Knights’ Carl Anderson Tells Hispanic Catholics they Can Shape Future of U.S. Church


NEW HAVEN, Connecticut, Sept. 25, 2018 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Our Lady of Guadalupe is at work today in the Church in the United States through the faith and action of her numerous followers, Knights of Columbus Supreme Knight Carl Anderson told the Fifth National Encuentro for Hispanic/Latino Ministry that concluded Sunday in Grapevine, Texas.

Anderson told the audience at the conference that “She is very relevant today and there is a Guadalupe miracle today in our country.” He added, “That miracle is the appearance of millions of Guadalupanos and Guadalupanas in this country that can shape the future of our Church.” 

Anderson noted that the Encuentro gathering is an opportunity “to tell the other Catholics in our country that Hispanic Catholics have gifts to give you.”

A key objective of the Encuentro, which followed smaller, regional meetings, is to challenge Latino Catholics to go further and “better respond as missionary disciples in service to the entire Church,” according to organizers.

Hispanics comprise about 40 percent of Church membership in the United States, according to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. The Latino Church population is particularly large among youth and young adults. Fifty percent of American Catholics ages 14 to 29 are Hispanic, and 55 percent of Catholics under 14 are Hispanic.

The Knights of Columbus has long recognized the devotion of Hispanic Catholics and their important contributions to the Catholic Faith. K of C councils were instituted in Mexico as early as 1905 and first primarily Hispanic council in the U.S. was founded in Los Angeles in 1927.

Today, the Knights of Columbus has hundreds of Spanish-speaking councils, and thousands of Hispanic members, said Anderson, who recalled the advice of Pope Francis to Latino Catholics during his 2015 visit to the United States.

“[Pope Francis] said, first, you have many gifts to give to the nation,” said Anderson. “And, second, do not be afraid, do not be ashamed of your traditions.”

For Hispanic Catholicism, those traditions are closely associated with Mary and the impact on evangelization prompted by the apparitions of Our Lady of Guadalupe, said Anderson, Upon becoming supreme knight of the K of C in 2000, Anderson declared Our Lady of Guadalupe to be patroness of the Knights of Columbus, placing every Knights council everywhere in the world under her protection.

Anderson is also the co-author, along with Msgr. Eduardo Chavez, of “Our Lady of Guadalupe, Mother of the Civilization of Love,” on how Our Lady of Guadalupe’s message is both historically significant and speaks to contemporary issues confronting the people of the American continents.

“The future of America is the future of Guadalupanos and Guadalupanas,” said Anderson of Our Lady of Guadalupe’s ongoing impact that reaches far beyond the hilltop in Mexico City where she first appeared. “That’s the miracle today.”

Our Lady of Guadalupe’s image appeared on the cloak of indigenous Mexican convert Juan Diego in 1531. The cloak revealed important elements of the Christian faith through native symbols easily recognized by the indigenous people, resulting in the conversion of millions to the Catholic faith.

About the Knights of Columbus
Founded in 1882, the Knights of Columbus is a 1.9 million-member fraternal organization and Fortune 1000 insurance company.  The K of C is known for its contributions to communities and parishes, and its reach extends to the rest of the world, as well. Whether it’s donating food and clothes, providing support for disaster relief, helping persecuted Christians in the Middle East, volunteering to help children with special needs with the Special Olympics or supporting mothers of unborn children, Knights demonstrate the power and impact of men turning their faith into action every day. 2017 was a record-setting year for Knights of Columbus charitable work with an unprecedented $185.6 million in donations and 75.6 million hours of volunteer service provided worldwide. For more information, visit  

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Alzheimer’s Association And The Ventanillas De Salud Collaborate To Increase Access To Alzheimer’s Information And Resources


CHICAGO, Sept. 25, 2018 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — The Alzheimer’s Association, the Secretariat of Health of Mexico and the Institute for Mexicans Abroad, through its Ventanillas de Salud Program (VDS) announced today a nationwide collaboration to better reach and engage Mexicans living in the United States with important information relating to Alzheimer’s detection, diagnosis, care, treatment, research and advocacy. 

VDS is a binational collaborative program between government, non-profit agencies working together to increase access to health care, raise awareness around health related issues and promote healthy lifestyle choices among low-income migrants among Latino communities in the United States.

Developed by the Secretariat of Health and the Institute for Mexicans Abroad and implemented through 50 Mexican consulates in the United States, VDS provides health information, counseling and referrals to health services available in local communities. VDS also works to improve access to primary and preventive health services and to increase insurance coverage for Mexican families.

Through the collaboration announced today, the Alzheimer’s Association will work with VDS to provide education materials and information on local programs and resources available to help families affected by Alzheimer’s and other dementias.

“The Alzheimer’s Association collaboration with VDS will help us reach a vulnerable population with needed resources and information to help individuals living with the disease and their families better navigate the challenges of Alzheimer’s,” said Marshawn Brown, Director, Diversity & Strategic Alliances for the Alzheimer’s Association.

The collaboration addresses a critical need. Hispanic older adults are an especially vulnerable population.  They carry a greater burden of chronic disease and are about one and one-half times more likely than older whites – to have Alzheimer’s or another dementia. In addition, Hispanics are at greater risk for vascular disease. Contributing risk factors for vascular disease, including diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol may also be risk factors for Alzheimer’s and stroke-related dementia.

In 2010, it was estimated that approximately 31.8 million people of Mexican origin were living in the United States. The U.S. Hispanic older adult population is the fastest-growing segment of the baby boomer generation. Today, U.S. Hispanics make up about 8 percent of the older adult population, but by 2050, they will make up nearly 20 percent of this population. 

Hispanics/Latinos may also receive an Alzheimer’s diagnosis at a later stage of the disease. Delays in diagnosis mean that Hispanics/Latinos are not getting treatments when they are most likely to be effective at improving quality of life. In addition, early detection and diagnosis can allow for earlier use of available treatments that may provide some relief of symptoms and help maintain independence longer.  Delays in diagnosis also mean that Hispanics/Latinos with Alzheimer’s or other dementias may miss the opportunity to make important legal, financial and care plans while they are still capable, as well as making their preferences known to their families.

“Mexican Nationals are considered the highest priority of the Government of Mexico, therefore the Institute for Mexicans Abroad (IME) seeks to understand the specific needs of the population and promote strategies that meet those needs. This collaboration with the Alzheimer’s Association will strengthen the actions of access to health carried out by the Consular Network, to bring more and better services to the Mexican migrant population that has been affected by this disease, ” said Emb. Juan Carlos Mendoza, Director of the Institute of Mexicans Abroad.  For its part, Hilda Dávila, General Director of International Relations of the Ministry of Health, said “We recognize the important work of the Alzheimer’s Association in disseminating useful information to our community in order to promote healthy behaviors and advance early detection of symptoms.”

The Alzheimer’s Association will work with VDS and the Mexican Consulate to identify and navigate barriers to accessing health care within the Hispanic/Latino community. Local Alzheimer’s Association offices will play a key role in the VDS collaboration. These offices will work directly with VDS programs across the country to promote local programs and services. Additional activities may include:

  • Dissemination of Alzheimer’s Association information and materials through VDS programs in all 50 Mexican consulates within the U.S.
  • Education and training for consulate staff and community partners to increase access to Alzheimer’s information and resources. For example, efforts to recruit and train promotores (community health workers) to help bridge cultural and linguistic barriers that have previously slowed access to Alzheimer’s information and resources.
  • Collaboration on initiatives, such as Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month, and Hispanic Heritage Month.

“We are excited about our collaboration with VDS,” Brown said. “It will allow the Alzheimer’s Association to reach more families who need help. Alzheimer’s disease is challenging under any circumstance, but even more so when you lack information and support services. This collaboration will help bridge this gap.”

About the Alzheimer’s Association®:
The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Our mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Our vision is a world without Alzheimer’s®.  Visit or call 800.272-3900.

About Ventanillas de Salud:
The potential reach of the Ventanillas de Salud is very significant because the program serves an average of 1.5 million people annually through its 50 locations in the United States.

The vision of the Ventanillas de Salud Program is to improve the physical and mental health of Mexicans living in the United States by:

  • Increasing access to primary and preventive health services
  • Increasing health insurance coverage
  • Increasing the supply and quality of culturally sensitive services
  • Reducing the use of emergency services
  • Working as a reliable and sustainable health information network


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GALLEGOS United Promotes Silvina Cendra to Head of Strategy & Planning

Silvina Cendra, Head of Strategy & Planning, GALLEGOS United

HUNTINGTON BEACH, California, Sept. 25, 2018 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Andrew Delbridge, president and chief strategy officer of top-ranked culturally-attuned, independent advertising agency GALLEGOS United, today announced that Silvina Cendra has been promoted from Planning Director to Head of Strategy & Planning. 

Silvina Cendra, Head of Strategy & Planning, GALLEGOS United

Cendra first joined GALLEGOS United in March 2011 and brings more than 18 years of international experience in advertising, marketing, research and economics to her role. In her seven years at GALLEGOS United, she has lent senior-level strategy and creative planning support to agency clients assisting brands, including Comcast, JCPenney, TurboTax, The Clorox Company, Target and others, in leveraging consumer insights to better engage cross-cultural consumers and drive growth.

“Silvina is an incredible talent who brings a unique blend of left and right brain thinking to deliver powerful insights, actionable growth-strategies and exceptional creative ideas to our clients,” said Delbridge. “She is the epitome of what it means to be culturally attuned and is arguably one of the leading authorities on how to harness the cultural shifts in today’s marketplace. We value her leadership and contributions and congratulate her on this well-deserved promotion.”

Prior to GALLEGOS United, Cendra worked at GlobalHue New York, at Euro RSCG’s New York and Puerto Rico offices, and at HAVAS Argentina, servicing a variety of Fortune 500 companies including Verizon, Chivas Regal, DIRECTV, Bristol Meyers and others.  

Cendra was educated in Argentina and holds a M.B.A. in Business Administration from UADE Business School and a B.A in Economic Studies-Cum Laude from University of Buenos Aires where she served as Assistant Professor, Statistics. She also completed postgraduate studies in Marketing at the IAE Business School in Argentina. A featured speaker at the Advertising Research Foundation’s “Re: Think” 2015 conference and at its Multicultural Forum, she has received numerous awards for her work including a 2017 Effie Gold, a 2017 Reggie Award Gold, a 2016 Jay Chiat Gold, and a 2016 U.S.H. Idea Silver for the Xfinity “Language Choice” campaign; in addition to a 2015 REGGIE Gold on behalf of JCPenney and several NamicvEMMA and HAPE awards. 

