Silicon Valley Companies Join Together to Raise Money for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

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SAN JOSE, California, June 23, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) Silicon Valley & Monterey Bay Area Chapter hosted its 2nd Annual Silicon Valley Kickball Classic in Sunnyvale at Twin Creeks Sports Complex on June 8, 2017. Silicon Valley companies came out to fight for the title of Kickball Classic Champions, and more importantly, to join the fight against cancer by contributing over $80,000.

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The Silicon Valley Kickball Classic is a corporate event where companies signup as a team to compete in the tournament. In addition to playing kickball, there are additional perks such as a beer garden, DJ, and yard games all designed for a fun and engaging day.  The Kickball Classic is a great opportunity for companies to engage in corporate social responsibility while also promoting networking, teambuilding, and strengthening relationships with co-workers outside of the office.

This year was especially inspiring due to the incredible support of the Silicon Valley corporate community. Teams included Adobe, CBRE, CLUBWAKA, GlobalLogic, Hyatt Regency Santa Clara, Lexus Stevens Creek, Mercedes-Benz Research & Development North America, San Jose Earthquakes, SignalFire, Signifyd, Silicon Valley Bank, Twistlock, and Vanguard Software Corporation. After a day of fierce, friendly competition, CBRE won the title of, “2017 Silicon Valley Kickball Classic Champions”.

Returning as Founding and Presenting Sponsor was Silicon Valley Bank (SVB). Through LLS’s long-standing partnership with SVB, together both organizations have been able to create a unique event that continues to engage the corporate community and encourages charitable giving.  

“The LLS Kickball Classic is a fantastic opportunity for companies, including SVB’ers to come together outside of work while supporting a great cause and giving back to the community. SVB is extremely proud to be a part of such an amazing event!” said Chase Clymer, Associate at Silicon Valley Bank.

“We are thankful to be a part of a community where so many companies see the value in supporting causes like The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. With the support of these corporations, LLS can continue to invest in research that is making a significant impact in the fight against cancer” said Courtney Karnes, Executive Director of the Silicon Valley & Monterey Bay Area Chapter.  

LLS is the world’s leading non-profit voluntary health organization dedicated to finding cures for blood cancers and ensuring that patients have access to lifesaving treatments. Through events like the Silicon Valley Kickball Classic, LLS has invested more than $1 billion in research to advance breakthrough therapies. The funds raised are used for:

  • Research to advance targeted therapies and immunotherapies that are saving thousands of lives
  • Blood cancer information, education and support for patients
  • Policies that ensure patients have access to blood cancer treatments

The Silicon Valley Kickball Classic was captured by Rook Productions Media and a glimpse into the day can be seen here: video.

To learn more about the Silicon Valley Kickball Classic visit: bit.ly/svkickballclassic

For additional ways to support The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in the Silicon Valley & Monterey Area visit: https://www.lls.org/silicon-valley-monterey-bay-area

About The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society ® (LLS) is the world’s largest voluntary health agency dedicated to blood cancer. The LLS mission: Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. LLS funds lifesaving blood cancer research around the world, provides free information and support services, and is the voice for all blood cancer patients seeking access to quality, affordable, coordinated care.

Founded in 1949 and headquartered in Rye Brook, NY, LLS has chapters throughout the United States and Canada. To learn more, visit www.LLS.org.

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SOURCE The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) Silicon Valley & Monterey Bay Area Chapter

Texas small land sales jump 14 percent, price per acre declines in 2016

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AUSTIN, Texas, June 23, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Texas small land sales volume experienced strong gains in 2016, while the average price per acre declined slightly statewide, according to the Texas Small Land Sales Report released today by the Texas Association of Realtors.

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“As our state’s population continues to grow and the footprints of Texas cities expand, the demand for rural land will only increase,” said Vicki Fullerton, chairman of the Texas Association of Realtors. “At the same time, after consecutive years of rapid growth in real estate land prices, prices in many regions have leveled off.”

Texas small land sales volume jumped 14.2 percent annually to 6,992 small land tracts sold in 2016. During the same time frame, the average price per acre dipped 0.3 percent year-over-year to $5,647 an acre. The definition of a “small” land sale varies from region to region but generally is considered to be a land purchase of 200 acres or less. The exception is Far West Texas, where 500 to 8,000 acres qualifies as a small land sale.

Strong small land sales growth was evident throughout most regions, with small land purchases in Far West Texas, Northeast Texas and the Austin-Waco-Hill Country experiencing annual gains of more than 20 percent. Conversely, small land sales in West Texas declined 20.6 percent from 2015.

As demand for small land tracts continued to rise, the average tract size of Texas land purchased declined. In 2016, the average tract size for Texas small land purchases declined three acres from 2015 to 36 acres. Far West Texas and South Texas were the only regions that experienced declines in average price per acre, falling 64.9 percent and 3.9 percent, respectively.

Charles Gilliland, economist with the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University, commented: “While the Texas land market remains strong, multiple factors are impacting land sales activity throughout the state. Rising prices of irrigated farmland and a sluggish agricultural sector are driving up land costs in the Panhandle, and residual effects of the oil and gas downturn have slowed small land sales activity in West and South Texas. Statewide, shortages in prime land are stifling land price growth as developers consider less desirable land tracts.”

Fullerton concluded: “The wise utilization of Texas land is the bedrock of our state’s economy and quality of life. As Texas continues to experience rapid population growth, it’s important that leaders across our state and within our communities take care to ensure that ongoing land segmentation and development preserves the unique culture of our state’s regions and does not harm essential industries.”

About the Texas Small Land Sales Report
The Texas Small Land Sales Report analyzes small land sales data and trends across seven regions of Texas utilizing survey data aggregated by the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University. The Texas Association of REALTORS® distributes insights about the Texas housing market each month, including quarterly market statistics, trends among homebuyers and sellers, luxury home sales, international trends, and more. To view the Texas Small Land Sales Report in its entirety, visit TexasRealEstate.com.

About the Texas Association of REALTORS®
With more than 110,000 members, the Texas Association of REALTORS® is a professional membership organization that represents all aspects of real estate in Texas. We advocate on behalf of Texas REALTORS® and private-property owners to keep homeownership affordable, protect private-property rights and promote public policies that benefit homeowners. Visit TexasRealEstate.com to learn more.

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Assemblyman Travis Allen Announces Bid to Become Governor of California

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SACRAMENTO, California, June 22, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Today, Assemblyman Travis Allen (R-Huntington Beach) announced his bid to become the next Governor of California in November 2018.

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California’s once greatest-in-the-nation status has been steadily eroded by decades of failed leadership – under 4 terms of Jerry Brown and over 40 years of Legislative control by the California Democrats,” said Assemblyman Travis Allen. “Whether it’s due to Jerry Brown’s massive gas tax, double digit increases in violent crime rates, our failing schools or our crumbling infrastructure – there is a silent supermajority in California who are waking up and demanding real change in our state.

“I am running to be the next Governor of California to take back our state for the forgotten ordinary citizens of California, who will no longer tolerate the squandering of our incredible natural abundance of people, economy, and resources by limousine liberals beholden to ravenous public sector union bosses and extremist environmentalists. The citizens of California are tired of being taken for granted, and will no longer accept the California Democrat Party’s hollow excuses for why the world’s 6th largest economy should have the nation’s highest poverty rate.”

Travis Allen’s campaign is already off to a fast start,” said Mike Johnson, Travis Allen’s campaign strategist. “He garnered national name recognition by leading the effort to place a statewide repeal of the widely unpopular gas tax increase on the November ballot.”

“The campaign has reserved a majority of the statewide slate cards and will appear on over 11 million mail pieces.  Allen already has built the largest social media reach of any elected Republican in the state and regularly reaches over 3 million Californians weekly,” said Johnson.

After 5 years of serving in the Legislature, I have had enough of the wasteful spending and dictatorial policies pushed by Jerry Brown and the Sacramento Democrats that are directly hurting hard working Californian families,” said Allen. “California residents and companies are fleeing our state by the thousands, and those that stay are beset on all sides with the nation’s highest taxes, crippling regulations, and ever more complex laws that benefit a select few. California needs new leadership that is not bought and paid for by union leaders and out of touch liberal elites. I am running for Governor to make California once again the greatest state in the country, and a place where we all can live our lives, run a business, and raise a family.”

For more information, go to www.JoinTravisAllen.com.

You can view the full announcement video here.

CONTACT: Stephanie Freedman
(916) 542-2394

 

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Statement of Stacey D. Stewart, President, March of Dimes on Release of the Better Care Reconciliation Act

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WASHINGTON, June 22, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — The March of Dimes released the following statement from President Stacey D. Stewart regarding release of the Better Care Reconciliation Act:

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“The March of Dimes is profoundly disappointed that the Senate leadership has failed to protect pregnant women, infants, and families in the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA).

“The bill released today fails repeatedly to prioritize and promote the needs of pregnant women, babies, and their families.  No investment is made in promoting maternal and child health, or in ensuring that moms and infants can get the quality care they need for healthy pregnancies and a strong start in life.

