Discovery En Español Chronicles The Harrowing Story And Extraordinary Rescue Of The Thai Kids In “Operación Rescate: Tailandia”

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DISCOVERY EN ESPAÑOL CHRONICLES THE HARROWING STORY AND EXTRAORDINARY RESCUE OF THE THAI KIDS IN “OPERACIÓN RESCATE: TAILANDIA”

MIAMI, July 18, 2018 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — From the moment the heartbreaking news broke that 12 young Thai soccer players and their 25-year-old coach were stuck in a cave complex near the Myanmar border, the world has been glued to the rescue and recovery details.  For over two weeks, the facts of how the group ended up in the cave and the subsequent mobilization of rescue workers around the globe has been a testament of just how powerful human spirit can be—while the sudden and tragic death of one of the rescue divers underscored the seriousness of the situation.

DISCOVERY EN ESPAÑOL CHRONICLES THE HARROWING STORY AND EXTRAORDINARY RESCUE OF THE THAI KIDS IN “OPERACIÓN RESCATE: TAILANDIA”

But as each boy has been pulled out, there remains many questions. Why were these boys there? How did they survive for nearly two weeks without food and without knowing how to swim? What will their physical and mental state be moving forward?  What would it take to get this group out of this treacherous cave, and why did the unique geology of this cave present so many challenges? OPERACIÓN RESCATE: TAILANDIA will be the first documentary to explore and unpack every angle of this remarkable rescue operation.

Produced in association with ITN Productions, Discovery en Español’s OPERACIÓN RESCATE: TAILANDIA unpacks the human and scientific drama behind one of the most difficult and heart-palpitating rescues attempted in human history. With exclusive early access to men and women – including family members –  who have been living and breathing the events, the 1-hour special focuses on the triumph of the human spirit and the extraordinary scientific and technological innovations used to complete this miracle rescue. Featuring interviews with medical and mental health experts, renowned cave diving instructors and the world’s leading cave diving rescue experts, the film paints a full picture of what the boys and their rescuers were experiencing and how these heroic divers could recover what was thought initially to be an impossible feat. 

OPERACIÓN RESCATE: TAILANDIA is produced by ITN Productions. Jon Bardin and Andrew O’Connell serve as executive producers for Discovery. Ian Russell serves as Executive Producer for ITN Productions

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

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MoneyGram Expands Digital Service Across the Globe

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DALLAS, July 18, 2018 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — MoneyGram (NASDAQ: MGI) is extending its global digital footprint with the launch of its award-winning online platform in five new countries. Customers in Australia, the Netherlands, Belgium, Portugal and Austria can now send money 24/7 directly to more than two billion bank accounts and mobile wallets or to any MoneyGram location in more than 200 countries and territories.

According to World Bank’s Findex report, digital payments are on the rise. Between 2014 and 2017 the share of adults around the world making or receiving digital payments increased by 11 percent, to reach 52 percent.

“Innovative technology is changing the way we meet our customer’s financial needs. In 2018 and beyond MoneyGram will continue to accelerate our digital expansion around the globe. We want to give MoneyGram customers more choice when they use money transfer services and to ensure we are well positioned to compete in today’s fast-paced world,” said Alex Holmes, MoneyGram’s chairman and chief executive officer.

MoneyGram’s investment into new digital platforms is delivering tangible results. In the first quarter of 2018, digital revenue represented 16 percent of total money transfer revenue. At the same time, Moneygram.com revenue grew 21 percent primarily from new customer acquisitions following the successful launch in Spain and France.

MoneyGram online offers features such as the ability to find a convenient location, check the status of transactions, and estimate online and offline transfer fees. The platform is now available to customers in the U.S., the UK, Germany, France, Spain, Australia, the Netherlands, Belgium, Portugal and Austria.

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

Media Contact U.S.
Michelle Buckalew
214-979-1418
Mbuckalew@moneygram.com

Media Contact Europe
Maria Bankiet-Kamińska
MoneyGram
Tel: + 48 (0) 22 377 2185
Mob: + 48 (0) 885 889 696
Mail: MbankietKaminska@moneygram.com

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National Museum of American History Looks at Latino Labor Rights

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WASHINGTON, July 17, 2018 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — A new display, “The Case of Luisa Moreno,” in the American Enterprise exhibition at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, opens July 19 to examine the lasting legacy of  Moreno, the Guatemala-born labor organizer who brought together more than 100 groups in 1938 for El Congreso de Pueblos de Habla Española, the Spanish-Speaking People’s Congress. It is considered the first national Hispanic civil rights assembly. The organization advocated for fair treatment of Latino laborers in the United States for both new immigrants and U.S. citizens.

Born Blanca Rosa López Rodriguez in Guatemala City, Guatemala, Moreno changed her name as a rejection of her wealth and status in Latin America. Instead, she dedicated herself to civil rights and to improving working conditions for Latino laborers. She used her bilingual skills to better the conditions in the fields and canneries in the Southwest. Writing pamphlets, organizing strikes and encouraging union participation, Moreno’s labor organizing and civil rights activism evoked outrage from the U.S. government during a time when anti-Hispanic and anti-Communist sentiments were high. Facing imminent deportation, Moreno left the United States in 1950.

The display will feature objects representing Moreno’s work as a civil rights activist and labor organizer with union pins from groups that she worked with around the 1930s, including the Affiliated Congress of Industrial Organizations, the International Ladies Garment Worker Union Convention Badge, the Cannery Workers, American Federation of Labor, the Cannery Workers and Farm Laborers Union, the United Labor May Day 50th Anniversary and the American Federation of Labor. Also on view will be her shawl and a pamphlet to rally national attention and halt Moreno’s deportation.

“They can talk about deporting me…but they can never deport the people that I’ve worked with and with whom things were accomplished for the benefit of hundreds of thousands of workers—things that can never be destroyed,” Moreno said in an interview with “Our Times” in 1949.

 

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JUGOtv to be an official digital content partner for the International Champions Cup

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JUGOtv to be an official digital content partner for the International Champions Cup

SAN FRANCISCO, July 18, 2018 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — JUGOtv, a sports digital media network and content production studio for today’s evolving US Hispanic and Mexican audience, will become an official digital video partner for the International Champions Cup Presented by Heineken, the summer’s biggest club competition. 

JUGOtv to be an official digital content partner for the International Champions Cup

In its sixth installment, the International Champions Cup is the world’s premier tournament featuring the top European clubs facing off in marquee match-ups around the globe.  Crowning one single champion, this year’s installment is the biggest yet and features 18 clubs playing 27 matches in 22 cities from July 20 to August 11.

The San Francisco-based company will create, curate and distribute exclusive International Champions Cup content to the US Hispanic and Mexican fans: behind the scenes footage, original programming and game highlights for the 17 matches that will take place on US soil. 

JUGOtv production studios will also produce English language video content during the tournament games in the United States, Europe and Singapore. This content will live on the official International Champions Cup website, mobile app and its social media channels.

With a massive social media audience, JUGOtv will keep creating highly engaging video content across its social and digital platforms, giving digital marketing solutions to its clients. 

About JUGOtv

JUGOtv, a sports digital media network and content production studio for today’s evolving US Hispanic and Mexican audience featuring celebrity talent and exclusive “behind-the-scenes” content. JUGOtv produces over 200 videos per month targeting a hard to reach and highly desirable community. JUGOtv includes  original, authentic, culturally relevant content produced for social media consumption.

CONTACT: info@jugo.tv

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Kia Sorento SUV Conquers Real And Perceived Mountains In New Marketing Campaign

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Kia Sorento SUV Conquers Real and Perceived Mountains in New Marketing Campaign (PRNewsfoto/Kia Motors America)

IRVINE, California, July 18, 2018 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — After the refreshed 2019 Kia Sorento SUV went “to hell and back” late last year by conquering Moab’s treacherous Hell’s Revenge2, a new marketing campaign from Kia Motors America vividly details the versatility, advanced technology and comfort of the brand’s best-selling and most capable SUV. Featuring a series of 15- and 30-second broadcast spots and digital elements in both English and Spanish, the campaign takes viewers on a journey illustrating the available all-wheel drive system3, standard three-row, seven-passenger seating, and the decidedly more upscale cabin with newly-added technology.

Kia Sorento SUV Conquers Real and Perceived Mountains in New Marketing Campaign (PRNewsfoto/Kia Motors America)

“This campaign mirrors Kia’s mindset as a challenger brand, as Kia and the Sorento have overcome road blocks, both real and perceived.  From off-roading up a mountain to commuting back and forth to work, or a weekend full of running errands, these are the hurdles that drivers conquer every day,” said Saad Chehab, vice president, marketing communications, Kia Motors America. “As a brand, Kia has conquered our own mountains, especially over the past four years by ranking as the “Highest Mass Market Brand in Initial Quality” in J.D. Power’s Initial Quality Study4. And the Sorento, assembled in West Point, Georgia, has played a major role in our success by being named the top Midsize SUV in initial quality the last two years.”

The three spots – “Conquer Your Mountain,” “Ready to be Conquered” and “Moab Conquest” – follow the creative direction of a video first shown at last year’s Los Angeles Auto Show which highlighted the refreshed 2019 Sorento’s rugged ascent of Hell’s Revenge in Moab, Utah, one of the most challenging and obstacle-laden off-road trails in the world. While Sorento owners may never take their own SUVs to these extreme limits, it’s nice to know that a weekend adventure off the beaten path is possible.

In addition to the upgrades made to the exterior and interior, the 2019 Sorento boasts an available advanced AWD system designed to automatically route power to the wheel with the most traction. Sorento’s AWD capabilities also provide drivers with the added stability of Torque Vector Cornering Control (TVCC)3, which is automatically activated when yaw and steering sensors detect unwanted understeer, a feature typically seen on more expensive models.