About GALLEGOS United
Founded in 2001 by John Gallegos and formerly known as Grupo Gallegos, GALLEGOS United is a creatively-driven agency dedicated to providing clients with strategic marketing solutions that push the boundaries and propel business growth. GALLEGOS United counts Comcast, Coronado Brewing Co., California Milk Processor Board (Got Milk?), TurboTax and Chick-fil-A as clients, to name a few. GALLEGOS United is the creative arm of UNITED COLLECTIVE, a communications group comprised of five interconnected independent agencies. For more information, visit


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Marriott International Launches #LoveTravels Beyond Barriers To Provide $500K To Groups And Individuals Advocating For Inclusion, Equality, Peace And Human Rights

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BETHESDA, Md., Sept. 25, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Marriott International announces the creation of Beyond Barriers, the next phase of Marriott’s groundbreaking #LoveTravels program.  #LoveTravels Beyond Barriers celebrates and supports those who are actively leading unique strategies to promote inclusion, equality, peace and human rights. A centerpiece of the program will be the #LoveTravels Beyond Barriers Social Innovation Investment, which over the course of a year, will distribute $500,000 in grants to groups and individuals who are actively breaking down barriers that divide.

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“As a hospitality company, it is our responsibility – and not one that we take lightly – to provide safe and welcoming spaces for our guests and associates every day to make a positive impact on diverse communities,” said Cherilyn Williams, Director, Global Portfolio Marketing at Marriott International. “Beyond Barriers is an expansion of the #LoveTravels program, which has been celebrating and supporting inclusion, equality, peace and human rights since it was launched, and will allow us to dive even deeper to tell stories in a more intimate, powerful and personal way.”

#LoveTravels Beyond Barriers kicks off September 25 at the JW Marriott Essex House in New York City with a star-studded launch event featuring Grammy nominee and 5X Latin Grammy award-winning star Luis Fonsi; writer, producer, actor and the first African-American woman to win an Emmy for comedy writing Lena Waithe; and singer-songwriter Betty Who.

Marriott International’s Chief Lodging Services Officer of The Americas Erika Alexander will open the event, which will feature the Beyond Barriers  inaugural class of Social Innovators, ConPRmetidos Co-Founder Isabel Rullán, PERIOD Founder Nadya Okamoto, VideoOut Founder Jordan Reeves and Weird Enough Productions Founder Tony Weaver, Jr., who will discuss how their work is advancing the movement toward peace and inclusion.

Each will receive a $50,000 grant for their nonprofit organization and unprecedented opportunities to meet with Marriott leaders and partners tailored to their focus area, in addition to summits, one-on-one mentorship and other Marriott programming over the course of the next year.

The discussion, to be moderated by ABC News’ TJ Holmes, is the first in a series of Beyond Barriers Summits meant to spark conversations with travelers, thought leaders, activists and advocates to discuss how to make a difference through breaking barriers, drive a call to action and highlight how travel can be a catalyst to achieving peace and inclusion.

“To celebrate the fifth anniversary of #LoveTravels, we set out to shine a light on people and organizations who are actively forging new paths and championing initiatives that have a direct impact on diverse communities,” said Apoorva Gandhi, Vice President of Multicultural Affairs, Marriott International. “Tony, Nadya, Jordan and Isabel represent the future, and their work to create solutions and drive change is something that Marriott is proud to be able to support and foster.”

The causes championed by each of the grant recipients span a vast array of communities and needs that are deeply important to Marriott International. From highlighting positive representations of minorities in media, to supporting good hygiene for those in need, to empowering marginalized communities to share their stories, to revitalizing a traumatized island—each of the recipients’ causes will benefit immensely from Marriott’s support.

The remaining $300,000 will be distributed via a contest that will award 30 individuals with a $10,000 grant to accelerate their vision for how to advance inclusion, equality, peace and human rights through travel.1

The program continues throughout 2018 with additional Beyond Barriers Summits planned for the annual National Black MBA Association Conference in Detroit on September 27, featuring award-winning actress Taraji P. Henson, followed by the True Colors Fund Summit on October 3-4 in Atlanta. The Summits continue into next year with additional programming scheduled through 2019.

About Marriott International, Inc.:
Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, and encompasses a portfolio of more than 6,700 properties in 30 leading hotel brands spanning 130 countries and territories. Marriott operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts all around the world. The company also operates award-winning loyalty programs: Marriott Rewards®, which includes The Ritz-Carlton Rewards® and Starwood Preferred Guest®. For more information, please visit our website at, and for the latest company news, visit In addition, connect with us on Facebook and @MarriottIntl on Twitter and Instagram.

About #LoveTravels:
#LoveTravels represents Marriott International’s celebration and support of inclusion, equality, peace and human rights. It is a direct reflection of Marriott’s longstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion and highlights our belief that travel is a catalyst for peace and inclusiveness. #LoveTravels launched in 2014 with a powerful message of acceptance through the telling of stories of diverse travelers. It has since ignited a global movement to celebrate and inspire others who share Marriott’s commitment.

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Café Bustelo® Provides Financial Support To Hispanic Students Seeking College Degrees


ORRVILLE, Ohio, Sept. 25, 2018 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Today, Café Bustelo® in partnership with the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) awarded ten deserving Latino students from around the country with the Café Bustelo El Café del Futuro Scholarship. In its fifth year, the brand has provided $230,000 to date in college scholarships to 46 Latino students nationwide.

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Starting in February, Café Bustelo challenged students across the nation to submit an 800-word essay describing how their heritage, family and the community in which they grew up inspired them to obtain a college degree and how they plan on giving back to their respective communities.

More than 1,500 eligible applications (nearly 500 more applications than 2017) were received and reviewed by a qualified review committee. The following students have been selected as the official recipients, awarded for their ambition to further their education and unparalleled commitment to their communities:

  • Patricia Jaimes (East Lansing, Mich.): Despite financial difficulties, Patricia’s parents emphasized the importance of obtaining a good education. Between balancing multiple jobs, participating in extracurricular activities and being the mother of a child with disabilities, Patricia chose to pursue higher education and maintain a high GPA. Now, she is currently working on a Ph.D. in earth and environmental sciences and hopes her research will contribute to structural and social changes within higher education and STEM communities, making them more inclusive for ethnic minorities and people with disabilities.
  • Airam Caldera (Ind.): As the first-generation American of Mexican immigrants, Airam’s parents’ hardships are what fueled her desire to earn not one, but several college degrees. Over the course of her undergraduate experience, she struggled to find a niche for herself until she found support with Sigma Pi Alpha at the University of California, San Diego, a Latina-based multicultural sorority. Now focusing on her Master of Biomedical Sciences at Marian University – College of Osteopathic Medicine, Airam plans on specializing in geriatrics to care for the immigrant community that collectively raised her.
  • Gabriela Peterson (Albuquerque, N.M.): Her desire to break the vicious cycle associated with difficult socioeconomic conditions that existed in her community as a child significantly impacted Gabriela’s motivation to obtain her college degree, becoming a first-generation college student in her family. When Gabriela became a high school teacher, she found sharing her knowledge and enthusiasm for learning with children in her own community so rewarding. Now in doctoral studies, Gabriela intends to develop the necessary transferable skills to become a socially-just educational leader.
  • Norge Arnaiz (Davie, Fla.): As a first-generation Cuban-American, Norge came from humble beginnings. Seeing his parents sacrifice everything to provide their family with the best opportunities inspired Norge to receive an education and major in accounting. It wasn’t until he joined the Association of Latino Professionals for America that he was able to find a mentor with a similar cultural background and interests. Norge credits the organization with helping him become the successful student he is today and showing him the impact Latinos could have on society.
  • Juan Rivera (Miami, Fla.): Originally from a rural community in Nicaragua with limited healthcare resources available, Juan was determined to pursue a medical degree to help people in countries where medical help is scarce. He was inspired by his parents’ work ethic and their desire for a better life for their family in moving from Nicaragua to the United States. After witnessing others struggle to obtain quality healthcare, Juan found his passion in serving those who need it most.
  • Bianca Esquivel-Bolanos (Mission, Texas): After Bianca’s parents decided to move from an impoverished neighborhood in Parlier, California to a town in South Texas with more opportunity, Bianca was determined to take advantage of all the educational resources available. She sought every opportunity to enrich her life whether it was through extracurricular activities, networking or spiritual meditation. Humbled by her parents’ sacrifices to give her family a better life, Bianca’s goal is to publish research on the modern problems Hispanic youth face and uncover viable ways to help address depression and anxiety caused by cultural stereotypes and detached familial relationships.
  • Germain Medina (Hollister, Calif.): Determined to become a physician and help support those who are disadvantaged in his community, Germain has worked relentlessly towards realizing that dream despite hardships throughout his life. With a 4.17 grade point average, Germain is excelling both in and out of the classroom. He is the president and founder of Club Biology, which tutors students in all areas of science and is the Vice President of Robotics Club. Germain is also involved in the Red Cross Club and Pre-Health Club as well. At home, he is an integral part of his father’s business and cares for his grandfather who suffers from a mental illness.
  • Maria Sinkule (Addison, Ill.): Inspired by her parents’ selfless values and humble upbringing, Maria is a first-generation Mexican American currently pursuing a doctorate in Social Work. Having grown up without much, she learned from her parents the values of family, education and always remembering her roots. Maria plans to use her doctorate to encourage others to pursue higher education degrees and teach at the university level.
  • Christopher Cardenas Cahun (Dixon, Calif.): Christopher is deeply invested in giving back to the Latino community that has provided him with so many valuable life lessons.  He plans to give back by investing in scholarship opportunities, leadership conferences, and college-oriented programs. Christopher credits his educational support system with providing him with all the tools needed to succeed in college, but he is grateful most of all for his solid family support. He would like to invest in family support systems so that more children can grow up in safe and supportive environments.
  • Eduardo Martinez (Collegedale, Tenn.): As a youth leader in his community, Eduardo encourages others to do well in school and take pride in their accomplishments. He makes himself available to local teens to provide them with support, advice and encouragement to continue pursuing their dreams, no matter their situation. An advocate for Latinos, Eduardo would like to create an organization offering scholarships to Hispanic youth to help further their educations.

Stay updated on the latest Café Bustelo news by following along on social media: @CafeBustelo on Twitter and /CafeBusteloOFFICIAL on Facebook.

About Café Bustelo
Our delicious coffee and rich espresso heritage was born in 1931. Since then, we’ve not only been proud of our rich, full-bodied flavor, but also of our unique and inviting culture. Café Bustelo coffee can be prepared using your preferred method.  Available in the forms you want, including K-Cup® pods.

About HACU
The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) represents approximately 470 colleges and universities committed to Hispanic higher education success in the U.S., Puerto Rico, Latin America and Spain. The association’s headquarters are located in San Antonio, Texas, with government relations offices in Washington, D.C., and Sacramento, California. HACU is the only national association representing existing and emerging Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs). Information is available at

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Buchanan’s Blended Scotch Whisky Names Global Latin Superstar J Balvin Creative Director of the Imparables Colección Celebrating Culture, Creativity and Inspiring Greatness Within


NEW YORK, Sept. 24, 2018 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — To celebrate the people and communities that are infusing everyday culture with their passion and talents, Buchanan’s Blended Scotch Whisky continues its partnership with global Latin superstar and proud Colombian musical artist, J Balvin, to introduce the Imparables Colección. The program is an evolution of the brand’s Es Nuestro Momento campaign, championing an unstoppable, new generation of leaders rising to greatness.