“Under the BCRA, families can expect to pay higher premiums for insurance plans that fail to cover the services they need.  Medicaid coverage for up to 6.5 million women of childbearing age will be rescinded, making it harder for them to get healthy before they get pregnant.  States will be able to permit insurers not to cover maternity and newborn care, meaning women and their partners will have to purchase expensive additional coverage for pregnancy or pay all the costs out of pocket for their prenatal and maternity care.  Hundreds of billions of dollars will be slashed from Medicaid for people including pregnant women and children, requiring states to cut eligibility, services, or payments to strapped health care providers.

“This bill penalizes pregnant women, children and families at every turn.  The March of Dimes calls upon all U.S. Senators to vote against this ill-conceived package, and to go back to the drawing board to produce legislation that will support the needs of moms, babies and families.”

The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. For more than 75 years, moms and babies have benefited from March of Dimes research, education, vaccines, and breakthroughs.  For the latest resources and health information, visit our websites marchofdimes.org and nacersano.org. For detailed national, state and local perinatal statistics, visit peristats.org. You can also find us on Facebook or follow us on Instagram and Twitter.

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Cal/OSHA Reminds Employers with Outdoor Workers that Fresh Water Must be Provided to Prevent Heat Illness

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OAKLAND, California, June 21, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Cal/OSHA is reminding employers with outdoor workers they must provide fresh water and encourage workers to stay hydrated in order to prevent heat illness, especially during heat waves. The National Weather Service has extended its forecast for excessive heat in California through this Friday, June 23.

“Outdoor workers should have enough fresh, pure and suitably cool water so that they can drink at least one quart per hour during the workday, and should not wait until they are thirsty to hydrate,” said Juliann Sum, Chief of Cal/OSHA. “This is particularly important during extended periods of triple-digit heat. Employers should remind workers of the importance of staying hydrated and ensure they have easy access to drinking water at the worksite.”

When temperatures reach 95 degrees or above, employers are required to implement high heat procedures to ensure outdoor workers are protected. Procedures include effective monitoring of all workers through methods such as a mandatory buddy system for workers or regular communication with workers who work alone. Industries affected by high heat procedures are:

  • Agriculture
  • Construction
  • Landscaping
  • Oil and gas extraction
  • Transportation or delivery of agricultural products, construction materials or other heavy materials

California’s Heat Illness Prevention Standard requires employers to train workers on the signs and symptoms of heat illness, provide shade when temperatures exceed 80 degrees, allow workers to take cool down rest breaks in the shade and develop emergency response procedures and train workers on how to execute those procedures when necessary.

Cal/OSHA inspects outdoor worksites in agriculture, construction, landscaping, and other operations throughout the heat season.   

Cal/OSHA’s Heat Illness Prevention special emphasis program, the first of its kind in the nation, includes enforcement of heat regulations as well as multilingual outreach and training program for California’s employers and workers. Online information on heat illness prevention requirements and training materials are available on Cal/OSHA’s Heat Illness Prevention web page and the Water. Rest. Shade. campaign site. A Heat Illness Prevention e-tool is also available on Cal/OSHA’s website.

Cal/OSHA helps protect workers from health and safety hazards on the job in almost every workplace in California. Cal/OSHA’s Consultation Services Branch provides free and voluntary assistance to employers to improve their health and safety programs. Employers should call (800) 963-9424 for assistance from Cal/OSHA Consultation Services.

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

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

The California Department of Industrial Relations, established in 1927, protects and improves the health, safety, and economic well-being of over 18 million wage earners, and helps their employers comply with state labor laws. DIR is housed within the Labor & Workforce Development Agency. For general inquiries, contact DIR’s Communications 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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Hill Country Honda to Establish Presence in San Antonio

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SAN ANTONIO, June 22, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Texas-based John Eagle Dealerships proudly confirmed that they will open their first San Antonio Dealership.

Rene Isip, Dealer Principal and the John Eagle Family of Dealerships will establish a Honda open point on the fast-growing west side of town near Culebra and the Charles W. Anderson Loop (Loop 1604).

Current plans call for more than 100 employees and an all-new $25 million facility—next door to Cavender Buick GMC West. The facility will open in late 2017 and will reside on 16 expansive acres nestled into scenic views of the hill country.

As such, the name of the new dealership will be Hill Country Honda.

“Hill Country Honda is honored to be a part of the Honda community in San Antonio. From Gunn Honda to Fernandez Honda to Fiesta Honda and Gillman Honda, I know and respect them all. Hill Country Honda, like those before us, will continue to contribute to the well-being of the city,” Isip said.

One of Texas’ top dealer operators, Isip is largely credited with being one of the first dealers to embrace the internet age. He’s noted for having some of the most technologically advanced, customer-focused stores in the nation. Among other interests, Isip presently owns Honda Dealerships in Houston (Honda Cars of Katy), Dallas (Honda Cars of Rockwall) and now San Antonio (Hill Country Honda).

Rene’ Isip’s partner in the new dealership, John Eagle, has an automotive legacy that dates back to 1949. In that year John’s uncle and father, Johnnie and Bob, started a used car operation that’s grown into today’s enterprise. Yesteryear’s foundation represents today’s 11-store, 7-franchise powerhouse that’s highly regarded as one of the largest privately held automotive groups in the nation.

Mr. Eagle said, “Our dealerships will stay connected via our Texas roots and we will continue our time-honored traditions of customer service, high-quality products and the integration of innovative technologies. I am thrilled that we are expanding into San Antonio.”

A ground-breaking ceremony and informational website are in development. Additional details about the dealership can be found on their web page or on their social media pages.

About Hill Country Honda
Hill Country Honda is located on West Loop 1604 in San Antonio, Texas near the intersection of Culebra and 1604. Hill Country Honda is conveniently located to support San Antonio, Johnson City, Hondo, Helotes, Leon Valley, Lackland AFB, Castroville and all areas in the surrounding vicinity. The dealership services and sells one of the largest selections of new and used Honda cars and trucks in Texas. 

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True Blue Media Group
media@truebluemediagroup.com 

 

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Combined Insurance Aims to Hire 500 Spanish-Speaking Sales Agents by End of 2017

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CHICAGO, June 22, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/– According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the Hispanic population is projected to represent 30 percent of the American population by 2050, which creates a host of opportunities for companies seeking to better serve the U.S. Hispanic market.

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Aligned with this projection, Combined Insurance, a leading provider of individual supplemental accident, disability, health, and life insurance products, and a Chubb company, is announcing plans to hire 500 Spanish-speaking sales agents throughout Florida, Texas, Illinois and Arizona by the end of 2017.

“As we continue to grow and expand, we seek top sales talent to join our organization and serve our increasing number of Latino customers,” said Dennis Ontaneda, Vice President of Latino Markets at Combined Insurance. “At Combined Insurance, we take pride in helping our Spanish-speaking communities with the insurance coverage they need.”

Ontaneda has been with the company for more than 20 years in various sales, strategy and operations leadership roles. He said Combined Insurance has continuously found ways to connect with and serve the increasing U.S. Latino/Hispanic market—hiring Spanish-speaking agents, customer service representatives, and managers to support the growth. 

“Latino customers gravitate to companies that show compassion, goodwill and knowledge around their specific needs,” said Ontaneda. “We are positioned to offer our customers an end-to-end experience in the language they prefer.”

According to the 2010 U.S. Census, nearly 45 percent of Spanish-speakers in the United States have limited English skills, making communication in Spanish critical.

Combined Insurance offers a best-in-class sales training and onboarding program for new agents entirely in Spanish. That same development and learning continues throughout their career with managers who understand the needs of Spanish-speaking communities and are familiar with the trends among Latinos and insurance.

Additionally, sales agent careers offer unlimited income potential and a total compensation package for full-time employees that includes benefits, a 401k retirement savings plan and a discounted stock purchase plan.

The company has been named a 2017 Top Diversity Employer by Hispanic Network Magazine—making the list for the third consecutive year.  The company also recently announced plans to hire 2,000 more veterans by the end of 2019.

Combined Insurance was founded in Chicago in 1922 by W. Clement Stone. With $100, a positive spirit and a vision to make the world a better place, Stone developed and grew the company into what it is today—still headquartered in Chicago with sales agents and managers throughout the 50 United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. 

For more information about bilingual careers at Combined Insurance, visit combinedinsurance.com or visit our Combined Latino Facebook page to learn more.  

About Combined Insurance
Combined Insurance Company of America (Chicago, Ill.) is a leading provider of individual supplemental accident, disability, health, and life insurance products and a Chubb company. With a tradition of nearly 100 years of success, Combined Insurance is committed to making the world of supplemental insurance easy to understand. The company has an A+ rating by the Better Business Bureau and is one of Ward’s Top 50® Performing Life-Health Insurance Companies. Combined Insurance is also a 2017 Top 10 Military Friendly® Employer named by G.I. Jobs Magazine—marking the fifth consecutive year on the Top 10 employer list and third consecutive year in the Top 5. For more information, please visit combinedinsurance.com.

About Chubb
Chubb is the world’s largest publicly traded property and casualty insurance company. With operations in 54 countries, Chubb provides commercial and personal property and casualty insurance, personal accident and supplemental health insurance, reinsurance and life insurance to a diverse group of clients.  As an underwriting company, we assess, assume and manage risk with insight and discipline.  We service and pay our claims fairly and promptly.  The company is also defined by its extensive product and service offerings, broad distribution capabilities, exceptional financial strength and local operations globally.  Parent company Chubb Limited is listed on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: CB) and is a component of the S&P 500 index.  Chubb maintains executive offices in Zurich, New York, London and other locations, and employs approximately 31,000 people worldwide. Additional information can be found at: chubb.com.