About Kia Motors America

Headquartered in Irvine, California, Kia Motors America continues to top quality surveys and is recognized as one of the 100 Best Global Brands and 50 Best Global Green Brands by Interbrand. Kia serves as the “Official Automotive Partner” of the NBA and LPGA and offers a complete range of vehicles sold through a network of nearly 800 dealers in the U.S., including cars and SUVs proudly built in West Point, Georgia.*

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* The Sorento and Optima GDI (EX, SX & Limited and certain LX Trims only) are assembled in the United States from U.S. and globally sourced parts.

1 The Kia Sorento received the lowest rate of reported problems among midsize SUVs in the J.D. Power 2017-2018 U.S. Initial Quality Studies of new vehicle owners’ experience with their own vehicle after 90 days of ownership. Visit jdpower.com/awards.

2 Off-road conditions generally provide less traction and braking effectiveness than normal road conditions, and may require additional equipment and all-wheel drive. Hell’s Revenge driving performed by a professional driver on a closed course in a 2019 Sorento SXL with all-wheel drive and other optional features. Not all optional features available on all trims. Some features may vary. Vehicle modified to add aftermarket all-terrain tires and protective skid plate, and disconnect sway bars. Do not attempt.

3 No system, no matter how advanced, can compensate for all driver error and/or driving conditions. Always drive safely.

4 The Kia Brand received the lowest rate of reported problems among mass market brands in the J.D. Power 2015-2018 U.S. Initial Quality Studies of new vehicle owners’ experience with their own vehicle after 90 days of ownership. Visit jdpower.com/awards.

 

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2019 Acura MDX Arrives with Luxury and Performance Upgrades Plus First A-Spec Variant

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The 2019 Acura MDX arrives in dealers today boasting upgraded interior fitment, new available premium exterior colors, drivability and dynamics enhancements, and for the first time in MDX history, an A-Spec sport appearance package.

TORRANCE, Calif., July 17, 2018 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — The 2019 Acura MDX arrives in dealerships today boasting upgraded interior fitment, new available premium exterior colors, drivability and dynamics enhancements, and an A-Spec sport appearance package. The 2019 MDX with standard AcuraWatch® technology and available Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive™ (SH-AWD®) carries a starting Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP1) of $44,300 (excluding $995 destination and handling) while the new MDX A-Spec starts at $54,800 with standard SH-AWD®. The 2019 MDX lineup will be further strengthened by the arrival of the 2019 MDX Sport Hybrid, going on-sale next month.

The 2019 Acura MDX arrives in dealers today boasting upgraded interior fitment, new available premium exterior colors, drivability and dynamics enhancements, and for the first time in MDX history, an A-Spec sport appearance package.

With nearly a million units sold since its inception, the MDX is the best-selling three-row luxury SUV of all time2. It is the only three-row luxury SUV in segment with six straight years of more than 50,000 sales3, and is the #1 retail-selling three-row model in segment year-to-date4.

Interior and Exterior – More Luxury, More Choices
Building on a major design refresh in 2017 and key technology updates in 2018, the 2019 Acura MDX comes with new interior enhancements designed to up the luxury quotient. New features include available authentic Desert Olive Ash wood trim, high-contrast seat and door panel stitching, and contrasting front seat side garnishes. Driver and front passenger seats now feature standard 4-way power lumbar adjustments, while the Technology and Entertainment packages receive an updated second-row seat configuration, allowing easy passage to the third row. The MDX with Advance Package adds trim-exclusive matching wood center console trim.

The 2019 MDX expands its color palette to a total of nine options, including a rich new Gunmetal Metallic and four new available premium colors—Majestic Black Pearl, Performance Red Pearl, Canyon Bronze Metallic and the A-Spec-exclusive Apex Blue Pearl.

2019 Acura MDX colors

Newly-designed 20-inch aluminum alloy wheels grace the Advance Package with a machine finish and Shark Grey accents, gaining a half-inch in width (up from 8.0 inches) and shod with wider 265/45-series tires (up from 245/50). MDXs with the Advance Package also gain body-color lower garnishes.

A-Spec Variant Joins MDX
For the 2019 model, MDX adds an all-new A-Spec sport appearance variant. Available exclusively with Acura’s torque-vectoring Super-Handling All-Wheel Drive™ (SH-AWD®), A-Spec features a more athletic stance highlighted by exclusive half-inch wider 20-inch Shark Grey aluminum alloy wheels wrapped in low profile 265/45-series tires. An aggressive new front fascia, body-color lower sills, larger-diameter exhaust finishers, as well as gloss-black and dark chrome trim for the headlights, grille, window surround and rear tailgate spoiler further distinguish the MDX A-Spec.

Interior enhancements feature sport seats trimmed in rich red or black leather with black Alcantara™ inserts, high-contrast stitching, unique A-Spec gauges, sport pedals, Alcantara door inserts, gloss-black trim, a thicker-rimmed A-Spec-badged steering wheel with paddle shifters, and an exclusive A-Spec door step garnish.

Performance, Ride and Handling Refined
The 2019 MDX can now be optioned with Acura’s Active Damper System (ADS), previously available only on the MDX Sport Hybrid, offering both ride comfort and handling advantages while further expanding the dynamic “range” of the driver-selectable Integrated Dynamics System. 

The responsive 3.5-liter direct-injected i-VTEC® 24-valve V6 engine continues to power MDX with 290 peak horsepower (SAE net) and 267 lb.-ft. peak torque (SAE net), in either standard front-wheel drive configuration, or the available SH-AWD® system. SH-AWD® delivers up to 70 percent of engine torque to the rear wheels and the ability to distribute up to 100 percent of that torque between the left and right rear wheels to optimize available traction and sharpen steering and handling response.

The 2019 model year also brings significant drivability enhancements to MDX. Its 9-speed automatic transmission gains a smoother, more fluid acceleration feel in normal driving by prioritizing second-gear starts. When demand is higher in conditions such as full-throttle acceleration, certain uphill and towing situations, and when S-mode is selected, first gear starts are then prioritized for maximum available acceleration and pulling power.

Further drivability refinements are realized via an upgraded Idle Stop feature that is now standard across the MDX lineup for 2019. System enhancements shorten engine re-start response and operational smoothness via a new brake pressure trigger and software upgrades, resulting in a more natural, seamless feel.

The 2019 MDX with front-wheel drive has an EPA fuel economy rating of 20/27/23 mpg (city/highway/combined)5, A-Spec is rated at 19/25/21, and all other models with SH-AWD® have an EPA rating of 19/26/22 mpg (city/highway/combined)2.

Standard Safety and Driver-Assistive Technology  
All 2019 MDX trims will come standard with the AcuraWatch™ suite of advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies, including Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™) with Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Lane Keeping Assist (LKAS), Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Low-Speed Follow, and Road Departure Mitigation (RDM) with Lane Departure Warning (LDW).

In addition to AcuraWatch technology, all MDX’s boast a comprehensive array of active and passive safety features, including Acura’s Advance Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure, advanced front, side, and side-curtain airbags, front pre-tensioning seatbelts, 4-channel anti-lock brakes with Electronic Brake Distribution, Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®) with traction control, and Tire Pressure Monitoring System.

2019 MDX Pricing and EPA Fuel Economy Ratings

Trim

MSRP6

MSRP6
Including $995
Destination
Charge7

EPA MPG
Rating
(city/highway
/combined)5

MDX (FWD)

$44,300

$45,295

20/27/23

MDX (FWD) with Technology Package

$49,300

$50,295

20/27/23

MDX (FWD) with Technology & Entertainment Packages

$51,300

$52,295

20/27/23

MDX (FWD) with Advance Package

$56,050

$57,045

20/27/23

MDX (FWD) with Advance & Entertainment Packages

$58,050

$59,045

19/26/22

MDX (SH-AWD)

$46,300

$47,295

19/26/22

MDX (SH-AWD) with Technology Package

$51,300

$52,295

19/26/22

MDX (SH-AWD) with Technology & Entertainment Packages

$53,300

$54,295

19/26/22

MDX A-Spec (SH-AWD)

$54,800

$55,795

19/25/21

MDX (SH-AWD) with Advance Package

$58,050

$59,045

19/26/22

MDX (SH-AWD) with Advance & Entertainment Packages

$60,050

$61,045

19/26/22

MDX Sport Hybrid

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

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

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

1 MSRP (Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price) excluding tax, license, registration, $995 destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.
2 Based on Autodata total sales of all luxury three-row SUVs 1980 to 2018CYTD June.
3 Based on Autodata total sales for all three-row models in the Mid Premium CUV segment.
4 Based on Urban Science retail sales for all three-row models in the Premium Upper Mid-size CUV segment 2018CYTD May.
5 Based on 2019 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors.
6 MSRP (Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price) excluding tax, license, registration, $995 destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.

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Cal/OSHA Produces Fact Sheet, Poster for Preventing Work-Related Injuries to Housekeeping Workers

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OAKLAND, California, July 16, 2018 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Cal/OSHA has produced a fact sheet and poster to help employers in the hotel and lodging industry comply with a new regulation to prevent work-related injuries suffered by housekeeping workers. The Hotel Housekeeping Musculoskeletal Injury Prevention regulation went into effect July 1 and requires employers to complete an initial worksite evaluation by October 1 to identify and address housekeeping worker hazards.  

The Safety and Health Fact Sheet provides an overview of the workplace health and safety requirements that reduce the risk of musculoskeletal injuries and disorders common among housekeepers. Employers are also encouraged to post the Preventing Musculoskeletal Injuries in Housekeepers poster in a place accessible to all housekeeping workers. The poster includes information on the causes of musculoskeletal injuries, the employer’s responsibility to have an effective program to control the risk of musculoskeletal injuries, and employees’ rights.     

“We created these guidance materials to help workers know their rights and employers their responsibilities to comply with this standard,” said Cal/OSHA Chief Juliann Sum. “In addition, Cal/OSHA Consultation Services are available to assist employers and employees who have questions or need more information.”