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To kick off the campaign, Buchanan’s has appointed brand partner J Balvin as Creative Director of La Colección. As part of La Colección, Balvin will design a limited-edition bottle of Buchanan’s 12-Year-Old DeLuxe, featuring art inspired by his culture, which will be sold nationwide in the spring of 2019. He has also selected a panel of four artists, who created limited-edition works showcasing their own greatness.The artists include Puerto Rican musician Bad Bunny, Cuban-American painter Alexander Mijares, Mexican-American sculptor David Flores and Colombian painter Sabrina Yanguas. This art is intended to inspire others to submit their own original designs that represent their unstoppable greatness, with the chance to leave their mark on a limited-edition Buchanan’s pack that will be sold nationwide. Beginning October 10 through October 31, creators 21+ can enter their designs at Balvin and artists from La Colección will judge and then announce the final lucky winner in the coming months.

Balvin commented on the collaboration, “Passion, energy and talent is inside of all of us. That’s why I’m working with Buchanan’s Whisky to find The Unstoppables who want to share their vision with the world. Through the Imparables Colección we are providing a platform to celebrate their greatness, because now more than ever we can create new possibilities for ourselves and our community – because Es Nuestro Momento!”

To continue to support the creative growth of our communities, Buchanan’s will also offer a series of intimate mentoring workshops on topics, such as photography, choreography and music production. Leading industry creatives, including Balvin’s personal photographer, Orli Arias, and one of Balvin’s Vibras tour choreographers, WilldaBeast, among others will lead the workshops, offering unparalleled professional advice and skills for aspiring creators. More information on the workshops will be posted to

“Buchanan’s is proud to be evolving our Es Nuestro Momento campaign in partnership with J Balvin. We share his commitment to amplifying the optimism and greatness in culture today. We believe that greatness is contagious and is found in all of us! We look forward to introducing a truly one-of-a-kind limited-edition Buchanan’s 12-Year-Old DeLuxe pack that showcases the spirit of the unstoppable creators who are impacting our communities every day,” commented Tara King, Buchanan’s Senior Brand Manager.

La Colección can be experienced as part of Buchanan’s ongoing Casa Buchanan’s activations at places, like J Balvin’s Vibras tour that began on September 19th, and other cultural events throughout the year.

For additional information on Buchanan’s Whisky, please visit Stay up to date on the Imparables Colección by following the conversation at @BuchanansUS on Facebook, @BuchanansWhisky on Instagram and @BuchanansUSA on Twitter.

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Jaylan Ochoa

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

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

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

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2019 Honda Civic Sedan and Coupe: America’s Best-Selling Nameplate Gains Sport Trim, Standard Honda Sensing®, Exterior and Interior Styling Updates

The 2019 Honda Civic Sedan and Coupe receive a number of upgrades aimed at further solidifying Civic’s status as America’s retail best-selling passenger car.

TORRANCE, California, Sept., 24, 2018 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — The 2019 Honda Civic Sedan and Coupe receive a number of upgrades aimed at further solidifying Civic’s status as America’s retail best-selling passenger car1. Launching at Honda dealerships nationwide on October 10, the refreshed Civic Sedan and Civic Coupe will feature new design cues inside and out, standard Honda Sensing® technology for all trims, and a new Display Audio system with physical buttons and a volume knob. Civic Sedan and Coupe buyers will also have a new Sport trim to consider, featuring unique styling, upsized 18-inch wheels and tires, enhanced handling and value-added feature content.

The 2019 Honda Civic Sedan and Coupe receive a number of upgrades aimed at further solidifying Civic’s status as America’s retail best-selling passenger car.

The 2019 Civic Sedan is available in five generously-equipped trims: LX, Sport, EX, EX-L and Touring. Civic Coupe is available in LX, Sport, EX and Touring trims. The 2019 Civic launch will continue later this year with the Civic Si Coupe and Sedan, Civic Hatchback and Civic Type R. Details concerning the rest of the 2019 Civic lineup will be announced at a later date.

Exterior and Interior Design

The 2019 Civic Sedan and Coupe both feature refreshed styling that subtly updates the highly popular 10th-generation Civic design to give America’s favorite car an even more aggressive impact while simultaneously imparting a more premium feel. The restyled lower bumper gives Civic a wider look and is complemented by a new blacked-out headlight treatment. The Honda-signature “wing” design on the grille also gets a new gloss black treatment on Sedan and Coupe. On Touring trims, the LED headlights have been upgraded with a new design to give the lights a wider and longer beam. The new, more aggressive tone is given an air of sophistication by the subtle use of chrome accents on the front bumper. At the rear, Civic Sedan’s lower bumper receives a chrome strip to emphasize Civic’s premium feel. Civic also receives three new colors: Platinum White Pearl, Molten Lava Pearl (Sedan only), and Tonic Yellow Pearl (Coupe only).

Inside, Civic Sedan and Coupe models benefit from a number of subtle improvements centered on providing a more refined driving and ownership experience. The Display Audio system, standard on Sport trims and above, has been updated with a new interface that includes a volume knob and physical buttons for key functions, in addition to improved Bluetooth® integration with easier device pairing. Additional improvements on all trims include redesigned steering wheel controls for more intuitive operation, a new center console cupholder that better holds larger beverages, and updated dash trim with gunmetal gray on LX trims (LX and EX for Coupe), metallic finish on EX, EX-L and Touring sedans (Touring only for Coupe), and with an embossed finish on Sport trims. All Civic Sedans and Coupes also benefit from additional sound insulation in the floor, trunk, and front fenders, with new sound insulation in the rear fenders.

New Civic Sport Sedan and Coupe

Slotted between the LX and EX trims, the 2019 Civic Sedan and Coupe Sport trims utilize a responsive 2.0-liter engine paired with either a 6-speed manual transmission or optional Continuously Variable automatic Transmission (CVT). Visual enhancements consist of unique exterior styling cues such as fog lights with gloss black trim and upsized 18-inch wheels (+1 inch) wrapped in the same all-season tires as the Civic Si. Out back, a black-painted decklid spoiler, Sport badging and a sport muffler capped by a wide, center-mounted chrome exhaust finisher styled after Civic Si complete the package.

Inside, Coupe and Sedan sport trims get red gauges, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter, paddle shifters (CVT-equipped models), textured aluminum sport pedals, and unique seat materials with a combination of synthetic leather and cloth. The sport trim also gets upgraded tech over the LX model along with an 8-speaker audio system as described below.

Features and Technology

Standard equipment on Civic Sedan and Coupe models includes the Honda Sensing® suite of safety and driver-assistive systems, including new automatic high beams. Additional standard features on all trims include upscale items such as an electronic parking brake with an automatic Brake Hold feature and a 7-inch digital TFT instrument cluster.

Civic Sport models build off the LX trim with the aforementioned exterior and interior design upgrades, and a redesigned 7-inch Display Audio system that includes Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ integration.

Civic EX models receive the new Display Audio system as well, in addition to newly standard dual zone automatic climate control with new fan speed buttons. New for 2019, Civic EX Sedan also receives an 8-way power adjustable driver’s seat, along with a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob. Additional Civic EX features include 17-inch alloy wheels, a power moonroof, Honda’s exclusive LaneWatch™ side-view camera, hands-free entry with push button start, an updated audio system with 8 speakers (10 speakers in Civic Coupe), heated front seats and exterior mirrors and remote start. The EX-L trim, exclusive to Civic Sedan, adds leather-trimmed seats, an auto-dimming rear view mirror and Homelink®.

At the top of the Civic Sedan and Coupe lineup, the Touring trim adds newly designed 18-inch wheels, paddle shifters (with CVT) and sport pedals. Also included on Civic Touring are LED headlights that have been redesigned for a longer and wider beam. Rain-sensing wipers, side-mirror turn signals, heated rear seats (sedan only), embedded navigation and an updated audio system are also feature upgrades for all Civic Touring trims, while Civic Touring Sedans also get a 4-way power passenger seat.

Powertrain and Chassis

The 2019 Honda Civic Sedan and Coupe LX and Sport trims are powered by a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine producing 158 horsepower and 138 lb.-ft. of torque. Connected to either a 6-speed manual transmission or CVT, the 2.0-liter provides lively performance and laudable EPA fuel economy ratings. CVT-equipped Civic EX, EX-L and Touring trims are powered by a 1.5-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder with peak output of 174 horsepower (SAE net) 162 lb.-ft. of torque (SAE net). EPA fuel economy ratings with the 1.5-liter engine remain among the best in class, with top ratings of 32/42 city/highway mpg2 for EX and EX-L trims.

2019 Civic Sedan and Coupe Powertrain Details


LX, Sport

EX, EX-L, Touring


2.0L DOHC multi-point injected
4-cylinder i-VTEC®

1.5L DOHC direct-injected
turbocharged 4-cylinder


6-speed manual (6MT) or CVT w/
available G-Shift Control

CVT w/ available G-Shift Control

Horsepower @ rpm (SAE net)

158 @ 6500

174 @ 6000

Torque @ rpm (lb.-ft., SAE net)

138 @ 4200

162 @ 1700-5500

Recommended fuel

Regular Unleaded

Regular Unleaded

CARB emissions rating



Tune-up interval

No scheduled tune-ups required
for 100,000 +/- miles

No scheduled tune-ups required for
100,000 +/- miles

From LX to Touring, Civic has a well-earned reputation of being fun to drive. Civic Sport builds on this reputation with improved handling thanks to exclusive shock absorbers, rear lower control arms, and a stiffer front stabilizer bar in addition to 18-inch wheels and tires.

2019 Honda Civic Sedan & Coupe Pricing and EPA Ratings

Model / Trim / Engine



Including $895

EPA Mileage Rating

LX Coupe 2.0L





Sport Coupe 2.0L





Sport Coupe 2.0L





EX Coupe 1.5L Turbo





Touring Coupe 1.5L Turbo





LX Sedan 2.0L





LX Sedan 2.0L





Sport Sedan 2.0L





Sport Sedan 2.0L





EX Sedan 1.5L Turbo





EX-L Sedan 1.5L Turbo





Touring Sedan 1.5L Turbo






The 2019 Civic Sedan and Coupe continue to offer class-leading interior volume that rivals many midsize cars. Front seat passengers enjoy generous amounts of leg and headroom and a cleverly designed center console offers a surprising amount of flexible storage space. Civic also offers additional storage on a tray under the dash for items that may require quick access, such as a wallet. This additional storage also houses the USB input used for functions including the Display Audio system’s Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ integration, allowing drivers to keep their phones out of sight while driving. Alternatively, a convenient pass-through to the upper section lets drivers easily secure their phones while keeping the USB cord from cluttering the interior. Next to the USB input is a convenient 12-volt power source.

Rear seat passengers are treated to excellent legroom and headroom as well, and in Touring Sedan trims the outboard seating positions offer two levels of heating. The generous, midsize-like cargo space – up to 15.1 cu. ft. in sedan and up to 12.1 cu. ft. in coupe – is supplemented by 60/40 split folding rear seatbacks (single-piece in LX) to accommodate longer loads when necessary, with release handles for the seatbacks conveniently located in the trunk and the passenger compartment.

