We Are All Human Foundation Brings ‘The Hispanic Promise’ to Davos

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DAVOS, Switzerland, Jan. 21, 2019 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Building on the success last month of its first-ever Hispanic Leadership Summit at the United Nations, the We Are All Human Foundation is bringing its advocacy of the U.S. Hispanic community to the World Economic Forum, where it will promote ‘The Hispanic Promise,’ a pledge which calls on companies to support U.S. Hispanics as employees, customers and citizens.

“We are here to enlighten and educate business leaders on the unrealized potential of U.S. Hispanics, the underappreciated heart of the American economy,” said Claudia Romo Edelman, a Swiss-Mexican diplomat and founder of We Are All Human. “At a time when they are often misperceived, U.S. Hispanics cannot afford to be invisible. Their potential must be felt and understood wherever business leaders are, including at influential platforms such as the United Nations and the World Economic Forum.”

The Hispanic Promise‘ specifically asks signers to “commit to creating inclusive [workplace] environments” and “to take positive actions to hire, promote, retain, and celebrate Hispanics as employees, customers and citizens.” The commitment also calls on businesses to promote “employee engagement, mentorship programs, employee or business resource groups, talent advancement,” and “inclusive” company cultures, “where employees feel they belong, are valued, and have a voice.”

U.S. Hispanics currently account for 18 percent of the U.S. population — more than 55 million people. In addition, they will account for $1.7 trillion of U.S. purchasing power by 2020, and their contribution to annual U.S. GDP has been estimated to be $2.13 trillion, the equivalent of the seventh largest economy in the world, according to a recent report by the Latino Donor-Collaborative.

“As we agreed during our recent summit of more than 300 U.S. Hispanic and Latinx leaders, the U.S. Hispanic community remains underrepresented and under-served despite its significant size and value,” said Romo Edelman. “This is a missed opportunity for brands and companies, because increasingly you cannot grow in the largest economy in the world without succeeding with Hispanics.”

In addition to promoting the promise, on Thursday, January 24, Romo Edelman will help lead a panel discussion at the World Economic Forum about business opportunities in the U.S. Hispanic market. We Are All Human is co-hosting the panel with  Microsoft, and Alan Murray, president and CEO of Fortune magazine, is moderating. Other panelists include Brad Smith, president & chief legal officer of Microsoft, and Cid Wilson, president & CEO, Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility (HACR).

During the panel, Romo Edelman will share insights from We Are All Human’s Hispanic Sentiment Study, which the non-profit conducted last fall with the Zeno Group, a global communications firm. The survey of more than 2,500 U.S. Hispanics offers insights into how companies and brands connect with U.S. Hispanic/Latinx consumers.

“Our Hispanic Sentiment Study has shown us the importance of shared values to U.S. Hispanics and the companies and brands they choose to do business with,” Romo Edelman said. “The Hispanic dream is very much the American Dream, and Hispanics  want companies and brands to respect and support their pursuit of it.”

We Are All Human’s Hispanic Sentiment Study found:

  • 84 percent of U.S. Hispanics are more favorable toward companies and brands that play a positive role in their lives and their community.
  • 81 percent of U.S. Hispanics would be more loyal towards a company that helps solves issues and challenges in their lives and in their community.
  • In open-ended questions, U.S. Hispanics and Latinx respondents said they want companies and brands that are “honest,” “respectful,” and “transparent,” and that “take care of the environment,” “give back to the community,” and “provide good wages.”

Also, while at Davos, We Are All Human is releasing a post-event summary of its first Hispanic Leadership Summit, which was held last month at the United Nations. The report summarizes key insights and observations by speakers and attendees, including the three themes they voted on as their top choices for a common Vision 2020 Agenda for the U.S. Hispanic community — access to education, financial empowerment and improving the image of Hispanics and Latinos. The full report can be found here.

About ‘The Hispanic Promise’
‘The Hispanic Promise’ is backed by initial partners Hispanic Association of Corporate Responsibility, U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and Hispanic C-Suite Corporate Council.

About We Are All Human
We Are All Human is a foundation dedicated to advancing the agenda of equity, diversity, and inclusion.

In October 2018, the Foundation unveiled the results of its Hispanic Sentiment Study, which focused on the outlook of the U.S. Hispanic/Latino community by exploring insights pertaining to politics, business, education, and personal values. Conducted September 15-19, 2018 by the global communications firm Zeno Group, the Hispanic Sentiment Study surveyed more than 2,500 Hispanics/Latinos, aged 14 and older, across the United States.

