caregiver, many are putting their own health and long-term financial security at risk. From a societal perspective, it is imperative that we raise awareness of the issues and risks that caregivers face and offer meaningful solutions that can help them better manage their duties to assist their care recipients and themselves,” said Collinson.

About Transamerica Institute®

Transamerica Institute is a nonprofit, private foundation dedicated to identifying, researching and educating the public about retirement, health coverage and better outcomes in personal health and wellness, and other relevant issues facing Americans today. It comprises two research centers: Transamerica Center for Retirement Studies® and Transamerica Center for Health Studies®. The Institute is funded by contributions from Transamerica Life Insurance Company and its affiliates and may receive funds from unaffiliated third parties. The Institute and its representatives cannot give ERISA, tax, investment or legal advice. This material is provided for informational purposes only and should not be construed as ERISA, tax, investment or legal advice. Interested parties must consult and rely solely upon their own independent advisors regarding their particular situation and the concepts presented here. For more information, please refer to www.transamericainstitute.org

About the Inaugural Caregivers Survey
The analysis contained in The Many Faces of Caregivers: A Close-Up Look at Caregiving and Its Impacts was prepared internally by the research team at Transamerica Institute. The survey was conducted online in the U.S. by Harris Poll on behalf of Transamerica Institute between March 13 and April 21, 2017 among 3,183 caregivers. Respondents met the following criteria: U.S. residents, age 18 or older, and provided care for a relative or friend with an episodic, permanent, or temporary condition who needs help taking care of themselves (adult or child) at any time in the past 12 months. Results were weighted by race/ethnic groups [Hispanic, Black/African American (not Hispanic), Asian (not Hispanic), All Other (not Hispanic)] to each group’s U.S. Census Bureau population distributions of adults age 18+ for gender, education, household income, household size, marital status, employment status; and to adjust for attitudinal and behavioral differences between those who are online versus those who are not, those who join online panels versus those who do not, and those who responded to this survey versus those who did not.

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Leading Physician Organizations Call for Shingles Vaccine for People Over 50

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SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 18, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — The American Academy of Ophthalmology and the American Dermatological Association recommend people age 50 and older get the shingles vaccine – 10 years younger than a previous recommendation. It is now estimated that one in three people will develop shingles (herpes zoster), with the greatest number of cases of occuring in people in their 50s. Some will suffer an extremely painful and disfiguring complication called herpes zoster ophthalmicus that can cause blindness. Even though an effective vaccine is available, many continue to go unvaccinated.

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Shingles starts with pain, itching and tingling of the skin. Redness and numbness leads to a rash. Blisters form, then they break open and scab over. Though the blisters and scabs can last a few weeks, the pain lasts much longer, especially in older patients age 65 years and above. Some patients report that the pain is so bad they contemplate suicide.

If the virus infects the nerves of the eye, it can cause:

“Ophthalmologists and other physicians have a moral obligation to encourage immunocompetent people older than 50 to get vaccinated,” said Elisabeth Cohen, M.D., clinical spokesperson for the American Academy of Ophthalmology. “The number of people affected is growing, and the health consequences are significant. The zoster vaccine is safe and effective. If you are older than 50 and are eligible, just do it.”

The herpes zoster virus is the same virus that causes chicken pox. More than 95 percent of people born in the United States who are older than 40 have had chicken pox. The virus lingers in the body and can be reactivated as shingles many years later. This can be due to your body’s natural aging process. Or it can be due to anything that weakens your immune system.

It is unclear why the risk has increased by almost 70 percent in the past 15 years. But it is clear that shingles is no longer just an older person’s disease. Research shows that the risk goes up after age 40 and rises sharply at age 50. About 50 percent of people who live to age 85 will develop shingles.

Unfortunately, only 31 percent of eligible people age 60 and older are vaccinated, and approximately 5 percent of people age 50 to 59, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

Dermatologists are often the first physicians to see these patients, as the disease begins with a painful rash with blisters.

In July, the American Dermatological Association announced that it supports the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s recommendation for the shingles vaccine in appropriate patients over the age of 50.

“Herpes zoster can have devastating outcomes with prolonged intractable pain, and the potential for loss of vision,” said David E Cohen, MD, MPH, immediate past president of the American Dermatological Association. “Public health measures such as a zoster vaccine can reduce the chance of developing shingles or mitigate the impact of the disease.”

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

About the ADA
Founded in 1876, the American Dermatological Association (ADA) was the first national dermatological society in the United States. Its members are recognized leaders in Dermatology research, education, organizational medicine, and patient care. Its charge is to further the advancement of all aspects of scientific endeavor in Dermatology. In the execution of its enduring mission, it has been responsible for the development of a number of dermatologic organizations including the American Academy of Dermatology, the Society for Investigative Dermatology, and the American Board of Dermatology. Membership in the ADA is achieved through nomination and election based on meritorious contributions to the field of Medicine and Dermatology.

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U.S. News ranks UNG among top 25 public regional universities in the South

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The University of North Georgia is a University System of Georgia leadership institution. With more than 17,000 students, the University of North Georgia is one of the state's largest public university. The university offers more than 100 programs of study ranging from certificates and associates degrees to professional doctoral programs. Situated in a picturesque region of Georgia, the University of North Georgia is surrounded by the natural beauty of mountains, streams, and abundant forests. The campus is friendly, safe, and welcoming. The University of North Georgia's campuses are located one to two hours from Atlanta, Georgia

DAHLONEGA, Ga., Sept. 18, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — In its annual ranking of universities and colleges, U.S. News & World Report has ranked the University of North Georgia (UNG) 21st among public regional universities in the South. UNG also was ranked No. 1 in the South for the least amount of student debt among regional public universities on U.S. News’ Student Debt Load at Graduation list, reinforcing the university’s reputation for excellent academics and affordability. 