Safety Performance and Driver Assistive Features

For the 2019 model year, Civic Sedan and Coupe models feature the Honda Sensing® suite of safety and driver-assistive technologies as standard equipment on all trims. Honda Sensing® includes Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Low-Speed Follow, Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™) incorporating Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS) and Road Departure Mitigation (RDM) incorporating Lane Departure Warning (LDW). Additionally, all Honda Civic models receive automatic high beams as part of their Honda Sensing® package.

The 2019 Honda Civic also features a long list of standard active and passive safety features, including Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®) with traction control, driver and passenger front and side airbags, side-curtain airbags with rollover sensor, Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist and Honda’s next-generation Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) body structure. The Civic is designed to achieve a 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), and Top Safety Pick+ from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). All models feature a multi-angle rearview camera with guidelines, while EX trims and higher have Honda LaneWatch™ as standard equipment.







Vehicle Stability Assist™ (VSA®) with Traction Control

Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS)

Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD)

Brake Assist

Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)

Daytime Running Lights (DRL)

Multi-Angle Rearview Camera






Forward Collision Warning (FCW) (HS)

Lane Departure Warning (LDW) (HS)

Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CMBS™) (HS)

Road Departure Mitigation System (RDM) (HS)

Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS) (HS)

Adaptive Cruise Control w/ Low-Speed Follow (ACC) (HS)

Honda LaneWatch™

Advanced Compatibility Engineering™ (ACE™) Body Structure

Advanced Front Airbags

SmartVent® Front Side Airbags

Side Curtain Airbags with Rollover Sensor

3-Point Seat Belts at all seating positions

Front 3-Point Seat Belts w/ Automatic Tensioning System

Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren (LATCH): Lower Anchors (2nd-Row Outboard), Tether Anchors (2nd-Row All)

Driver’s and Front Passenger’s Seat-Belt Reminder

Child-Proof Rear Door Locks

HS = Honda Sensing®  

Model Trim Level Summary




Honda Sensing® with Automatic High Beams

New cupholder design

Electric Parking Brake illumination

One-touch turn indicators

Security system with remote entry and trunk release

Projector-beam halogen headlights with auto on/off

LED taillights

2-speed intermittent windshield wipers

Body-colored power side mirrors

Body-colored door handles

16″ Wheels


Steel w/cover

Capless fueling system

Digital speedometer

ECON button

Rearview camera with guidelines

Automatic climate control

Steering wheel audio control

Front armrest console

Sport (Add or replace from LX)



18″ alloy wheel (vs 16″)

Fog lights

Chrome, center-mounted exhaust finisher

Black decklid spoiler

Sport badge

Smart Start / Smart Entry

Remote Start (with CVT)

Combination cloth and simulated leather seat

7″ Display Audio with hard buttons, volume knob

Apple CarPlay™  and Android Auto™ integration

Leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob

Sport pedals

Paddle shifters (with CVT)

Fin-type roof-mounted antenna

8-speaker audio system

EX (Add or replace from LX)



8-way power driver’s seat

Leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob

New 7″ Display Audio with hard buttons, volume knob

17″ alloy wheels (new design)

One-touch moonroof with tilt feature

Decklid spoiler

Smart Start / Smart Entry

Walk Away Door Lock

Variable intermittent windshield wipers

Body-colored and heated power side mirrors

Remote start

Honda LaneWatch™

Premium audio

Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ integration

Heated front seats

Dual zone automatic climate control

SAT/HD radio

Upgrade audio

10 Speakers
vs 4

8 Speakers
vs 4

EX-L (Sedan only, add or replace from EX)



HomeLink® remote

Leather-trimmed seats

Auto-dimming rear-view mirror

Touring (Add or replace from EX Coupe; EX-L Sedan)



18″ alloy wheels

Paddle shifters

Sport pedals


LED headlights with auto on/off (new design)

Rain sensing wipers

Body-colored and heated power side mirrors with integrated LED turn signals

Chrome door handles

Leather-trimmed seats

Embedded navigation

4-way power passenger seat

Heated rear seats

Premium audio

10 Speakers
vs 8

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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, Insight, 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 more than 35 years and currently operates 19 major manufacturing facilities in North America. In 2017, more than 90 percent of all Honda brand vehicles sold in the U.S. were made in North America, using domestic and globally sourced parts.

1 Based on Urban Science retail sales data for all car models in the industry 2016-2018CYTD July.
2 Based on 2019 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions and other factors.
3 MSRP (Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price) excluding tax, license, registration, $895 destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.
4 MSRP plus $895 destination charge, excluding tax, license, registration and options. Dealer prices may vary.

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MDO Partners’ Lisa Capote Elected Hispanic National Bar Association Regional President Of Florida


MIAMI, Sept. 20, 2018 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — MDO Partners is proud to announce Compliance Counsel, Lisa Capote, has been elected Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) Regional President of Florida. Ms. Capote was sworn in at the 2018 HNBA Annual Convention held in Philadelphia earlier this month.

Ms. Capote has been an active member, mentor, and leader of the HNBA for several years. She has served as Deputy Regional President and Co-Chaired the Region’s Network Committee and its Lo Nuestro Series.

“I am honored to lead the HNBA Florida Region during this critical time to promote diversity and inclusion in the legal profession, and address critical issues facing our Hispanic/Latino community,” said Ms. Capote.  “I look forward to collaborating with my HNBA Familia to advance our National President, Jennifer Salinas’, themeTheir Future is Our Future.'”

“We are so proud of Lisa’s remarkable accomplishments and her continued commitment to the HNBA,” said Richard Montes de Oca, Managing Partner of MDO Partners and Chair of the HNBA Compliance and Ethics Section. “She is an exceptional lawyer and leader, and we’re excited to support her passion and service for the HNBA, its members and its mission, adelante!

Ms. Capote focuses her practice at MDO Partners on global compliance for food, logistics, pharmaceutical, healthcare, life sciences and medical device industries, including FDA and international trade compliance. She is an AV Preeminent-Rated attorney, which is the highest level of professional excellence ranking. Ms. Capote represents various clients from startups to Fortune 500 companies, including establishing compliance programs and advising on regulatory inspections.

For more information about HNBA, please visit:

About MDO Partners
MDO Partners is a boutique law firm that specializes in Corporate, International, and Real Estate Law, as well as Global Compliance and Business Ethics. The firm is comprised of a solid team of attorneys and advisors with more than 100 years of combined experience, who are committed to the business goals and best interests of their clients. The firm delivers value-added services of the highest caliber, and serves as a trusted advisor to its clients, with a practical and business-savvy approach. To learn more about MDO Partners, please visit

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AFGE Endorses Texas’ Gina Ortiz Jones for Congress

The nation's largest union representing federal workers, the American Federation of Government Employees, has endorsed Gina Ortiz Jones for election this November to the U.S. House representing Texas’ 23rd Congressional District.

WASHINGTON, Sept. 21, 2018 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — The American Federation of Government Employees today announced its endorsement of Gina Ortiz Jones for election this November to the U.S. House representing Texas’ 23rd Congressional District.

The nation's largest union representing federal workers, the American Federation of Government Employees, has endorsed Gina Ortiz Jones for election this November to the U.S. House representing Texas’ 23rd Congressional District.

Gina Ortiz Jones is running for Congress to give all residents of southwestern Texas a shot at a better future,” said AFGE District 10 National Vice President Cheryl Eliano. “Gina is a first-generation American who grew up in San Antonio and joined the Air Force after attending college on a military scholarship. She served in Iraq as an intelligence officer and has continued to serve her country as a civilian working in national security, intelligence, and defense in the 12 years following her active-duty service.”

Gina Ortiz Jones values and supports the critical work that federal employees perform across this country every day, and as a member of Congress she will fight efforts to privatize federal jobs, shutter military bases, and slash funding for federal programs that taxpayers expect and deserve,” Eliano said.

Nearly 200,000 federal employees live in Texas – caring for veterans, supporting the military, guarding our borders, and getting Social Security recipients their benefits accurately and on time. There are about 86,500 active and retired federal employees in the 23rd Congressional District.

AFGE is the largest federal employee union in the country, representing 700,000 federal and D.C. government workers in all functions of government. District 10 represents nearly 80,000 employees in Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas, New Mexico, and Panama.

The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) is the largest federal employee union, representing 700,000 workers in the federal government and the government of the District of Columbia.

For the latest AFGE news and information, visit the AFGE Media Center. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.


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New York City Football Club Expands Partnership With Goya Foods To Promote Sports & Healthy Eating

To celebrate the renewal of Goya's multi-year partnership, NYCFC and Goya launched a brand new version of the Healthy Hat-Trick curriculum for the new school year and hosted a youth soccer clinic with NYCFC defender Ronald Matarrita on Wednesday, September 19, 2018 at P.S. 49 in the Bronx.

NEW YORK, Sept. 20, 2018 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — New York City Football Club (NYCFC) and Goya Foods, the largest Hispanic owned food company in the United States, have today announced the renewal of the partnership to further promote the importance of living a healthy lifestyle through sports and proper nutrition.

To celebrate the renewal of Goya's multi-year partnership, NYCFC and Goya launched a brand new version of the Healthy Hat-Trick curriculum for the new school year and hosted a youth soccer clinic with NYCFC defender Ronald Matarrita on Wednesday, September 19, 2018 at P.S. 49 in the Bronx.

Since the Club’s inaugural season in 2015, Goya has been a terrific NYCFC partner and is now expanding the partnership by adding more youth clinics and becoming the presenting partner of the Healthy Hat-Trick, an educational curriculum that uses soccer to teach and encourage children to lead a healthy, active lifestyle through eating a balanced diet, exercise and setting goals. With this partnership renewal, NYCFC and Goya will be able to have an even greater impact on local youth.

To celebrate the renewal of the multi-year partnership, NYCFC and Goya launched a brand new version of the Healthy Hat-Trick curriculum for the new school year and hosted a youth soccer clinic with NYCFC defender Ronald Matarrita on Wednesday, September 19, 2018 at P.S. 49 in the Bronx. The workbook will be used in P.S. 49, and a total of 14 public elementary schools throughout the City, as part of the free in-school and after-school soccer programming made possible by City in the Community, the charity proudly supported by NYCFC.

The partnership expansion also includes:

  • Four youth clinics for approximately 100 children with on-field soccer activities and workshops on the importance of education and nutrition, as well as opportunities for the children to watch NYCFC play a home match at Yankee Stadium. The clinics will be held on soccer pitches throughout New York City and at the Club’s new training facility, Etihad City Football Academy in NY.
  • The second year of #MyGoyaDish, a digital campaign featuring NYCFC players and their favorite Goya dishes in addition to a social media contest where four lucky fans won an opportunity to be part of a cook off event with Goya Chef Fernando Desa at the Institute of Culinary Education in downtown Manhattan. The winners partnered up with four team players to see who could create the best dish using Goya products.
  • Hispanic Heritage Night presented by Goya Foods at NYCFC’s home game on Saturday, September 8, 2018. The match featured a special national anthem performance, one of a kind “Vamos Celestes” scarves sold exclusively at the team store as part of the City Scarf Series, City Beats playing Latin songs during half-time and a sampling of Goya products, amongst other activities. Goya Chef Fernando Desa cooked Latin inspired dishes featured in Legends Suite at Yankee Stadium. Fans were encouraged to bring country flags to the stadium to show their Hispanic heritage pride.