For more information, visit www.WeAreAllHuman.org.

Contacts:

Michelle Cooprider
Michelle@weareallhuman.org

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HITEC Announces New Chairman And Board Members

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SAN JOSE, Calif., Jan. 18, 2019 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Guillermo Diaz Jr., SVP and Chief Information Officer (CIO) for Cisco, has been elected Chairman of the Hispanic Information Technology Executive Council (HITEC) Board of Directors. Diaz succeeds Alberto Yépez, who has served as Chairman of the organization since 2008. Yépez has been named Chairman Emeritus in recognition for his distinguished service and critical role in growing the organization.

“I am excited to have the confidence of my colleagues on the board. I look forward to working with our board, our team and our partners to help grow HITEC’s impact and influence,” Diaz said. “We remain committed to being the leading organization for Hispanics in technology and innovation and to helping build the next generation of Hispanic technology leaders.”

Rosa Ramos-Kwok, Managing Director for JPMorgan Chase & Co. will serve as HITEC’s Vice Chair.  Miriam Hernandez-Kakol, Partner & Customer and Operations Global Leader for KPMG, LLP will serve as HITEC’s board Secretary and Darrell Higueros, CEO of Next Generation Inc. will continue to serve as HITEC’s Treasurer.  

“I have been honored to serve as Chairman of HITEC and I’m happy to say that because of the commitment and active involvement of our members, corporate partners and advocates, HITEC has been ‘built to last’ and that our motto of pushing up and pulling up summarizes our key tenant of service to our community,” Yépez said. “I’m confident that Guillermo and the board will lead HITEC into the organization’s next phase of growth and I look forward to continuing to be actively involved in HITEC. Our time has come.” 

The following individuals join the HITEC Board of Directors effective January 2019:

  • Andy Erlandson, General Manager, Microsoft
  • Marcelo De Santis, Executive Advisor, Digital Transformation, ThoughtWorks
  • Adriana Torres, Senior VP, Global Head of Hospitality and Food & Beverage Support, Oracle Corporation

Longtime HITEC member, Ramón Baez, will serve as Chairman of the HITEC Foundation. The HITEC Foundation works to build a sustainable pipeline for future Latinx leaders in technology by providing scholarships, internships and mentoring to Hispanic youth.    

“I am thrilled to be selected to serve as the Chairman for the HITEC Foundation board. The Board consists of terrific global IT leaders that happened to be Hispanic.  We will be focused on raising funds collaborating with our partners for providing scholarships to Latinx students that are working hard to attain a degree in computer science and technology,” Baez said.  

This year, four HITEC board members have concluded their board service. Alberto Yépez, Myrna Soto, Ileana Rivera and Carlos Amésquita have served with distinction and we are grateful to for their service and contributions.

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GM Security Technologies bolsters its leadership in cybersecurity and digital risk management with the acquisition of 1st Secure IT

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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico and CORAL SPRINGS, Florida, Jan. 17, 2019 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — GM Security Technologies, a leader in cybersecurity, governance and compliance solutions and services focused on managing digital risk, announces the acquisition of 1st Secure IT, a company specialized in auditing and certification of information security and fraud prevention.

This acquisition boosts the expansion of GM Security Technologies into new markets currently served by 1st Secure IT including United States, Latin America and the Caribbean, Europe and Australia. With this acquisition, GM Security Technologies adds to its portfolio new technical and commercial talent that will accelerate its expansion in the area of information security, digital risk management, and compliance. It also complements the managed security services offered by GM Security Technologies, allowing organizations to offer remote management of their IT infrastructure and/or end user systems.

1st Secure IT offers highly trained auditors experienced in the areas of information security, risk management, and compliance with certifications such as: CISSP, CISA, CISM, ISO 27001, PCI-DSS. In addition, it is the only company based in Latin America that is authorized to offer specialized services for GARS (VISA INC General Acquirer Risk Standards), VISA INC Pre Paid Issuer Risk Program Audit, Third Party Audit of VISA and Mastercard Inc., as well as Fraud Prevention Consulting and Audits

“With the integration of 1st Secure IT we remain focused on guaranteeing our clients complete security of the data they handle. The merging of both companies consolidates a group of professionals and certified experts who will work as one team to continue offering a high level of commitment in our service to our clients,” affirms Héctor Guillermo Martínez, President of GM Security Technologies.