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Equifax and Junior Achievement Americas Expand Financial Inclusion Program in Latin America, Reaching Thousands of Adolescents and Parents with Positive Message About Credit

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ATLANTA, June 22, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Equifax, Inc., a global information solutions company, today announced plans to expand its unique, regional financial inclusion and financial education program, ‘EduACCIÓN Financiera’ in tandem with Junior Achievement Americas, the world’s largest organization dedicated to educating students about workforce readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy through experiential, hands-on programs.

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The two organizations say their “EduACCIÓN Financiera” program, which is being launched in Argentina, Chile and Peru this year and expanded in El Salvador, Paraguay and Uruguay will reach thousands of students preparing to enter university.  The curriculum will focus on the importance of financial education – a major issue affecting Latin America today – but will also aim to provide additional tools and training to the parents of youth through community outreach and a special credit 101 seminar.

President of Equifax Latin America, Chris Jones said, “We are excited to enter the second year of this partnership with tremendous momentum after the successes we experienced in 2016. The feedback from the schools, students, and volunteers who participated in last year’s program was unanimous – although we have started to make a positive impact in the communities where we live and work – there’s still much more to be done. With nearly 70% of Latin America’s population unbanked or underbanked, focusing ourselves on financial inclusion in all that we do continues to be of the highest importance for our organization.  As trusted stewards and advocates for consumers, we believe that helping students and families to better understand their financial future is critical to reinforcing the credit industry’s positive and profound effects on financial inclusion.  ‘EduACCIÓN Financiera’ by Equifax and Junior Achievement Americas is helping us to do just that with a real-world approach and impactful, tangible results.”

Leo Martellotto, President of Junior Achievement Americas continued, “‘EduACCIÓN Financiera’ is an excellent combination of technical, financial, and life skills training that is critical to youth development. This year, Equifax is allowing us to expand a high-impact initiative for Latin America and for thousands of young people who will be better prepared for their future and to contribute to the global economy. We are extremely proud of this new opportunity.”

Equifax first launched its partnership with Junior Achievement Americas in 2016 in El Salvador, Paraguay and Uruguay, reaching 1600 students across the region.  In 2017, Equifax will continue EduACCIÓN Financiera in those three countries and also launch in Argentina, Chile and Peru reaching more than 2800 adolescents and their parents – representing significant growth in just one year.

About Equifax

Equifax is a global information solutions company that uses trusted unique data, innovative analytics, technology and industry expertise to power organizations and individuals around the world by transforming knowledge into insights that help make more informed business and personal decisions. The company organizes, assimilates and analyzes data on more than 820 million consumers and more than 91 million businesses worldwide, and its database includes employee data contributed from more than 7,100 employers.

Headquartered in Atlanta, Ga., Equifax operates or has investments in 24 countries in North America, Central and South America, Europe and the Asia Pacific region. It is a member of Standard & Poor’s (S&P) 500® Index, and its common stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) under the symbol EFX. Equifax employs approximately 9,700 employees worldwide.

Some noteworthy achievements for the company include: Named to the Top 100 American Banker FinTech Forward list (2015-2016); named a Top Technology Provider on the FinTech 100 list (2004-2016); named an InformationWeek Elite 100 Winner (2014-2015); named a Top Workplace by Atlanta Journal Constitution (2013-2016); named one of Fortune’s World’s Most Admired Companies (2011-2015); named one of Forbes’ World’s 100 Most Innovative Companies (2015-2016). For more information, visit www.equifax.com.

About Junior Achievement Americas

Junior Achievement is an international non-profit organization focused in inspiring and motivating kids and youth to successfully endeavor in a competitive world. Its programs are based in three fundamental pillars: entrepreneurship, financial literacy and access to the world of work. At a regional level, Junior Achievement Americas has presence in 31 countries, its programs benefit annually to more than 1 million youth and have joint projects with companies such as MasterCard, Citi, CIBC First Caribbean Bank, Scotiabank and the United States Development Office, among others. More information

FOR MORE INFORMATION

Equifax
Meredith Griffanti
Media Relations
+1 678 367 8174
meredith.griffanti@equifax.com

Junior Achievement Americas
Hernan Zocco
Media Relations
+ 54 9351 3118789 
hernan.zocco@ja.org 

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StarKist® Celebrates 100th Anniversary By Pledging $100,000 In Financial Contributions To Feed The Children

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PITTSBURGH, June 22, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — StarKist®, a food company that provides trusted, healthy and shelf-stable seafood products in the United States, is celebrating its 100th Anniversary by pledging a $100,000 financial donation to Feed the Children, a non-profit organization dedicated to ending child hunger. In addition to the financial support, StarKist will also support Feed the Children by supplying those in need with $50,000-worth of nutritious and protein-packed StarKist products, giving children and families an easy and convenient way to enjoy premium tuna or salmon.

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“We are thrilled to continue our relationship with Feed the Children, as we value the organization’s endless commitment to breaking the poverty cycle by not only providing food, but also through finding long term solutions like education and backpack programs for children,” said Andrew Choe, StarKist President and CEO. “Over the past 100 years, StarKist has evolved into a socially responsible company that provides trusted, healthy food for more people. One in six children goes to bed hungry in the U.S., and we are eager to do our part by providing nutritious and convenient seafood to those who need it.”

The first partnership event will take place in StarKist’s hometown of Pittsburgh, PA on Thursday, June 22. In collaboration with FOCUS + Pittsburgh charity, a community fair-style event will be held, where pre-registered attendees will enjoy truck-loads of food, reading materials for children and StarKist products. In addition to the Pittsburgh event, Feed the Children and StarKist are planning additional events in major U.S. cities including Los Angeles in July.

“We believe that no child should go to bed hungry in a land where there is plenty of food,” said Travis Arnold, president and CEO of Feed the Children. “But the reality is, millions of boys and girls, right here in our own backyard, face this hardship every day. By combining efforts with our generous partner StarKist, we will have a greater impact on the lives of families who need us most.”

Celebrate 100 Years With StarKist

In addition to the kick-off celebration with Feed the Children, the 100th anniversary celebration will continue with highlights including:

  • Later this summer, StarKist will be asking consumers to take a photo of their meal or StarKist product and share it using #ShareStarKistSweeps and #StarKist100. In return, the brand will donate to Feed the Children to support the organization’s anti-hunger efforts nationwide.  More details will be announced this summer.   
  • This fall, the StarKist story will be on display at the Senator John Heinz History Center, a Smithsonian-affiliated museum located in Pittsburgh, with a special “StarKist Celebrates 100 Years” pop-up exhibition. The exhibit will explore the 100-year history of the StarKist company and will feature the brand’s beloved spokesfish, Charlie the Tuna.

To learn about these 100th Anniversary celebration events, be sure to become a StarKist fan at www.Facebook.com/StarKist, and follow us on Instagram StarKistCharlie, Twitter @StarKistCharlie and Pinterest www.Pinterest.com/StarKist.

About Feed the Children:
Established in 1979, Feed the Children exists to defeat hunger. It is one of the largest U.S.-based charities and serves those in need in the U.S. and in 10 countries around the world. It provides food, education, essentials and disaster response. Domestically, it operates five distribution centers (located in Oklahoma, Indiana, California, Tennessee and Pennsylvania).  In fiscal year 2016, through its domestic and international programs, Feed the Children distributed 105 million pounds of food and essentials worldwide with a total value of $415 million, working with partner agencies to benefit 5.9 million people globally. It is accredited by GuideStar Exchange and the BBB Wise Giving Alliance.  Visit www.feedthechildren.org for more information.

About StarKist Co.:
StarKist Co. is a food company that provides trusted, healthy, and shelf-stable seafood products in the United States. An industry innovator, StarKist was the first brand to introduce StarKist single-serve pouch products, which include Tuna Creations® and Salmon Creations®.  As America’s favorite tuna, StarKist represents a tradition of quality, consumer trust and a commitment to sustainability. StarKist’s charismatic brand icon, Charlie® the Tuna, swam into the hearts of tuna fans in 1961 and is still a fan favorite today. StarKist Co. is a subsidiary of the Dongwon Group.

Media Contact:
Michelle Faist
412-323-7457
Michelle.Faist@StarKist.com

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Consolidated Communications will Launch VEMOX, Olympusat’s Spanish-language OTT TV Everywhere Solution

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WEST PALM BEACH, Florida, June 22, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Olympusat, Inc., one of the largest independent media companies specializing in the ownership, distribution, production and technical services of Spanish and English-language networks, announced that Consolidated Communications will roll out the VEMOX platform to deliver its new Spanish-language OTT TV Everywhere service.

Consolidated customers will now have access to top-rated Spanish-language content with the addition of 70-plus live channels and thousands of on-demand movies and shows.