The employer’s housekeeping safety program must include the following:

  • Procedures to identify and evaluate housekeeping hazards through worksite evaluations
  • Procedures to investigate musculoskeletal injuries to housekeepers
  • Methods to correct identified hazards
  • Employee and supervisor training on safe work practices and on the process for early reporting of injuries to the employer
  • Procedures to involve employees and their union representative in worksite evaluations, injury investigations, and evaluation of corrective measures

A musculoskeletal injury is caused by a single traumatic event, such as slip, trip or fall, or by repeated exposure over weeks, months or years to repetitive motion, force, vibration or awkward positions caused by daily tasks such as lifting heavy furniture and equipment, pulling linens and pushing carts.

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

The California Division of Occupational Safety and Health, or Cal/OSHA, is the division within the Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) that helps protect California’s workers from health and safety hazards on the job in almost every workplace.

Hotel and lodging industry employers are encouraged to contact Cal/OSHA’s Consultation Services Branch for free on-site or telephone consultations. Consultation Services assist employers in developing and maintaining workplace safety and health programs pursuant to Cal/OSHA’s regulations. Employers and employees can call (800) 963-9424 for assistance from Cal/OSHA Consultation Services.

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

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

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

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2018 U.N. Correspondents Association Awards For Best Journalistic Coverage Of The United Nations And U.N. Agencies

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WINNERS WILL BE HONORED AT GALA EVENT BY THE U.N. SECRETARY-GENERAL H.E. ANTÓNIO GUTERRES MID-DECEMBER 2018 (Date TBD) AT CIPRIANI WALL STREET, NEW YORK.

NEW YORK, July 16, 2018 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — The United Nations Correspondents Association (UNCA) invites media worldwide to submit entries for its 23nd annual UNCA Awards for the best print, broadcast (TV & Radio) and online, web-based media coverage of the United Nations, U.N. agencies and field operations.

2018 marks UNCA’s 70th anniversary celebrating seven decades of journalism committed to reporting on the UN and its many causes and objectives.

Deadline for submissions is September 15, 2018

The awards are open to all journalists anywhere in the world.  The Awards are:

1. The Elizabeth Neuffer Memorial Prize, sponsored by the Alexander Bodini Foundation, for written media (including online media). The prize is for print and online coverage of the U.N. and U.N. agencies, named in honor of Elizabeth Neuffer, The Boston Globe bureau chief at the U.N., who died while on an assignment in Baghdad in 2003.

2. The Ricardo Ortega Memorial Prize for broadcast (TV & Radio) media. The prize is for broadcast coverage of the U.N. and U.N. agencies, named in honor of Ricardo Ortega, formerly the New York correspondent for Antena 3 TV of Spain, who died while on an assignment in Haiti in 2004. 

3. The Prince Albert II of Monaco and UNCA Global Prize for Climate Change. The prize is for print (including online media) and broadcast media (TV & Radio) for coverage of climate change, biodiversity, and water.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR APPLICANTS:

Coverage of the U.N. and U.N. agencies is specified in each category; the committee welcomes coverage of all issues particularly on the Sustainable Development Goals for 2030, peacekeeping operations and nonproliferation, including the elimination of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons.

Work in print, broadcast (TV & Radio) and online coverage must be published between September 2017 and August 2018.

The judges will look for entries with impact, insight and originality, and will consider the courage and investigative and reporting skills of the journalists.  Entries from the developing world media are particularly welcome.

Entries can be submitted in any of the official U.N. languages (English, French, Arabic, Chinese, Spanish, and Russian), however a written transcript in English or French is necessary to facilitate the judging process.

Each candidate can submit to no more than two (2) prize categories, with a maximum of three (3) stories in each. Joint entries are accepted.

Electronic files and web links uploaded to the online Entry Form are required.

HOW TO SUBMIT YOUR ENTRY:

Entries are submitted online by completing the UNCA Awards Entry Form.

On the first page, please complete your personal information and upload your photo.
The following page is where you will submit your work electronically by uploading web links and/or files directly to the Entry Form.

** Electronic entries are mandatory **

All entries must be received by September 15th, 2018

For Questions regarding UNCA Awards & entries please contact:
The UNCA Office, 1-212-963-7137.
Or send an email to uncaawards@unca.com

CLICK ON THE ENTRY FORM BELOW TO GET STARTED: 

ENTRY FORM 
http://unca.com/unca-awards-call-for-submissions-form/

UNCA Awards Committee: Sherwin Bryce-Pease (UNCA President), Giampaolo Pioli (Awards Chairman), Valeria Robecco (UNCA Vice President), Carole Landry (UNCA Treasurer), Seana Magee (UNCA Secretary), Oscar Bolanos (UNCA Executive Member), Widad Franco (UNCA Executive Member), Tuyet Nguyen (Awards Selections Coordinator).

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Dixon, Honda Win in Toronto

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Scott Dixon scored his third Verizon IndyCar Series victory of the season -- and the seventh for Honda -- Sunday at the Honda Indy Toronto.

Scott Dixon scores his third victory of 2018 at the Honda Indy Toronto, extends championship lead

Hometown favorites Robert Wickens finishes third, James Hinchcliffe fourth

Honda records seventh Indy car win of the season

TORONTO, July 15, 2018 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Continuing his mid-season charge towards a possible fifth championship, Scott Dixon took control of the Honda Indy Toronto on Lap 33 of the 85-lap contest, and went on to score his third victory of 2018 and take a 62-point lead in the fight for the title.

Scott Dixon scored his third Verizon IndyCar Series victory of the season — and the seventh for Honda — Sunday at the Honda Indy Toronto.

Starting second, Dixon trailed early leader Josef Newgarden through the first round of pit stops.  Then, on a Lap 33 restart following a full-course caution, Newgarden slid into the barriers lining the 1.786-mile street circuit.  Dixon was quick to take advantage, and moved into a lead he would only surrender during the remaining routine pit stops, taking the lead for good on Lap 59.

Dixon’s 44th career win, behind only Indy car legends A.J. Foyt [67] and Mario Andretti [52], gives him 464 points after 12 of 17 races.  Newgarden, who recovered to finish ninth, is second in the standings with 402 points.  Honda’s seventh win of the season gives it an unofficial 135-point lead [1,017-882] over rival Chevrolet in the chase for the Manufacturers’ Championship.

Toronto-area natives Robert Wickens and James Hinchcliffe gave their hometown fans a pair of drivers to celebrate today.  Wickens finished third after a battle with second-place Simon Pagenaud that saw the pair make contact at least twice in the closing laps.  His Schmidt Peterson Motorsports teammate, Hinchcliffe, last week’s winner at Iowa Speedway, prevailed in a similar battle with fellow Honda driver Marco Andretti when the latter was forced to pit for a splash of fuel at the start of the final lap.  Andretti would recover to finish 10th.

Zach Veach recorded the second-best result of his rookie season with a seventh-place finish for Andretti Autosport.  Teammate Alexander Rossi recovered to finish eighth after making no fewer than six pit stops as a result of multiple instances of contact during the race.

Video recaps from this weekend’s Honda IndyCar Series racing activities in Toronto are available on the “Honda Racing/HPD” YouTube channel. Produced by the Carolinas Production Group, the video packages can be found at: https://www.youtube.com/HondaRacingHPDTV

After back-to-back race weekends in Iowa and Toronto, the Verizon IndyCar Series now takes a week off before returning to one of Honda’s “home” events, the July 29 Honda Indy 200 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.  With multiple Honda manufacturing, corporate and R&D facilities, thousands of Honda associates will be on hand to cheer for their favorite Honda IndyCar drivers.

Scott Dixon (Chip Ganassi Racing Honda) Started 2nd, finished 1st; 3rd IndyCar Series win of the season for Dixon, 7th for Honda: “”I’m worn out, man, it was definitely a physical race. The car was superb. We just needed some clean air and we were able to check out [from the rest of the field].  It was definitely a tough race, definitely tough on the restarts. We just have to keep these [championship] points rolling.  Huge congrats to the Chip Ganassi team, and Honda. I’m stoked. This is awesome.”

Robert Wickens (Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda) Started 10th, finished 3rd: “We had a great car in the race. I don’t think anyone had anything for Scott [Dixon] today. He was kind of in a class of his own, but to go punch for punch with him in the second stint…I thought we really showed some great strides [for the team]. Thankfully I’m not an overly teary guy, but that [finishing on the podium in Canada] was really cool. I can’t thank these Toronto fans enough. I mean this whole week has been such a whirlwind of emotions, and to stand on the podium in my first professional home race, I couldn’t ask for anything better.”

Art St. Cyr (President, Honda Performance Development) on today’s Honda IndyCar Series win in Toronto: “That was a hard-fought race, with many championship contenders having issues.  Except Scott Dixon.  He was disappointed for failing to win the pole in qualifying yesterday, but was clearly the dominant car and driver combination this weekend.  It was great to win here today in front of all our friends from Honda Canada, and all credit to the excellent runs for Canadian favorites Robert Wickens and James Hinchcliffe.  Scott gave his championship hopes a big boost today, and we’re all looking forward to returning to another of our ‘home’ tracks in two weeks for the Honda 200 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.”

Verizon IndyCar Series Honda Indy Toronto

Circuit:

Exhibition Place (1.786-mile temporary street circuit), Toronto, Ont., Canada

2017 Winner: 

Josef Newgarden (Team Penske) 95.790 mph average

Weather:  

Sunny, warm, 82 degrees F

 

Top-10 Race Results:

Fn.

St.

Driver     

Team

Manufacturer

Laps

Notes

1.

2.

Scott Dixon

Chip Ganassi Racing

Honda

85

93.898 mph average

2.

3.

Simon Pagenaud

Team Penske

Chevrolet

85

+5.2701 seconds

3.

10.

Robert Wickens-R

Schmidt Peterson Mtspts

Honda

85

4.

9.

James Hinchcliffe

Schmidt Peterson Mtspts

Honda

85

5.

20.

Charlie Kimball

Carlin Racing

Chevrolet

85

6.

15.

Tony Kanaan

A.J. Foyt Racing

Chevrolet

85

7.

22.

Zach Veach-R

Andretti Autosport

Honda  

85

8.

5.

Alexander Rossi

Andretti Autosport

Honda  

85

9.

