2018 Honda Accord 2.0T: The Most Powerful, Fun-to-Drive and Sophisticated Accord Ever

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The all-new 2018 Honda Accord 2.0T, the most powerful and fun-to-drive Accord ever, goes on sale this Monday, November 20.

TORRANCE, Calif., Nov. 17, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — The all-new 2018 Honda Accord lineup gets even more powerful and engaging with the launch of the Accord 2.0T, powered by a new 2.0-liter VTEC Turbo® engine offering the highest torque output ever for Accord. The Accord 2.0T goes on sale on Nov. 20 with a starting Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP)1 of $30,310 (excluding $890 destination and handling) for the Accord 2.0T Sport, available with either a segment-first 10-speed automatic transmission or a short-throw 6-speed manual.

The all-new 2018 Honda Accord 2.0T, the most powerful and fun-to-drive Accord ever, goes on sale this Monday, November 20.

The more powerful Accord 2.0T arrives virtually one month after the Oct. 18 launch of the new 2018 Accord 1.5T. Early next year, the pair will be joined by the Accord Hybrid, featuring the 3rd generation of Honda’s innovative two-motor hybrid technology.

Recently named “America’s Best Sedan” by Car and Driver magazine, Accord is on track for its fifth consecutive year as America’s No. 1 midsize car2 and the 10th-generation Accord looks to build on that legacy with its dynamic new styling, class-leading interior space, sports-sedan performance and leading-edge technology.

The 2018 Accord 2.0T’s VTEC Turbo® direct-injected DOHC inline-4 engine develops 252 peak horsepower (SAE net) and 273 lb.-ft. of torque (SAE net). The Accord 2.0T is available in Sport, EX-L, EX-L Navi and Touring trims, and in its most efficient guise (EX-L and EX-L Navi) earns EPA fuel economy ratings of up to 23/34/27 mpg (city/highway/combined)2.

The dramatically reimagined Honda Accord offers customers exceptional performance and refinement with its two new i-VTEC Turbo engines, its more rigid, lightweight and tightly sealed body and all-new chassis design, which was benchmarked against luxury-class D-segment competitors during development.

The new 2.0L VTEC Turbo shares its fundamental engine design with the 306-horsepower engine found in the 2017 Civic Type R. Compared to the Type R engine, the Accord utilizes a smaller, low-inertia turbocharger for improved low-end response.

The all-new Accord features the Honda Sensing® suite of advanced safety and driver-assistive technologies, including new Traffic Sign Recognition. The 2018 Accord is anticipated to earn top collision-safety ratings – an NCAP 5-star Overall Vehicle Score from the NHTSA and a TOP SAFETY PICK rating from the IIHS.

New standard or available features on the 2018 Honda Accord 2.0T include wireless device charging, segment-first auto Bluetooth® phone pairing with Near Field Communication sensor technology, a 6-inch head-up display, customizable digital driver’s meter, 12-way power adjustable driver’s seat, and the next generation of HondaLink® Assist connected-car technology. An available new 8-inch Display Audio touchscreen interface with sharper graphics and more user-friendly features including hard buttons for frequently used functions and both volume and tuning/list-scrolling knobs, takes center stage in Accord’s all-new interior.

2018 Accord 2.0T Trims, MSRP & EPA

Trim / Transmission

MSRP

MSRP
Including $890
Destination3

EPA Fuel Economy
Ratings4

(city / highway/ combined)

Accord 2.0T Sport / 6MT

$30,310

$31,200

22 / 32 / 26

Accord 2.0T Sport / 10AT

$30,310

$31,200

22 / 32 / 26

Accord 2.0T EX-L / 10AT

$31,970

$32,860

23 / 34 / 27

Accord 2.0T EX-L Navi / 10AT

$32,970

$33,860

23 / 34 / 27

Touring / 10AT

$35,800

$36,690

22 / 32 / 26

The Honda Accord is America’s best-selling car over the past 41 years5 with cumulative U.S. sales of more than 13 million. More than 11 million Accords have been produced in America.

All 2018 Accords for the U.S. market will be manufactured at Honda’s Marysville, Ohio auto plant*. Its three new engines – 1.5T, 2.0T and a 2.0L Atkinson cycle for the Accord Hybrid – will be produced at the nearby Anna, Ohio engine plant*, Honda’s largest engine plant globally. The new 10-speed automatic transmission in the Accord is manufactured by Honda in Tallapoosa, Georgia*. Honda has hired 300 new associates and invested more than $267 million in new manufacturing technology in its Ohio plants for production of the new Accord and its engines.

For more information and high-resolution photography and video, visit www.hondanews.com/channels/accord. Consumer information is available at www.automobiles.honda.com/accord.

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.

1 MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, $890 destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.
2 Based on Urban Science retail sales data for Midsize car segment for each year between 2013CY and 2017CYTD September. 
2 Based on 2018 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors.
3 MSRP excluding tax, license, registration, $890 destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.
4 Based on 2018 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, and other factors.
5 WardsAuto data Jan. 1976Dec. 2015 and Autodata Jan. 2016Aug. 2017.
* Accord vehicles, engines and 10-speed transmission are manufactured using domestic and globally-sourced parts.

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2018 Accord Named Overall Best Buy of 2018 as Honda Models Win 7 of 12 Kelley Blue Book Awards

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2018 Accord Named Overall Best Buy of 2018 as Honda Models Win 7 of 12 Kelley Blue Book Awards

TORRANCE, California, Nov. 16, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — The all-new 2018 Honda Accord was named the Overall Best Buy of 2018 by Kelley Blue Book (KBB) as Honda vehicles took top honors in 7 of 12 ‘Best Buy’ award categories. The all-new Accord bested every other new vehicle in the market because, according to the expert team of editors and evaluators at KBB, “it outclasses the competition in almost every meaningful measure. It also sells for far less than the average new car while providing more features, better fuel economy and a more proven reputation for quality and reliability.”

2018 Accord Named Overall Best Buy of 2018 as Honda Models Win 7 of 12 Kelley Blue Book Awards

Honda led the industry with seven 2018 Best Buy winners including:

  • Overall Best Buy: 2018 Honda Accord
  • Small Car: 2018 Honda Civic
  • Mid-Size Car: 2018 Honda Accord
  • Electric/Hybrid Car: 2018 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid
  • Small SUV/Crossover: 2018 Honda CR-V
  • Midsize SUV/Crossover: 2018 Honda Pilot
  • Minivan: 2018 Honda Odyssey

“We’re exceptionally proud to have dominated this year’s Kelly Blue Book awards, which really reinforces our unique focus on individual car buyers and on delivering the best overall value and lowest long-term ownership cost for the customer,” said Jeff Conrad, senior vice president of the Automobile Division of American Honda. “Shoppers who want to make a smart buying decision are well served by KBB’s unique approach to evaluating new vehicles, which is informed by both their extensive market data and their deep product expertise.”

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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The Home Depot Declares Third Quarter Dividend Of 89 Cents

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ATLANTA, Nov. 16, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — The Home Depot®, the world’s largest home improvement retailer, today announced that its board of directors declared a third quarter cash dividend of 89 cents per share. The dividend is payable on December 14, 2017, to shareholders of record on the close of business on November 30, 2017. This is the 123rd consecutive quarter the company has paid a cash dividend.

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The Home Depot is the world’s largest home improvement specialty retailer, with 2,283 retail stores in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, 10 Canadian provinces and Mexico. In fiscal 2016, The Home Depot had sales of $94.6 billion and earnings of $8.0 billion. The Company employs more than 400,000 associates. The Home Depot’s stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: HD) and is included in the Dow Jones industrial average and Standard & Poor’s 500 index.

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AARP to Working NYers: Paid Family Leave Starts January 1; Use it!

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NEW YORK, Nov. 16, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — AARP is taking to the airwaves to make sure working New Yorkers know they can start taking advantage of the state’s new paid family leave law beginning January 1.

AARP New York is spreading the news via television, radio, social media and other media that private sector and some public sector employees can take up to eight weeks of partially paid, job-protected leave from work beginning in the new year.

The association went to the State Capitol last year, joining Governor Andrew Cuomo to fight to pass paid family leave in the state Legislature.

AARP’s message: paid family leave is for any working New Yorker who qualifies – from parents of newborns to military spouses to family caregivers who care for an older parent or spouse.

“Nobody should have to choose between their job and caring for a family member, and we want to make sure working New Yorkers know that they won’t have to anymore,” said AARP New York State Director Beth Finkel. “New York’s new paid family leave law will provide critical support for unpaid family caregivers. There are nearly 2.6 million family caregivers across New York who provide care valued at over $31 billion annually. Many struggle to balance work and caregiving every day. This new law will help ease that strain.

“And it will help family caregivers help their loved ones age at home, rather than in far costlier and mostly taxpayer-funded institutional care settings.”

AARP’s campaign will include a livestreamed town hall the evening of November 28 at the ABC studios in Manhattan, a live broadcast, and a community affairs radio segment in January. It will also include digital ads as well as television and radio commercials airing throughout the fall and into 2018 from Buffalo to Brookhaven.

The campaign will provide information to working New Yorkers about whether they might qualify and the benefits they would receive if they take time off to care for a sick family member or newborn or to accommodate the military requirements of a family member. More information about the law is available at www.aarp.org/nypaidleave.

Family caregivers spend roughly $5,500 per year out of pocket for food, travel, transportation, medical insurance co-pays, medications and other costs to care for loved ones, according to the National Alliance for Caregiving. And the average caregiver loses over $300,000, conservatively, in wages, pension and Social Security benefits as a result of caregiving responsibilities, MetLife reported.

At first, the new law will provide up to half a worker’s pay. The benefit increases gradually to up to 12 weeks in 2021 and up to two thirds the worker’s pay.

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Holiday Shopping Habits Revealed In New Marshalls Gift-Giving Guide

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FRAMINGHAM, Mass., Nov. 16, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — A new Marshalls survey found an overwhelming majority (90 percent) of American women would forego gifts for themselves this year if they could guarantee everyone on their list was delighted with what they received. Today, the brand released its gift-giving guide which takes a closer look at holiday shopping habits to help ensure you’re finding the best surprises in store this season. Explore the report at www.MarshallsTrendReport.com.

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Ninety-four percent of American women believe the best holiday gifts are the ones least expected yet a third shop based on lists, leaving little room for surprise under the tree. From gifts for him or her, kids and stocking stuffers and even teachers or hostess gifts, Marshalls provides an exciting shopping experience with thoughtful gift options sure to surprise this season.

“Marshalls is the destination to find the perfect gift for everyone on your holiday list — even those who might seem hard to shop for,” said Victoria Shonkoff, Marshalls Vice President. “Whether you’re a planner or a last-minute shopper, every Marshalls location will have a new selection of must-have gifts at amazing prices right up until Christmas.”

The survey also found the following:

  • Women spend an average of 36 hours on holiday shopping
  • 91% of women buy a little something for herself while shopping for others
  • Nearly half say their significant other gives them the most thoughtful or surprising gifts
  • 95% consider price when selecting a gift
  • The toughest people on her list include parents (34%), significant others (29%) and siblings (14%)

Explore the Marshalls guide to gift giving for holiday shopping inspiration at www.MarshallsTrendReport.com.  

ABOUT MARSHALLS
Marshalls is one of the nation’s leading off-price family retailers with more than 1,000 stores spanning 47 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Since opening its first store more than 40 years ago, the Marshalls name has become synonymous with off-price shopping. Marshalls shoppers can find a surprising selection of high-quality, on-trend brand name and designer merchandise for men, women and children, footwear, beauty, accessories and home merchandise – all at incredible prices. 

SURVEY METHODOLOGY
The Marshalls survey was conducted by Wakefield Research among 1,000 nationally representative women ages 25-52 who have shopped retail in the last year, are not industry-affiliated and plan to shop for holiday gifts this season, between November 6 and November 9, 2017. 