“The interest for top-notch content and on demand entertainment is driving operators to launch competitive TV Everywhere services,” said Tom Mohler, CEO of Olympusat Holdings. “VEMOX’s white label platform and multicultural content is ideal for operators like Consolidated Communications, looking to deliver a next-generation TV experience that allows users to access their favorite content wherever and whenever they choose.”

“Providing a robust and inclusive portfolio of content offerings is something that we consistently strive to do,” said Rob Koester, Vice President, Consumer Product Management for Consolidated Communications. “This platform gives us the ability to provide desired programming on a full range of connected devices at home or on the go.”

VEMOX successfully combines technology and content, making it easier for consumers to access top-quality content, including national and international live channels and on demand programming from Latin America. The live and on demand content available on VEMOX comprises of highly-acclaimed movies and series, fan-favorite telenovelas, trustworthy news, lifestyle entertainment, educational programming for kids, popular music videos and captivating documentaries.

The platform also offers the opportunity to add pre-roll ads and banners, offering content and advertising partners a great opportunity to connect with a new generation of TV and movie audiences.

About Consolidated Communications
Consolidated Communications (NASDAQ: 
CNSL) provides business and broadband communications services across its 11-state service area to carrier, commercial and consumer customers. For more than a century, the Company has consistently provided innovative, reliable, high-quality products and services.  Consolidated Communications offers a wide range of communications solutions including: High-Speed Internet, Data, Digital TV, Phone, managed and cloud services and wireless backhaul over an extensive fiber optic network. Learn more about Consolidated Communications at consolidated.com.

To learn more about VEMOX, please visit vemox.com.

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

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Rafael Amaya, Spanish-Language Leading Actor, To Be Honored During The 15th Annual Hispanic Television Summit Thursday, October 19, 2017 At The Sheraton New York Hotel

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NEW YORK, June 21, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Rafael Amaya, star of the popular, Emmy Award-winning, Spanish language TV Telemundo Super Series™, El Señor de los Cielos, (“Lord of the Skies”) which just launched its fifth season on June 20, will be the 2017 recipient of the Award for Outstanding Achievement in Hispanic Television.  The award is presented by Broadcasting & Cable and Multichannel News, two leading television business publications.    Mr. Amaya will accept the award at a special luncheon ceremony, from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m., during the 15th Annual Hispanic Television Summit, on Thursday, October 19, 2017 at the Sheraton New York Hotel, 811 Seventh Avenue at West 53rd Street in New York City.

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Mr. Amaya is being recognized for a career which has propelled him to becoming one of the best-known actors in both Spanish and English language television today. His career includes starring roles in successful Telemundo Network original productions, theater, movies, and television series. This leading man has also served as co-host of “The Billboard Mexican Music Awards,” and “The Billboard Latin Music Awards.”

“We are especially excited to be recognizing the achievements of this outstanding, popular actor and musician, who continues to attract millions of viewers to every episode of the successful, long-running super series,” said Louis Hillelson, Vice president and Group Publisher.   He continued, “This is the quinceañera year for the Summit, and Mr. Amaya is receiving our legacy award which has been presented to other television leaders over the past fifteen years.” 

Past recipients of the Award for Outstanding Achievement in Hispanic Television include other on-air celebrities like Mario Kreutzberger, better known as “Don Francisco,” Andrés Cantor, Cristina Saralegui, Lucero, Raúl De Molina and Lili Estefan; news anchors Jorge Ramos, María Elena Salinas, José Díaz-Balart and María Celeste Arrarás, boxing champion Oscar De La Hoya; and advertising executives like P&G’s Edgar Sandoval and Monica Gadsby of Publicis Groupe.     

The Hispanic Television Summit is the most popular, and longest running annual event for executives in the business of television and video for Hispanic audiences, worldwide. It attracts nearly 500 executives from the U.S., Latin America and Europe. The Summit was created fifteen years ago by Joe Schramm and has been produced for New Bay Media’s Broadcasting & Cable and Multichannel News every year since by the Schramm Marketing Group.   This year, the Summit will be one of a series of conferences and events to be presented by New Bay Media during NYC Television Week, October 16-19, 2017.    

To enjoy the early bird rate for this Summit, register by Monday, September 11, 2017 at https://nbmedia.swoogo.com/TVWEEK2017.

To learn more about the 15th Annual Hispanic Television Summit, visit www.hispanictvsummit.com.

About NEWBAY MEDIA

NewBay Media is positioned at the center of the world’s most dynamic industries — Music, AV/Pro Audio, Consumer Electronics/Gaming, Video & Broadcast and Education. We connect and inform millions of constituents in these industries through our award-winning content, integrated media capabilities and high-profile network-building and informative events. NewBay proudly serves some of the broadest B-to-B professional and music enthusiast communities in the world through over 35 print and digital publications, more than 35 integrated web and mobile applications, more than 60 e-newsletters, over 50 conferences and conventions, custom marketing services and e-commerce capabilities. Find out more at www.newbaymedia.com

About Schramm Marketing Group

Schramm is a marketing agency that specializes in multicultural and segmented marketing, ticket sales promotions, and producing conferences for the television and video industry. The company is recognized for its expertise in attracting large, sold-out crowds for international soccer and for driving pay TV subscription sales.  They recently launched Fantastico.nyc where Latinos buy tickets online in Spanish. Schramm created and produces the Hispanic Television Summit as well as other internationally-recognized conferences.  Schramm’s clients include the leading brands in sports, television, entertainment, telecommunications, and non-profits.  For more information, visit www.schrammnyc.com

For more information, contact:
Schramm Marketing Group:
Navi Ramnarain
212.983.0219
navi@schrammnyc.com

NewBay Media:
Chardia Christophe
212.378.0443
cchristophe@nbmedia.com

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Genesis Ranked Highest Premium Nameplate For Initial Quality By J.D. Power

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FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., June 21, 2017 - Genesis ranked highest among premium automakers in the J.D. Power 2017 U.S. Initial Quality StudySM (IQS) study released today. This was the very first time the Genesis brand was included in the study. There were 13 brands in the premium segment.

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., June 21, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Genesis ranked highest among premium automakers in the J.D. Power 2017 U.S. Initial Quality StudySM (IQS) study released today. This was the very first time the Genesis brand was included in the study. There were 13 brands in the premium segment.

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., June 21, 2017 – Genesis ranked highest among premium automakers in the J.D. Power 2017 U.S. Initial Quality StudySM (IQS) study released today. This was the very first time the Genesis brand was included in the study. There were 13 brands in the premium segment.

“Respect for our owners means connecting with them on every level. This process starts the minute the car leaves the plant and continues with educating customers on every feature inside their new car,” said Erwin Raphael, general manager of Genesis in the U.S. “Achieving the highest ranking among premium brands is a fantastic introduction into the IQS survey for Genesis.”

IQS, now in its 31st year, serves as the industry benchmark for new-vehicle quality measured at 90 days of ownership.

“Receiving this award in our very first year in the U.S. market is a strong testament toward the commitment and meticulous work of Genesis,” said Head of Genesis Brand, Manfred Fitzgerald. “We are definitely on the right track, but this is just the beginning. There is absolutely no compromise when it comes to the quality and safety of our vehicles. We will continue to hold our current and future products to the highest standard to become the most desirable and trusted brand for customers.”

The 2017 IQS is based on responses from nearly 80,000 purchasers and lessees of new 2017 model-year vehicles surveyed after 90 days of ownership. The study uses a 233-question survey designed to provide manufacturers with information to facilitate the identification of problems and drive product improvement.

About Genesis

Genesis, the luxury automotive brand, strives to make a positive difference in the lives of discerning customers, thus becoming an important element of their lifestyle. As a design-focused brand, Genesis has introduced fascinating models that embody athletic elegance, starting from the brand’s flagship model G90, mid-size luxury sedan G80 and its derivative G80 Sport.

For more information on Genesis and its new definition of luxury please visit www.genesis.com

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Century 21 Real Estate Boasts No. 1 Sales Agent and Three in the Top 10 Among NAHREP Top 250 Latino Agents by Sales Volume

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MADISON, N.J., June 21, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Century 21 Real Estate LLC, franchisor of the iconic CENTURY 21® brand, announced today that Marty Rodriguez of the Marty Rodriguez Team of CENTURY 21 Marty Rodriguez in Glendora, California, is the No. 1 sales volume producer in the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals’ (NAHREP) Top 250 Latino Real Estate Agents report with $230.8 million in overall sales volume, $28 million more than the second place finisher. Dania Perry of CENTURY 21 Jim White & Associates in Treasure Island, Florida, ranks No. 9 with $82.6 million of sales volume, and Ricardo Acevedo of Acevedo Team of CENTURY 21 King in Rancho Cucamonga, California, is No. 10 with $81.8 million in sales volume.

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“The C21 affiliated sales professionals who earned this prestigious honor shine a bright light on how the C21 Platform combines innovation with a personalized ‘human touch’ to help build long-term relationships, attract new business and drive transaction growth,” said Greg Sexton, chief operating officer, Century 21 Real Estate LLC. “Exceeding the expectations of today’s diverse real estate consumer is what they do best.”