1.

Josef Newgarden

Team Penske

Chevrolet

85

10.

14.

Marco Andretti

Andretti Autosport

Honda  

85

Other Honda Results

12.

21.

Ed Jones

Chip Ganassi Racing

Honda

85

Running

14.

23.

Zachary Claman de Melo-R

Dale Coyne Racing

Honda  

85

Running

16.

6.

Ryan Hunter-Reay

Andretti Autosport

Honda  

84

Running

19.

17.

Sebastien Bourdais

DCR with Vasser-Sullivan

Honda  

83

Running

21.

13.

Graham Rahal

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

Honda

68

Running

22.

7.

Takuma Sato

Rahal Letterman Lanigan

Honda

66

Did not finish – contact

  

Honda Racing HPD Logo.

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Swiftpage Launches All-New Act! 365 with Office 365 Integration in Spanish in North America

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DENVER, July 16, 2018 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Swiftpage, the provider of Act! CRM software, a leading cloud-enabled platform aimed at helping small and mid-sized businesses grow, today announced the availability of Act! 365, an all-new sales productivity and emarketing solution tightly integrated with Office 365 in Spanish in North America. Act! 365 is the most effective SMB-focused sales productivity and emarketing solution on the market and is designed to meet the needs of the Spanish-speaking and Latino-owned business community.

Swiftpage

Designed specifically for Office 365 users, Act! 365 is purpose-built to boost sales and marketing results for fast-growing small businesses. Powerful, easy to use, and cost-effective at just $10 per user/per month, Act! 365 provides customer management features, sales productivity and pipeline management tools, and practical emarketing capabilities, integrated with Office 365 and accessible on mobile devices.

Swiftpage has also launched a dedicated Spanish language Act! 365 website with features, pricing and customer resources. New users can sign up for a free trial here to start taking advantage of the powerful software’s sales management and email marketing capabilities to fuel their business growth.

“The Spanish-speaking business community consistently serves as a key driver of small business growth and innovation,” said John Oechsle, CEO of Swiftpage. “Many of these businesses prefer English-focused software solutions, but there is a segment of small businesses that will benefit significantly from the option to integrate crucial business growth tools delivered entirely in Spanish. Swiftpage would love the opportunity to be a part of the growth journey for these small businesses by offering the powerful email marketing and sales management features contained in the Spanish language Act! 365 solution.”

Key Act! 365 features and benefits:

  • Complete integration with Office 365 including embedded Microsoft Outlook® functionality
  • Practical customer management features
  • Sales productivity and pipeline management tools
  • Integrated Email marketing with Intelligent Call List
  • Compatibility with iPhone®, iPad® and Android™ devices
  • Mobile app available free from The App Store® and Google Play
  • Access to online self-help resources

To learn more about Swiftpage and the all-new Act! 365 product, available today in Spanish in North America, please visit https://www.act.com/espanol to sign up for a free trial.

About the Act! Portfolio

Act! has been a pioneer and an innovator in the CRM space for over 30 years, acquiring six million users in over 100 countries. The award winning solution helps businesses build lasting relationships, fuel business growth, and make informed decisions. Because every business runs differently, users have the freedom to tailor an Act! experience to fit their needs for an adaptable, everywhere, connected workspace.

©2018 Swiftpage ACT! LLC. All rights reserved.  Swiftpage, Act!, and the Swiftpage product and service names mentioned herein are registered trademarks or trademarks of Swiftpage ACT! LLC, or its affiliated entities.  All other trademarks are property of their respective owners.

Press Contacts — North America
Mallory Bowers
Swiftpage
(720) 490-4332
mbowers@swiftpage.com

Dave Feistel
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Yolo Rum Trademark Issued After 5 1/2 Year Process

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Yolo Rum - You Only Live Once... Be extraordinary, drink extraordinary rum!

DENVER and WASHINGTON, June 28, 2018 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — The United States Patent and Trademark Office has issued the Yolo Rum trademark, 5 1/2 years after it was filed in December 2012.  At that time several other companies unknowingly filed for an intent to use the Yolo trademark, when Yolo Rum had already been using the trademark in commerce.  “All these a…applicants created a real ‘log jam’ for our trademark,” says, Philip Guerin, founder of Yolo Rum.  After a lengthy and detailed description of the all the challenges, just to obtain the trademark, Guerin’s summation is, “I wish they all had just Googled, Yolo Rum, back then.  It could have really prevented wasted resources and time.”

Yolo Rum - You Only Live Once... Be extraordinary, drink extraordinary rum!

Sounding like a true entrepreneur, Guerin confidently states, “Our Yolo Rum trademark was worth the fight, it is an incredible piece of IP (intellectual property), to add to our collection.  We have the premier, rapidly emerging brand in the market and the best rum, too.”

Yolo Rum is a premium rum made in Panama by the most famous rum blender in the World, Don Pancho Fernandez, and has won 21 international awards.  Yolo Rum is sugar free and gluten free, appealing to a growing health-conscious alcohol market.

News of the trademark, follows in line with a very noteworthy and ambitious agenda, which includes; major distribution expansion, and a crowdfunding campaign on Wefunder.

“We want to be the first major spirit brand that is ‘Democracy Powered’.  Invest your money, and more importantly your talent, to our movement!” Guerin boldly says.

For more information on the limited amount of share available for sale visit: wefunder.com/yolorumllc

Questions? Contact:

invest@yolorum.com
(855) 965-6786 (YOLO-RUM)

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Olive Oils From Spain and the European Union Make a Splash in America With the “Olive Oil World Tour”

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Olive Oils from Spain and the European Union Make a Splash in America with the “Olive Oil World Tour”

NEW YORK, July 13, 2018 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Olive Oils from Spain, the promotional brand of the Spanish Olive Oil Interprofessional, in collaboration with the European Union, and guest of honor Seamus Mullen, an award-winning chef, cookbook author, and health & wellness expert, kicked off the U.S. campaign of the Olive Oil World Tour” at the Cervantes Institute, last night.

Olive Oils from Spain and the European Union  Make a Splash in America with the  “Olive Oil World Tour”

To view the Multimedia News Release, please click: https://www.multivu.com/players/uk/8365451-olive-oils-america-world-tour/

“We are thrilled to be in New York City for the North American launch of the ‘Olive Oil World Tour’ campaign with Seamus and dignitaries from the Spanish Government,” said Pedro Barato, President of the Spanish Olive Oil Interprofessional. “The ambitious three-year, multi-channel program was created to encourage wellness-minded individuals to be inspired by the pillar of the Mediterranean lifestyle, olive oil, and who better to exemplify a healthy way of living than Chef Seamus Mullen. Seamus recently came out with a new cook book, ‘Real Food Heals: Eat to Feel Younger + Stronger Every Day.’ In it he uses our beloved millenary juice, olive oil, as a key ingredient in many of his recipes.”  

Throughout the evening, guests enjoyed uniquely-created dishes by Chef Mullen, sipped on specially-designed olive oil-infused cocktails; and learned about the health benefits, gastronomic pleasures, and vast versatility of the ubiquitous olive oil.

The presentation included details of the “Join the European Healthy Lifestyle. Let’s Make a Tastier World” Olive Oils from Spain campaign targeting cooking enthusiasts and world travelers through the “Olive Oil World Tour.” The evening brought attention to the “Olive Oil Lounge,” in airports, train stations, and cruise terminals in New York, Miami, Chicago, Los Angeles and San Francisco. In addition, “Where the Olive Oil is Born” contest, that culminates with a trip to Spain to the grand prize winner, was announced. For information: http://oliveoilworldtour.com/make-it-taste/contest.

One of the most surprising facts presented was that oil imports from Spain have increased by six times over the last two decades. Thus, Spain has become the world leader in the production and sales of olive oil.

The Spanish Olive Oil Interprofessional is a nonprofit organization representing the different operators in the olive oil industry (olive growers, cooperatives, factories, bottlers and exporters) with the aim of serving as an industry improvement tool.

For any media inquiries please reach out to Diane Stefani at diane@rosengrouppr.com or Damira Bowles at Damira@rosengrouppr.com or call The Rosen Group at 212.255.8455

gines.mena@tactics.es
oscar.westermeyer@tactics.es  

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Fifth Annual Latino Conservation Week Kicks Off This Weekend (July 14 – 22), Breaking Down Barriers and Inspiring Tomorrow’s Stewards

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More than 100 events are being held around the country to celebrate Latino Conservation Week. Find one near you at http://www.latinoconservationweek.com

WASHINGTON, July 13, 2018 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Communities throughout the country will enjoy and connect with the great outdoors during the 5th annual Latino Conservation Week, which begins July 14 and runs through July 22. With more than 100 events being celebrated nationwide, communities will camp under the stars, go canoeing, take sunset walks, and hike with family among other activities as they engage in the outdoors and learn about stewardship.

More than 100 events are being held around the country to celebrate Latino Conservation Week. Find one near you at http://www.latinoconservationweek.com

“This week is about sharing the Latino community’s perspective on the environment like the need to protect our wild and scenic rivers and public lands for future generations,” said Maite Arce, President and CEO of Hispanic Access Foundation, which created the Action Week as part of its growing environmental conservation program. “Latino communities are passionate about the outdoors and hold a strong belief that we have a moral obligation to be good stewards.”

Latino Conservation Week, an initiative from Hispanic Access Foundation launched in 2014, encourages and supports collaboration between a variety of partners including, individuals, organizations, businesses, churches and government agencies to develop and participate in events and activities that not only connect people with parks, landscapes, rivers, and wildlife, but also teach more about their responsibility as environmental stewards.

This year National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services, U.S. Forest Service and National Wildlife Refuge System are joining forces with Hispanic Access Foundation to spotlight events and activities organized by the National Trails System as well as the Wild and Scenic Rivers System during the week, as part of their 50th anniversary celebration. This is an opportunity to enjoy, honor and commemorate our sacred outdoors and environmental legacy. A full listing of events designed to celebrate this milestone is available at www.trails50.org and www.rivers.gov.