Senior Vice President of Goya Foods, Joe Perez, commented: 

“We look forward to a great multi-year partnership with New York City FC and the thousands of soccer fans who have supported the team from the very beginning. Goya has always believed in providing families with healthy food and supporting initiatives that will benefit the overall wellness of our communities. We believe this partnership is an ideal fit to help teach our children healthy habits and to build a foundation for a healthier future.”

New York City FC President, Jon Patricof, continued:

“We are pleased to extend our partnership with Goya. They have been a terrific Club partner and ambassador for our sport. Through our partnership, Goya has helped us to bring unique experiences to our fans and promote healthy lifestyles in the multicultural communities that we are proud to represent by bringing together healthy food and soccer.”

About New York City Football Club
New York City Football Club is an American professional soccer team based in New York City that competes in Major League Soccer (MLS) in the Eastern Conference of the league. It was announced as the League’s 20th franchise on 21 May 2013 and is the first and only MLS Club located within the five boroughs of New York City. Majority owned by City Football Group (CFG), New York City FC plays its home games at Yankee Stadium, which is also home to minority owner, the New York Yankees.

New York City FC kicked off its inaugural MLS season in March 2015 and has former US National Team captain Claudio Reyna as its Sporting Director and Domènec Torrent as its Head Coach. Torrent, former Head Coach of Girona FC and Assistant Coach at FC Barcelona and Bayern Munich, has most recently been Pep Guardiola’s right hand man at sister club Manchester City. In November 2016, construction began on New York City FC’s elite First Team training facility featuring one and a half grass fields, team offices and medical and welfare facilities. The facility was opened for the 2018 MLS season and officially named Etihad City Football Academy in New York. The third Academy built across the globe by CFG, the design was overseen by New York based architect Rafael Viñoly, who designed the training facilities for New York City FC’s sister Clubs Manchester City FC and Melbourne City FC.

About GOYA
Founded in 1936, Goya Foods, Inc. is America’s largest Hispanic-owned food company, and has established itself as the leader in Latin American food and condiments. Goya manufactures, packages, and distributes over 2,500 high-quality food products from Spain, the Caribbean, Mexico, Central and South America. Goya products have their roots in the culinary traditions of Hispanic communities around the world.  The combination of authentic ingredients, robust seasonings and convenient preparation makes Goya products ideal for every taste and every table.  For more information on Goya Foods, please visit

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Faraday Future (FF) Invites Futurists To Help Define The ‘Shared Intelligent Mobility Ecosystem’ At Inaugural ‘919 Futurist Day’

Faraday Future founder and global CEO YT Jia addresses FF executives, staff, and families at inaugural '919 Futurist Day'.

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 20, 2018 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Faraday Future (FF) today brought its first pre-production FF 91 ultra-luxury intelligent EV home from testing in Arizona to its Los Angeles headquarters, as Founder and Global CEO YT Jia celebrated the milestone with employees and their families at the first ‘919 Futurist Day’ event.

FF will open its doors to all futurists every year on September 19th, inviting them to join FF in defining the future mobility ecosystem.

Faraday Future founder and global CEO YT Jia addresses FF executives, staff, and families at inaugural '919 Futurist Day'.

919 Futurist Day follows last month’s first pre-production FF 91 being completed at FF’s Hanford, California, manufacturing facility. The Los Angeles town of Gardena serves as FF’s R&D world headquarters, where electrical and chassis engineering, design, and product validation are all conducted by seasoned veterans who have come to FF from the automotive and tech sectors.

Likewise, marketing, sales, legal, manufacturing, and procurement roles, among others, have been filled by staff coming from companies around the world-from automakers like Tesla, Lexus, and Ford to tech giants like Apple and Google.

Nick Sampson, senior VP, Product and Strategy, also on hand for the occasion, said: “When I first met YT five years ago, his vision to create a solution to lessen pollution and traffic congestion around the world blew me away. His vision in business, technology, manufacturing and user-value revolutions intrigued me.

“Through thick and thin, YT has steered FF to where we are today, bringing what many said was impossible to just months away from sale. Our curiosity continues to drive us; our next milestones will continue to demonstrate the future of smart mobility is no longer so far away.

“Futurists are visionaries who define the future from a future POV. We are early adopters who dare to embrace extreme technology. Futurists are bold enough to break the norms and make the impossible possible. We are born to disrupt; it is in our blood.”

YT and FF’s R&D teams have executed continuous shakedown runs with the FF 91 prototypes and pre-production vehicles as FF 91 nears its production and delivery milestones. In his 919 Futurist Day remarks, YT also took time to reflect on FF’s mission as a global shared intelligent mobility ecosystem company.

Jeff Risher, Vice President of Product, Technology, and IP Strategy, making his first public appearance after joining FF, said: “I left a very traditional electric car company not to simply come to another electric car company, that is not what FF is all about. We are more than that; we are a user-centric, advanced mobility company. A very disruptive electric mobility company at that.”

The founder and global CEO also stated that FF is nearing its next big unveil: The ultra-luxury and technology-laden final production version of the FF 91 interior.

“Not yet, though,” said senior VP Sampson, “Futurists will see our next milestone soon enough.”

The order book for FF 91 early users – aka “FF Futurists” – is open with first deliveries commencing during the first half of 2019.


FF 91 is an all-purpose fully-connected EV with an estimated 0-60 mph acceleration below three seconds and an expected range of 300+ miles. This intelligent robotic vehicle is a 3rd internet living space and the embodiment of FF’s vision to create a shared mobility ecosystem that empowers people to move, connect, breathe, and live freely.


Faraday Future is a clean-energy intelligent mobility company with headquarters in Southern California. Our global team leverages the talents of leading thinkers and passionate creators to break the boundaries and standard business models of the automotive, internet, new energy, AI, and technology industries to bring the first intelligent and open shared-mobility ecosystem to people worldwide.

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Labor Commissioner Secures Unpaid Wages for 15 Workers After $450,000 Settlement with Residential Care Business


SANTA ROSA, California, Sept. 17, 2018 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Labor Commissioner Julie A. Su has secured a settlement to recover more than $450,000 in wages, penalties and interest for 15 residential care workers who suffered overtime and other wage theft violations. L’Chaim House agreed to make the payments after the Labor Commissioner’s Office sued to block the San Rafael-based residential care business from transferring ownership of its real estate to evade penalties. A lien against the real estate will ensure the payments are made.

“Employers who steal wages from their workers will be held accountable, meaning we will not just investigate and cite those who break the law, we will use the tools we have been given to ensure workers get their money,” said Labor Commissioner Julie A. Su. “In this case we were able to show that the transfers were intended to hide the assets and evade legal responsibility.”

The Labor Commissioner’s Office opened an investigation in December 2015 after workers at L’Chaim House’s two locations reported labor law violations. Investigators audited 36 months of the employer’s payroll records and found caregivers frequently worked more than 12 hours a day without overtime pay. Citations totaling $486,399 were issued in February 2016 for minimum wage, overtime, meal period and wage statement violations. L’Chaim House appealed the fines, which were upheld in both an administrative hearing and in a decision by the Sonoma County Superior Court on September 20, 2017.

Shortly after the citations were issued, the owner of L’Chaim House placed its real estate in a trust to avoid legal liability for the wage citations. The Labor Commissioner filed a lawsuit on September 29, 2017 in Marin County for civil fraudulent transfer. As a result of the lawsuit, L’Chaim House agreed to pay more than $450,000 of the penalties and wages owed. L’Chaim House also committed to full compliance with employment and labor laws going forward as part of the settlement.

The 15 workers will receive settlement payments ranging from $49 to $77,807, with an average payout of $25,008 each. The settlement payment also included $74,900 in civil penalties payable to the state. In addition, part of the amount owed—$89,080 for meal period penalties—remains in dispute before an appellate court. If upheld, $77,430 of those penalties would also go to the workers with the remainder to the state.

In 2016, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. signed into law Senate Bill 588 (de León), which gave the Labor Commissioner’s Office more tools to collect citations and wage payment orders. The law added sections to the labor code allowing the Labor Commissioner to levy the bank accounts and receivables of employers that fail to comply with judgments for unpaid wages. Since the law went into effect, the Labor Commissioner has issued more than 4,848 levies. These levies have resulted in more than $3.4 million in payments and payment agreements for workers.

The law also enabled the Labor Commissioner’s Office to issue stop orders against scofflaw employers until they pay their workers. The Labor Commissioner has investigated potential actions related to 166 different judgments, and issued 29 stop orders. Over the last year, these investigations and stop orders led to the recovery of more than $1,099,800 in payments and payment plans for wages owed to workers.  

“The power to issue stop orders tells employers who have broken the law that paying wages to workers is not optional. If you want to do business in California, you have to pay your employees,” said Labor Commissioner Su.

Enforcement investigations typically include a payroll audit of the previous three years to determine minimum wage, overtime and other labor law violations, and calculate payments owed and penalties due. Civil penalties collected are transferred to the State’s General Fund as required by law.

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

In 2014, Labor Commissioner Su launched the Wage Theft is a Crime multilingual public awareness campaign. The campaign defines wage theft and informs workers of their rights and the resources available to them to recover unpaid wages or report other labor law violations.

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

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

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


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The California Milk Processor Board Rewards Kids With “Sunday Funday with got milk?” Because Being A Kid Is Not An Easy Job


SAN CLEMENTE, Calif., Sept. 20, 2018 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Wake up early, hustle from class to class, and juggle a full schedule of extracurricular activities are some of the challenges that kids face every day. The California Milk Processor Board (CMPB) – creators of the iconic got milk? and toma leche campaign – announces “Sunday Funday with got milk?,” a four-city trampoline park takeover to reward hundreds of kids with a day to just play, jump, and laugh.

The four “Sunday Funday with got milk?” events are free and will kick-off on Sept. 30 with a special appearance by actress, social media star and America’s Got Talent finalist, Sofie Dossi. Space is limited; thus, attendees are encouraged to register for a fun pass at

The most recent CMPB’s advertising initiative, You Can Always Count on Milk, captures how being a kid is tough, but no matter how challenging life gets, milk powers them through it all. “Sunday Funday with got milk?” will offer children ages 6 to 14 a morning filled with fun and tasty treats paired with milk because kids deserve a day to let loose and bounce around.

Sunday, Sept. 30DojoBoom in Thousand Oaks, CA9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
*special appearance by renowned contortionist and aerialist Sofie Dossi, from America’s Got Talent*

Sunday, Sept. 30CircusTrix OC in Mission Viejo, CA9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 7 – SkyWalk Trampoline Arena in Fresno, CA9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 7MojoDojo Extreme Air Sports in Sacramento, CA9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

“As parents, we are always there to help our children with their education and extracurricular activities, and we want to help reward them with playtime that is not pressured,” said Steve James, executive director at The California Milk Processor Board. “Bringing this day to just have fun to life along with their favorite star, Sofie Dossi, embodies the goal of rewarding today’s children to authentically showcase their talents – with milk as their trusted drink of choice before, during, and after a long day.”