CONTACT: 
Michael Cowen
Office: (312) 220-3953
Michael.Cowen@mslgroup.com

 

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The Road To Russia 2018 Continues On Telemundo On Friday, December 1st With The Exclusive Spanish-Language Coverage Of The Final Draw For The 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™

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MIAMI, Nov. 16, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Telemundo Deportes, the Spanish-language home of the FIFA World CupTM, will provide the most extensive, Spanish-language multimedia coverage of the Final Draw for the 2018 FIFA World Cup RussiaTM on Friday, December 1 beginning at 9:30 a.m. ET. The event will be simulcast live on Telemundo, Universo and the Telemundo Deportes En vivo App. The two and half hour special will be produced live from the Kremlin State Palace in Moscow, Russia with participation from Telemundo Deportes studios in Miami. Andrés Cantor will host the coverage from Moscow, joined by Telemundo Deportes’ Carlos Hermosillo, Manuel Sol, Miguel Gurwitz, Sammy Sadovnik and Carlota VizmanosAna Jurka, Copan Alvarez and Karim Mendiburu will provide additional content and coverage of the Draw from Telemundo Deportes Miami Studios.

The Draw will kickoff Telemundo Deportes’ comprehensive coverage of the 2018 FIFA World Cup RussiaTM taking place June 15 – July 15, 2018.

“The Draw is the most anticipated day leading to the FIFA World Cup and we are looking forward to providing the most complete coverage and analysis of the results live from Russia,” said Ray Warren, president of Telemundo Deportes. “The event’s new format based on FIFA ranking along with the anticipation of each team’s possible paths to the final will make this one of the most exciting sporting events for our audience ahead of next year.”

The Telemundo network will extend its coverage across its programming:

“Un Nuevo Día” – Telemundo’s three-time Emmy award-winning morning show will kickoff the coverage on December 1, beginning at 7 a.m. ET, featuring special segments with Telemundo Deportes’ commentary team in Moscow.

Pre-Draw Special – The live draw presentation will be preceded by a special preview at 9:30 a.m. featuring the analysis of Telemundo Deportes’ experts who will discuss the different case scenarios for some of the favorite teams based on the new format of the draw. 

Final Draw – The live presentation of the draw begins at 10 a.m. ET; Cantor will provide commentary alongside Gurwitz.

Post-show special – Following the draw, Telemundo Deportes’ experts will present in-depth analysis of the results, plus live reactions, analysis and predictions from former players, coaches and soccer personalities from around the world.

Throughout the special coverage around the Draw, Telemundo Deportes will also feature special segments and reports highlighting the most compelling stories around teams, players, rivalries and surprises around the FIFA World Cup and the 32 teams qualified. The coverage will also highlight the culture of Russia and the 11 cities and venues that will host the action.

The live coverage will also be available via Telemundo Deportes En Vivo app and TelemundoDeportes.com. The streaming will feature widgets showcasing each group’s live results as well as instant social media interaction. Telemundo Deportes’ digital and social media platforms will provide comprehensive content throughout the day, including two Facebook Live specials hosted by Telemundo Deportes’ commentators, featuring analysis and reactions prior and following the draw.

In addition, “Al Rojo Vivo,” “Suelta la Sopa” and “Noticas Telemundo” will provide special segments and content following the results.

In celebration of the Draw, Telemundo will showcase the creation of an artwork mural, live at the iconic Wynwood Art District in Miami, FL. The mural will be crafted by the renowned Miami artist Lebo who’s known for his compelling visual work, and will feature the countries participating in the World Cup using anything from cultural inspiration to star players. The artwork will be unveiled on December 1, following the Draw results.

The anticipated Draw debuts a new format for the 2018 FIFA World Cup where all teams will be allocated into four different pots based on sporting principles with each pot containing eight teams. The FIFA ranking will be used to allocate all qualified teams to the four pots according to their ranking in descending order, with the best seven teams along with host Russia in pot 1. The other 24 best ranked teams will be distributed accordingly in the remainder pots. FIFA said the only geographical constraint would be that no group could include two teams from the same continent, with the exception of Europe.

Teams qualified for the 2018 FIFA World Cup:

Africa: Egypt, Morocco, Nigeria, Senegal and Tunisia

Asia: Australia, Iran, Japan, Korea Republic, Saudi Arabia

Europe: Belgium, Croatia, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Iceland, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Serbia, Spain, Switzerland and Sweden.

North, Central America and Caribbean: Costa Rica, Mexico, Panama

South America: Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Peru and Uruguay

Telemundo Deportes, one of the leading providers of sports content in Spanish in the United States, is home to two of the world’s most popular sporting events: the FIFA World Cup™ through 2026 and the Summer Olympic Games through 2032. It is also the home of the FIFA Club World Cup until at least 2018. In addition, Telemundo Deportes broadcasts the FIFA World Cup™ CONCACAF qualifying matches for most of the region, including the Mexico and USA national teams’ away matches, and the Premier League. Telemundo Deportes is also home to “Boxeo Telemundo Ford,” the #1 boxing program in Spanish, and “Titulares y Más,” the #1 sports news, entertainment and commentary show in Spanish, among other recognized sports properties.

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‘Cleo & Cuquin’ to Participate in HITN Learning US Early Literacy Initiative

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HITN Inks a Deal for Lifestyle Content

NEW YORK, Nov. 15, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — HITN, the non-profit, Spanish-language media network that provides educational and entertainment programming to more than 44 million American households across the country, announced today that its educational division has reached an agreement with producer Ánima Kitchent to include ‘Cleo & Cuquin’ in an early literacy initiative to help ensure kids from transcultural homes enter kindergarten on equitable footing with their peers.

HITN Inks a Deal for Lifestyle Content

The initiative will be managed by HITN Learning, the network’s early learning division that produces educational products.  It’s based on a transmedia approach to promote early literacy among children aged four and five. HITN pioneered the transmedia approach for bilingual preschool education earlier this decade as lead partner of the Early Learning Collaborative (ELC), recipient of a $30 million Ready to Learn Grant from the U.S. Department of Education. 

In this successor enterprise, ‘Cleo & Cuquin’ will star in a series of mobile apps and hands-on kits featuring Spanish/English bilingual educational content whose purpose is to develop the parallel acquisition of two languages, and take first steps towards the math and literacy skills expected in kindergarten.

A variety of physical and digital educational formats will be launched in the US targeting public and private schools, day care and community centers, and will be available in stores beginning the second half of 2018.

Among the many positive messages conveyed, ‘Cleo & Cuquin,’ teaches young viewers about the importance of play and a healthy lifestyle.  It shows children that creativity is the best way to resolve conflict and models a step by step approach to problem solving, which is why this particular transmedia brand was selected to form part of this important educational initiative.

‘Cleo & Cuquin’ (52×7′ television series) is targeted at pre-schoolers ages four and five and features the Telerin brothers and sisters, especially big sister Cleo and the baby of the family, Cuquin. Each episode sees the little kids tackle a big adventure as Cuquin’s mischief causes conflicts or gets Cleo and her brothers and sisters into trouble, and they come up with solutions the only way kids know how: by playing! They pretend to be astronauts, gardeners, detectives, monsters or whatever they need to be to get the job done. Best of all, at the end of every episode, Cleo figures out what she wants to be when she grows up – at least for that day!  These demonstrations of positive social emotional interactions and problem solving skills will serve as key underpinnings for HITN Learning’s educational products.

Familia Telerin was a brief cartoon aired in Spain and Latin America in the late 60s. It proved hugely popular, as it featured a catchy song telling kids it was time to turn off the TV and head for bed, helping parents with the tricky task of settling them down for the night. The clip aired for two decades in Spain and was also broadcast in Latin America, where it featured in TV programming for many years.

With a view to rekindling this success and a clear international approach, Televisa joined forces a year ago with Ánima Kitchent, Famosa, MAI and Selecta Visión to co-produce the new transmedia brand based on the Familia Telerin.

‘Cleo & Cuquin’ has brand new scripts, updated characters and a meticulous design. As well as the TV show, the brand boasts apps like the “El Acostador” bedtime app, web content and music video clips. ‘Cleo & Cuquin launched on the Familia Telerin’s YouTube channel, and after just a year and a half its 17 music video clips have chalked up over 600 million views and 1.5 million subscribers.

HITN Learning’s product plans for ‘Cleo & Cuquin’ include a series of Family Fun Kits focusing on math and literacy concepts.  The kits will offer learning concepts disguised as fun.   Fun Kit components will spark learning in young minds.  A series of mobile apps, inspired by the award-winning (Parent’s Choice, Kidscreen) “Pocoyo Playsets” developed under the ELC grant, will provide a range of gaming, recording, and augmented reality experiences.

Toy maker Mattel recently announced that it had been awarded the worldwide Toy Master License for ‘Cleo & Cuquin’. The first line of products is set to be rolled out in Mexico in time for Christmas 2018, following the TV broadcast of the show in the North American country. This initial expansion into the international market will be underpinned by broadcasting agreements in a range of markets in the coming months, which will position ‘Cleo & Cuquin’ firmly as a strong global brand.

Ánima Kitchent CEO Víctor M. López said: “HITN, which has outstanding experience and prestige in the field of education, rounds out Cleo & Cuquin’s global strategy by further developing the edutainment component of our brand in the world’s largest market.”

“We are very excited to be working with Ánima Kitchent,” said Michael D. Nieves, President and CEO of HITN.  “This partnership is a prime example of how HITN keeps pushing the boundaries to provide educational and entertaining content. Cleo & Cuquin will play a major role in the launch of HITN Learning’s next line of educational products.”

About Ánima Kitchent:

Ánima Kitchent creates, produces and markets entertainment brands based on transmedia content which are aimed mainly at children and young audiences. It was incorporated in Spain by Mexico’s Ánima Estudios, which boasts over 15 years’ experience in the animation sector, and part of the management team from Vodka Capital. As well as PINY, it currently produces Cloe&Cuquin, a TV show and transmedia content based on the iconic Familia Telerin, and manages the Vodka Capital brands Jelly Jamm and Bugsted. For further information, visit www.animakitchent.com.

About HITN:

HITN is the largest non-commercial, Spanish-language television network in the United States, offering educational and cultural programming for the whole family. It reaches over 44 million homes across the United States and Puerto Rico through DIRECTV, DISH Network, AT&T U-verse TV, Verizon FiOS TV, Comcast, Charter Spectrum, CenturyLink Prism, and Cablevision. For more information, please visit www.hitn.tv.  

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“The King Of Bachata” Romeo Santos Announces 2018 “Golden Tour” Details

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"The King Of Bachata" Romeo Santos Announces 2018 "Golden Tour" Details

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 16, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Today, Latin pop sensation and bachata superstar Romeo Santos announced the full routing and ticket information after previously teasing his 2018 “Golden Tour.” The 18-date tour will cross North America kicking off February 15 in New York, NY and wrap in Oakland, CA on April 6. The tour will also make stops in Chicago, Miami, Atlanta, Houston, Los Angeles and more.

"The King Of Bachata" Romeo Santos Announces 2018 "Golden Tour" Details

Tickets will go on sale to the general public starting November 24 at 10am local time at LiveNation.com. Exclusive VIP Packages for the “Golden Tour” will also be available to purchase at VIPNation.com. Presales for the tour will begin Tuesday, November 21.

The tour is titled after Santos’ latest studio album “Golden,” which was released earlier this year and earned the biggest sales week for a Latin studio album not only of 2017, but in over two years. The album also marks Santos’ fourth No. 1 on the Top Latin Albums chart and his third top 10 on the Billboard 200.

His latest single “Bella y Sensual” featuring Daddy Yankee and Nicky Jam is currently in the top 20 on Billboard’s Hot Latin Song chart.