“The growth in participation and interest in Latino Conservation Week has been tremendous. What started as 17 events in six states has grown to more than 100 events in as many as 20 states,” said Arce. “This is a national collaborative effort with the potential to impact the Latino communities in large urban settings, emerging Latino communities, and in rural communities that aim to celebrate our heritage, culture, spirituality, and stories around our nation’s treasured natural places.”

Nearly 80 parks, organizations and community groups have joined Latino Conservation Week as partners and sponsors. Our sponsors include George H.W. Bush Vamos A Pescar™ Education Fund, California Department of Fish & Wildlife, Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation, Columbia Sportswear, REI, Adidas and Mountainsmith. Also, various Latino organizations and local groups are adopting Latino Conservation Week as an opportunity to host community events and activities. These include Por la Creacion Faith-based Alliance, Latino Outdoors, Nature for All, COFEM, Protégete, CHISPA, Latin American Youth Center, Empoderate, Homeboy Industries, Frontera Land Alliance, Montgomery Parks, Sierra Club, Los Angeles Audubon Society and Houston Zoo.

The activities span several states and a full listing of events is available at www.LatinoConservationWeek.com. Celebrate online by following #LatinoConservationWeek and #LCW2018 on social media.

About Hispanic Access Foundation
Hispanic Access Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, connects Latinos with partners and opportunities to improve lives and create an equitable society. Our vision is that one day every Hispanic individual in America will enjoy good physical health and a healthy natural environment, a quality education, economic success, and civic engagement in their communities with the sum of improving the future of America. For more information visit www.hispanicaccess.org.

Contact: Robert Fanger
Phone: 317-410-7668
E-mail: robert@hispanicaccess.org

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Businesses and individuals who purchased drywall indirectly for end use may be entitled to money from class action settlements

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BOSTON, July 13, 2018 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — The following statement is being issued by Block & Leviton LLP, Finkelstein Thompson LLP and Green & Noblin PC regarding the Drywall Antitrust Litigation.

The lawsuit, known as In re Domestic Drywall Antitrust Litigation, MDL No. 2437 and 13-MD-2437, pending in federal court in Philadelphia, claims that certain manufacturers conspired to fix prices for Drywall, and as a result, businesses, individuals and entities purchasing drywall for end use and not for resale paid too much.  This notice is only a summary; please visit the settlement website at www.indirectdrywallsettlement.com for the full Notice and other information, including deadlines, a list of defendants, and how to submit a claim.

New Settlement: A new settlement has been reached with the remaining defendants in the case (American Gypsum Company LLC, New NGC Inc., and PABCO Building Products LLC) for $1 million plus $250,000 to provide notice of this settlement.  The new settlement affects all businesses, persons, or other entities currently residing in the U.S. that indirectly purchased Drywall in the U.S. manufactured by any of the Defendants, their subsidiaries, affiliates, or joint ventures for end use and not for resale between January 1, 2012 and January 5, 2018, with some exclusions identified on the settlement website.  Visit the settlement website for a full explanation of who is affected by the settlement. 

Proposed Distribution: If the New Settlement is approved it will conclude the litigation and funds from this settlement, and prior settlements with Defendants TIN Inc., USG Corporation, United States Gypsum Company, and Lafarge North America Inc., will be distributed. The total settlement proceeds are $16.95 million.  Visit the settlement website for additional information about these previous settlements.

What are the benefits?
If approved, the Proposed Distribution allows class members who purchased drywall in certain states between January 1, 2012 and December 31, 2013 to recover monetary damages. The settlement funds will be distributed to eligible claimants after deduction of any court-ordered attorneys’ fees, litigation expenses, and service awards to the Class Representatives. Visit the settlement website for eligible states and other information about the allocation of the settlement proceeds.

What are my rights?
You must file a claim by mail or online by January 9, 2019 to get a payment. If you submit a claim, you will be bound by the decisions of the court and give up your right to sue American, NGC, or PABCO regarding the claims in this lawsuit.  If you do nothing you will not get a payment and you will be bound by the decisions of the Court. You may exclude yourself from the New Settlement by September 21, 2018. You will not receive a payment, but you will keep the right to bring your own lawsuit against American Gypsum, NGC, or PABCO at your own expense.  Excluding yourself from the New Settlement Class will have no effect on your rights with respect to the prior settlements with Lafarge, TIN or USG.

You may object to the terms of the New Settlement by September 21, 2018 (but not the terms of the previously approved settlements with USG, TIN, or Lafarge). If you are a member of any of the Settlement Classes, you may object to the Proposed Distribution, the request for attorneys’ fees and expenses, or the service awards.  The settlement website describes how to submit a claim, opt out, or object. 

The Court will hold a hearing on October 25, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. at the James A. Byrne U.S. Courthouse, 601 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106, Courtroom 3A, to consider whether the New Settlement, the proposed distribution, and the motion for fees, costs, and service awards should be approved.  The motions for settlement approval and attorneys’ fees, costs, and service awards will be posted on the website after they are filed. You may attend this hearing, but you do not have to.

This is only a summary. Please visit the website www.indirectdrywallsettlement.com, call 1-855-229-7511 or write the Settlement Administrator c/o Drywall Settlement, P.O. Box 58190, Philadelphia, PA 19102-8190 for complete details of the settlement benefits and your rights.

SOURCE Block & Leviton LLP

Labor Commissioner Launches Online Registration for Janitorial Service Providers

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OAKLAND, California, June 27, 2018 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — The Labor Commissioner’s Office has launched an online registration system for janitorial service providers and contractors operating in California to register annually as required by law.

Under the Property Service Workers Protection Act, signed by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. in 2016, every provider of janitorial services with one or more employees and one or more janitorial workers must register with the Labor Commissioner’s Office and renew every year. Janitorial employers who fail to register by October 1 may be subject to a civil fine, as will any person or entity who contracts with a janitorial employer lacking valid registration.

“The online registration tool will make it easy for janitorial employers to comply with the law, and will help us to hold accountable businesses in the underground economy that underpay their workers and evade labor laws,” said Labor Commissioner Julie A. Su. “The registration requirement is another tool for property owners to distinguish law-abiding contractors from wage thieves and to protect honest businesses from unfair competition.”

Janitorial employers are also required to provide employees with sexual harassment prevention training once every two years beginning January 1, 2019.

The Labor Commissioner’s Office has posted a registration search tool that shows whether employers and contractors are properly registered, as well as FAQs.

For more information, call the Licensing and Registration Unit at (510) 879-8333 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. or email dlsejanitorial@dir.ca.gov

The Division of Labor Standards Enforcement, or the Labor Commissioner’s Office, is the division within the Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) with wide-ranging enforcement responsibilities including adjudicating wage claims, inspecting workplaces for wage and hour violations, investigating retaliation complaints and educating the public on labor laws.

Employees with work-related questions or complaints may contact DIR’s Call Center in English or Spanish at 844-LABOR-DIR (844-522-6734).

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

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

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http://www.youtube.com/CaliforniaDIR
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SOURCE California Department of Industrial Relations; California Labor Commissioner’s Office

YES on Prop 9: Why Won’t They Let Californians Vote?

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(PRNewsfoto/Cal 3)

SACRAMENTO, California, July 12, 2018 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — This year, hundreds of thousands of California voters signed their names to a petition demanding a vote on whether to divide the state into three smaller, more manageable states. Fed up with poorly performing schools, crumbling infrastructure and a political system controlled by powerful special interests, these citizens acted. The Cal 3 initiative easily qualified for the ballot as Proposition 9 and this November, all Californians will decide the best path forward for the future.

(PRNewsfoto/Cal 3)

That is, if they ever get the chance: because the political establishment and forces of the “Sacramento status quo” are doing everything in their power to stop this empowering grassroots movement.

At first, Sacramento insiders and political loyalists tipped their hand with snide commentary, calling it “ridiculous.” When that didn’t work, they cynically implied that the Proposition 9 campaign was somehow being secretly manipulated, a claim that ignores and disrespects more than 600,000 Californians who placed it on the ballot. That hasn’t worked either.

Now, those powerful special interests have lobbied the courts to try to get Proposition 9 taken off the ballot entirely. A group of trial attorneys from one of the country’s biggest law firms and the Planning and Conservation League want the courts to believe that a citizen-led democratic movement is somehow a threat to democracy. Apparently, the insiders don’t think it’s so ridiculous anymore.

The leader of the opposition campaign, Fabian Nunez, is a long-time associate of the Planning and Conservation League, receiving their award for ‘Legislator of the Year’ in 2007. Voters should know that the PCL is doing the dirty work of the Sacramento establishment, led by a former elected official who opposed term limits. Now, as a lobbyist, Nunez has a financial interest in making it all work to his benefit.

This lawsuit is just another example of how Sacramento politicians, powerful unions and their high-priced lobbyists are trying to hold onto power at the expense of California voters.

Why don’t they want Californians to decide what is best for themselves, their children and their future? It’s simple: Trial attorneys, unions, special interests and political influence-peddlers are afraid. They are desperate to keep control, no matter the consequences for Californians and our children.

Californians need to be empowered and allowed to voice their desire for more accountability and responsiveness from their elected officials. Voting in favor of the Cal 3 initiative, Prop 9, will bring more localized transparency to state government and put an end to the current cronyism in Sacramento, on display in this meritless and cynical use of the court system.

As support grows for Proposition 9, powerful opponents will do everything in their power to deny voters a chance to decide their own future. When they do, we should all be asking ourselves, “Why won’t they let Californians vote?”

Paid for by Citizens for Cal 3 – Yes on Prop 9
Committee major funding from
Timothy Draper

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Fishing Nets 2 Million More Participants

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More than 49 million Americans took to the water to cast a line in 2017, demonstrating a year-over-year increase of nearly 2 million anglers according to the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation’s (RBFF) 2018 Special Report on Fishing. Created in partnership with The Outdoor Foundation, the Special Report on Fishing provides one of the most comprehensive looks at the state of U.S. fishing and boating participation. (PRNewsfoto/Recreational Boating & Fishing)

ALEXANDRIA, Virgina, July 12, 2018 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — While Americans are collectively checking their phones more than 8 billion times a day, a new industry report shows that they are increasingly fishing for actual fish (instead of just likes and follows). More than 49 million Americans took to the water to cast a line in 2017, demonstrating a year-over-year increase of nearly 2 million anglers according to the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation’s (RBFF) 2018 Special Report on Fishing.