The University of North Georgia is a University System of Georgia leadership institution. With more than 17,000 students, the University of North Georgia is one of the state's largest public university. The university offers more than 100 programs of study ranging from certificates and associates degrees to professional doctoral programs. Situated in a picturesque region of Georgia, the University of North Georgia is surrounded by the natural beauty of mountains, streams, and abundant forests. The campus is friendly, safe, and welcoming. The University of North Georgia's campuses are located one to two hours from Atlanta, Georgia

“Recognition for UNG and our consistent high-level ranking on this list reflects the quality of our educational experience, as well as the value of a degree from this institution,” said President Bonita C. Jacobs. “We are extremely proud of our recent national rankings and remain committed to offering a high-quality, affordable education that prepares our graduates to be civic, professional and military leaders.”

Among all universities on the Best Regional Universities-South list, UNG ranked 61st, up from 72nd the previous year. The ranking is based on data related to academic quality, including freshman retention rates, peer assessment, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, graduation rates, and alumni giving.

The data for the Student Debt Load at Graduation list includes loans taken out by students from their colleges, from private financial institutions and the government.  The rankings are based primarily on data from 2016 and, for some factors, include averages of the previous two to four years of data.

The Best Regional Universities list focuses on institutions that offer a full range of undergraduate and master’s-level programs, but few doctoral programs. There are 659 regional universities ranked: 259 of them are public universities, 388 are private and 12 are for-profit. The list is further broken down into four geographic categories, and the South region includes Georgia, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia.

In August, Forbes magazine named UNG as one of the nation’s top higher education institutions in their annual “America’s Top Colleges” ranking – marking UNG’s second appearance on the list and ranking it third among the only five University System of Georgia institutions on the list.

This fall, UNG is serving more than 19,000 students across its five campuses – in Blue Ridge, Cumming, Dahlonega, Gainesville, and Oconee County – and online. UNG offers a broad range of degree programs and admission pathways with more than 100 programs of study and opportunities ranging from certificates and associate degrees to a variety of graduate programs.

The complete list of colleges is available at 2018 U.S. News and World Report Best Colleges Ranking. 

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Mary Kay Expands Latin America Presence With The Unveiling Of Peru Headquarters

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Mary Kay President & CEO David Holl cut the ribbon with Mary Kay executives to officially open the company's newest market, Peru.

DALLAS, Sept. 18, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ —  For an iconic cosmetics company with a mission to enrich women’s lives, nothing is more exciting than to deliver beauty and opportunity to Peruvian women. The multibillion-dollar beauty company officially opened its doors on September 1 and celebrated with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on September 15 in Lima. With a 54-year history, and operations in nearly 40 countries, this expansion strengthens Mary Kay’s already solid foundation in Latin America.

Mary Kay President & CEO David Holl cut the ribbon with Mary Kay executives to officially open the company's newest market, Peru.

The globally-recognized company, with millions of Independent Beauty Consultants around the world, made an initial investment of $9 million USD in the Peruvian subsidiary. It is based in Lima, covering operations for the entire country. The company enters its newest market, following its recent and successful launch in neighboring Colombia in 2015.

“We are proud to further expand our operations in Latin America with the opening of Mary Kay Peru,” says David Holl, President and Chief Executive Officer for Mary Kay Inc. “As the demand for high quality products increases and the entrepreneurial spirit strengthens with the country’s economic growth, we anticipate a successful launch in Peru.”

The concept of direct selling is more attractive than ever, and has been growing in Peru for the past 40 years. In 2016, World Bank ranked Peru 50th (out of 189 countries) for ease of doing business. Direct foreign investment in the country totaled $7.7 billion USD in 2015.

About Mary Kay
At Mary Kay, success lies in our dedication to irresistible products, a rewarding opportunity and positive community impact.  For 54 years, Mary Kay has inspired women to achieve their entrepreneurial goals in nearly 40 countries.  As a multibillion-dollar company, we offer the latest in cutting-edge skin care, bold color cosmetics and fragrances. Discover more reasons to love Mary Kay at marykay.com. 

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Banorte, leader in sustainability in Mexico: Carlos Hank González

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MEXICO CITY, Sept. 18, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Grupo Financiero Banorte was included for the fourth consecutive year as part of the Dow Jones Sustainability Index, Emerging Markets; thus confirming its status as the only Mexican financial institution to be part of this international index.

In this regard, Carlos Hank González, Chairman of Banorte, said, “We want to be the best financial group in Mexico for our clients, investors and staff. At Banorte, sustainability is a key axis for the successful management of our business and implementation of our strategic plan.  Recognition by Dow Jones consolidates our leadership in sustainability in this country.”

For the compilation of this index, 800 leading companies of 58 different industries in 22 emerging markets around the world were evaluated, of which 10% of the best qualified were selected for the ranking, in which only 4 Mexican companies were included.

The companies are evaluated in terms of their economic, social and environmental dimensions, among which key criteria are assessed such as: corporate governance, eco-efficiency, labor indicators, development of human capital, human rights, administrative systems and materiality.

Banorte is also a part of other indexes such as the FTSE4Good Emerging Index, and the Euronext-Vigeo EM 70, and the BMV (Mexican Stock Exchange). In addition, it has a system for management of social and environmental risks that evaluates all credits to be granted greater than 1 million dollars, and has adhered to the Principles for Responsible Investment of the United Nations.

“In our daily operations and in every financing that we grant, we follow best practices in corporate governance and sustainability at the global level, thus safeguarding the environment, shareholders’ equity, human rights and, most important, our children’s future,” said Carlos Hank González.

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