Romeo Santos 2018 “Golden Tour” Dates:

Thu Feb 15

New York, NY

Madison Square Garden

Wed Feb 28

Chicago, IL

United Center

Fri Mar 02

Toronto, ON

Air Canada Centre

Sat Mar 03

Montreal, QC

Bell Centre

Tue Mar 06

Boston, MA

Agganis Arena

Sat Mar 10

Fairfax, VA

EagleBank Arena

Tue Mar 13

Orlando, FL

Amway Center

Thu Mar 15

Miami, FL

AmericanAirlines Arena

Sun Mar 18

Atlanta, GA

Philips Arena

Tue Mar 20

Houston, TX

Toyota Center

Wed Mar 21

Dallas, TX

American Airlines Center

Sat Mar 24

El Paso, TX

Don Haskins Center

Sun Mar 25

San Antonio, TX

AT&T Center

Tue Mar 27

Denver, CO

Pepsi Center

Thu Mar 29

Phoenix, AZ

Talking Stick Resort Arena

Fri Mar 30

Los Angeles, CA

The Forum

Tue Apr 03

San Diego, CA

Viejas Arena

Fri Apr 06

Oakland, CA

Oracle Arena

The global superstar, singer, songwriter, mogul, actor, and producer rose from humble beginnings in the Bronx, NY to worldwide renown over the course of his unbelievable career. “The King of Bachata” fueled the success of Aventura as chief producer and songwriter before going solo. In addition to selling over 100 million singles and 40 million albums, he has won a stunning 17 Billboard Latin Music Awards, 9 Premio Lo Nuestro Awards, 6 ASCAP Awards, 5 Premios Juventud Awards, 3 Billboard Music Awards, 2 Latin American Music Awards, 1 BMI Award, and 1 MTV Award. Throughout the past decade, the likes of Drake, Usher, Enrique Iglesias, Pitbull, Lil Wayne, and more have all jumped at the chance to collaborate. An accomplished visionary, he also acts as CEO of Roc Nation Latino in addition to appearing in films such as Furious 7 and Angry Birds. No other Latin artist has achieved as many number ones in the 21st century.

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

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Air pollution exposure in early pregnancy linked to miscarriage, NIH study suggests

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BETHESDA, Md., Nov. 16, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ —

WHAT:
Exposure to common air pollutants, such as ozone and fine particles, may increase the risk of early pregnancy loss, according to a study conducted by the National Institutes of Health. The study appears in the journal Fertility and Sterility.

Ozone is a highly reactive form of oxygen that is a primary constituent of urban smog. Researchers followed 501 couples attempting to conceive between 2005 and 2009 in Michigan and Texas. The investigators estimated the couples’ exposures to ozone based on pollution levels in their residential communities. Of the 343 couples who achieved pregnancy, 97 (28 percent) experienced an early pregnancy loss—all before 18 weeks. Couples with higher exposure to ozone were 12 percent more likely to experience an early pregnancy loss, whereas couples exposed to particulate matter (small particles and droplets in the air) were 13 percent more likely to experience a loss.

The researchers do not know why exposure to air pollutants might cause pregnancy loss, but it could be related to increased inflammation of the placenta and oxidative stress, which can impair fetal development. The findings suggest that pregnant women may want to consider avoiding outdoor activity during air quality alerts, but more research is needed to confirm this association.

The study was led by Pauline Mendola, Ph.D., an investigator at NIH’s Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD). Her team previously found that ozone increased the risk of stillbirth. Dr. Mendola and her colleagues have also examined the effects of air pollution and extreme temperatures on other adverse outcomes of pregnancy.

WHO:
Pauline Mendola, Ph.D., lead study author and investigator in NICHD’s Epidemiology Branch is available for comment.

To arrange an interview with Dr. Mendola, please call Meredith Daly at 301-496-5133 or e-mail nichdpress@mail.nih.gov.

ARTICLE: Ha S, et al., Ambient air pollution and the risk of pregnancy loss: a prospective cohort study. Fertility and Sterility DOI: 10.

About the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD): NICHD conducts and supports research in the United States and throughout the world on fetal, infant and child development; maternal, child and family health; reproductive biology and population issues; and medical rehabilitation. For more information, visit NICHD’s website.

About the National Institutes of Health (NIH): NIH, the nation’s medical research agency, includes 27 Institutes and Centers and is a component of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. NIH is the primary federal agency conducting and supporting basic, clinical, and translational medical research, and is investigating the causes, treatments, and cures for both common and rare diseases. For more information about NIH and its programs, visit http://www.nih.gov.

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Teen Creates Nation’s First Wearable App to Prevent Farm Worker Deaths from Heat Illness

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Farm Workers Using Tech for Safety, Calor App Created

SHAFTER, Calif., Nov. 16, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Fighting to reduce the high numbers of heat illness and deaths among farm workers in her beloved Central Valley, a concerned California teen has created an app to connect farmers, contractors and farm workers through Apple watches that provides instant health data and critical heat alerts. Now, she seeks funding to bring the app to the fields via a “Start Some Good” crowdsourced campaign.

Farm Workers Using Tech for Safety, Calor App Created

To help, donate now at https://startsomegood.com/CalorApp to bring the summer 2018 pilot to hundreds of farmer workers.

Nearly two-thirds of Americans are experiencing an increased number of extreme-heat days due to climate change. Nowhere is the impact felt more directly than California’s already sizzling agricultural fields. Faith Florez, a 17-year old senior in high school and the granddaughter of farm workers, created the app Calor to help protect farm workers from death and heat illness, by providing them with timely alerts and data.

“I want to prove that technology to protect farm workers in times of excessive heat can be applied as easily as the Amber Alert notifications we already receive, with life-saving data sent straight to their wrists as they toil to put food on our tables,” said Florez. “My mission is to change the statement “work or health” to ‘work AND health.'”

To get the project started, Florez’s original proposal for the farm work heat stress protection app was selected by graduate coding students at USC’s Viterbi School of Engineering in 2016. Calor—the first-ever farm worker heat notification web-based application—is the final product of nearly a year of work and intense meetings with farmers, contractors, farm workers and state regulators.

California farmers and contractors have agreed to provide Apple Watches to farm workers at the beginning of the harvest job, as part of the summer 2018 pilot. In the future, Florez believes farmers will benefit from anticipated reductions in workers compensation insurance rates due to the risk mitigation offered by Calor.

Initial funds raised will help fund the development costs and to boost the number of farm workers participating in the program. All donations are tax-deductible. 

The effort is sponsored by the Latina Legacy Foundation. Early funds for the project were awarded by a Grant from the HERlead Fellowship Program sponsored by partnership between Vital Voices, the preeminent non-governmental organization whose mission is to invest in women leaders who improve the world, and ANN INC., parent company of Ann Taylor, LOFT and Lou & Grey.

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Kelley Blue Book Names 2018 Best Buy Award Winners

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IRVINE, California, Nov. 16, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — After kicking the tires and running the numbers on 2018 model-year cars, trucks, minivans and SUVs, Kelley Blue Book’s KBB.com expert editors today announce the 2018 Best Buy Award winners. Kelley Blue Book’s Best Buy Awards honor the top vehicles in 12 major vehicle categories, as well as an Overall Best Buy of 2018, which is awarded to the newly redesigned 2018 Honda Accord.

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The awards are the culmination of a year-long regimen of expert vehicle evaluation and testing of nearly every new vehicle available in America, along with analysis of a broad swath of vehicle-related data, including vehicle pricing/transaction prices, 5-Year Cost to Own data (which includes depreciation, insurance, maintenance, financing, fuel, fees and taxes for new cars), consumer reviews and ratings, and vehicle sales/retail sales information. Of more than 300 new-car models available for 2018, Kelley Blue Book’s expert editors initially narrowed the field to a few dozen Best Buy Award contenders in 12 major vehicle categories and then spent several weeks testing and evaluating all the finalists head-to-head to ultimately determine the winners. Kelley Blue Book recently launched a new digital campaign outlining the testing regimen.

“Kelley Blue Book takes great pride in providing a significant consumer service by identifying the new vehicles our experts believe to be the absolute best-value choices for new-car shoppers,” said Karl Brauer, executive publisher for Kelley Blue Book. “This year’s Best Buy Award winners can help shoppers narrow the consideration list of new models across every major vehicle category, providing car buyers with confidence in their next new-car purchase.”

In fact, according to a recent study, 64 percent of consumers say they were influenced on their vehicle opinion when that model earned a Kelley Blue Book award, nearly 20 percentage points higher than an award offered by the next closest third-party automotive resource.1

2018 Kelley Blue Book Best Buy Award Winners

Overall Winner: 2018 Honda Accord
The mid-size sedan segment has long been a sweet spot of needs, wants and value, and the totally redesigned 2018 Honda Accord is the most appealing car in the category. The Accord’s storied refinement and resale value advantages remain, but the new model now outclasses the competition in almost every meaningful measure.  It also sells for far less than the average new car while providing more features, better fuel economy and a more proven reputation for quality and reliability. Value without compromise is as rare as it is desirable, and it’s why the all-new Honda Accord is our Overall Best Buy for 2018.

Small Car: 2018 Honda Civic
Honda’s venerable compact car has now claimed our Small Car Best Buy Award three years in a row. And while it doesn’t also three-peat as our Overall Best Buy this year, the refined, reliable and downright desirable Civic remains one of the country’s most recommendable cars, a trait confirmed by its strong sales number.

Mid-Size Car: 2018 Honda Accord
Totally redesigned for 2018, the 10th-generation Honda Accord sets a new standard for the popular mid-size sedan segment. Groundbreaking style and excellent tech are backed by standout roominess, comfort and efficiency, not to mention one of the best reputations on the road.

Full-Size Car: 2018 Chevrolet Impala
This is the fourth year in a row the Impala has won over our editors’ heads and hearts to capture a Kelley Blue Book Best Buy recommendation and award. Chevrolet’s full-size sedan continues to earn its stripes and reward its owners for making a smart car-buying decision.

Luxury Car: 2018 Audi A5 Sportback
We thought the Audi A4 might be a slam dunk to repeat as our Luxury Car Best Buy this year, but then we got our hands on its new stablemate, the 2018 Audi A5 Sportback. With sleeker styling, hatchback utility and a slightly roomier feel, the all-new A5 Sportback offers even more to love.

Performance Car: 2018 Porsche 718 Boxster
That a two-seat Porsche sports car would collect awards is not surprising. That it might be the year’s best sports-car value, however, is a notion that may take some getting used to. In fact, this is the second year in a row Porsche’s mid-engine magician has earned our Best Buy Award in the Performance Car category.

Electric/Hybrid Car: 2018 Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid
Honda’s newest offering combines five-passenger capacity, 47 miles of all-electric range and an available $7,500 federal tax credit to bring electrified transportation closer to the mainstream and claim this year’s Electric/Hybrid Car Best Buy Award.

Small SUV/Crossover: 2018 Honda CR-V
Another Honda with multiple Best Buy Award trophies on display, the Honda CR-V is still fresh off a 2017 redesign that further separated it from the competition. Whether you want a flexible and fuel-efficient errand-runner or a leather-laden commuter with enough premium amenities to pass for a luxury SUV, the Honda CR-V has you covered.

Mid-Size SUV/Crossover: 2018 Honda Pilot
Combining style and substance with an established reputation for reliability, the 2018 Honda Pilot this year fended off some strong new challengers to retain its title as our Mid-Size SUV Best Buy. Excellent resale value remains an ace up the Pilot’s sleeve among smart shoppers.

Full-Size SUV/Crossover: 2018 Ford Expedition
A decade is a long time to wait for a major model makeover, but Ford’s efforts have earned the Expedition its first Best Buy Award right out of the gate. From powertrain and driving dynamics to technology and practicality, the 2018 Ford Expedition is the new class leader.