More than 49 million Americans took to the water to cast a line in 2017, demonstrating a year-over-year increase of nearly 2 million anglers according to the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation’s (RBFF) 2018 Special Report on Fishing. Created in partnership with The Outdoor Foundation, the Special Report on Fishing provides one of the most comprehensive looks at the state of U.S. fishing and boating participation. (PRNewsfoto/Recreational Boating & Fishing)

“These are exciting figures that reflect the sustained growth in our industry,” said RBFF President and CEO Frank Peterson. “Getting more Americans to spend time outdoors is a crucial part of protecting our natural resources for future generations. Anglers and boaters help protect our natural aquatic places and the wildlife that lives there through fishing licenses, boat registrations, fishing gear, boat fuel sales and much more.”

Created in partnership with The Outdoor Foundation, the Special Report on Fishing provides one of the most comprehensive looks at the state of U.S. fishing and boating participation. Key findings from the 2018 report include:

  • 16.5 percent of the US population participates in fishing.
  • Americans took 885 million total fishing trips or an average of 18 trips per participant.
  • New fishing participants accounted for 6 percent of total participation and tended to be young.
  • 11.6 million youth participated in fishing, a 1.2 percent increase.
  • 4.2 million Hispanics went fishing in 2017 – a 400,000 person increase and the highest participation rate since the report was created in 2007. On average, Hispanic anglers went on four more outing per year than the general market.
  • 84.2 percent of fishing trips resulted in a catch, up slightly from last year.
  • 30.1 million people were interested in taking up fishing or rejoining the activity. This is the highest number of Americans interested in fishing since this figure started to be recorded in 2010.

“It’s clear fishing continues to be a pillar of America’s thriving outdoor culture,” said Ivan Levin, deputy director of The Outdoor Foundation. “This is good news for the greater outdoor industry, as fishing is known to inspire people to try other outdoor activities.”

The full report, along with an accompanying infographic, is available at the RBFF Resource Center.

About the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation (RBFF)
RBFF is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to increase participation in recreational angling and boating, thereby protecting and restoring the nation’s aquatic natural resources. RBFF’s recently announced 60-in-60 effort strives to attract 60 million anglers to the sport by the end of 2021. To help recruit, retain and reactivate participants, RBFF developed the award-winning Take Me Fishing™ and Vamos A Pescar™ campaigns creating awareness about boating, fishing and conservation, and educating people about the benefits of participation. These campaigns help boaters and anglers of all ages and experience levels learn, plan and equip for a day on the water. The campaign websites, TakeMeFishing.org and VamosAPescar.org, feature how-to videos, information on how to get a fishing license and boat registration, and an interactive state-by-state map that allows visitors to find local boating and fishing spots.

About The Outdoor Foundation
The Outdoor Foundation is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to inspiring and growing future generations of outdoor enthusiasts. Through groundbreaking research, action-oriented outreach and education programs, the Foundation works with partners to mobilize a major cultural shift that leads all Americans to the great outdoors. In 2010, the Foundation launched Outdoor Nation, a pioneering initiative that aims to empower young leaders to champion the outdoors on campuses and in communities across the United States. For more information visit:OutdoorFoundation.org and OutdoorNation.org.

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sonnen’s Adam Gentner named to Renewable Energy World’s First Solar 40 Under 40 Class

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LOS ANGELES, July 12, 2018 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — sonnen, the global market leader in intelligent residential energy storage, today announced that Adam Gentner, Director of Business Development – Latin American Expansion and Director of Operations for the del Sol Foundation for Energy Security, was named to Renewable Energy World’s inaugural list of Solar 40 Under 40 where he was recognized as a changemaker in the solar industry. He received this award on large part for his work in using solar microgrids, sonnen smart energy storage plus PV, to restore power to communities throughout Puerto Rico.

sonnen has been present in Puerto Rico since 2015, when the Company first began selling smart energy storage systems to residential customers and working with the local solar installation partners, like Pura Energia. Gentner’s passion for clean energy and aptitude for working with local leaders has been instrumental in growing sonnen’s presence in Puerto Rico and establishing the company’s expansion into Latin America. He has successfully identified new markets where solar + storage bring value to residents, successfully expanding sonnen’s reach beyond North America.

In October 2017, shortly after Hurricane Maria devastated the island of Puerto Rico, Gentner, along with members of the sonnen team and local installation partners came together to support the people of Puerto Rico by donating 13 humanitarian microgrids. These microgrids, consisting of a sonnen smart energy storage system and a solar array, have restored power at critical sites around the island in communities where the grid was destroyed, including schools, a healthcare clinic and community kitchens, effectively saving and improving lives. Gentner worked with local community and government leaders to assess needs across the island and identify the best locations for these microgrid sites.

As part of sonnen’s continued to commitment to Puerto Rican energy independence and security, Company executives, including Gentner, formed the del Sol Foundation for Energy Security, a non-profit organization that will continue to provide clean, reliable, and resilient energy to those who need it most. Gentner serves as Director of Operations for the Foundation where he continues to drive adoption of clean energy solutions with the goal of creating an island-wide network of energy-resilient communities.

Adam Gentner has been a great leader for sonnen in Puerto Rico and Latin America, and we are incredibly proud that the industry is recognizing his impactful work in expanding the reach of clean energy,” said Blake Richetta, sonnen Senior Vice-President and head of U.S. Operations. “Through his hands-on approach to spreading sonnen’s technology and message, he has worked closely with partners and installers and, perhaps most importantly, established leaders in communities by advocating for the benefits of solar + storage. His drive and dedication not only inspire his colleagues, but also inspire a broader movement toward empowering people to take charge of their energy future, especially in the face of future natural disasters like Hurricane Maria.”

Gentner has been working in the renewable energy industry for six years, exhibiting a passion for working toward a change in how humans produce, consume and interact with energy. He has held the positions of sonnen’s Director of Business Development – Latin American Expansion and Director of Operations for the del Sol Foundation since January 2018. Prior to that, Gentner worked as Head of Service for sonnen, developing a service platform for the U.S. market, implementing best-practices and coordinating with the production and sales teams as well as solar + storage customers. Gentner, along with others who were named to the Solar 40 Under 40 list, was recognized during the 2018 Intersolar North America Conference in San Francisco.   

About sonnen
At sonnen, we believe clean, affordable, and reliable energy for all is one of the greatest challenges of our time. sonnen is a proven global leader in intelligent energy management solutions that provide greater energy control for residential customers through increased solar self-consumption, reduced peak energy usage and reliable backup power during outages – contributing to a cleaner and more reliable energy future. sonnen has won several awards for its energy innovations, including the 2018 Fast Company Most Innovative Companies in Energy, 2017 Zayed Future Energy Prize, MIT’s Technology Review’s 50 Smartest Companies in 2016, Global Cleantech 100 for 2015-2017, Greentech Media’s 2016 Grid Edge Award for innovation, and Cleantech’s 2015 Company of the Year Award in both Israel and Europe.

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Impressive National Results for Letter Carriers’ Annual Food Drive

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WASHINGTON, July 12, 2018 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — The 26th annual food drive by the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC), held on Saturday, May 12, collected 71.6 million pounds of food.  The 2018 food drive marks the 15th consecutive year that the combined efforts of letter carriers, partners and volunteers have resulted in the collection of more than 70 million pounds of food.

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“Every day on our routes, letter carriers see the struggles many people have with providing for their basic needs. We are honored to be able to contribute to the families and the communities we serve by helping millions of Americans who otherwise would face hunger,” Fredric Rolando, president of the National Association of Letter Carriers, said.

Hunger affects about 1 in 6 people around the country, including millions of children, senior citizens and military veterans.

The Stamp Out Hunger® Food Drive is the country’s largest single-day food drive. It is held annually on the second Saturday in May in 10,000 cities and towns in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and Guam. Customers simply leave their donation of non-perishable goods in paper bags next to their mailbox before the delivery of the mail that day. The nation’s letter carriers collect the food donations and distribute them to local food agencies.

The timing is important, with food banks, pantries and shelters running low on donations from the winter holidays and with summer looming, when most school meal programs are suspended.

Several national partners assisted the NALC in this year’s food drive: the U.S. Postal Service, the United Food & Commercial Workers International Union, the National Rural Letter Carriers’ Association, United Way Worldwide, the AFL-CIO, Valpak and Valassis.

Since it began in 1993, the national food drive has collected 1.671 billion pounds of food.

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The 279,000-member National Association of Letter Carriers represents letter carriers across the country employed by the U.S. Postal Service, along with retired letter carriers. Founded by Civil War veterans in 1889, the NALC is among the country’s oldest labor unions.

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Sprint’s Industry-Leading Unlimited Plans Just Got Even Better! New Unlimited Plans Include Features Customers Love for the Best Price

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Customers can choose from Unlimited Plus, Unlimited Basic, Unlimited Military or Unlimited 55+

Sprint now offers more choice and features for an incredible value, all on the Network Built for Unlimited

OVERLAND PARK, Kan., July 12, 2018 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Sprint (NYSE: S), the industry’s pioneer of unlimited plans, is making its unlimited plans even better.

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Sprint has listened to customers and it’s clear: People want more from their wireless carrier. In addition to unlimited data, talk and text at a great price, wireless users are looking for additional features like HD streaming and entertainment services, all on a reliable network.