Among Latino sales associates ranked by total number of transactions, the CENTURY 21 brand had 31 of the Top 250 nationwide, including four professionals ranked among the Top 25. In addition to the Rodriguez Team (No. 2 by transactions) and Acevedo (No. 19), Douglas Ramos of CENTURY 21 Alliance Realty in Linden, New Jersey (No. 11), and Alicia Treviño (No. 24) of CENTURY 21 Alicia Treviño, REALTORS® in Mesquite, Texas, ranked among the top 25 Latino residential real estate sales associates in the United States.

Other notable CENTURY 21 affiliated professionals were ranked among the Top 50 by transactions, or the top 20%: Michelle Fermin of CENTURY 21 North Shore in North Andover, Massachusetts (No. 33), Jona Gamboa of CENTURY 21 Everest Realty Group, Jona Gamboa Team, Salt Lake City, Utah, and Matias Rosales of CENTURY 21 Action Group, Yuma Home Team, Yuma, Arizona.

In the NAHREP Top 50 individual category, the CENTURY 21® brand proudly recognizes the nine C21 professionals who earned their way onto the ranking:

  • Xio Sandoval of CENTURY 21 Realty Masters, Montebello, California (No. 12)
  • Oscar Garcia of CENTURY 21 Sweyer & Associates, Wilmington, North Carolina (No. 14)
  • Dania Perry of CENTURY 21 Jim White & Associates, Treasure Island, Florida (No. 22)
  • Andrea Pena Moran of CENTURY 21 Alicia Treviño, Realtors, Dallas, Texas (No. 25)
  • Martha Corral of CENTURY 21 Affiliated, Aurora, Colorado (No. 30)
  • Lia Saa of CENTURY 21 John Walton, Lubbock, Texas (No. 41)
  • Cindy Fernandez of CENTURY 21 Jordan-Link & Company, Porterville, California (No. 43)
  • Hector Rubio of CENTURY 21 Da-Ly Realty, Grand Island, Nebraska (No. 47)
  • Fidel Carranza of CENTURY 21 Desert Rock, Hesperia, California (No. 48).

“The CENTURY 21 brand has a long-standing tradition of championing multiculturalism and the core belief that homeownership and the diverse Latino cultures and communities are inseparable,” added Sexton. “Serving diverse markets is good business, and another sign that our iconic brand is committed to reflecting all of the faces of the consumers it serves in local markets across the globe.”

About Century 21 Real Estate LLC
Century 21 Real Estate LLC is comprised of approximately 7,400 independently owned and operated franchised broker offices in 78 countries and territories worldwide with more than 111,000 independent sales professionals. Century 21 Real Estate has numerous websites to help answer specific consumer needs. They are century21.com, century21Global.com, commercial.century21.com, century21.com/finehomes, and century21espanol.com.

Century 21 Real Estate LLC is a subsidiary of Realogy Holdings Corp. (NYSE: RLGY), a global leader in real estate franchising and provider of real estate brokerage, relocation and settlement services.

© 2017 Century 21 Real Estate LLC. All Rights Reserved. CENTURY 21®, the CENTURY 21 Logo are registered service marks owned by Century 21 Real Estate LLC. Century 21 Real Estate LLC fully supports the principles of the Fair Housing Act and the Equal Opportunity Act. Each office is independently owned and operated.

Contact: 
Peter Mosca 
Century 21 Real Estate LLC 
Phone: 973.407.5180 
Email: peter.mosca@century21.com 

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SOURCE Century 21 Real Estate LLC

George Pataki, Former New York Governor And Advisor To The Ad Hoc Group Of Puerto Rico General Obligation Bondholders, Issues Memorandum For Policymakers On Puerto Rico

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WASHINGTON, June 20, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Today the Ad Hoc Group of Puerto Rico General Obligation Bondholders and its advisor, former Governor of New York, George Pataki, released a Memorandum for Policymakers on Puerto Rico. The memorandum, along with a presentation which can be found at www.FactCheckPuertoRico.org, includes analysis of financial material that was recently made public by the Center for Investigative Journalism.

Key excerpts from the memo:

  • The (Commonwealth’s FY 2018) budget includes year over year public expenditure increases of $575 million; a fact which the Commonwealth attempts to obscure by reclassifying certain expenses as “below the line,” including two large slush funds (the $545 million “reconciliation adjustment,” and the $305 million “budgetary reserve”).

  • The Board insists on projecting a decrease in the Commonwealth’s revenues and a contraction in the island’s GNP, in spite of contradictory information. Puerto Rico’s revenues are up, powered by robust consumer consumption.  Both tax collections and nominal GNP are at all-time highs.

  • The Oversight Board uses these misleading projections to argue that the island has the capacity for only $400 million in debt service in the coming year. In fact, before pension payments, the Commonwealth is running a primary surplus of $3 billion for FY18.  It also has $1 billion less in accounts payable – spread over multiple years – than had previously been forecast by the Fiscal Plan. 

The memorandum for policymakers along with a more detailed presentation entitled “Puerto Rico: Separating Fact from Fiction” can both be found online at www.FactCheckPuertoRico.org.

For media inquiries, please contact Miriam Warren at mwarren@dcigroup.com.

SOURCE Ad Hoc Group of Puerto Rico General Obligation Bondholders

Ronald McDonald House Charities® Of Southern California Awards $233,000 In Scholarships To 85 College-Bound Southland Students

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LOS ANGELES, June 20, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Southern California (RMHCSC), in partnership with Southern California McDonald’s operators, is helping 85 of the Southland’s brightest and most deserving high school seniors make their college dreams a reality this fall by awarding more than $233,000 in scholarships. Since 1990, RMHCSC has helped pave the way toward higher education for more than 3,400 exceptional Southern California students, providing more than $5.7 million in funds to help ease the financial burden of college tuition, fees and educational expenses. Selected from a pool of more than 1,400 applicants, the 2016-17 RMHCSC Scholarship Program recipients were recently recognized at a celebratory luncheon that took place at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles. Poornima Vijayashanker, engineer and founder of education company Femgineer, delivered the keynote address and Univision network’s Fernanda Kelly served as master of ceremonies.

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“This year’s group of young scholars has truly inspired us with their extraordinary accomplishments and commitment to their community,” said Vince Bryson, CEO, RMHCSC. “We’re excited to see them achieve their educational dreams and are confident that their successes will motivate the next generation.”

Every year, RMHCSC supports outstanding college-bound students across Southern California through four competitive RMHC scholarships: RMHC/Hispanic American Commitment to Educational Resources, RMHC/African American Future Achievers, RMHC/Asian Pacific American Students Increasing Achievement, and RMHC/Scholars. Award recipients are selected through a rigorous application process based on a number of criteria including academic achievement, community involvement, leadership skills, letters of recommendation and financial need.

Funding is made possible through the fundraising efforts of more than 120 local McDonald’s operators in Southern California, McDonald’s corporate staff and the global and Southern California chapters of RMHC. Additionally, the McDonald’s Operators’ Association of Southern California (MOASC) pays for all administrative costs for managing the scholarship program.

Interested students can begin the 2018-19 application process in October 2017. For more information, please visit www.rmhcsc.org/scholarships.

About McDonald’s of Southern California
McDonald’s of Southern California is comprised of more than 600 franchised and company-owned McDonald’s restaurants in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura counties. Learn more at http://changeisheremcdsocal.com/ and follow us on Instagram @mcdonalds_socal and Twitter @McDonalds_SoCal.

About Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Southern California
For 40 years, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern California (RMHCSC) has been dedicated to improving the health and well-being of children and keeping families close in Inyo, Kern, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura counties. RMHCSC helps families with critically-ill children stay together, connecting them with others facing similar challenges through its six Ronald McDonald Houses® in Bakersfield, Loma Linda, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Orange and Pasadena and two Ronald McDonald Family Rooms®. One of the few chapters to operate a cost-free, medically supervised Camp Ronald McDonald For Good Times®, RMHCSC helps children with cancer and their siblings rediscover childhood and develop the self-esteem and self-efficacy often lost as a result of the disease. The organization also provides funding through its Community Grants Board to deserving non-profits that improve the lives of children and funds four college scholarship programs that help exemplary high school students pursue the education of their dreams. Learn about these programs and more at www.rmhcsc.org or on Facebook.com/RMHCSoCal, Twitter.com/RMHC_SoCal and Instagram/RMHC_SoCal.

Media Contact:
Rogers & Cowan for RMHCSC
Jacara Jenkins
jjenkins@rogersandcowan.com

SOURCE Ronald McDonald House Charities of Southern California

SOMOSTV, SOMOS Productions, SOMOS Distribution and SOMOS Next Luis Villanueva announces the creation of SOMOS Group

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MIAMI, June 20, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Luis Villanueva, an executive in the Spanish entertainment industry and CEO of audiovisual production and distribution companies, announced the creation of SOMOS Group (www.somosgroup.com) to stimulate synergies among the companies under his management. SOMOS Group will facilitate the growth of SOMOSTV, SOMOS Productions, SOMOS Distribution and SOMOS Next with content producers and distributors among clients in different regions, whether on traditional platforms or new digital technologies.

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Luis Villanueva, President and CEO of the SOMOS Group of companies, stated: “We participate in different phases of audiovisual entertainment. Our companies have grown and reached a size such that coordination and pooling of services are advised, which will produce synergies, maintaining independence. This activity is now assumed formally, since the evolution of the industry is leading to the leveraging of resources. I believe that this will be good for the business at a time when our clients and the audience have more contact due to the growth of new distribution models and habits of content consumption.”