For recipes, nutritional facts, and further information, visit: You can also follow “got milk?” via social media on @gotmilk. For information in Spanish, visit:, and follow Toma Leche via social media on @tomaleche.

About the CMPB
Since 1993, the California Milk Processor Board (CMPB), creator of the famous got milk? campaign, remains dedicated to increasing milk consumption throughout California. Its latest multi-platform multicultural campaign, You Can Always Count on Milk, captures today’s children facing daily challenges and powering through it all with milk as their trusted drink of choice before, during and after a long day. As of July 2018, the CMPB features a newly revamped website offering millennial families with the fun takes on how they can rely on milk, nutritional advice for a healthier lifestyle, and a variety of ways to incorporate milk into easy-to-make recipes they can try at home. The CMPB is funded by all California milk processors and administered by the California Department of Food and Agriculture. The got milk? trademark is a federally registered trademark and service mark. For more information, visit

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Letter Carriers Recognized as Heroes of the Year

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WASHINGTON, Sept. 20, 2018 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Letter carriers who rescued people from raging house fires, saved numerous Houston-area residents from Hurricane Harvey’s raging flood waters and cornered a burglar who had terrified a young girl, are among those to be honored Sept. 26.

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Jason Moss of Tampa, FL, and John Sylvain, an Army veteran from Fort Lauderdale, FL, who each risked their lives battling heat and smoke to save two residents apiece trapped by fires in their homes in separate incidents that were virtually mirror images, are the National Heroes of the Year – the first time judges have selected two winners. Ebony Nobles of Houston, an Afghan war veteran who in just her first few weeks delivering mail coordinated rescues of residents, rescued others herself as an Army reservist, led a clothing drive and delivered food to shelters, is the National Humanitarian of the Year.

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

Peter Monteleone of Westchester County, NY, a Navy Cold War veteran who comforted the young girl while forcing the burglar to stay put until police arrived, is the Eastern Region Hero of the Year. Brandon Franklin of Waterford, MI, who ran to reach a runaway Jeep whose driver had fallen unconscious and then in acrobatic fashion dove headfirst through the window to navigate the vehicle to safety as it neared a school zone, is Central Region Hero of the Year. Antonio Colon of Chino, CA, bravely responded to a 90-year-old woman’s cries that she was being assaulted; he is the Western Hero.

Naseem Elias of Sterling Heights, MI, who speaks six languages and whose fluent Arabic helped save a resident’s baby, will be honored with the Special Carrier Alert award. And three other Detroit-area active and retired letter carriers – Dennis Denham, Steven Futach and Joseph Pomante – will receive the Unit Citation award for coming to the aid of an elderly resident experiencing a medical crisis.

The National Association of Letter Carriers Heroes of the Year will be honored by NALC President Fredric Rolando at a special luncheon at noon on Wednesday, Sept. 26, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, 400 New Jersey Ave. NW, Washington D.C. Go to for further information on the Heroes, including text and pictures.


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

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Shepherd Smith Edwards & Kantas LLP Still Representing New Investors In Cases Involving Losses In Puerto Rico Investments, It’s Not Too Late

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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, Sept. 19, 2018 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Lawyers with the Securities Law Firm of Shepherd Smith Edwards & Kantas LLP,, are still working on and filing new claims involving Puerto Rico bonds.  Recently, a federal judge in New York ruled against certifying a class action against UBS related to Puerto Rico bond funds.  The lawsuit claimed that UBS failed to analyze the appropriateness of Puerto Rico funds for its customers.

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The federal court ruled that claims of suitability could not be brought by a class action because every investor has unique goals, so determining whether UBS failed its obligation to adequately analyze suitability for a client would have to be decided on an individual basis.  As a result, any client who is hoping for a recovery of losses suffered in these investments will have to pursue a legal claim individually.

There is a limited period of time that investors have to bring these claims.  While investors may have been entitled to additional time while the class action was pending, the clock is ticking again.  If you are or were a customer of UBS Puerto Rico who invested in Puerto Rico closed-end funds or bonds, it is not too late to contact the law firm of Shepherd Smith Edwards & Kantas LLP for an evaluation of your account to determine if you have a claim to attempt to recover some or all of your losses.  All communications will be kept strictly confidential, and you will not be billed in any way for a consultation. 

Shepherd Smith Edwards & Kantas LLP has a team of attorneys, consultants and staff with more than 100 years of combined experience in the securities industry and in securities law. For more than two decades, our firm has represented thousands of investors throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, and internationally to recover losses suffered through investing with brokerage firms and banks. We have represented clients in Federal and state courts and in arbitration through the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), the New York Stock Exchange Inc. (NYSE), the American Arbitration Association (AAA) and in private arbitration actions.

Contact Info: 800-259-9010

713-580-8914 to speak to Spanish fluent staff

Sam Edwards

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Buddy Valastro and Famiglia are in a Lone Star State of Mind

Cake Boss Buddy Valastro and his famiglia have whipped up a Carlo's Bakery in McAllen, Texas!

HOBOKEN, N.J., Sept. 19, 2018 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Carlo’s Bakery will celebrate the grand opening of a full-service bakery on Saturday, October 20, 2018 in the new addition of La Plaza Mall in McAllen, Texas. Buddy Valastro, owner of Carlo’s Bakery and star of the hit TLC series Cake Boss, will introduce the fifth Lone Star State bakery alongside his close-knit family with a ceremonial ribbon cutting and meet and greet.

Cake Boss Buddy Valastro and his famiglia have whipped up a Carlo's Bakery in McAllen, Texas!

“It’s no secret that the Valastros love Texas!” exclaims Buddy Valastro. “Each part of the state we head to is so unique. McAllen is full of charm and fits our old school Carlo’s Bakery famiglia perfectly. I’m really excited and honored to call McAllen, TX one of our new homes.”

The 1,899 square foot Carlo’s Bakery will offer the brand’s full menu of signature treats including the famous cannoli, lobster tail, cake by the slice and more. The McAllen, TX location will also produce extraordinary custom cakes for which the Cake Boss stars are most famous.

The grand opening of Carlo’s Bakery at La Plaza Mall will be celebrated on Saturday, October 20, 2018. Buddy Valastro and his family will host the brand’s traditional ribbon cutting ceremony at 7:00am. The bakery will open for business immediately following the ceremony with meet and greet opportunities available to bakery patrons. The brand will offer exclusive VIP packages to the grand opening experience via their social media pages in early October. Carlo’s Bakery in McAllen, TX is located at La Plaza Mall at 2200 S 10th Street, McAllen, Texas 78503. Buddy Valastro will also open the doors to his budding Italian restaurant concept, Buddy V’s, at La Plaza Mall on October 18, 2018.

Established in 1910, Carlo’s Bakery was catapulted from a Hoboken, NJ-based neighborhood bakery to a household name through the public’s fascination with the over-the-top cakes whipped up by master baker Buddy Valastro on the hit TLC series Cake Boss and subsequent spinoff Next Great Baker. Garnering attention from a variety of media outlets including Brides, Huffington Post, The Rachael Ray Show, and Good Morning America, Carlo’s Bakery has existing locations in Hoboken, Marlton, Morristown, Ridgewood, and Wayne, NJ; Dallas, Frisco, San Antonio, and The Woodlands, TX; Uncasville, CT; Orlando, FL; Atlanta, GA; Bethlehem and Philadelphia, PA; Santa Monica, CA; Bloomington, MN (Mall of America®); New York and Westbury, NY; and São Paulo, Brazil. Follow Carlo’s Bakery on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for the latest updates from the brand. For more information, please visit

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Three Delicious Recipes to Commemorate World Heart Day

Three Delicious Recipes to Commemorate World Heart Day

NEW YORK, Sept. 20, 2018 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — In celebration of World Heart Day on September the 29th, Olives from Spain encourages customers to partake in their three olive-based recipes. As numerous scientific research has shown the benefits to maintaining a balanced diet, accompanied by regular physical exercise, can prevent certain heart diseases; we are delighted to provide these recipes.

Three Delicious Recipes to Commemorate World Heart Day

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As a natural source of vitamin E, olives have been at the forefront of the European gastronomic tradition and culture. The history of southern Europe is bathed in olive fields, a tree closely linked to the Mediterranean food.

European growers offer American consumers recipes with this millenary ingredient of the Mediterranean Diet, Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. There is a long history and tradition of producing olives in Europe, in many different varieties including Manzanilla, Hojiblanca and Queen. Olives are in the heart of health, culture and gastronomy.

With Europe being the world leader in producing and exporting table olives, Olives from Spain believes that this demonstrates their popularity and ability to adapt to the demands of consumers; with the majority of olives consumed in the USA and more than 83 % being imported from Mediterranean countries.

For more information see the three recipes below:

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Have a Sunny Day. Have an Olive Day.

About INTERACEITUNA and Olives from Spain

INTERACEITUNA is the Interprofessional Organization of Table Olive recognized by the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Food and Environment that represents the whole sector producing, processing and marketing table olives. Created to implement different programs and activities of general interest, INTERACEITUNA promotes knowledge of Spanish table olives and carries out research and development related to production and production techniques. INTERACEITUNA has partnered with the European Union to promote this product.



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Eight of the most brilliant business minds in Latin America will enlighten us in Miami at the MasterMind Latino


MIAMI, Sept. 20, 2018 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — The European Institute of Efficient Intelligences ((IEIE), in association with Cala Enterprises, will be presenting the first edition of MasterMind Latino in Miami. This event will gather a selected group of corporate and company CEOs and Presidents, who will describe their individual management knowledge by sharing about their experiences in their own corporate careers and personal challenges.

This program has been designed for an exclusive group of entrepreneurs and will be presented in Spanish at Miami’s Hotel EAST. During three days, these leaders will take us through an exciting and unique opportunity to immerse in entrepreneurial techniques and leadership, becoming our teachers, and providing inspiration to succeed.

The following speakers will hold forth on the companies they run, and will be interviewed by communicator and strategist Ismael Cala:

  • Dr. Alexander W. Wehr, President and CEO of BMW Group for Mexico, Latin America and the Caribbean (Germany)
  • Carmen González Sanfeliu, global CCO of ABS Asian Broadcast Satellite (Venezuela)
  • Dr. Luis Ubiñas, President of the Pan-American Development Foundation, and former President of the Ford Foundation (Puerto Rico)
  • Carlos Bremer, President of the Board of Directors and managing director of Value Grupo Financiero, Shark Tank México (Mexico)
  • Luis Ángel López, President of Cerealto Foods, a food multinational (Spain)
  • Juan Manuel González Serna, President of Grupo Siro and of the Board of Directors of Iberdrola España and other companies (Spain)
  • Dr. José María Zas, President of American Express for Latin America and the Caribbean (Argentina)
  • Marcos Landucci, founder of Landucci Publishers and President of Forbes for Mexico and Central America

“Participants will learn about management models, prospects for adaptation to change, and the challenges and principles of globalized strategies that have been successful around the world. In addition, they will have a unique networking opportunity in an environment for exchanging ideas and business opportunities at the highest executive level,” noted Dr. Estrella Flores-Carretero, President of the European Institute of Efficient Intelligences.