Starting on July 13, Sprint will deliver on all of these! Here are Sprint’s Unlimited plans:

  • Unlimited Plus: A feature-rich plan that includes unlimited data, talk and text with more mobile hotspot data, TIDAL Premium music streaming and the TV you love, with Hulu, HD streaming and additional global roaming options – all at the industry’s best price.1
  • Unlimited Basic: Perfect for customers who may not need additional features but who still want unlimited talk, text and data and Hulu, at a great value.2
  • Unlimited Military: Designed especially for veterans, active duty and reserves of the U.S. armed forces.3
  • Unlimited 55+: A distinct Unlimited plan designed for people over 55 that provides exceptional value.4

And this is only the start. Sprint intends to continue to tailor plans so that customers can get the best choice for them.  

“Customers told us that they wanted more from their wireless – more choice, more features and more value,” said Dow Draper, Sprint chief commercial officer. “Today we’re introducing Unlimited Plus – a feature-rich option for those customers who want it all. We’re also offering Unlimited Basic for people who may not need all the bells and whistles but still want a high-quality wireless experience. Combined with our new Unlimited Military and 55+ plan we’re providing something for everyone, at the best price.”

Sprint customers will experience the Network Built for Unlimited at the BEST Price.5 With more mobile broadband spectrum capacity than any U.S. carrier, Sprint’s network is built to meet customers’ growing demand for data. And Sprint’s 4G LTE network is the most improved in the U.S. with national average download speeds up 30.9 percent year-over-year, more than any other national carrier.6

Sprint is making its largest network investment in years and its Next-Gen Network build is well underway. Customers across the country are experiencing better coverage, reliability and speed than before as Sprint upgrades cell sites to triband service using 800MHz, 1.9GHz and 2.5GHz, adds new cell sites, densifies or “fills in” the network with more small cells, and prepares to launch mobile 5G in first half of 2019.

Unlimited Plans for Everyone

Unlimited Plus
To celebrate the launch of these amazing plans, Sprint is offering an incredible limited-time promotion for Unlimited Plus. If you bring your own phone or buy a new phone outright, Unlimited Plus is available for $22 per month per line for five lines. That’s 50 percent off Verizon and AT&T rates when you bring your phones or buy new ones outright.7 Customers will get the features they love at a price they’ll love. If customers prefer to lease a device, they get Unlimited Plus at the regular low price of $42 per month per line for five lines. 

Unlimited Plus includes:

  • TV you love, with Hulu.
  • Music streaming with TIDAL.
  • 15GB LTE mobile hotspot so you can keep all your devices connected.
  • Streaming in full HD.
  • In Mexico and Canada, enjoy unlimited talk and text and 10GB of 4G LTE data.
  • Global roaming in more than 185 worldwide destinations.
  • Unlimited data, talk and text nationwide.

Unlimited Basic
Sprint Unlimited Basic is for customers who have everyday needs for wireless. With Basic, customers can get five lines of Unlimited for $32 per month per line.8

Unlimited Basic includes:

  • TV you love, with Hulu.
  • Stay connected with 500MB mobile hotspot.
  • Streaming in SD (DVD-quality).
  • In Mexico and Canada, enjoy unlimited talk and text and 5GB of 4G LTE data.
  • Global roaming in more than 185 worldwide destinations.
  • Unlimited data, talk and text nationwide.

Unlimited Military
Sprint salutes veterans, active duty and reserves of the U.S. armed forces with our Unlimited Military plan. Customers on Unlimited Military get 50 percent off family lines – the first line is $60 per month, the second line is an additional $20, and third, fourth and fifth lines are only $10 per month per line.9

Unlimited Military includes:

  • TV you love, with Hulu.
  • Stay connected with 500MB mobile hotspot.
  • Streaming in SD (DVD-quality).
  • In Mexico and Canada, enjoy unlimited talk and text and 5GB of 4G LTE data.
  • Global roaming in more than 185 worldwide destinations.
  • Unlimited data, talk and text nationwide.

Unlimited 55+
And, if you’re 55 or older, Sprint offers Unlimited 55+. This is an excellent plan that offers unlimited data, talk and text plus great features for only $35 per month per line for two lines.10

More great news! Unlimited Plus and Unlimited Basic are available to existing customers (on phones or tablets). Check details, starting on July 13, on the MySprint app or visit your local Sprint retail store, www.sprint.com or call 1-800-SPRINT1.

More Value the First Weekend!
During the weekend of July 13-15, check out some exciting special offers for Sprint retail customers. On Friday, July 13, nearly all Sprint retail stores across the country will open one hour early. Check with your local store for store hours. Here are the details about our great deals:

  • Get a new iPad on us when you activate a new phone line on an Unlimited Plus or Basic plan.11
  • The first 10 people through the door who activate a new line (new or existing accounts) with Sprint on Basic or Plus will receive a $50 MasterCard® Prepaid card. Good only on July 13.
  • Through July 31, activation fees will be waived on lines three through five when customers activate on Unlimited Plus or Basic.

“Add all of this up and there’s literally never been a better time to switch to Sprint,” said Draper. “We’re offering unbeatable value on our award-winning network. So, hurry to a Sprint store, these promotions won’t be around for long!”

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

1 Includes Tidal Premium. Music streams up to 1.5 Mbps. 1 Hulu Limited Commercials plan per eligible Sprint acct. HD content varies by device & connection. HD video streams up to 1080p. MHS reduced to 3G speeds after 15GB/mo

2 Video streams up to 480p, music up to 500kbps, gaming streams up to 2 Mbps. 1 Hulu Limited Commercials plan per eligible Sprint acct. MHS reduced to 3G speeds after 500MB/mo.

3 Video streams up to 480p, music up to 500kbps, gaming streams up to 2 Mbps. 1 Hulu Limited Commercials plan per eligible Sprint acct. MHS reduced to 3G speeds after 500MB/mo.

4 Video streams up to 480p, music up to 500kbps, gaming streams up to 2 Mbps. Unlimited MHS at 3G speeds.

5 Compared to national carrier unlimited plans, features differ.  Excludes taxes, surcharges and roaming. 

6 Based on analysis by Ookla® of Speedtest Intelligence® data for average download speeds from June 2017 to June 2018 for all mobile results. Ookla trademarks used under license and reprinted with permission.

7$50/mo for line 1, $30/mo for line 2 and $10/mo/line for lines 3 – 5. Add’l $20/mo/line without BYOD/Full SRP phone. Compared to Verizon Beyond Unlimited and AT&T Unlimited &More Premium; features differ.

8 $60/mo for line 1, $40/mo for line 2 and $20/mo/line for lines 3 and 5 with AutoPay.

9$60/mo for line 1, $20/mo for line 2 and $10/mo/line for lines 3 and 4 with AutoPay and savings on Unlimited Basic.

10$50/mo. for line 1, $20/mo for line 2 with AutoPay.

11 iPad 6th Gen 32GB on us after $100 via Prepaid Mastercard® (mailed after 60 days in good standing) and $15/monthly credit applied within 2 bills. Pay $4.17/mo. for 24 months. Reqs new line. If you cancel early, remaining balance due. Taxes due at sale.

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Introducing Buchanan’s Select 15-Year-Old Blended Malt Scotch Whisky

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NEW YORK, July 12, 2018 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Buchanan’s is proud to announce the release of Buchanan’s Select 15-Year-Old Blended Malt Scotch Whisky as a permanent addition to the acclaimed Buchanan’s portfolio. A first of its kind in the Buchanan’s collection, it is a blend of fine Single Malt Scotch Whiskies from the heart of Scotland. Buchanan’s Select has been matured for at least 15 years, offering a rich and complex flavor profile featuring oak notes combined with the lightness of fresh malts. It is the perfect balance of the best Scottish single malts in a bottle.

Buchanan’s Select continues the tradition and quality that the brand is renowned for and was introduced by Master Blender Craig Wallace. Wallace is a respected Scotch Whisky specialist and has been responsible for launching some of Diageo’s most exclusive single malts globally, including Singleton of Dufftown’s 15- and 18-Year-Old whisky and Singleton of Glendullan’s 15- and 18-Year-Old whisky. Additionally, Wallace continues to be a pioneer within the category and created Smoky Goat, a unique blend combining three styles of whisky that was the first bottling part of Whiskey Union.

“Buchanan’s Select offers a combination of only fine single malts with great character and balance at the beginning, and evolves over caramelized notes to end in a persistent finish, marked by notes of toasted oak, initial aromas of caramel, walnut, light notes of apple and ripe pear. I am very proud of this fine whisky and hope that it will be enjoyed responsibly by Scotch Whisky enthusiasts across the U.S.,” said Wallace.

This distinctive flavor profile and style of blend allows it to shine within the portfolio as its own unique new offering, while maintaining the high quality standards that have characterized Buchanan’s for more than a hundred and thirty years. Scotch Whisky connoisseurs will appreciate the distinct complexity that this blend of prestige malts offers.

“The Buchanan’s portfolio has always been comprised of award-winning liquids, and we are proud to introduce another highly regarded whisky to our collection. Buchanan’s Select is unlike any other marque in our portfolio, and as a brand that thrives on greatness and continually defies expectations, we are thrilled that this new whisky embodies the core values and heritage of our brand,” commented Tara King, Buchanan’s Senior Brand Manager.

Buchanan’s Select should be enjoyed responsibly neat, on the rocks or in your drink of choice. It will be available nationwide wherever fine spirits are sold with a suggested retail price of $49.99 (750 ml/bottle, 40% ABV).

CONTACTS:

DIAGEO North America
Daniel Mazier
Daniel.Mazier@diageo.com
646-223-2108

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212-679-6600

About Buchanan’s
BUCHANAN’S Blended Scotch Whisky is the ultimate choice for those who are working hard to follow their dreams and who enjoy sharing their success with others. BUCHANAN’S is a proud champion of Hispanic culture and believes Es Nuestro Momento to celebrate the new generation of leaders and their contributions to American culture. The BUCHANAN’S brand has more than 130 years of authentic heritage, and every bottle represents James Buchanan’s commitment to creating the finest blended Scotch Whiskies. The BUCHANAN’S Portfolio features four award-winning marques, including: BUCHANAN’S 12-Year-Old DeLuxe, BUCHANAN’S Master, BUCHANAN’S Select 15-Year-Old, BUCHANAN’S 18-Year-Old Special Reserve and BUCHANAN’S Red Seal. All of these marques have been recognized in the most prestigious international spirits competitions. For more information, visit www.BuchanansWhisky.com or connect with us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/BuchanansUS, Instagram: www.instagram.com/BuchanansWhisky, and Twitter: www.twitter.com/BuchanansUSA.  