SOMOSTV produces paid television channels in Spanish in North America (excluding Canada), Central America, Panama and the Caribbean. Its channels ViendoMovies and Semillitas enjoy wide distribution through “TV Everywhere” applications, including “On Demand” content. SOMOS Next participates in the “Over-the-Top” market (Internet), distributing content in the United States and Puerto Rico in “On Demand under Subscription,” applications and television under its brands FlixLatino and Pingüinitos. SOMOS Distribution distributes content globally (with emphasis on the Spanish-speaking market) in all industry windows (paid television, free television, OTT, etc.), and SOMOS Productions produces audiovisual content in all genres. Luis Villanueva stated: “With the globalization of television and the overlap between windows, the integration of content distribution in all its forms and genres as well as its production, there are many areas that we hope to develop to the benefit of our shareholders and clients. Today, content development has to consider these points of contact to maximize yield.”

SOMOS Group will create synergies for the companies among the different areas, including business development, the legal department, finance and marketing support.

SOURCE SOMOSTV

CIOMA Ventures Across the State to Educate Members About the Fuel Industry and Convenience Store Issues

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SACRAMENTO, California, June 19, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Last week’s Riverside visit concluded CIOMA’s regional meetings which have been hugely successful in educating attendees in a variety of legislative and regulatory issues, membership development, and promoting the yearly Pacific Oil Conference.

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Within the last two months, CIOMA staff have ventured from Northern to Southern California to meet with attendees from over 50 companies that operate within the state. These regional meetings were held in Pleasanton, Fresno, and Riverside, California.

CIOMA Executive Director, Ryan Hanretty, shared and discussed insights and issues relevant to the convenience and fuel industry retailers and suppliers. Some of the highlights of Hanretty’s presentation were AB 1645 (Muratsuchi), which would ban the use of hydrogen fluoride and hydrofluoric acid by refineries. Proposing such a ban would leave refineries without the integral components to produce California grade gasoline. Another issue, SB 300 (Monning), would mandate health-warning labels to be placed on many sugar-sweetened beverages, and exposing beverage manufacturers and food retailers to lawsuits and fines. Lastly, the Bay Area tobacco bans were a hot topic of discussion as Contra Costa, San Francisco, Oakland and San Leandro c-stores are currently in jeopardy of losing their right to sell tobacco products to customers.

Attendees were encouraged to assist CIOMA in these battles, and to reach out to their local legislators to make their opposition heard. These issues directly affect the oil-industry and will severely hurt businesses if action is not taken to fight them.

CIOMA would like to thank everyone who attended the regional meetings and for their willingness to continue being a part of this important organization.

CIOMA is the industry’s statewide trade association representing the needs of independent wholesale and retail marketers of gasoline, diesel, lubricating oils and other petroleum products; transporters of those products; and retail convenience store operators.

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SOURCE California Independent Oil Marketers Association (CIOMA)

The Gentle Barn Moves Forward in St. Louis

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SANTA CLARITA, California, June 20, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — In 23 days, 5,000 people from all 50 United States and over 40 countries, came together to start a Gentle Barn in Missouri to heal abused animals and work with at-risk children. The Gentle Barn (www.gentlebarn.org), the national non-profit who rescued six cows who escaped from a slaughterhouse, has reached their goal to purchase property and give the cows a forever home.  Along with thousands of public donations, Gentle Barn received matching contributions of $50,000 from a couple of supporters that jumpstarted the $400,000 GoFundMe campaign.

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Chico, Spirit and their brothers are very special animals with an incredible message that has resonated with people around the world,” says Ellie Laks, Founder of Gentle Barn. “We’re so excited to create a location in St. Louis and want to thank everyone who has continued to the campaign. The cows will become ambassadors in Gentle Barn’s program and will help children and adults breakthrough emotional barriers. What a dream come true.”

Celebrities and athletes close to Gentle Barn, David Backes, Richard Marx, Daisy Fuentes, Tori Spelling, Rick Springfield, and Dodgers stars, Clayton Kershaw, Brandon McCarthy, Chris Hatcher and Rich Hill contributed memorabilia and shared the campaign through social media in support of raising the funds to purchase the property and to support the additional $200,000 for start-up costs. 

“It is life changing to be witness to these sentient beings who deserve freedom and to live their lives without fear,” says Jay Weiner, Co-Founder of Gentle Barn. “What a special day the grand opening will be when we can bring the community in to experience the magic of these animals.”

You can support the opening of The Gentle Barn MO and help name a cow by visiting http://www.gentlebarn.org/stlouissix. #stlouissix

ABOUT THE GENTLE BARN
The Gentle Barn is a national nonprofit, founded in 1999 as a safe haven and place of recovery for abused animals. Gentle Barn offers their unique philosophy of rehabilitating animals and connecting their stories of survival and healing to the experiences of children who have suffered any type of trauma. By interacting with the animals and taking a hands-on role, those who participate in the programs learn empathy, trust and forgiveness.

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The Westin Los Cabos Resort Villas & Spa Opens As An All-Villa Oceanfront Resort On Mexico’s Pacific Coast

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LOS CABOS, Mexico, June 20, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Vistana™ Signature Experiences, owner and operator of Westin Vacation Club resorts and an operating business of ILG (Nasdaq: ILG), today announced the grand opening of The Westin Los Cabos Resort Villas & Spa. The highly anticipated oceanfront resort has completed an extensive renovation in the once-again thriving southern end of Baja California. 


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“The Westin in Los Cabos has charmed guests for years and we’re thrilled to reintroduce this iconic landmark to the local community and global travelers,” said Steve Williams, chief commercial officer, Vistana Signature Experiences. “This stunning property is an exciting addition to our portfolio of Westin Vacation Club villa resorts, and we look forward to providing vacationers another enticing option in one of Mexico’s most preferred settings.”

Designed by renowned architect Javier Sordo Madaleno, the resort has transformed its 243 guest rooms and suites into 147 stylish villas. The resort’s well-appointed accommodations include studios and two-bedroom villas. Additionally, the two-bedroom premium villas and two expansive luxury suites feature private balcony Jacuzzis. Designed for extended stays, the villas are equipped with full modern kitchens, balconies, and washers and dryers.

“With the revival of Los Cabos and new energy in the destination, this is the perfect opportunity to raise the standards for well-being in the market, as only Westin® can,” said Brian Povinelli, senior vice president and global brand leader, Westin Hotels & Resorts. “With the brand’s unique wellness proposition for leisure travelers, from our iconic Heavenly® Bed to our energetic and nutritious SuperFoodsRXmenu, we are proud to empower our guests to be their best selves while on the road and away from home.”

The Westin Los Cabos Resort Villas & Spa has expansive spa and fitness facilities, spanning 10,000 square feet. Inspired by the colorful artwork from the Otomí people of Central Mexico, Spa Otomí offers an array of experiences for guests to soothe, revitalize and reclaim their well-being with a luxurious bathing suite, seven treatment rooms and a scenic relaxation lounge. The WestinWORKOUT® Fitness Studio features the finest exercise equipment from world-class brands in an open, airy and well-designed space.

The resort also offers the brand’s signature RunWESTIN™ Concierge, who hosts group runs for guests and encourages runners of all levels to grab a running map with scenic routes along the beachfront and amid the local landscape. Additional amenities to keep travelers moving include multiple infinity-edge pools, tennis courts and beach volleyball. For families, the idyllic resort also introduces the Westin Family program, designed to cater to the new way modern families travel with a reinvented kids club, reimagined family experiences and more enriching branded amenities for young travelers.

Guests have a choice of many dining options, including Cocina Casera, serving regional and international cuisine; and the upscale, gourmet restaurant El Ciruelo. The resort also offers quick-service options at Mercadito and casual menus at both La Cantina Sports Bar and Coralline, located beachside. Guests can enjoy cocktails and a lighter menu oceanfront at Margaritas swim-up poolside bar. In addition, the resort provides a number of communal grilling areas and experiences such as tequila tastings and live local music.

The Westin Los Cabos Resort Villas & Spa joins the brand’s growing presence in Mexico, which currently includes hotels and resorts in Mexico City, Puerto Vallarta, Guadalajara, Cozumel and two properties in Cancún. The brand will also welcome The Westin Puebla and The Westin Monterrey, both expected to open in 2018.

For more information, please visit: vistana.com and westin.com.

About Vistana Signature Experiences, Inc.
Vistana™ Signature Experiences, Inc., an operating business of ILG (Nasdaq: ILG), is the exclusive provider of vacation ownership for the Sheraton® and Westin® brands under license from Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, LLC and is an authorized partner of the SPG® program. More than 220,000 families own at the company’s 21 villa resorts in the U.S., Mexico and the Caribbean, which operate under the Sheraton and Westin brands. Vistana offers a flexible vacation lifestyle, giving Owners and Members the ability to vacation within a collection of villa-style resorts in the best locations within the most sought-after destinations. Customers also enjoy privileged access to trade their ownership for stays at more than 1,300 hotels and resorts in nearly 100 countries through the Starwood Preferred Guest® program, one of the industry’s leading loyalty programs, allowing members to earn and redeem points for room stays, room upgrades and flights, with no blackout dates. Headquartered in Orlando, Florida and with over 4,300 employees in North America, Vistana continues to build on its more-than-35-year history of excellence in vacation ownership and leisure travel. For more information, please visit vistana.com.