Luxury SUV/Crossover: 2018 Audi Q5
Audi’s compact luxury SUV has been the company’s best-selling vehicle for several years, but the new-for-2018 model has upped the Q5’s game. Larger, more luxurious and more powerful, the Q5 expands and improves on what Audi is known for, namely, a refined driving experience, tech-friendly cabin and stylish, elegant design.

Truck: 2018 Ford F-150
For four years straight, the Ford F-150 has taken the pickup truck honors in our Best Buy competition. And, for four years straight, nobody else has come close to toppling it. This year, Ford updated the styling, added a new base engine, expanded the availability of its excellent 10-speed automatic, and promises to add a turbodiesel to its lineup of engines later this year.

Minivan: 2018 Honda Odyssey
In our first review of the totally redesigned 2018 Honda Odyssey we called it the best family car in the world. After a thorough back-to-back evaluation alongside the other class leaders, we’re only more convinced. Money matters weigh heavily in our annual Best Buy Awards, and that’s where our resale value and 5-Year Cost to Own data once again played heavily in Honda’s favor.

To discuss this topic, or any other automotive-related information, with a Kelley Blue Book analyst on-camera via the company’s on-site studio, please contact a member of the Public Relations team to schedule an interview.

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1Source: Cox Automotive Consumer Brand Tracker Study, September 2017. Third-party automotive resource defined as: J.D. Power & Associates, Car and Driver, Edmunds, Cars.com, Motor Trend, North American Car/Truck of the Year, World Car of the Year and Automotive Lease Guide.

About Kelley Blue Book (www.kbb.com)
Founded in 1926, Kelley Blue Book, The Trusted Resource®, is the vehicle valuation and information source trusted and relied upon by both consumers and the automotive industry. Each week the company provides the most market-reflective values in the industry on its top-rated website KBB.com, including its famous Blue Book® Trade-In Values and Fair Purchase Price, which reports what others are paying for new and used cars this week. The company also provides vehicle pricing and values through various products and services available to car dealers, auto manufacturers, finance and insurance companies, and governmental agencies. Kelley Blue Book Co., Inc. is a Cox Automotive™ brand.

About Cox Automotive
Cox Automotive Inc. is transforming the way the world buys, sells and owns cars with industry-leading digital marketing, software, financial, wholesale and e-commerce solutions for consumers, dealers, manufacturers and the overall automotive ecosystem worldwide. Committed to open choice and dedicated to strong partnerships, the Cox Automotive family includes Autotrader®, Dealer.com®, Dealertrack®, Kelley Blue Book®, Manheim®, NextGear Capital®, vAuto®, Xtime® and a host of other brands. The global company has 32,000-plus team members in more than 200 locations and is partner to more than 40,000 auto dealers, as well as most major automobile manufacturers, while engaging U.S. consumer car buyers with the most recognized media brands in the industry. Cox Automotive is a subsidiary of Cox Enterprises Inc., an Atlanta-based company with revenues exceeding $20 billion and approximately 60,000 employees. Cox Enterprises’ other major operating subsidiaries include Cox Communications and Cox Media Group. For more information about Cox Automotive, visit www.coxautoinc.com.

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VEMOX Offers a Chance to Win Amazing Prizes, Including Tickets to See Chyno Miranda Live

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WEST PALM BEACH, Florida, Nov. 16, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — VEMOX, Olympusat’s OTT TV Everywhere app that offers the ultimate entertainment experience for the Hispanic family, is inviting its viewers to enter the Chyno presented by VEMOX Sweepstakes for a chance to win one of thirty incredible prizes, including tickets to see Chyno Miranda live at the Fillmore Miami Beach at the Jackie Gleason Theater in Miami, FL, on Saturday, December 16, 2017.

Participating is simple, the Chyno presented by VEMOX Sweepstakes will run from November 1 to December 1, 2017. To enter the sweepstakes, all potential candidates must text the word “VEMOX” to 94253 or complete the online entry form and accept the rules of participation by visiting vemox.com/chyno.

All eligible participants will have the opportunity to win one of thirty highly-desirable prizes that include VIP and mezzanine level tickets to see Chyno Miranda & Guaco, Oculus Rift VR Headsets, Beats EP Headphones, autographed pictures by Chyno Miranda, one year subscriptions to VEMOX and cash prizes.

The Grand Prize winner will receive two VIP tickets to see Chyno Miranda & Guaco, backstage passes to meet Chyno Miranda before the concert, airfare, transportation to the event and hotel accommodations for the winner and a guest, as well as one Amazon Fire Stick with a one year subscription to VEMOX.

“We are thrilled to partner with Chyno Miranda to offer fans the opportunity to meet the artist and see him live in concert. Chyno is currently one of the most recognizable celebrities in the Latin music industry; known for some of the most catchy and popular hits in the past decade,” stated, Carlos Lopez, VP of Marketing and Communications at Olympusat. “As VEMOX gains more popularity among the Hispanic community in the U.S., we continue to support Hispanic talent offering a wider selection of multicultural entertainment.”

All prize winners will be selected in a random drawing on December 5, 2017, in accordance with the official rules of the Chyno presented by VEMOX Sweepstakes. VEMOX is available on Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick. VEMOX is a trademark of Olympusat, Inc.

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

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

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Using Real Patient Stories, New PSA Campaign Urges Americans to Bring High Blood Pressure Under Control

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NEW YORK, Nov. 16, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Today the American Heart Association (AHA), American Stroke Association (ASA), and the American Medical Association (AMA) announced a new public service awareness (PSA) campaign in partnership with the Ad Council. The campaign seeks to raise awareness of the serious, life-altering consequences of uncontrolled high blood pressure, and motivate people to work with their doctor on developing and committing to a treatment plan to manage their blood pressure. Launched on the heels of a new guideline that means more people will have high blood pressure, the new campaign features actual stroke and heart attack survivors to show viewers the devastating consequences of uncontrolled high blood pressure—underscoring the urgency of controlling the condition.

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An estimated 103 million American adults now have high blood pressure, but only about half have their condition under control. While most people know what their blood pressure numbers are, many don’t feel an urgency to manage them because there are often no signs or symptoms associated with high blood pressure—which is why it’s often referred to as the “silent killer.” If left untreated, high blood pressure can lead to potentially fatal consequences like heart attack and stroke. Although there is no cure for high blood pressure, it can be managed effectively by working with a doctor to create a treatment plan, which includes healthy lifestyle changes such as eating a healthy diet, exercising, consuming less salt, drinking alcohol in moderation, losing weight if overweight, and taking medication if needed.

Based on the latest available science, the 2017 Guideline for the Prevention, Detection, Evaluation, and Management of High Blood Pressure in Adults now considers a person to have hypertension when they have persistently elevated blood pressures at or above 130 systolic or 80 diastolic. While this now means that nearly half of all American adults have high blood pressure, treatment still begins with lifestyle changes. Both the new guideline and PSA campaign encourage people to adopt healthy behaviors and prevent problems by gaining awareness of their blood pressure and taking earlier action to control it.

“Of all the things we can do right now to reduce heart disease, strokes, and other debilitating disease, controlling blood pressure is one thing that has tremendous potential to save lives and improve well-being,” said Eduardo Sanchez, M.D., M.P.H., FAAFP, who is the American Heart Association’s Chief Medical Officer for Prevention. “Physicians and patients, together, need a clear and workable plan to keep blood pressure controlled. We want to help make that happen.”

The new “HBP Numbers” campaign links blood pressure numbers to the real effects of high blood pressure by helping viewers visualize the consequences from people who have suffered a heart attack or stroke. The PSAs, developed pro bono by Havas Adrenaline and filmed by renowned photographer and director Marco Grob, provide a hopeful and empowering message that anyone with high blood pressure can lower their risk of heart attack or stroke by talking to their doctor and finding a treatment plan that works for them.

“The real-life patients featured in this campaign have experienced first-hand the devastating and lasting effects of not having their high blood pressure under control. They are bravely sharing their stories and letting people see the real, negative health consequences of high blood pressure to help us awaken people who have high blood pressure and aren’t doing anything to manage it, before it’s too late,” said AMA President David O. Barbe, M.D. “Our goal is to reach more Americans living with uncontrolled high blood pressure to help them realize that working with their doctor to create an individualized treatment plan is the most effective way to help them maintain a lower blood pressure, reduce their risk for serious health consequences and ultimately save their life.”

Research suggests that adults with high blood pressure don’t always realize that their treatment plan can be modified to fit their lives, and they face several barriers to sticking to a plan–time, willpower and consistency with medication are the most frequently mentioned challenges. It has also been shown that awareness of the serious consequences of uncontrolled high blood pressure motivates people to take action to manage their condition. With this in mind, the campaign empowers patients to talk to a doctor and address this important issue together.

The campaign encourages viewers to visit LowerYourHBP.org and BajeSuPresion.org to find resources in English and Spanish that will help them understand their numbers, commit to a plan in partnership with their doctor and learn to manage their blood pressure. The digital experience also includes stories of people who experienced a heart attack or stroke because of high blood pressure.

“The stark imagery of the creative reframes high blood pressure numbers from something abstract and intangible to something visceral and important,” said Ad Council President & CEO Lisa Sherman. “But the work is also incredibly motivating because it reminds people that they have the support they need to prevent the devastating side effects of high blood pressure.”

“The honest power of these different personalities, the openness in which they revealed their physical and psychological scars will make people who write-off high blood pressure as just a number, immediately re-think the issue. Hopefully a lot of people’s lives will change or even be saved because of this effort. And that’s a tremendous reward for all of us involved,” said Havas Adrenaline Chief Creative Officer Rich Russo.

The American Heart Association, American Stroke Association, and American Medical Association are also working with their local offices, affiliates and partners to promote and activate the campaign in their communities, with evidence-based materials to aid physicians and other health care providers in the plan-building process.

American Heart Association
The American Heart Association, the world’s leading voluntary health organization devoted to fighting cardiovascular disease, is devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke –  the two leading causes of death in the world. We team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies, and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases. The Dallas-based association is the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. To learn more or to get involved, call 1-800-AHA-USA1, visit heart.org or call any of our offices around the country. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

American Medical Association
The American Medical Association is the premier national organization providing timely, essential resources to empower physicians, residents and medical students to succeed at every phase of their medical lives. Physicians have entrusted the AMA to advance the art and science of medicine and the betterment of public health on behalf of patients for more than 170 years. For more information, visit ama-assn.org.

Ad Council
The Ad Council brings together the most creative minds in advertising and media to address the most worthy causes. Its innovative, pro bono social good campaigns raise awareness. They inspire action. They save lives. To learn more, visit Adcouncil.org, follow the Ad Council’s communities on Facebook and Twitter, and view the creative on YouTube.

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California’s Nonfatal Worker Injuries, Illnesses Level in 2016

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OAKLAND, California, Nov. 15, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — The Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) has posted California’s 2016 occupational injury and illness data on employer-reported injuries. According to the estimates provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses (SOII), California’s overall incidence rate of nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses remains steady at 3.7 cases per 100 workers for full time employees, the lowest rate in over a decade. The data posted includes detailed case and demographic tables, as well as a summary of findings by DIR’s research team.  

California continues to use research like this survey to refine and strengthen workplace safety and health regulations, training materials, and outreach and education efforts for employers and workers,” said DIR Director Christine Baker

The estimates show there were approximately 466,600 nonfatal reportable job related injuries and illnesses in 2016, with 78% occurring in private industry and 22% in state and local government sectors. The statewide all-industry rate of “lost time” cases (referred to in the survey as “days away from work, job transfer or restriction” [DART] cases), remained constant at 2.2 cases per 100 full time workers over the last four years surveyed, while the rate of days away from work cases (DAFW) has remained unchanged for the last eight years. 

By occupation, the highest DAFW rates were highest in 2016 for cleaning and maintenance workers (284 cases per 10,000 workers), those performing installation and repairs (252 cases), and construction (243 cases).  