At the gala dinner, the MasterMind Latino 2018 Award will be given to Dr. Álvaro Uribe Vélez, former President of Colombia and currently a senator.

Dr. Kike Santander, Chairman Emeritus of the Latin Grammy Recording Academy, and CEO of Qignition LLC and Santander Music, will give the closing address on efficient management of success. 

For further information:

Wendy Sayago 
+1- 786-5620987


The European Institute of Efficient Intelligences (IEIE) offers programs of analysis, training and capacity building in efficiency strategies for companies and individuals, from children to adults, with more than 30 years of experience and research. It stimulates creativity, talent, intelligence, entrepreneurial spirit, reflection, knowledge, emotional skills, all of which culminates in personal and corporate success. Its headquarters are in Spain, with an affiliate in Miami.


A life and business strategist, for five and a half years Ismael Cala was the host of CALA on CNN en Español.  A businessman and social entrepreneur. Author of eight bestsellers on themes of leadership, entrepreneurship and personal development, including El poder de escuchar (‘The power of listening’), and El analfabeto emocional (‘The emotional illiterate’). Cala was born in Santiago de Cuba in 1969, and holds a degree in Art History from Oriente University.  He is the co-author of the book “Beat the Curve,” with Brian Tracy.  He graduated from the School of Communication at York University in Toronto. He is President and founder of the Cala Enterprises Corporation and the Ismael Cala Foundation.

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March Of Dimes Receives $1.5 Million Grant From The Anthem Foundation

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ARLINGTON, Virginia, Sept. 20, 2018 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — March of Dimes, the leader in the fight for the health of all moms and babies, today announced their latest collaboration with the Anthem Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Anthem, Inc., aimed at reducing preterm births and improving maternal and infant health. Premature birth is the largest contributor to infant death in the U.S., and pregnancy-related death has more than doubled over the past 25 years.

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“According to The National Center for Health Statistics, this year marks the third consecutive increase in preterm births after steady declines over the previous seven years,” says Lisa F. Waddell, MD, MPH, March of Dimes deputy medical officer. “Among non-Hispanic black women and Hispanic women, the preterm birth rate increase was even greater. We applaud the Anthem Foundation for its dedication to expanding access to evidence-based preterm birth and maternal health interventions by providing March of Dimes with critical funds to help tackle these alarming trends.”

“The Anthem Foundation is focused on helping to improve the health of our communities and increase access to critical programs that can have a positive impact on all Americans,” said Karen Shea, vice president maternal and child services at Anthem. “Through our ongoing collaboration with March of Dimes, we remain committed to helping at-risk mothers by providing funding for programs and services that will encourage and facilitate healthy prenatal practices, creating healthier generations of Americans.”

The Anthem Foundation’s $1.5 million grant will support March of Dimes’ effort to address the urgent health crisis facing mothers and babies in the U.S. and provide vital resources to proven interventions that can assist in preventing premature births and maternal and infant mortality.  Specifically the grant will reach pregnant women in communities in 19 states and will target areas with a high volume of preterm births and large health disparity gaps. Programs that will be supported include:

  • CenteringPregnancy®— A group prenatal care model, will be made available to thousands of women in Connecticut, Washington D.C., Georgia, Indiana, Maryland, Nevada, Ohio, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin. CenteringPregnancy has been demonstrated to reduce the incidence of preterm birth especially among women of color. This care model brings together pregnant women with similar due dates to meet for up to ten sessions with each visit lasting 90 minutes to two hours, giving women more time with their provider.
  • Birth spacing and pregnancy intentionality — Spacing pregnancies less than 18 months apart increases the risk of preterm birth and low birthweight. Programs in California, Colorado, Georgia, Nevada and Wisconsin will focus on providing reproductive health services to improve birth spacing and manage maternal health.
  • Healthy Babies are Worth the Wait© (HBWW) — A preterm birth prevention initiative with a focus on decreasing “preventable” preterm birth, through partnerships and collaborations between hospitals, health departments and community organizations in California, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, New Jersey, and New York. HBWW focuses on the specific needs of a particular community and provides educational information for pregnant patients, perinatal providers and the greater community on the problems of preterm birth, its risk factors and strategies for reducing risks.
  • Smoking cessation programs — Research has shown that babies born to women who smoke during pregnancy are more likely than babies born to nonsmokers to have birth defects, low birthweight or be born too soon. Grant funding will support the expansion of smoking cessation programs for pregnant women in Maine and New Hampshire, to decrease a woman’s risk of poor birth outcomes.

The grant continues a longstanding relationship between Anthem Foundation and March of Dimes to improve maternal and infant health. From 2011-2017, Anthem Foundation provided more than $5 million in funding which supported programs reaching more than 36,000 pregnant women across the country — more than 17,000 of them were reached through CenteringPregnancy.

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

About Anthem Foundation
The Anthem Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Anthem, Inc. and through charitable contributions and programs, the Foundation promotes the inherent commitment of Anthem, Inc. to enhance the health and well-being of individuals and families in communities that Anthem, Inc. and its affiliated health plans serve. The Foundation focuses its funding on strategic initiatives that address and provide innovative solutions to health care challenges, as well as promoting the Healthy Generations Program, a multi-generational initiative that targets specific disease states and medical conditions. These disease states and medical conditions include: prenatal care in the first trimester, low birth weight babies, cardiac morbidity rates, long term activities that decrease obesity and increase physical activity, diabetes prevalence in adult populations, adult pneumococcal and influenza vaccinations and smoking cessation. The Foundation also coordinates the company’s year-round Associate Giving program which provides a 50 percent match of associates’ pledges, as well as its Volunteer Time Off and Dollars for Doers community service programs. To learn more about the Anthem Foundation, please visit and its blog at

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Gerawan Statement on the results of the November 5, 2013 decertification election

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FRESNO, California, Sept. 19, 2018 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Our employees have been waiting since November 2013 for their votes to be counted. After a historic struggle, they achieved that right today, in spite of the efforts by the UFW and the millions of taxpayer dollars spent by the Agricultural Labor Relations Board to deny them that right.  

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The final vote count was 1,098 “No Union,” and 197 for the UFW.  The employees overwhelmingly rejected the UFW as their bargaining representative – by a 5 to 1 margin – in spite of the ALRB’s last-minute, election day refusal to count approximately 640 ballots challenged by the UFW.   

A secret ballot election is intended to embody and reflect the workers’ fundamental right to choose their representation. That right is at the heart of what the Agricultural Labor Relations Act is designed to protect and promote. Today’s vote tally leaves no doubt what our employees want.  It is a ringing endorsement of their right to choose, and a repudiation of concerted, unlawful, and anti-democratic efforts to deny them that right. 

We call on the UFW and the ALRB to respect the choices of farmworkers, to certify the results of the election, and to decertify the UFW.  We call on the Legislature and the Governor to take immediate steps to ensure that the ALRB’s violation of the basic human rights of farmworkers never occurs again in California.

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Acura Ties into #LookUp with 2019 RDX Social Campaign

Acura Ties into #LookUp with 2019 RDX Social Campaign

TORRANCE, Calif., Sept. 19, 2018 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Acura has partnered with influencers across multiple social platforms to encourage people to look up from their daily lives and share their unique views and experiences using #LookUp. The campaign is inspired by the organic use of #LookUp, which boasts nearly four million posts on Instagram alone. Acura’s campaign features stunning photography of the dramatically redesigned 2019 Acura RDX interior, with special focus on its expansive panoramic moonroof as the canvas for this visually-driven campaign. The Acura #LookUp campaign will appear across the brand’s social channels with emphasis on Pinterest and Instagram:

For the #LookUp campaign, Acura recruited content creators to showcase the RDX in unexpected, visually dynamic ways, including photography captured in a wide range of environments – from the forest to the city, from daybreak to a starry night, from the mountains to the desert. These influencers have created “How-To” guides and step-by-step tutorials meant to inspire each influencer’s individual fans and followers to explore the world through the lens of #LookUp. The focus of the guides are driven by each influencer’s specific area of expertise, with how-tos on photographing the Milky Way, urban environments, composing the perfect shot, and more:

Launching now and continuing through the fall, the campaign’s content creators, including Bryan Castillo (@bryanadamc) and Tiffany Nguyen (@Tiffpenguin) will share their versions of what happens when they #Lookup on their Instagram and Facebook pages, including shots of the Acura RDX in a dramatic desert landscape and images of the vehicle going over the iconic Golden Gate Bridge. The collection of photography highlights what you see when you shoot out of RDX’s panoramic moonroof. Examples of the photos can be previewed here:;

The 2019 RDX #LookUp campaign was developed with Acura by Agency of Record, MullenLowe.

2019 RDX Marketing Campaign 

#LookUp is the next expression of the “Everything We Ever Imagined and Then Some” RDX marketing campaign that debuted in June: Along with #LookUp, the multichannel RDX campaign traces the authentic roots of Precision Crafted Performance, while highlighting RDX’s expression of next-generation Acura design, performance and technology.

The campaign hones in on RDX’s top features, including its ultra-wide panoramic moonroof, groundbreaking True Touchpad Interface™, and available ELS Studio 3D® premium audio system developed by Grammy-winning producer, Elliot Scheiner.

The 2019 Acura RDX

The all-new 2019 Acura RDX went on-sale at Acura dealerships nationwide June 1, with a class-leading array of premium features and technologies, and the model’s first-ever A-Spec sports appearance variant. RDX has recorded three consecutive monthly sales records in June, July and August to take the lead as America’s #1 retail-selling compact luxury SUV for 20181.

About Acura

Acura is a leading automotive luxury nameplate that delivers Precision Crafted Performance – a commitment to evocative styling, high performance and innovative engineering, all built on a foundation of quality and reliability. The Acura lineup features six distinctive models – the RLX premium luxury sedan, the TLX performance luxury sedan, the ILX sport sedan, the five-passenger RDX luxury crossover SUV, the seven-passenger Acura MDX, America’s all-time best-selling three-row luxury SUV, and the next-generation, electrified NSX supercar.

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

Additional media information including pricing, features & specifications and high-resolution photography is available at Consumer information is available at Follow Acura on social media at

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Sixth Annual Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awards Showcases International Humanitarians and Ali’s Worldwide Impact


LOUISVILLE, Ky., Sept. 19, 2018 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — The sixth annual Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awards will take place Thursday evening at the Omni Louisville Hotel. The fundraising gala celebrates individuals from around the world who are driven to becoming change agents for the common good. In addition to awards given to seasoned humanitarians, six young people age 30 and under, will be honored with an award for each of Muhammad Ali’s Six Core Principles: Confidence, Conviction, Dedication, Giving, Respect and Spirituality.

Lonnie Ali, Co-Founder of the Muhammad Ali Center and widow of Muhammad Ali, said, “Like Muhammad, by their example these awardees serve as role models to all of us, and they help to ensure that the legacy Muhammad left on this world continues to inspire, transform, and ignite positive change. If there was a time for the power of his example to be heeded, it is now.”