About Westin Hotels & Resorts
Westin Hotels & Resorts, a leader in wellness and hospitality for more than a decade, empowers guests and associates to embrace well-being and be their best selves through the brand’s Six Pillars of Well-Being: Sleep Well, Eat Well, Move Well, Feel Well, Work Well, and Play Well.  At more than 200 hotels and resorts in nearly 40 countries and territories, guests can experience offerings that include the iconic Heavenly Bed, RunWESTIN and Westin Gear Lending with New Balance, delicious and nutritious SuperFoodsRx™ and more.  To learn more, visit www.westin.com. Stay connected to Westin: @westin on Twitter and Instagram and facebook.com/Westin.

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Honda Debuts New Website for Certified Pre-Owned Vehicles Offering Shoppers Refined Search Capability and a Seamless User Experience

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TORRANCE, California, June 19, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Honda today debuted a completely redesigned Certified Pre-Owned (CPO) vehicle website (www.HondaCertified.com) providing an easier and more focused shopping experience for its pre-owned vehicles, which have experienced sales growth of 6.8 percent this year, outpacing the performance of the non-luxury certified pre-owned auto market. The new site makes inventory the primary focal point for shoppers, introducing a new inventory alert feature for the most up-to-date vehicle availability information. The revamped site also filters inventory search results by specific features (e.g., leather interior or rearview camera) to help visitors find the vehicle that is right for them.

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Certified Pre-Owned vehicle sales provide a gateway to the Honda brand with more than half of Honda’s CPO customers new to the Honda family. With an influx of new customers and to address car shoppers’ biggest request that vehicle and feature comparison be easily accessible to help make their purchase decision online, Honda has implemented a vehicle compare feature, a vehicle recommendations tool and an interactive payment calculator to help potential customers find vehicles within their budget. The new Honda CPO website also features a responsive design that provides a seamless browsing experience on any device whether customers are using their computer at home or mobile phone on the go.

“Driven by a great deal of research and customer feedback, Honda’s new destination for certified pre-owned vehicles brings inventory front and center,” said Dan Rodriguez, Manager of Auto Remarketing, Certified Pre-Owned at American Honda. “With the booming growth in our Certified Pre-Owned sales, we’ve engineered our new Honda site to make comparisons simple, while providing an online shopping experience that makes finding a vehicle fun and easy.”

Key Features of the New Honda Certified Pre-Owned Vehicle Site:

  • Inventory Alerts: Once a shopper creates an alert, Honda will notify that customer when the vehicle they are looking for is available.
  • Similar Vehicle Comparison: Visitors can view and compare suggestions for other Honda Certified Pre-Owned Vehicles they may be interested in.
  • Favorite Vehicle Shareability: The new site enables users to share the vehicles they’re considering with friends and family.
  • Vehicle Comparability: Shoppers can compare different Honda models to help make their vehicle decision.
  • Device-Agnostic Design: New website design provides a seamless user experience across all platforms, regardless of device.
  • New Imagery and Videos: The new www.HondaCertified.com offers the latest photos of your favorite Honda vehicles, as well as videos showcasing Honda cars and light trucks in action.

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

Honda has been producing automobiles in America for 34 years and currently operates 19 major manufacturing facilities in North America. In 2016, more than 95 percent of all Honda vehicles sold in the U.S. were made in North America, using domestic and globally sourced parts.

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Thousands Joined Archbishop Gomez For Special Mass In Solidarity With All Immigrants

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LOS ANGELES, June 19, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — The Archdiocese of Los Angeles launched today TheNextAmerica.org (FuturoEstadosUnidos.org), a new bilingual website aiming to raise awareness, provide resources and share the Christian perspective on immigration. The website is launching on the heels of the Mass in Recognition of All Immigrants yesterday, a special Mass presided by Archbishop José H. Gomez at Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels that united thousands in prayer and celebration of the immigrant spirit of the U.S.

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“The promise of America is that this land will be a home for all peoples — no matter what the color of their skin, or what nation they came from, or what language they speak, or what religion they believe,” said Archbishop Gomez in his homily. “Let us pray for our country today. May we know peace and security and freedom in our borders, and may our children be blessed. Let us pray for our leaders in Washington and all those who serve our country in government and law enforcement. Let us dedicate ourselves — all of us — to the beautiful promise of America!”

The Mass is a culmination of a novena, nine days of prayer and reflection, at parishes throughout the tri-county Archdiocese, and a three-day, 50-mile walking pilgrimage by a group of faithful from Orange County to the Cathedral for all those impacted by the broken immigration system.

Following the Mass, faithful venerated the relics of St. Junípero Serra, St. Frances Xavier Cabrini and St. Toribio Romo. These saints are of great significance to the Catholic immigrant community in the U.S. from its founding to present day. Those attending the Mass also wrote prayer requests for the intercession of Our Lady of Guadalupe that they left in the Shrine of the Relic of Our Lady of Guadalupe in the Cathedral. Archbishop Gomez will present the prayers at the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe during a Mass for the first Archdiocesan Pilgrimage with Archbishop Gomez to the Basilica in Mexico City on July 8. Faithful may submit prayer requests at  TheNextAmerica.org though the first week of July.

TheNextAmerica.org provides information and resources for anyone interested in or affected by immigration in the U.S. The site includes an overview of immigration from a Christian perspective, Archbishop Gomez’ vision of immigration in the U.S., outlines the need for reform, and provides resources for parish communities, media, and offers various ways in which to become involved and obtain support.

The community of faith across the Archdiocese are also showing their support by sharing immigration stories on social media using the hashtag #PrayForImmigrants and using the #PrayForImmigrants Facebook profile photo frame available at  archla.org/prayforimmigrants.

CONTACT:
Adrian Alarcon
213-637-7216 | amalarcon@la-archdiocese.org  
Doris Benavides
213-637-7254| dbenavides@la-archdiocese.org

SOURCE Archdiocese of Los Angeles

Westfield Century City Hosts Job Fair Recruiting Event For Residents And Military Veterans Seeking Employment

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LOS ANGELES, June 19, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — A free Job Fair showcasing a portion of the approximate 10,000 full-time and part-time retail, management, corporate, operations, and sales positions created by the $1 billion revitalization of Westfield Century City will take place at the shopping center (10250 Santa Monica Boulevard) on Friday, June 23rd, and Saturday, June 24th, 2017.  On both days, the Job Fair will be open between 10:30 – 11:30 am only for military veterans seeking employment, while general candidates will be welcome between 11:30 am – 5:00 pm.

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Among the more than 30 retailers and restaurants participating in the two-day Job Fair are:  Gelson’s Markets, All Saints, Saje Natural Wellness, H&M, Travis Mathew, Eataly, Cinnabon, Auntie Anne’s, Sketchers, Chase Bank, Sugarfina, Randy’s Donuts, Abercrombie & Fitch, Papyrus, The Body Shop, Penahligon’s, Everytable, Fossil, vineyard vines, Shake Shack, and Microsoft. 

In addition to meeting with recruiters from Westfield and the many retailers in attendance, job seekers will also be able to take advantage of free services such as resumé (CV) support and training, as well as special LinkedIn “Rock Your Profile” seminars.

Anyone interested in attending the Job Fair can register for free online at:  www.westfield.com/centurycity.  Persons seeking additional information can send inquiries to:  wccjobs@westfield.com.

As part of this Job Fair, Westfield is partnering with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Hiring our Heroes (HOH) initiative to offer dedicated employment opportunities specifically geared to military veterans and their families— including Guard and Reserve members, transitioning service members, and military spouses.

“Veterans and military spouses represent a tremendous source of talent for employers in communities across the country,” said Eric Eversole, Vice President at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and President of Hiring Our Heroes. “We’re honored to once again join Westfield to host an event that will connect Los Angeles-area businesses with skilled members of the military community.”  

During the past five years, Hiring our Heroes has hosted some 1,000 hiring events which have resulted in more than 28,000 military veterans and spouses securing jobs.  In addition, HOH has facilitated hundreds of thousands of additional jobs for military veterans and spouses through its other initiatives, programs, and online resources.

Also partnering with Westfield in the two-day Job Fair is the National Retail Federation (NRF) as part of its RISE Up initiative. This new training and credentialing initiative is designed to help people acquire the skills they need to secure jobs in retail and advance into promising careers. 

“At the National Retail Federation, we know that retail doesn’t just provide first jobs, but opportunities for lifelong careers,” said Ellen Davis, Executive Director of the NRF Foundation. “RISE Up helps the people who need it the most, and we are happy to partner with Westfield Century City to help find more of these people a pathway to a career in the retail industry.” 

“We consider it an honor to make this Job Fair available to area residents and to the military veterans whose service to our nation is so deeply appreciated,” said William Hecht, Westfield’s Chief Operating Officer.  “This event is also an important reminder that the transformation of Westfield Century City is making a valuable contribution to our local economy by creating approximately 10,000 new jobs and generating $1.4 billion in economic output for our community.” 