Estimates for the California Survey of Occupational Injuries and Illnesses are derived from a statistical sample of employers in the state. The SOII program is administered by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in cooperation with participating state agencies. Surveyed employers report data as required by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Recordkeeping regulation (29 CFR 1904), using the OSHA 300 Log.

Additional background and methodological information regarding the BLS occupational safety and health statistics program can be found in Chapter 9 of the BLS Handbook of Methods. Employment data are 2015 annual averages from the BLS Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW) program.

DIR 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. Its Division of Occupational Safety and Health, commonly known as Cal/OSHA, helps protect workers from health and safety hazards on the job in almost every workplace in California. Cal/OSHA does not have authority when injuries occur on public roadways. Cal/OSHA’s Consultation Services Branch provides free and voluntary assistance to employers to improve their health and safety programs. Employers and workers who have questions or need assistance with workplace health and safety programs can call Cal/OSHA’s Consultation Services Branch at 800-963-9424.

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

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

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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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Get Stuff Done: Taking Plans from Paper to Action

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Founded by Rebecca Borough in 2016, Knit Marketing is a digital marketing company based in Los Angeles. Knit Marketing has helped numerous companies grow their social media presence by bringing together a diverse Gen Z and Millennial team to target specific markets and create unique viral content.

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 14, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Knit Marketing, a team of diverse digital media experts, presents its first digital marketing conference, “Get Stuff Done.” This one-day conference will give marketers, entrepreneurs, and startup founders the tools to turn ideas into executable marketing plans.

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On December 9th, attendees will meet the Knit team at the Downtown Los Angeles Cross Campus. Knit, which offers marketing consulting services to startups, will offer the same hands-on support to help attendees create innovative marketing solutions for their organizations.

SoZango, a rapidly growing chatbot company, says Knit Marketing “prompted us to think critically about our online presence. They’re highly skilled not only in all things social media, but also in connecting the social to broader business initiatives. We have loved working with Knit and recommend them to any business, especially those looking to target young people!”

At the “Get Stuff Done” conference, guests will dive into hands-on breakout sessions about

  • Building a YouTube presence with YouTube expert Alessandro Castellani.
  • Perfecting a brand story with pitch deck specialist Jasmine Foroutan.
  • Utilizing AI (artificial intelligence) and chatbots to create unique and personalized conversations with customers with SoZango.
  • Featuring webinars as a lead generation and customer nurturing tool with marketing wizard Robin Borough.
  • Creating compelling and analytics-driven Facebook and Instagram ad campaigns with social marketing strategist Marissa Stahl.
  • Developing and promoting a podcast with organizational coach Yolanda Enoch.

Also, to highlight Knit’s social mission of empowering youth, attendees will hear business pitches from the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) Los Angeles alumni. In addition to networking with startup founders and corporate marketing teams, participants will walk away with a blueprint for their organizations’ 2018 digital marketing strategy!

Tickets and more information are available at https://knit-getstuffdone.eventbrite.com/?aff=pr.

About Knit Marketing: Founded by Rebecca Borough in 2016, Knit Marketing is a digital marketing company based in Los Angeles. Knit Marketing has helped numerous companies grow their social media presence by bringing together a diverse Gen Z and Millennial team to target specific markets and create unique viral content.

Founded by Rebecca Borough in 2016, Knit Marketing is a digital marketing company based in Los Angeles. Knit Marketing has helped numerous companies grow their social media presence by bringing together a diverse Gen Z and Millennial team to target specific markets and create unique viral content.

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Toyota’s Collaborative Safety Research Center To Study Societal Acceptance Of Connected And Automated Vehicle Technologies

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New studies designed to explore how drivers engage with intelligent machines and advanced safety technologies

ANN ARBOR, Michigan, Nov. 15, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Toyota’s Collaborative Safety Research Center (CSRC) today announced five new research projects focused on better understanding how drivers use and respond to advanced vehicle technologies, including automated driver assistance systems. The new projects, undertaken in partnership with five U.S. research institutions, will launch as part of CSRC Next, the Center’s new five-year program designed to support and inform a safe transition to future mobility.

Emerging vehicle technologies, including automated driver assistance systems, offer tremendous promise to help improve road safety, but important questions remain about the most beneficial interaction with drivers, and how drivers can be educated about their safe operation. Four of the five research projects will focus on societal acceptance and generate data-driven insights into the use of these technologies. This data can help support their effective integration, foster safer driving behaviors, and offer potential countermeasures to risky driving behavior.

“The development of advanced vehicle technologies may be progressing faster than the ability of some people to fully understand their capabilities, and it’s important to identify how drivers actually understand and use these emerging systems,” said Chuck Gulash, Director of CSRC. “By working with our partner institutions, and openly sharing our insights with the broader automotive, government, NGO, and technology communities, we believe we can help progress society’s acceptance of these new and promising technologies.”

The five research projects will launch in partnership with George Mason University, Rockville Institute, University of Washington, University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute, and San Francisco State University. Data from each project will be shared across the institutions to help speed research, with the results made public to support the advancement of auto safety industrywide.

Launched in May 2017, CSRC Next builds upon the insights gained from the CSRC’s first five years to direct $35 million towards safety research into advanced vehicle technologies. CSRC Next also supports ongoing research programs at the Toyota Research Institute (TRI) and Toyota Connected (TC) to help accelerate the development of automated and connected driving technologies and services.

Since its launch in 2011, CSRC has initiated 60 research projects with 26 partner universities, publishing more than 200 papers and presenting at multiple industry conferences. CSRC projects have made meaningful contributions to auto safety industrywide, including research into human factors on vehicle safety and the efficacy of active and passive safety systems, as well as the collection of driving safety data and development of new tools to analyze that data.

The new CSRC Next research projects include:

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A Neuroergonomic Evaluation of Mental Model Development of Future Automated Driving Technologies

This project is aimed at objectively determining (through neuroergonomic methods) how different factors impact mental model development and evolution of advanced safety technologies.

George Mason University

A Naturalistic Driving Evaluation of Mental Model Development of Future Automated Driving Technologies

This project will develop a taxonomy of mental model development of automotive safety technologies by determining in a naturalistic driving setting how users develop and maintain mental models as AV safety technologies are integrated into the vehicle.

Rockville Institute

Effectiveness of Short and Long Term Education Methods to Enhance Risk Mitigation and Associated Safety-Related Driving Skills

The aim of the project is to develop analytical models that can capture and identify changes in driver performance that are indicative of risk mitigation behavior and to assess the effectiveness of candidate behavioral countermeasures aimed at curbing future risk.

University of Washington

Guidelines for Development of Evidenced-Based Countermeasures for Risky Driving

The overall project objective is to create a set of guidelines that can be used to inform the development of risky driving countermeasures that are evidence-based, guided by theory, and lead to sustained behavioral change.  This will be done by identifying the underlying constructs of current, and future, risky driving behaviors, identifying driver attributes that contribute to the performance of these risky behaviors, and finally, ascertaining the behavior change theories that are mostly likely to create lasting change. 

University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute

Effective Stimuli and Behavior for Driving Safety in Automated Driving

This project provides a proof of concept that appropriate behaviors toward perceived risks can be generated automatically and effortlessly after a short form of training that links stimuli to adaptive behavioral dispositions.

San Francisco State University

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469-292-3573
brian.lyons@toyota.com

Ming-Jou Chen
469-292-3799
ming-jou.chen@toyota.com

About Toyota
Toyota (NYSE:TM) has been a part of the cultural fabric in the U.S. and North America for 60 years, and is committed to advancing sustainable, next-generation mobility through our Toyota and Lexus brands. During that time, Toyota has created a tremendous value chain as our teams have contributed to world-class design, engineering, and assembly of more than 33 million cars and trucks in North America, where we operate 14 manufacturing plants (10 in the U.S.) and directly employ more than 46,000 people (more than 36,000 in the U.S.).  Our 1,800 North American dealerships (nearly 1,500 in the U.S.) sold almost 2.7 million cars and trucks (2.45 million in the U.S.) in 2016 – and about 85 percent of all Toyota vehicles sold over the past 15 years are still on the road today.  

Toyota partners with community, civic, academic, and governmental organizations to address our society’s most pressing mobility challenges. We share company resources and extensive know-how to support non-profits to help expand their ability to assist more people move more places. For more information about Toyota, visit www.toyotanewsroom.com

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Foot Locker Inspires and Commits Acts of Greatness for Sixth Annual Week of Greatness

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NEW YORK, Nov. 15, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Foot Locker today announced that it is continuing the legacy of the “Week of Greatness” around the globe with its sixth-annual campaign by not only delivering the most anticipated footwear and apparel launches, but by committing and championing Acts of Greatness – physical acts of generosity that inspire and uplift others – through the action-oriented platform, #GreatnessDoesGood.

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Foot Locker is bringing #GreatnessDoesGood to life through product and monetary donations, in-store collection points, and local market charitable activations, to help those impacted by recent U.S. and global events, alongside partners like Nike, Jordan, adidas, Puma, Converse, Reebok and the New York Knicks.

“At Foot Locker, we believe that greatness is not only about what sneakers you wear, it’s about what you do while you’re in them,” said Dick Johnson, CEO and President of Foot Locker, Inc. “This year, instead of bringing together the biggest stars in sports to create our well-known, humorous ads for the annual Week of Greatness, we are bringing global sneakerheads together to commit and champion Acts of Greatness.”

At the center of this year’s Week of Greatness is a call to support the needs in Puerto Rico following the impact of Hurricane Maria, the strongest hurricane to hit Puerto Rico since 1932. In addition to delivering essential aid to help its associates, their families and the communities in need, Foot Locker is introducing sneaker donation bins in more than 1,650 of its stores around the globe as a part of its partnership with non-profit, Soles4Souls. Customers are invited to donate new and gently-worn shoes in store, beginning Nov. 18 through Nov. 26, 2017. New shoes donated in the U.S. will be sent to Puerto Rico, while used shoes – and all footwear donations made in Foot Locker locations outside the U.S. – will benefit the Soles4Souls Micro-Enterprise program, driving commerce for entrepreneurs in developing countries.

“Helping Puerto Rico overcome the devastating impact of Hurricane Maria is a cause that is very near and dear to my heart. Foot Locker’s generosity throughout the Week of Greatness will undoubtedly have an impact as the island continues to rebuild and recover the many items, including clothing and shoes, that were lost,” said NBA star, Carmelo Anthony. “I encourage everyone to join me in donating any unworn pair that you can to help those in need in Puerto Rico through the #GreatnessDoesGood campaign.”

Foot Locker is joining its customers in donating, providing thousands of new pairs from its own supply to support on-going recovery efforts in Puerto Rico. The brand has committed to donating more than $1,000,000 towards humanitarian relief efforts around the globe, including $100,000 to support Soles4Souls from the Foot Locker Foundation. Top athletes, artists and influencers including Carmelo Anthony, Paul George and Kyrie Irving will also commit their own Acts of Greatness by donating their shoes to the cause, with additional support from their peers rolling in.

“We are extremely excited to be a part of Foot Locker’s Week of Greatness,” said Buddy Teaster, President and CEO of Soles4Souls.  “Puerto Rico needs our support and we thank Foot Locker and their customers for helping Soles4Souls continue to provide the much-needed relief many still desperately need.”

To announce this year’s unique take on the Week of Greatness, Foot Locker today released two digital videos featuring athlete “look-alikes,” available on YouTube.com/FootLocker. The spots humorously showcase the “athletes” discussing how instead of putting top athletes and celebrities in a Week of Greatness commercial, as Foot Locker has done in years past, the brand is bringing stars together to commit acts of generosity both on a national level, and for their local communities. The first digital spot features actors that look like adidas brand ambassadors Damian Lillard, James Harden, and Kristaps Porzingis. The second spot highlights the likeness of Nike and Jordan athletes Carmelo Anthony, Anthony Davis and Kyrie Irving.