The 2018 Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awardees:

  • Dr. Pearse Lyons (Posthumous), founder of Alltech, Inc. will be honored with the Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Award for Lifetime Achievement. His wife and co-founder, Deirdre Lyons, and son and current CEO & president, Dr. Mark Lyons, will accept the award.
  • Dave Eggers, author, organizer, and founder of 826 National, will receive the Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Award for Education.
  • Amy Carlson, actor, activist and passionate advocate for women’s rights, will receive the Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Award for Gender Equality.
  • Sister Larraine Lauter, co-founder of Water with Blessings, will be honored as the Muhammad Ali Kentucky Humanitarian.

The 2018 Muhammad Ali Six Core Principle Awardees:

  • Sheldon Smith, age 29, Chicago, The Dovetail Project will be honored with the Confidence Award.
  • Kushagra Srivastava, age 23, New Delhi, India, Chakr Innovation will receive the Conviction Award.
  • Lisa Curtis, age 30, California, Kuli Kuli will be honored with the Dedication Award.
  • Alexandria Lafci, age 28, United States, New Story, will receive the Giving Award.
  • Alex Holmes, age 30, United Kingdom, The Diana Award will receive the Respect Award.
  • Reyna Montoya, age 27, Arizona, Aliento will be honored with the Spirituality Award.

To learn more about each awardee, visit

The 2018 hosts and presenters are:

  • Akbar Gbajabiamila, co-host of NBC’s America Ninja Warrior and NFL Network’s Fantasy Live.
  • Lonnie Ali, Co-Founder of the Muhammad Ali Center, widow of Muhammad Ali, and advocate for children’s rights and Parkinson’s disease research.
  • Juan Williams, a journalist, author and political analyst for Fox News Channel.
  • Martin Luther King III, the son of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Mrs. Coretta Scott King, and serves as an ambassador of his parent’s legacy of nonviolent social change.
  • Heather French Henry, Miss America in 2000 and current Deputy Commissioner of the KY Department of Veterans Affairs. 
  • Captain Niloofar Rahmani, the first female fixed-wing Air Force aviator in Afghanistan’s history and the first female pilot in the Afghan military since the fall of the Taliban in 2001.

This year’s entertainment includes: Hollywood-based composer/producer/songwriter CJ Vanston; world-renowned cellist Michael Fitzpatrick; popular Louisville-based singer/songwriter Carly Johnson; multi-talented country singer/songwriter IMAJ; LA-based guitarist/songwriter, Tom Strahle, and Louisville-based musician Kathleen Hoye.

This year’s Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awards are supported by: Brown-Forman, Horseshoe Southern Indiana, ESPN, Inc., Tandem PR, Ashbourne Farms and River Bend Farm.

Photos will be available via Getty Images and AP Images.

About the Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awards & the Muhammad Ali Center
The Sixth Annual Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Awards will take place on September 20th, 2018 at the Omni Louisville Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky USA. This charitable event of celebration and recognition will honor individuals around the world who have made significant contributions toward the attainment of peace, social justice, and human or social capital. This event is the premiere annual fundraiser for the Muhammad Ali Center, a 501(c)3 corporation, co-founded by Muhammad Ali and his wife Lonnie in their hometown of Louisville, Kentucky. For more information, please visit

Contact:  Jeanie Kahnke
Muhammad Ali Center
(502) 992-5301

Becky Morris
Muhammad Ali Center
(502) 992-5334

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Karaoke in Macklemore’s Cadillac and other fun activities at Seattle’s Safeco Field will help United Way raise money for early learning


SEATTLE, Sept. 19, 2018 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — United Way’s second annual Night Out for Caring, a unique celebration held at Safeco Field on September 21st, 2018, brings together thousands of caring people for fun activities plus “fun”draising to benefit early learning.

Night Out for Caring features activities like the Celebrity Sprint for Kids starring veterans from the Seahawks, Sounders and Mariners plus well-known local faces like PicMonkey Chairman and founder Jonathan Sposato. Guests can sing karaoke in Macklemore’s Cadillac (featured in 2013 White Wall video), get tips on their swing from a Mariners alum, try their arm at speed pitch plus enjoy delicious food and beverage from local culinary favorites. There will also be an opportunity for guests to learn about United Way’s work in early learning, ensuring that all kids- regardless of income, race or zip code- have access to equal learning opportunities.

United Way of King County is making sure students graduate with data-driven programs like Parent Child Home Program, which works with low-income, isolated families in their homes when the kids are 2 and 3 years old—because this window of cognitive growth can’t be missed.

United Way thanks Microsoft, Seattle Mariners, Nordstrom, Ethan Stowell Restaurants and Puget Sound Energy Foundation for their generous support of Night Out for Caring.

For more information on donating to United Way of King County to make sure people have homes, students graduate and families are financially stable, click here or visit United Way of King County’s website at

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U.S. Egg Industry Advances Trade with Motivated International Buyers


CHICAGO, Sept. 19, 2018 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — In conjunction with the 22nd Americas Food and Beverage Show (AFB) this week in Miami, the American Egg Board (AEB), the research, education and promotion arm of the U.S. egg industry, is highlighting the business benefits of U.S. eggs and egg products to an international audience to further support American egg producers’ export efforts. The AFB show will welcome over 11,000 decision-making buyers from 94 countries, offering a comprehensive seminar schedule on industry trend topics and an exhibition hall with 400 booths. U.S. egg suppliers will be able to strengthen their global connections and tap new markets.   

In addition to sponsoring a booth and educational trend session at the AFB show, AEB and partner organization, the USA Poultry and Egg Export Council (USAPEEC), are hosting 20 key egg buyers from the Caribbean and Mexico to provide top-notch training on U.S. eggs and to meet one-on-one with U.S. egg suppliers and producers while in Miami. These sessions will give Caribbean and Mexican buyers first-hand insight into how U.S. eggs and egg products can tap into growing market demand and benefit their businesses’ bottom lines.

The Caribbean and Mexican markets represent a strong growth opportunity for U.S. egg exports. For 2017, the Caribbean ranked third and Mexico ranked fourth in value among U.S. export destinations for table eggs and products. These markets rank behind only Hong Kong and Canada, respectively.

Exports to the Caribbean accounted for 13.2 percent of U.S. table egg export volume in 2017. U.S. egg exports to the Caribbean more than quadrupled from 2010 to 2017, reaching $26.9 million in 2017, accounting for 10.8 percent of the $249 million total value of U.S. egg exports. Top markets in the Caribbean include the Bahamas, Trinidad and Tobago, Cayman Islands, and Dominican Republic. Exports to Mexico accounted for 12.1 percent of U.S. table egg export volume in 2017, reaching $27 million and accounting for 10.9 percent of total value of U.S. overall egg exports in 2017.

“The American Egg Board is excited to pursue growth opportunities in key international markets,” said Anne L. Alonzo, AEB President and CEO. “We welcome the occasion to create educational moments and meaningful connections with buyers from the Caribbean and Mexico, and – with the support of partners like USAPEEC – to bring new egg inspiration to the Americas Food and Beverage show.”

At AFB, on Tuesday, October 2 from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m., John Howeth of AEB and Shelly McKee of USAPEEC will deliver a complimentary workshop titled “Eggcellent Opportunity: Egg Trends and How to Use U.S. Eggs and Egg Products to Improve your Bottom Line.” Discussion items include trends affecting U.S. eggs sales, how to leverage egg products and the steps involved in egg processing and safeguards in place to ensure U.S. egg quality and safety.

Additionally, at the AEB booth (Hall D; spaces 658 & 660), international attendees will have an opportunity to talk with U.S. egg suppliers to advance the growth of U.S. egg exports and their businesses.  

About the American Egg Board (AEB)
Home of the Incredible Egg, the AEB is the U.S. egg industry’s national commodity marketing board. AEB’s mission is to increase demand for eggs and egg products through research, education and promotion. The AEB’s Egg Nutrition Center is the country’s largest repository of egg nutrition research. AEB is located in Chicago, IL. For more, visit

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Texas Association of REALTORS® installs officers, provides outlook and goals for 2019

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AUSTIN, Texas, Sept. 18, 2018 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — The Texas Association of REALTORS® (TAR) installed its 2019 officers during the Texas REALTORS® Conference in San Antonio. Incoming officers include Chairman Tray Bates of Corpus Christi, Chairman-Elect Cindi Bulla of Amarillo, Secretary/Treasurer Marvin Jolly of Collin County, and Immediate Past Chairman Kaki Lybbert of Denton.

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“It’s a great time to be a Texas Realtor. The state economy is thriving, job growth continues to increase and overall quality of life spurs demand for property ownership in the Lone Star State,” said incoming Chairman Bates. “I’m honored to serve as the 2019 Chairman of the Texas Association of Realtors alongside my colleagues, Cindi, Marvin and Kaki to lead our fellow Realtors, be a resource for housing decisions in our communities and advocate on issues concerning property rights in Texas.”

Since 1993, incoming Chairman Tray Bates has provided real estate services from Dallas-Fort Worth to South Texas and in this time, he has dedicated himself to his profession to better serve consumers and his fellow REALTORS®. Bates is President and Broker/Owner of Bates Commercial LLC and has held key leadership roles in numerous positions at the local, state and national levels. In 2011, he served as Chairman of the Corpus Christi Association of REALTORS® and is also a founding member of the South Texas Commercial Association. Most recently he was appointed by the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) as the 2019 REALTOR® Party Fundraising Liaison.

Cindi Bulla, Broker/Owner of Realty Central in Amarillo, is the incoming Chairman-Elect for the association. Bulla has more than 20 years of experience as a Texas REALTOR® and a background in banking and construction. She has served the REALTOR® organization on the local, state, and national level in many capacities. Bulla served as a chairman of the Amarillo Association of REALTORS® in 2012, was named Amarillo REALTOR® of the Year in 2013, and has represented TAR as an NAR Director since 2013. She currently serves as the NAR federal political coordinator to Congressman Mac Thornberry.

Real estate broker, trainer, consultant and business coach, Marvin Jolly is the 2019 Secretary/Treasurer of the Texas Association of REALTORS®. In this position, he is one of the top officers on the association’s Leadership Team and oversees the Budget & Finance Committee and budgeting process. Marvin currently serves on the NAR state and local Issues Mobilization Committee and Board of Directors. He served as President of the Collin County Association of REALTORS® in 2014 and was named REALTORS® of the Year by the association in 2005.

Immediate Past Chairman Kaki Lybbert is an agent with Century 21 Judge Fite in Denton. A fifth-generation Texan, Lybbert has served as a Texas REALTOR® at the local, statewide and national levels.  Lybbert obtained her real estate license in 1995 and has been an associate of Century 21 since 1998. Lybbert has also served as chairman of the Texas Association of Realtors Political Action Committee (TREPAC) in 2012 and as 2017 Chairman of NAR Major Investor Council.

The installation ceremony took place on Saturday, Sept. 8 at the Hyatt Regency in San Antonio with Texas REALTORS® and industry leaders from across the country in attendance. Conference attendees also participated in forums on public school finance, political updates, as well as continuing education courses.

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 are the advocate for REALTORS® and private property rights in Texas. Visit to learn more.

Hunter Dodson
Pierpont Communications

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