ABOUT WESTFIELD CENTURY CITY

Westfield Century City is rewriting the rules of retail with a $1 billion transformation intended to create an open-air L.A. escape like no other. Upon project completion, this will be a 1.2 million square foot destination encompassing more than 200 luxury, contemporary and influencer designer brands, a new three-level flagship Nordstrom featuring its latest design concepts, a completely remodeled three-level Bloomingdale’s, a modern new two-level Macy’s, a luxurious Equinox fitness club and spa, as well as the West Coast’s first Eataly. 

With the focus entirely on the customer, the new Century City experience will begin with easy and convenient parking— doubling current capacity. Then, once inside, visitors will have the outside all to themselves: no cars, no city noise, and no hassle. Imagine acres of open space and a beautifully landscaped garden environment designed to celebrate casual luxury and the outdoor lifestyle. This will be the perfect setting to socialize with family and friends, enjoy special events and entertainment, and simply unwind and relax under the Southern California sky.  For more information:  www.westfield.com/centurycity

ABOUT HIRING OUR HEROES

Hiring Our Heroes is a nationwide initiative to help veterans, transitioning service members, and military spouses find meaningful employment. Working with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s vast network of state and local chambers and other strategic partners, Hiring Our Heroes has helped hundreds of thousands of veterans and military spouses find meaningful employment through more than 1,000 job fairs in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, the District of Columbia, and on military installations overseas; a suite of free online resources; and the Hiring 500,000 Heroes campaign.  The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation is dedicated to strengthening America’s long-term competitiveness and educating the public on how the free enterprise system improves society and the economy.

ABOUT THE NRF FOUNDATION’S RISE UP INITIATIVE

NRF is the world’s largest retail trade association, representing discount and department stores, home goods and specialty stores, Main Street merchants, grocers, wholesalers, chain restaurants and Internet retailers from the United States and more than 45 countries. Retail is the nation’s largest private sector employer, supporting one in four U.S. jobs – 42 million working Americans. Contributing $2.6 trillion to annual GDP, retail is a daily barometer for the nation’s economy.    

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World Debut of Dramatically-styled 10th Generation Honda Accord Set for July 14

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Honda today released this concept sketch highlighting the aggressive stance and proportion of the all-new 2018 Honda Accord that will make its global debut in Detroit and via YouTube Livestream (honda.us/2018AccordReveal) on July 14, at 11:00 a.m. EDT.

TORRANCE, Calif., June 19, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Honda today released a concept sketch highlighting the aggressive stance and proportion of the all-new 2018 Honda Accord that will make its global debut in Detroit and via YouTube Livestream (honda.us/2018AccordReveal) on July 14, at 11:00 a.m. EDT. The all-new Accord – the most fun-to-drive, premium and dramatically styled Accord ever – is the 10th generation of America’s best-selling midsize sedan, the number one choice of individual American car buyers cumulatively since 20101.

Honda today released this concept sketch highlighting the aggressive stance and proportion of the all-new 2018 Honda Accord that will make its global debut in Detroit and via YouTube Livestream (honda.us/2018AccordReveal) on July 14, at 11:00 a.m. EDT.

Earlier this month, the company announced plans for a new Accord that will feature three powerful and fuel-efficient powertrains, including two new direct-injected and turbocharged engines paired with either a new Honda-developed 10-speed automatic transmission, CVT or a 6-speed manual transmission depending upon engine, as well as the next-generation of Honda’s two-motor hybrid powertrain technology. Honda will share additional details of its powertrain performance, along with the new design and technology at the event.

A perennial best-seller with American car buyers, the Accord has been the U.S. retail sales leader in the midsize sedan segment for four straight years (2013-2016). For the first five months of 2017, based on retail sales to individual buyers, Accord is the top selling midsize sedan in America and the second best-selling passenger car overall, surpassed only by the new Honda Civic2. Accord also is an unprecedented 31-time recipient of Car and Driver magazine’s coveted 10Best award.

Since its launch in 1976, American car buyers have purchased more than 13 million Accords. It was the first vehicle from a Japanese automaker to be made in America and has been in continuous production at Honda’s Marysville, Ohio auto plant since November 1982. Cumulative U.S. production of Accord now exceeds 11 million units over 35 years of U.S. manufacturing3.

About Honda

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

Honda has been producing automobiles in America for 35 years and currently operates 19 major manufacturing facilities in North America. In 2016, more than 95% of all Honda and Acura vehicles sold in the U.S. were made in North America, using domestic and globally sourced parts.

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  2. Based on Urban Science retail sales data in the Midsize car segment for 2013-2017CYTD May.
  3. Manufactured in the U.S. using domestic and globally-sourced parts.

 

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TAVAD Ultra Rapid Alcohol Detoxification Improves Rehabilitation in 8 Out of 10 Patients One Year Later

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MADRID, June 19, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Once again, TAVAD’s advanced alcohol withdrawal treatment programme continues to achieve the country’s highest retention rates in the addictions field. Thanks to the cutting-edge pharmacology used by this detox center, 100% of patients who underwent treatment for their alcohol addiction in 2016 completed the detoxification course, and 84% show positive progress one year after discharge.

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The intensive pharmacological and psychotherapeutic intervention conducted during a 48-hour hospital stay facilitates and enhances the neuroregulation of brain structures that have been altered by alcohol consumption. The aim is to restore the balance of emotional and thought-related functions, so that the patient does not suffer withdrawal symptoms, cravings, hostility and depression, key factors for the successful completion of the detoxification process.

The treatment administered to patients with alcohol-related problems also includes one year of medical, psychological and pharmacological support in the patient’s and their family’s regular environment.

As TAVAD’s pharmacological treatment has evolved and improved, care duration, both for inpatient and outpatient care has been falling. A groundbreaking trend based on short stays, thanks to the use of the most advanced pharmacology, and excellent hospitals and professionals.

“The pharmacological developments over recent years not only allow for shorter treatment times, but also better short and long-term results. Both retention and clinical parameters improve very significantly, which also indicates a substantial improvement in the patient’s quality of life,” says Dr. Juan José Legarda, Director of this Spanish Center, which has sites in Madrid, Valencia and Barcelona.

In addition, the treatment for giving up alcohol use encompasses specific programmes in nutrition, mindfulness and personal training. These bolster the recovery of patient well-being in all areas, such as family, social and work.

Contact: http://www.tavad.com/
Dr. Juan José Legarda
+34-91-3161377
juanjose.legarda@tavad.com

SOURCE TAVAD (Tratamientos Avanzados de la Addición)

Makita Website Now Offers Easy Transition To Spanish Language Content

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Browsers can now choose to view content on the Makita Tools website in Spanish with a single click.

LA MIRADA, Calif., June 19, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Makita® U.S.A., Inc. has re-launched its feature-rich website with an option to view content in Spanish. The new feature, which can be activated with a single mouse click, shows a range of makitatools.com content Spanish including product data, service options, warranty information, promotions, select videos, and more.

Browsers can now choose to view content on the Makita Tools website in Spanish with a single click.

Industry-Leading Engagement of Hispanic Contractors
It is the latest in Makita’s industry-leading engagement of Hispanic contractors, who account for nearly 40 percent of the US construction labor force. This share continues to grow and Makita continues to create new ways to reach this audience through leading sales and marketing efforts: from soccer-focused sponsorships and related wearables to game-day activation, Spanish-content advertising, store events, and more.

“Makita is focused on professional trades, and we reach contractors where they work, where they learn and where they play,” said Raquel Portillo, senior marketing specialist, emerging markets, Makita U.S.A. “For the growing number of Hispanic contractors, we reach them where they work through job site initiatives, and off the job site through leading sponsorships that include the Mexican National Soccer Team and Major League Soccer. The addition of Spanish language web content is a big step in reaching the Spanish-speaking contractor where they learn. The Makita website now looks more like the market we serve, which is increasingly diverse and demanding of more rich content to make the right purchase decision.”

An Online Tool to Find a Better Solution
The website and the Content Management System that drives it are both built with Makita’s Emerging Markets strategy in mind. With the new option to view content in Spanish, the Makita website is a powerful resource for the full spectrum of tool users and dealers. For users with Spanish-language preference, a single mouse click will re-load the site so key content displays in Spanish (and back to English, if users prefer). Users can also go direct to Spanish language content with the URL www.makitatools.com/spanish or www.makitatools.com/espanol

“Makita is an engineering company focused on new innovation that helps contractors solve problems and work more efficiently,” said Brent Withey, director of brand marketing, Makita U.S.A. “The website allows users to search and navigate through the full range of Makita solutions and technologies while delivering a rich experience on all screens, from desktop to tablet and mobile. Now this online experience is vastly improved for our Spanish-speaking audience.”

About Makita
Makita is a worldwide manufacturer of industrial power tools, pneumatics and power equipment, and offers a wide range of industrial accessories. Makita U.S.A., Inc. is located in La Mirada, California, and operates an extensive distribution network throughout the U.S. Call 800/4-MAKITA or visit makitatools.com. Find Makita on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube @makitatools

For Consumer Inquiries:

Website:         

www.makitatools.com

www.makitatools.com/espanol

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