“I’ve partnered with Foot Locker before but this year’s Week of Greatness campaign is special because I get the opportunity to do something that’s important to me which is support the community and help those in need,” said NBA star, Damian Lillard. Later this week I’ll be working with Foot Locker on my ‘Act of Greatness’ in Portland, talking with teens about respecting each other and themselves, and spreading the #GreatnessDoesGood spirit.”

New sneaker releases from Nike, Jordan, adidas and more will drop daily beginning Nov. 18 in Foot Locker, Lady Foot Locker, and Kids Foot Locker stores globally. Visit Foot Locker’s Launch Locator to find the hottest #WeekofGreatness launches at a local store.

Join the conversation by committing and sharing Acts of Greatness using #GreatnessDoesGood and visit @footlocker on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook or by visiting footlocker.com/GreatnessDoesGood for more information on the campaign.

About Foot Locker:

Foot Locker is part of Foot Locker, Inc. (NYSE: FL) is a specialty athletic retailer that operates more than 3,350 stores in North America, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand. Through its Foot Locker, Footaction, Lady Foot Locker, Kids Foot Locker, Champs Sports, SIX:02, Runners Point, and Sidestep retail stores, as well as its direct-to-customer channels, including footlocker.com and Eastbay.com, the Company is a leading provider of athletic footwear and apparel.

About Soles4Souls:

Soles4Souls disrupts the cycle of poverty by creating sustainable jobs and providing relief through the distribution of shoes and clothing around the world. Headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee, the organization repurposes product to supply its micro-enterprise, disaster relief and direct assistance programs. Since 2006, it has distributed more than 30 million pairs of shoes in 127 countries. A nonprofit social enterprise, Soles4Souls earns more than half of its income and commits 100% of donations to programs. Visit soles4souls.org and follow @Soles4Souls on social media for more information.

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Holiday Cheer: ’12 Days of Christmas’ Gifts Rise Just 0.6 Percent In Price, According To PNC

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PITTSBURGH, Nov. 15, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — The PNC Christmas Price Index predicts True Loves will be on their merry way to a more robust and satisfying holiday shopping season this year. To purchase the gifts included in the classic holiday song “The 12 Days of Christmas,” it will only cost 0.6 percent more than in 2016, according to the 34th annual holiday economic analysis by The PNC Financial Services Group.

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PNC calculated the 2017 price tag for The PNC Christmas Price Index at $34,558.65, approximately $200 or 0.6 percent more than last year’s cost and less than the government’s Consumer Price Index, which increased 2.2 percent through September for the past 12 months.

“The U.S. economy is growing at a sustainable pace, fueled by higher consumer confidence, low unemployment, modest wage gains, and low interest rates,” said Thomas P. Melcher, chief investment officer for PNC Asset Management Group. “However, The PNC Christmas Price Index rose at slow steady pace of 0.6 percent in 2017, as companies appear hesitant to pass through price increases to the consumer.”

THE COST OF CHRISTMAS PRESENT
The cost of each item was revealed this morning on PNC’s interactive website (pnc.com/ChristmasPriceIndex), which teaches consumers about the index and features a historical comparison of index data. Of the 12 items measured by the index, nine remained the same price as last year. This year’s insights include:

  • A Partridge in a Pear Tree: The overall price for this top-of-list item increased 4.7 percent, but not because of the Partridge. The pear tree increased 5.2 percent, from $189.99 to $199.95 due to increased cost of living for workers and the limited supply of larger, more mature trees.
  • Gold Rings: The largest growth rate in this year’s index was the cost of Five Gold Rings, which jumped 10 percent due to increased demand and popularity. Prices had remained steady at $750 during the last five years.
  • Lords-a-Leaping: Despite wages rising modestly and a tight job market, only the Lords-a-Leaping saw an increase, as prices jumped two percent to $5,618.90 after two years of stagnant growth.

To mirror the government’s core CPI, which excludes energy and food prices, PNC removes the Swans – typically the most volatile item in the index – from its total index. The core PNC Christmas Price Index was up 0.9 percent from a year ago, while the government’s core Consumer Price Index rose 1.7 percent year-over-year through September.

For those True Loves who prefer the convenience of shopping online, the PNC Christmas Price Index also calculates the cost of “The Twelve Days of Christmas” gifts purchased on the Internet. As Internet prices tend to be higher due to travel and shipping costs, True Loves will have to splurge $45,096 ($10,538 more than in store purchases) for the convenience of online shopping this year.

THE HISTORY OF CHRISTMAS PAST
A PNC predecessor bank in Philadelphia began estimating the cost of the 12 Christmas gifts in 1984 as a holiday client letter. This year’s price is 83 percent higher than the inaugural report 33 years ago.

As part of its annual tradition, PNC also tabulates the “True Cost of Christmas,” which is the total cost of items bestowed by a True Love who repeats all the song’s verses. Purchasing all 364 gifts will require $157,558, up approximately $1,000 from last year and more than $57,000 from 1984.

The PNC index’s sources include retailers, hatcheries, the Philadelphia-based PHILADANCO and the Pennsylvania Ballet Company.

THE EDUCATION OF CHRISTMAS YET TO COME
The PNC Christmas Price Index website pnc.com/ChristmasPriceIndex also includes a downloadable coloring book for kids of all ages and interactive educational tools for teachers to help their students learn about the stock market. Each year, educators across the country use the PNC Christmas Price Index to teach middle and high school students about inflation and economic trends.

Teachers who visit the site will have access to a lesson plan from the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA) (www.sifma.org/foundation) that explains the PNC CPI, its significance and how to interpret its results. The activities in the lesson plan also help students make predictions about this year’s cost of Christmas. The SIFMA Foundation is dedicated to providing youth of all backgrounds with an understanding of the capital markets. Its most popular program is The Stock Market Game™.

The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. (NYSE: PNC) is one of the largest diversified financial services institutions in the United States, organized around its customers and communities for strong relationships and local delivery of retail and business banking including a full range of lending products; specialized services for corporations and government entities, including corporate banking, real estate finance and asset-based lending; wealth management and asset management. For information about PNC, visit www.pnc.com.

[PNC CHRISTMAS PRICE INDEX FOLLOWS]

2017 PNC Christmas Price Index®

Based upon the song “The Twelve Days of Christmas”

TRADITIONAL

INTERNET

% Change

% Change

2016

2017

2017/16

2016

2017

2017/16

One Partridge in a Pear Tree

$       209.99

$       219.95

4.7%

$       244.94

$       269.00

9.8%

Partridge

$         20.00

$        20.00

0.0%

$        95.00

$        95.00

0.0%

Pear Tree

$       189.99

$       199.95

5.2%

$       149.94

$       174.00

16.0%

Two Turtle Doves

$       375.00

$       375.00

0.0%

$       450.00

$       455.00

1.1%

Three French Hen

$       181.50

$       181.50

0.0%

$       281.50

$       281.50

0.0%

Four Calling Birds

$       599.96

$       599.96

0.0%

$       370.00

$       370.00

0.0%

Five Gold Rings

$       750.00

$       825.00

10.0%

$       899.75

$       899.75

0.0%

Six Geese-a-Laying

$       360.00

$       360.00

0.0%

$    1,350.00

$    1,488.00

10.2%

Seven Swans-a-Swimming

$   13,125.00

$  13,125.00

0.0%

$  15,125.00

$  15,165.00

0.3%

Eight Maids-a-Milking

$         58.00

$         58.00

0.0%

$       365.44

$       377.28

3.2%

Nine Ladies Dancing

$    7,552.84

$    7,552.84

0.0%

$    8,322.55

$    8,322.55

0.0%

10 Lords-a-Leaping

$    5,508.70

$    5,618.90

2.0%

$  13,373.35

$  13,373.35

0.0%

11 Pipers Piping

$    2,708.40

$    2,708.40

0.0%

$    2,200.00

$    2,475.00

12.5%

12 Drummers Drumming

$    2,934.10

$    2,934.10

0.0%

$    1,620.00

$    1,620.00

0.0%

Total Christmas Price Index

$  34,363.49

$  34,558.65

0.6%

$  44,602.53

$  45,096.43

1.1%

True cost of Christmas in song

$ 156,507.88

$ 157,558.00

0.7%

$ 202,689.73

$ 204,848.65

1.1%

“Core” index, excluding swans

$  21,238.49

$  21,433.65

0.9%

$  29,477.53

$  29,931.43

1.5%

 

CONTACT:
Rob Tacey
(302) 429-2743
robert.tacey@pnc.com

 

SOURCE PNC Financial Services Group, Inc.

The King of Bollywood Habla Español

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MIAMI, Nov. 15, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — ZEE Mundo, the exclusive Bollywood channel in Spanish, will premiere “Su Nombre es Raees” (Raees) the latest box office sensation from global megastar, Shah Ruhk Kahn, exclusively in Spanish on November 28 at 8pm ET 5pm PT. ZEE MUNDO airs on Dish Latino 822 and Sling TV.

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SU NOMBRE ES RAEES

“Raees” (“Su nombre es Raees”) is based on real-life events and follows the story of a man named Raees in the state of Gujarat (India) in the 80s. His relationships and his meteoric rise to power helped him build an empire from scratch, making him the most powerful man in the state. Raees came to the fore as a liquor smuggler always looking for innovative ways to get ahead; however, in his personal life, his two most important missions were to provide for his family and help the townspeople in any way possible. His downfall comes when he crosses paths with police officer, Majmudar, whose mission is to eliminate crime in Gujarat.

THE KING OF BOLLYWOOD

Media outlets gave SRK this nickname because he is one of the most powerful actors in India as well as globally, with more than 80 films under his belt and an estimated net worth of $750 million. Forbes ranked him among the top 10 highest paid actors in the world, with estimated annual earnings of $38 million. The actor continues to reign at the box office with leading roles like “Raees,” for which he received advanced payment as well as a percentage of box office earnings.

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Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/zeemundo
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Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/zee_mundo
For more information, visit  www.zeemundo.tv

About ZEE Mundo

ZEE Mundo is the only 24-hour pay television channel that airs Bollywood series and films never before seen in the Americas, that is dubbed in Spanish and presented in HD. Its programming covers five genres: action, romance, suspense, drama and comedy. The exclusive content of ZEE Mundo links cultures and brings the biggest Bollywood stars to the Americas. The channel is part of ZEE Entertainment Enterprises Limited, one of the world’s largest content producers, compilers and distributors, with an extensive video library of more than 222,000 hours of content and over 1 billion viewers in 171 countries.

For more information about ZEE Mundo, visit zeemundo.com.

MEDIA CONTACTS

pulpo PR

Gracia Larrain

Latiffe Ghanem

glarrain@gmail.com

lghanem@outlook.com

305.205.5270

305.479.0279

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Olives from Spain, the European Union and Michelin-Starred Chef José Andrés Showcase “Have an Olive Day” in Miami

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MIAMI, Nov. 15, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — The European Union, together with Olives from Spain, and Michelin-starred chef and internationally-recognized culinary innovator, José Andrés, introduced their “Have an Olive Day” campaign to the Miami market as part of their nationwide initiative on Tuesday, November 14.

To view the Multimedia News Release, please click: https://www.multivu.com/players/uk/8222551-olives-from-spain-jose-andres-miami/

On the heels of a successful unveiling in New York City earlier this year, Chef José Andrés and Olives from Spain debuted the campaign in Miami and hosted an intimate tasting. The event took place at SAAM at SLS Brickell, home to his second Miami outpost, Bazaar Mar, where Chef Andrés showcased how olives can be enjoyed in a variety of forms to 60 of Miami’s influential leaders in the culinary industry and media.