“We are very excited to join GM Security Technologies to enhance their long and renowned track record by securing information in the payment process. This fusion of competencies creates an unparalleled opportunity combining information security with a leading legacy in secure payment methods,” says Alberto J. España, Managing Partner of 1st Secure IT.

GM Security Technologies has close to 50 years of history and experience as a leading company in the field of Information Technology, Payment System Risk, and Data Security, supported by three state-of-the-art centers for monitoring and response to security incidents, as well as digital risk management (CIRRC).

1st Secure IT was founded in 2010. Based in the United States with offices in Mexico City, Mexico and Sao Paulo, Brazil, it has completed more than 300 PCI-DSS audits in Latin America. It also has more than 5000 clients across the United States, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Peru, Panama, Uruguay, Brazil, Spain, Argentina and Australia.

About GM Security Technologies

GM Security Technologies offers innovative solutions and services in cybersecurity, governance, and compliance focused on managing digital risk. Its solutions are designed to detect advanced attacks and respond to them effectively, reducing business risk, fraud, and cybercrime. Founded in 1970 as General Computer Corporation and later as GM Group in the 1990s, GM Security Technologies has an extensive track record and experience in the management of policies and integrated processes of technologies and standards for data protection in payment system risk. Its commitment to the principles of simplicity, innovation and customer success has made them the leading and fastest growing provider of security and technology in Latin America and the Caribbean.

To learn more about GM Security Technologies, visit our website: www.gmsectec.com

Media Contact
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Media Relations
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Maya Cinemas Opens Luxury Theater In North Las Vegas

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PASADENA, Calif., Jan. 17, 2019 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Maya Cinemas will open the Maya Cinemas North Las Vegas, a state-of-the-art, deluxe movie theater in North Las Vegas, this Friday, January 18, 2019. The 14-screen complex’s spectacular features include: luxurious powered recliners in every theater, reserved seating for all shows in every auditorium, MPX – the Maya Premier Xperience large format presentation with 4K laser projection on one of the largest screens in the West, Dolby Atmos® immersive sound that brings you into the film, D-BOX motion seating where moviegoers can “Feel It All”, the exciting Energi Game Center, as well as expanded food service, with craft beer and wines from the Maya Cantina. 

Maya Cinemas North Las Vegas

Get your tickets now at mayacinemas.com, you can also signup for weekly email showtimes!

The Maya North Las Vegas & MPX Cinemas is a fulfillment of CEO and noted filmmaker Moctesuma Esparza’s vision to bring the premium movie experience to family-oriented, underserved communities, and this exciting new cinema at 2195 North Las Vegas Boulevard in North Las Vegas is a goal now realized.

This is the sixth location for Maya Cinemas, and the first outside of California.

“Maya is committed to bring the best in entertainment, equipment, and most of all – fun, to all communities we serve,” said Moctesuma Esparza.

In addition to Hollywood blockbusters, Maya Cinemas North Las Vegas will feature independent, documentaries, Spanish-language, American Latino, and other international films that have been missing from the North Las Vegas community.

Maya Cinemas was chartered in 2001 with a mission to develop, build, own and operate modern, first-run, megaplex movie theaters in underserved, family oriented, Latino-dominant communities. Maya offers first-run Hollywood movies in high-end cinemas focused on quality of design and state-of-the-art presentation technologies while keeping a keen focus on superior customer service.

MAYA CINEMAS, NA, 150 S. ARROYO PARKWAY, SUITE 102, PASADENA, CA 91105 (213) 805-5333

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HITEC Announces New Chairman And Board Members

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SILICON VALLEY, California, Jan. 17, 2019 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Guillermo Diaz Jr., SVP and Chief Information Officer (CIO) for Cisco, has been elected Chairman of the Hispanic Information Technology Executive Council (HITEC) Board of Directors. Diaz succeeds Alberto Yépez, who has served as Chairman of the organization since 2008. Yépez has been named Chairman Emeritus in recognition for his distinguished service and critical role in growing the organization.

“I am excited to have the confidence of my colleagues on the board. I look forward to working with our board, our team and our partners to help grow HITEC’s impact and influence,” Diaz said. “We remain committed to being the leading organization for Hispanics in technology and innovation and to helping build the next generation of Hispanic technology leaders.”

Rosa Ramos-Kwok, Managing Director for JP Morgan Chase will serve as HITEC’s Vice Chair. Miriam Hernandez-Kakol, Partner & Customer and Operations Global Leader for KPMG, LLP will serve as HITEC’s board Secretary and Darrell Higueros, CEO of Next Generation Inc. will continue to serve as HITEC’s Treasurer.  