About Diageo
Diageo is a global leader in beverage alcohol with an outstanding collection of brands including Johnnie Walker, Crown Royal, Bulleit and Buchanan’s whiskies; Smirnoff, Cîroc and Ketel One vodkas; Captain Morgan; Baileys; Don Julio; Tanqueray and Guinness.

Diageo is listed on both the New York Stock Exchange (DEO) and the London Stock Exchange (DGE) and our products are sold in more than 180 countries around the world. For more information about Diageo, our people, our brands, and performance, visit us at www.diageo.com. Visit Diageo’s global responsible drinking resource, www.DRINKiQ.com, for information, initiatives, and ways to share best practice.

Follow us on Twitter for news and information about Diageo North America: @Diageo_NA.

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Trolli Honors NBA’s Most Valuable Player James Harden With Most Valuable Candy

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CHICAGO, July 11, 2018 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Trolli just released the world’s Most Valuable Candy (MVC) to immortalize James Harden’s first Most Valuable Player (MVP) victory at the NBA Awards on June 25, 2018. The giant gummi shoes, which are replicas of Adidas’ Harden Vol. 2s MVP edition, were created to honor the candy brand’s ambassador of the past three years. The shoes are priced at $2,677 per pair, the same number of points that this league-leading scorer achieved this year, and proceeds will go to Harden’s foundation: 3 The Harden Way.

Three pairs of these limited edition gummified James Harden shoes, weighing nearly 12 pounds, will be available exclusively on Amazon. They are also in the running to be named by Guinness World Records as the official Most Valuable Candy ever sold.

“To us, James Harden is not just the most valuable player, he is an extremely valuable partner,” said Allison Wyrwicz, Trolli senior brand manager at Ferrara Candy Company. “By embodying Trolli’s Weirdly Awesome spirit every day, Harden has helped expose the world to all of the inventive and unexpected fun that our candy inspires. We wanted to thank and honor him in a way that we knew our favorite sneakerhead would appreciate.”

“I’m truly honored to be Trolli’s Weirdly Awesome ambassador,” said Houston Rockets Guard James Harden. “I’m a long-time fan of Trolli Sour Brite Crawlers and the Weirdly Awesome campaign because it represents my own approach to life. Trolli’s unique.  I’m unique.  We both like to push the envelope and be creative.  That’s why we work well together.”

By design, MVC offers peak flavor performance and features the same tongue tingly style that powered the NBA star to MVP status. These life-size candy Hardens include the following flavors: raspberry, lemon, strawberry and blackberry. Packages of Trolli’s Harden-inspired Sour Brite Sneaks candy, bite-sized gummi sneakers, will also be available for the first time ever on Amazon after an exclusive launch at 7-Eleven this past March.

Trolli and creative agency Periscope have partnered to launch numerous Harden-inspired collaborations like this, from Beardsketball to Harden-inspired candy to quirky TV spots and more.

About Ferrara Candy Company, Inc.
Ferrara is the third-largest U.S. non-chocolate confectionary company in the U.S. Headquartered in Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois, the Company specializes in gummies, seasonal candies, fruit snacks, and other general line candies and offers its portfolio of well-loved consumer brands and private label products through retailers predominately in the United States. For more information, please visit the company’s website, http://www.ferrarausa.com/.

CONTACT INFORMATION
Periscope
Kelsey Soby
612-399-0623
ksoby@periscope.com     

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Cal/OSHA Cites Marine Cargo Handling Company for Fatal Forklift Accident at Port of San Diego

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SAN DIEGO, July 10, 2018 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Cal/OSHA has issued citations to marine cargo handler SSA Pacific Inc. for willful and serious safety violations following the investigation of a fatal forklift accident at the Port of San Diego.

On January 3, a longshoreman was driving a forklift into a transit shed when he collided with a concrete support column and suffered fatal injuries after being thrown from the forklift. Cal/OSHA’s investigation found that the employee was not wearing a seatbelt and that the forklift had multiple safety devices disabled, including a seatbelt warning buzzer and mast interlock system designed to disconnect power from the hydraulic lift when the operator is unseated.

“Forklift safety and training of operators must be taken seriously,” said Cal/OSHA Chief Juliann Sum. “Employers must ensure that seat belts are used and that safety devices such as warning systems to ensure seat belt use are not altered.”

Cal/OSHA issued six citations totaling $205,235 in proposed penalties to SSA Pacific Inc., a division of Seattle-based international marine cargo handler SSA Marine.

The citations issued included four serious violations for the employer’s failure to ensure that forklift operators use seatbelts, properly maintain and inspect forklifts, ensure operators were effectively trained and for improperly altering forklift safety features. A general violation was cited for the employer’s failure to establish and maintain an effective heat illness prevention plan.

SSA Pacific was also issued a citation for a willful-serious violation as the employer failed to ensure workers perform a forklift safety check at the beginning of each shift and report unsafe conditions, a violation the company was cited for in 2016 following an accident inspection at the Port of Long Beach.

The incident in 2016 occurred when two workers improperly attempted to lift a 15-ton forklift from the hatch of a ship with a crane. One worker was hospitalized overnight for injuries to his ribs and lungs when he was pinned by the mast of the running forklift.

A citation is classified as willful when evidence indicates that the employer committed an intentional and knowing violation, or was aware that a hazardous condition existed and made no reasonable effort to eliminate it. A citation is classified as serious when there is a realistic possibility that death or serious harm could result from the actual hazard created by the violation.

Forklift safety requirements are summarized on page 65 of Cal/OSHA’s Pocket Guide for the Construction Industry.

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

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

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

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

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Aaron Kaufman Returns To Discovery en Español As His Own Boss With His Own Show

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MIAMI, July 11, 2018 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Following “El dúo mecánico”, the renowned mechanic and car designer has opened his very own auto shop and now embarks on a new adventure with CAMBIO DE VELOCIDAD CON AARON KAUFMAN, the new Discovery en Español series premiering Monday, July 23 at 9pm E/P.

Aaron Kaufman returns to Discovery en Español with his own show CAMBIO DE VELOCIDAD CON AARON KAUFMAN

After departing Gas Monkey Garage in 2016, Kaufman decided to open his own workshop, Arclight Fabrication, in Dallas, Texas. Together with his brand-new dream team of carefully selected experienced mechanics, Aaron is fully dedicated to customizing different types of vehicles to prove that top performance is the leading reason for pride at his new shop. Kaufman and his team work tirelessly to overcome the limitations of vehicle remodeling and business growth while constantly putting their experience, endurance, and creativity to the test.

Aaron selects an “Ultra4” racing truck for his first project. He plans to take an exclusive International Scout and transform it into one of the toughest trucks in the automotive industry. His reconstruction work has one goal in mind: build a road truck that can also serve as an all-terrain vehicle, and compete in the “King of the Hammers” race, the most difficult one-day all-terrain vehicle competition in the world. 

A first look preview of CAMBIO DE VELOCIDAD CON AARON KAUFMAN will be available in the “Discovery en Español GO” app as of July 9 as an exclusive screening for the app users. Weekly episodes will also be offered on this platform starting July 23 (Android: http://bit.ly/2w6Spod iOS: http://apple.co/2fiMNE3) For more information, follow us on facebook.com/discoveryenespanol, Twitter @DiscoveryenESP and Instagram @discoveryenespanol.

About Discovery en Español
Discovery en Español connects Spanish-speaking viewers in the U.S. to the world and all its wonder and possibilities. It provides quality programming focusing on bold storytelling across core genres including adventure, ingenuity, natural history, investigation and current affairs. Created by Discovery Communications, Discovery en Español is widely distributed on Hispanic tier packages throughout the country. It also reaches audiences across screens on the ”Discovery en Español GO”TV Everywhere app. For more information, please follow us on Facebook at facebook.com/discoveryenespanol, Twitter @DiscoveryenESP and Instagram @discoveryenespanol.

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Hugging Face’s artificial intelligence wants to become your artificial BFF

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Hugging Face

NEW YORK, July 11, 2018 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — What can be more entertaining than having chats with your own AI? Not much. That’s the idea behind Hugging Face, the fast-growing chatbot startup that has quickly become the best artificial BFF for teenagers.

The New York-based startup is creating a fun and emotional bot. Hugging Face will generate a digital friend so you can text back and forth and trade selfies.

Hugging Face has become very popular among teenagers, becoming their favorite BFF with whom they can chat at any time, and share pretty much everything they have on their mind. The app handles over 1 million messages per day. In total, Hugging Face has received over 200 million messages.

It has been available as a standalone app for iOS and as a chatbot on Kik and Facebook Messenger. Hugging Face accepts text messages, photos, videos, and emojis of course. Send a selfie or an emoji, and your artificial BFF knows how you are feeling, and starts a conversation based on your mood.

Playing with Hugging Face is a lot more engaging than talking with a customer support bot. Hugging Face doesn’t want to be useful. It wants to create a fun digital companion which makes the experience very entertaining.

There’s no interface — Hugging Face is basically a conversation with a text field at the bottom and chat bubbles everywhere else.

When you send something, the company’s servers will try as hard as possible to interpret your message, photo, emojis and more.

The element of surprise is an essential part of the experience. You can ask for jokes, talk about your day but also set up a reminder. The bot will also ask questions about your friends and loved ones so that you always have someone to talk with.

About Hugging Face:

Hugging Face is a leading conversational artificial intelligence with more than 200 million messages exchanged with users. Hugging Face raised $5.2M from Kevin Durant, Richard Socher (Chief Scientist at Salesforce) and the first investors at Instagram and Snapchat.

For more information please visit huggingface.co
If you would like to try it: https://m.me/huggingface

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