The goal of this new three-year collaboration between the Spanish Inter-Professional Table Olive Organization, INTERACEITUNA and the European Union with José Andrés as the campaign ambassador is to raise awareness of the versatility, flavor, nutrition and rich history of olive production in Europe, where olives have been the heart of the culture and cuisine for more than 2,000 years. 

“I am absolutely thrilled that we are able introduce the amazing and delicious olives from my home country to the Miami market” said Chef José Andrés. “Miami is such a beautiful city and has an influential Spanish community that I feel they will truly love the flavors and variety”.

“Have an Olive Day!”, a play on “Have a Nice Day!” is a positive greeting meant to inspire U.S. consumers to discover and enjoy the versatility of European olives, without ever having to get on an airplane. It is encouragement to experience the Mediterranean diet, which is known for its health and nutrition benefits.

The temperate weather of southern Europe and rich, fertile soil are idyllic for growing table olives, which are carefully hand-picked one by one to ensure the fruit remain in top condition. Spain is the world leader in production and exports of table olives, accounting for 21% of world production and 30% of world exports. In 2016, more than 83% of the olives imported into the U.S. came from Europe. 

Olives are accessible and nutritious, perfect for the everyday, modern lifestyle. An essential element of the Mediterranean diet, olives can be enjoyed whole or in a variety of other forms including pitted, chopped, sliced or stuffed. European olives also enhance the flavor of a number of popular recipes ranging from bar food to small plates, salads, sandwiches and entrees. 

The ‘Have an Olive Day’ campaign will run through the year 2019 and will seek to educate U.S. consumers on the different variations of European olives and their culinary uses. While the campaign will launch nationally, it will focus on regions with particularly heavy olive consumption, which include New York City, Miami, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago and Philadelphia. These cities can anticipate seeing campaign activations on TV and online, in their local emblematic media outlets as well as outdoor marketing activities and participation in trade shows.

For recipe inspiration and more information on the rich history of olives, please visit www.haveanoliveday.eu or follow the campaign on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest at @haveanoliveday.

Rebeca Gallego, rebeca.gallego@tactics.es
Oscar Mozún, oscar.mozun@tactics.es

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Star Micronics Announces First Apple AirPrint POS Printer

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SOMERSET, New Jersey, Nov. 14, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Star Micronics, a leading manufacturer of mobile, point of sale (POS), and customer engagement technologies, has officially received certification for the first Apple AirPrint POS printer. The new TSP654II AirPrint will be available to the market in coming months. With both Ethernet and WLAN capabilities, the printer will work seamlessly with all Apple® devices enabling quick setup and simple, high-quality receipt printing.

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Always leading, Always innovating, the TSP654II AirPrint allows the Apple user to continue with the familiar AirPrint experience accustomed when using their Apple iOS® POS system. In addition, receipt printing requires no extra configurations, software or additional drivers.

For ISVs this is the easiest and fastest way to integrate a printer with Apple software. The TSP654II AirPrint works immediately after setup and is the perfect fit for the occasional print job. With the TSP654II, Mac and iOS developers now have another option in addition to the StarPRNT SDK, giving them more flexible printer control. Look for Star Micronics to be on Apple’s AirPrint certified device list in the coming months.

For more information about Star Micronics POS solutions visit, http://www.starmicronics.com

About Star Micronics
Star Micronics, one of the world’s largest POS providers, has designated a portfolio of printing, secure cash management, and customer engagement solutions for any retail or hospitality establishment in POS and mPOS environments. Embracing the mobility wave, Star’s complementary SKDs allow users to utilize Star printers in tandem with Android™, iOS iPad®, and iPhone® devices to generate receipts for all of its printers. Always leading, and always innovating, Star Micronics enables web-based printing solutions including remote cloud printing, wireless cash drawer solutions, proximity-based printing, and secure cash management. For more information, visit www.starmicronics.com or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, or LinkedIn.

Media Contact:
Leticia Arce 
Star Micronics America, Inc.
larce@starmicronics.com
848-216-3283

Melissa McGaughey 
SkyRocket Group
Melissa@skyrocketgroup.com 
814-833-5026 x106

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Georgia Power releases new statewide PSA in advance of Utility Scam Awareness Day on November 15

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ATLANTA, Nov. 14, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Georgia Power is joining other electric, water and natural gas utilities across the country to mark Utility Scam Awareness Day on Wednesday, Nov. 15 and has released a new public service announcement (PSA) featuring simple tips to help customers avoid common scams. The PSA, which is available from the company and through the Georgia Association of Broadcasters, was produced in English and Spanish and can be viewed on the company’s YouTube channel.

Experience the interactive Multichannel News Release here: https://www.multivu.com/players/English/7464952-georgia-power-utility-scam-awareness/

“We’re committed to protecting our customers’ personal and account information every day, and also working to educate our customers about how we do business so that they can avoid scams,” said Pedro Cherry, executive vice president of Customer Service and Operations for Georgia Power. “We actively work to identify new scams and fraud tactics and partner with law enforcement to prosecute those who try to take advantage of our customers.”

Reminders from Georgia Power to avoid common scams:

  • Georgia Power does not demand payment in person at your home or business. If an account becomes past due, Georgia Power will contact the customer via a prerecorded message to the primary account telephone or by letter requesting that the customer call Georgia Power to discuss the account. The company will not ask customers to pay anywhere other than an Authorized Payment Location.
  • Georgia Power employees are easy to identify. If a Georgia Power employee has a service-related reason to visit your home or business, they will always be wearing a Georgia Power employee ID badge, in uniform and in a company vehicle.
  • Beware of phone calls demanding payment via phone. Georgia Power will never ask for a credit card or pre-paid debit card number over the phone. If a customer receives a suspicious call from someone claiming to be from Georgia Power and demanding payment to avoid disconnection, they should hang up and contact the company’s 24-hour customer service line at 888-660-5890.  

Learn more about common scams and how the company works to protect customers by visiting www.GeorgiaPower.com/Scam.

About Georgia Power
Georgia Power is the largest subsidiary of Southern Company (NYSE: SO), America’s premier energy company. Value, Reliability, Customer Service and Stewardship are the cornerstones of the company’s promise to 2.5 million customers in all but four of Georgia’s 159 counties. Committed to delivering clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy at rates below the national average, Georgia Power maintains a diverse, innovative generation mix that includes nuclear, coal and natural gas, as well as renewables such as solar, hydroelectric and wind. Georgia Power focuses on delivering world-class service to its customers every day and the company is consistently recognized by J.D. Power and Associates as an industry leader in customer satisfaction. For more information, visit www.GeorgiaPower.com and connect with the company on Facebook (Facebook.com/GeorgiaPower) and Twitter (Twitter.com/GeorgiaPower).

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FDA warns about illegal use of injectable silicone for body contouring and associated health risks

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SILVER SPRING, Maryland, Nov. 14, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today issued a safety communication to warn consumers and health care practitioners about the serious injuries and disfigurement that can result from using injectable silicone or products being falsely marketed as FDA-approved dermal fillers for the purpose of enhancing the size of their buttocks, breasts and other body parts.

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“An important part of our public health mission is our obligation to warn consumers of unapproved products that are being marketed for medical uses that can cause serious harm. We have significant concerns with unsafe injectable silicone that’s being marketed for body contouring by unlicensed providers. We’ve seen serious adverse events result from products, which are sometimes industrial-grade silicone, being used for these unapproved medical purposes,” said FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D. “The FDA has stepped in to take enforcement actions against unscrupulous actors who promote and provide these services, but we also want to make the public aware of the risks, which can include irreversible disfigurement and even death. While we’ll continue to go after those who provide these unlawful services, the FDA will have its greatest impact by educating Americans to avoid these unsafe practices.”

Injectable silicone is different from the silicone contained within approved breast implants, because the breast implant shell keeps the silicone from migrating within the body. Injectable silicone is currently only approved by the FDA for a specific use inside the eye (intraocular ophthalmic use). When seeking to enlarge the size of their buttocks or breasts, or other large-scale body contouring procedures, some consumers are falsely told they are receiving an FDA-approved dermal filler, but are actually injected with silicone.

Consumers need to be aware that injectable silicone used for body contouring is not FDA-approved and can cause serious side effects that may be permanent or may even lead to death. Side effects can include ongoing pain and serious injuries, such as scarring, tissue death, and permanent disfigurement; if the silicone migrates beyond the injection site, it could cause an embolism (blockage of a blood vessel), stroke, infections and death. Serious complications may occur right away or could develop weeks, months, or years later.

Silicone injections for body contouring are often performed by unlicensed and non-medical practitioners in non-clinical settings such as residential homes or hotels. The FDA does not know the true extent of these injuries caused by these procedures because unlicensed practitioners do not report injuries incurred from their illegal practice and patients who are harmed may not know to alert the FDA.

“The FDA is alarmed by the increasing trend of injectable silicone being used for body contouring purposes,” said Melinda Plaisier, associate commissioner for regulatory affairs at the FDA. “The agency has investigated and prosecuted unlicensed providers administering these injections all over the country, including most recently in Miami. In addition to prosecuting the criminals who take advantage of consumers, the FDA is taking action to educate consumers in order to prevent the serious injuries resulting from these injections. With our communication today, we hope to raise public awareness about the short- and long-term risks of injecting silicone directly into the body, and encourage consumers to choose FDA-approved products and licensed providers when considering any type of cosmetic enhancement.”

The FDA has participated in a number of criminal enforcement actions in recent years that resulted in the arrest and sentencing of unlicensed practitioners who illegally used these unapproved injections on patients. Two Miami spa owners were arrested in February and recently sentenced to four and six years in prison for managing a spa that performed illegal silicone injections. Hundreds of clients received illegal buttock injections and many experienced irreversible injuries and symptoms as a result of the silicone migrating through their body.

The FDA encourages consumers who may have received injectable silicone to seek medical attention immediately if they experience problems such as difficulty breathing, chest pain, signs of a stroke (including sudden difficulty speaking, numbness or weakness in the face, arms, or legs, difficulty walking, face drooping, severe headache, dizziness, or confusion), as it may be a life-threatening situation. For those who are considering a body contouring procedure, talk with a health care provider about appropriate treatment options and the risks associated with the procedure. Consumers are encouraged to review the FDA’s Check Before You Inject checklist for helpful information on choosing FDA-approved products and licensed providers for cosmetic enhancement.

Those who have been offered or have received injectable silicone for body contouring from an unlicensed provider are encouraged to use the FDA website to Report Suspected Criminal Activity.

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The FDA, an agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, protects the public health by assuring the safety, effectiveness, and security of human and veterinary drugs, vaccines and other biological products for human use, and medical devices. The agency also is responsible for the safety and security of our nation’s food supply, cosmetics, dietary supplements, products that give off electronic radiation, and for regulating tobacco products.

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Texas Association of Realtors releases inaugural Texas Realtor Satisfaction Index

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AUSTIN, Texas, Nov. 14, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ —  The Texas Association of Realtors released today a new report that gauges Texas homebuyer and seller satisfaction of working with a real estate agent. The inaugural Texas Realtor Satisfaction Index showed that a majority of homebuyers and sellers highly value the local market knowledge and expertise that Texas Realtors provide. Survey respondents cited word-of-mouth referrals and timeliness in communications as important factors in the selection and satisfaction of working with a real estate agent.

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According to the report, Texas homebuyers and home sellers rated their experience of working with a Texas Realtor a 4.91 and 4.87 out of 5.0, respectively. Among those surveyed, approximately 98 percent gave a satisfaction rating of “good” or “excellent”, 1 percent selected “satisfactory” and less than 1 percent selected “poor” or “below expectations.”

Respondents’ satisfaction of working with a Texas Realtor was most likely to be impacted by the agent’s ability to communicate clearly and in a timely manner. Vicki Fullerton, chairman of the Texas Association of Realtors, commented: “The Texas housing market moves fast, and it’s increasingly important for Realtors to be able to operate at the speed of the market. This means allowing for greater accessibility, setting communication expectations up front with clients and ensuring clear, timely communications so that homebuyers and sellers can feel confident at every step of the process.”

Despite the growing role of technology in the real estate industry, the Texas Realtor Satisfaction Index showed that more than one-third of homebuyers and sellers found their Texas Realtor through a referral from friends or family. Less than 5 percent of respondents found their Texas Realtor through an Internet search or online portal.

Eight in 10 respondents indicated that they didn’t consider another broker if they had previously worked with a Texas Realtor. Texas homebuyers and sellers ranked a deep understanding of a client’s unique needs and local market conditions as the top two deciding factors in working with a Texas Realtor.

Fullerton concluded, “Being a Texas Realtor means striving to make a difference every day, not just in the lives of the homebuyers and sellers we serve, but in the communities in which we live, work and do business. That’s why you’ll often see Texas Realtors taking a stand on issues that impact our economy and quality of life, such as the recently passed Proposition Two which gives Texas homeowners easier access to the equity in their homes.”

The number of Texas Realtors has grown approximately 27 percent since 2010, now exceeding 114,000. In 2017, Texas Realtors remain committed to homeowner advocacy and in 2017 alone invested $4.96M to the Texas Association of Realtors Political Action Committee (TREPAC) and donated more than $3M in Hurricane Harvey Relief through the Texas Realtor Disaster Relief Fund.

About the Texas REALTOR® Satisfaction Index
The 2017 edition of the Texas REALTOR® Satisfaction Index is based on survey responses from 17,000 Texas homebuyers and sellers collected in 2016 and compiled by RealSatisfied, a customer satisfaction and performance evaluation platform built specifically for the real estate industry. To view the full report in its entirety, visit TexasRealEstate.com.

About the Texas Association of REALTORS®
With more than 114,000 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.

CONTACT: Hunter Dodson, 512-448-4950, hdodson@piercom.com

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The Home Depot Announces Third Quarter Results; Updates Fiscal Year 2017 Guidance

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ATLANTA, Nov. 14, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — The Home Depot®, the world’s largest home improvement retailer, today reported sales of $25.0 billion for the third quarter of fiscal 2017, an 8.1 percent increase from the third quarter of fiscal 2016. Comparable store sales for the third quarter of fiscal 2017 were positive 7.9 percent, and comp sales for U.S. stores were positive 7.7 percent.

Net earnings for the third quarter of fiscal 2017 were $2.2 billion, or $1.84 per diluted share, compared with net earnings of $2.0 billion, or $1.60 per diluted share, in the same period of fiscal 2016. For the third quarter of fiscal 2017, diluted earnings per share increased 15.0 percent from the same period in the prior year.

“Though this quarter was marked by an unprecedented number of natural disasters, including multiple hurricanes, wildfires in the West, and earthquakes in Mexico, the underlying health of our core business remains solid,” said Craig Menear, chairman, CEO and president. “I am proud of our team and suppliers for their extraordinary efforts to support those in the path of the various natural disasters throughout the quarter. Our support of the impacted communities continues.”

Impact of Hurricanes in the Fiscal Third Quarter

The Company estimates that hurricane-related sales positively impacted comparable store sales growth by approximately $282 million in the fiscal third quarter. The gross margin on these hurricane-related sales was considerably less than the Company average. In the fiscal third quarter, the Company also incurred approximately $104 million of hurricane-related expense. As a result of the hurricanes, the Company’s operating profit was negatively impacted by approximately $51 million in the fiscal third quarter.

Updated Fiscal 2017 Guidance

Based on its year-to-date performance, underlying strength of the core business, and projected hurricane recovery sales, the Company lifted its fiscal 2017 sales growth guidance and now expects sales will be up approximately 6.3 percent and comp sales will be up approximately 6.5 percent. The Company also raised its diluted earnings-per-share growth guidance for the year and now expects diluted earnings-per-share growth of approximately 14.0 percent from fiscal 2016 to $7.36. The Company’s diluted earnings-per-share growth guidance includes the impact of $8 billion of share repurchases for fiscal 2017.

The Home Depot will conduct a conference call today at 9 a.m. ET to discuss information included in this news release and related matters. The conference call will be available in its entirety through a webcast and replay at ir.homedepot.com/events-and-presentations.

At the end of the third quarter, the Company operated a total of 2,283 retail stores in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, 10 Canadian provinces and Mexico. The Company employs more than 400,000 associates. The Home Depot’s stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: HD) and is included in the Dow Jones industrial average and Standard & Poor’s 500 index.

Certain statements contained herein constitute “forward-looking statements” as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements may relate to, among other things, the demand for our products and services; net sales growth; comparable store sales; effects of competition; state of the economy; state of the residential construction, housing and home improvement markets; state of the credit markets, including mortgages, home equity loans and consumer credit; demand for credit offerings; inventory and in-stock positions; implementation of store, interconnected retail, supply chain and technology initiatives; management of relationships with our suppliers and vendors; the impact and expected outcome of investigations, inquiries, claims and litigation, including those related to the 2014 data breach; issues related to the payment methods we accept; continuation of share repurchase programs; net earnings performance; earnings per share; dividend targets; capital allocation and expenditures; liquidity; return on invested capital; expense leverage; stock-based compensation expense; commodity price inflation and deflation; the ability to issue debt on terms and at rates acceptable to us; the effect of accounting charges; the effect of adopting certain accounting standards; store openings and closures; guidance for fiscal 2017 and beyond; financial outlook; and the integration of acquired companies into our organization and the ability to recognize the anticipated synergies and benefits of those acquisitions. Forward-looking statements are based on currently available information and our current assumptions, expectations and projections about future events. You should not rely on our forward-looking statements. These statements are not guarantees of future performance and are subject to future events, risks and uncertainties – many of which are beyond our control or are currently unknown to us – as well as potentially inaccurate assumptions that could cause actual results to differ materially from our expectations and projections. These risks and uncertainties include but are not limited to those described in Item 1A, “Risk Factors,” and elsewhere in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for our fiscal year ended January 29, 2017 and in our subsequent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q.

Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made, and we do not undertake to update these statements other than as required by law. You are advised, however, to review any further disclosures we make on related subjects in our periodic filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF EARNINGS

FOR THE THREE AND NINE MONTHS ENDED OCTOBER 29, 2017 AND OCTOBER 30, 2016

(Unaudited)

Three Months Ended

Nine Months Ended

amounts in millions, except per share data

October 29,
2017

October 30,
 2016

% Increase

(Decrease)

October 29,
2017

October 30,
 2016

% Increase
(Decrease)

NET SALES

$

25,026

$

23,154

8.1

%

$

77,021

$

72,388

6.4

%

Cost of Sales

16,378

15,112

8.4

50,758

47,628

6.6

GROSS PROFIT

8,648

8,042

7.5

26,263

24,760

6.1

Operating Expenses:

Selling, General and Administrative

4,514

4,280

5.5

13,424

12,949

3.7

Depreciation and Amortization

454

442

2.7

1,347

1,311

2.7

Total Operating Expenses

4,968

4,722

5.2

14,771

14,260

3.6

OPERATING INCOME

3,680

3,320

10.8

11,492

10,500

9.4

Interest and Other (Income) Expense:

Interest and Investment Income

(22)

(10)

N/M

(51)

(25)

N/M

Interest Expense

269

246

9.3

788

726

8.5

Interest and Other, net

247

236

4.7

737

701

5.1

EARNINGS BEFORE PROVISION FOR
INCOME TAXES

3,433

3,084

11.3

10,755

9,799

9.8

Provision for Income Taxes

1,268

1,115

13.7

3,904

3,586

8.9

NET EARNINGS

$

2,165

$

1,969

10.0

%

$

6,851

$

6,213

10.3

%

Basic Weighted Average Common Shares

1,168

1,224

(4.6)

%

1,184

1,236

(4.2)

%

BASIC EARNINGS PER SHARE

$

1.85

$

1.61

14.9

$

5.79

$

5.03

15.1

Diluted Weighted Average Common Shares

1,174

1,229

(4.5)

%

1,190

1,242

(4.2)

%

DILUTED EARNINGS PER SHARE

$

1.84

$

1.60

15.0

$

5.76

$

5.00

15.2

Three Months Ended

Nine Months Ended

SELECTED SALES DATA(1)

October 29,
2017

October 30,
 2016

% Increase

(Decrease)

October 29,
2017

October 30,
 2016

% Increase

(Decrease)

Number of Customer Transactions

389.5

380.0

2.5

%

1,212.0

1,184.8

2.3

%

Average Ticket (actual)

$

62.84

$

59.78

5.1

$

62.78

$

60.26

4.2

Sales per Square Foot (actual)

$

412.49

$

382.18

7.9

$

423.60

$

399.12

6.1

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(1) Selected Sales Data does not include results for Interline Brands, Inc., which was acquired in the third quarter of fiscal 2015.

 

 

THE HOME DEPOT, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

AS OF OCTOBER 29, 2017, OCTOBER 30, 2016 AND JANUARY 29, 2017

(Unaudited)

amounts in millions

October 29,
2017

October 30,
 2016

January 29,
 2017

ASSETS

Cash and Cash Equivalents

$

3,549

$

3,589

$

2,538

Receivables, net

2,166

1,995

2,029

Merchandise Inventories

13,419

13,241

12,549

Other Current Assets

548

523

608

Total Current Assets

19,682

19,348

17,724

Net Property and Equipment

21,960

21,840

21,914

Goodwill

2,217

2,095

2,093

Other Assets

1,164

1,219

1,235

Total Assets

$

45,023

$

44,502

$

42,966

LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY

Short-Term Debt

$

125

$

$

710

Accounts Payable

8,570

8,054

7,000

Accrued Salaries and Related Expenses

1,488

1,398

1,484

Current Installments of Long-Term Debt

1,198

543

542

Other Current Liabilities

4,621

4,436

4,397

Total Current Liabilities

16,002

14,431

14,133

Long-Term Debt, excluding current installments

24,266

22,338

22,349

Other Liabilities

2,212

2,111

2,151

Total Liabilities

42,480

38,880

38,633

Total Stockholders’ Equity

2,543

5,622

4,333

Total Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity

$

45,023

$

44,502

$

42,966

 

 

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CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

FOR THE NINE MONTHS ENDED OCTOBER 29, 2017 AND OCTOBER 30, 2016

(Unaudited)

Nine Months Ended

amounts in millions

October 29,
2017

October 30,
 2016

CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES:

Net Earnings

$

6,851

$

6,213

Reconciliation of Net Earnings to Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities:

Depreciation and Amortization

1,533

1,474

Stock-Based Compensation Expense

214

199

Changes in Working Capital and Other, net of acquisition effects

1,143

33

Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities

9,741

7,919

CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES:

Capital Expenditures

(1,354)

(1,145)

Payments for Business Acquired, net

(260)

Proceeds from Sales of Property and Equipment

38

30

Net Cash Used in Investing Activities

(1,576)

(1,115)

CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES:

Repayments of Short-Term Debt, net

(585)

(350)

Proceeds from Long-Term Debt, net of discounts

2,991

4,959

Repayments of Long-Term Debt

(534)

(3,034)

Repurchases of Common Stock

(6,067)

(4,535)

Proceeds from Sales of Common Stock

157

136

Cash Dividends Paid to Stockholders

(3,174)

(2,567)

Other Financing Activities

(41)

(33)

Net Cash Used in Financing Activities

(7,253)

(5,424)

Change in Cash and Cash Equivalents

912

1,380

Effect of Exchange Rate Changes on Cash and Cash Equivalents

99

(7)

Cash and Cash Equivalents at Beginning of Period

2,538

2,216

Cash and Cash Equivalents at End of Period

$

3,549

$

3,589

 

 

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