“I have been honored to serve as Chairman of HITEC and I’m happy to say that because of the commitment and active involvement of our members, corporate partners and advocates, HITEC has been ‘built to last’ and that our motto of pushing up and pulling up summarizes our key tenant of service to our community,” Yépez said. “I’m confident that Guillermo and the board will lead HITEC into the organization’s next phase of growth and I look forward to continuing to be actively involved in HITEC. Our time has come.”        

The following individuals join the HITEC Board of Directors effective January 2019:

  •  Andy Erlandson, General Manager, Microsoft
  •  Marcelo De Santis, Executive Advisor, Digital Transformation, ThoughtWorks
  •  Adriana Torres, Senior VP, Global Head of Hospitality and Food & Beverage Support, Oracle Corporation

Longtime HITEC member, Ramón Baez, will serve as Chairman of the HITEC Foundation.  The HITEC Foundation works to build a sustainable pipeline for future Latinx leaders in technology by providing scholarships, internships and mentoring to Hispanic youth.    

“I am thrilled to be selected to serve as the Chairman for the HITEC Foundation board. The Board consist of terrific global IT leaders that happened to be Hispanic.  We will be focused on raising funds collaborating with our partners for providing scholarships to Latinx students that are working hard to attain a degree in computer science and technology,” Baez said.  

This year, four HITEC board members have concluded their board service. Alberto Yépez, Myrna Soto, Ileana Rivera and Carlos Amésquita have served with distinction and we are grateful to for their service and contributions.

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Laura Termini Signs Syndication Deal with PR Newswire to Expand Media Footprint

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NEW YORK, Jan. 16, 2019 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Actress, author and speaker Laura Termini inked a deal with PR Newswire’s Hispanic Digital Network (HDN) to create an innovative multimedia column available to hundreds of Hispanic media in the US and Latin America. The deal comes on the heels of Laura’s recently-launched podcast, giving the awarded media personality an expanded platform to share her message of empowerment.

“Podcasts are a great medium to be authentic and to connect with people, I have free reign to discuss any topic, I am absolutely thrilled to be partnering with PR Newswire Cision to bring exclusive content to a new audience, alongside a celebrity guest or…just me. I basically have made a career in being myself with passion and creativity and want to share this with the listeners,” said Termini.

The first episode features Mexican director Manolo Caro , from the Netflix’s hit show “La Casa de las Flores” (The House of Flowers)

Being invited to The White House and The United Nations, as one of the Top Latina Blogger/Influencers in America changed her career and brought many great opportunities.

Laura’s 2018 achievements are not to be overlooked.  A leading part role came along for Termini in 2018, this time in Telemundo’s series Señora Acero 5, still on air.

Laura has been touring the US and Latin America delivering empowering speeches at industry conferences, universities and corporate events to share with diverse audiences how to use the tools in her book “Realmente Unica” to empower, inspire, and celebrate women. The new column and podcast are an extension of the empowerment production house that Laura has been building for a decade. The podcast is co produced by chaliwa.com

About Laura Termini: actress and mediapreneur, founder of Chicanol.com . Laura owns her own content creation studio and production hub. Contributor on Telemundo, CNN en Español, Despierta America, CNN Radio, The Huffington Post, Vogue en Español, CNN Latino, People en Español, Salud Al Día, El Universal, El Nacional, Associated Press, The Miami Herald, Revista Mujer, Caracol Radio, Univision Radio, among many other media outlets. She has served as a spokesperson for different brands hosting satellite media tours, events, and workshops. A strong believer in using social media for social good, she has collaborated with the World Food Programme, Green America, St. Jude Children’s Hospital, Go Red and other causes.

Contact:
Laura Termini
laura@lauratermini.com  

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Mazda CX-5 and CX-9 Once Again Awarded Two Spots on Car and Driver’s 10Best Trucks and SUVs List

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Mazda North American Operations is headquartered in Irvine, Calif., and oversees the sales, marketing, parts and customer service support of Mazda vehicles in the United States and Mexico through nearly 700 dealers. Operations in Mexico are managed by Mazda Motor de Mexico in Mexico City. For more information on Mazda vehicles, including photography and B-roll, please visit the online Mazda media center at www.mazdausamedia.com.

IRVINE, California, Jan. 16, 2019 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — The 2019 Mazda CX-5 compact crossover SUV and 2019 Mazda CX-9 three-row crossover SUV have been named two of Car and Driver magazine’s 10Best Trucks and SUVs for 2019. This is the second straight Best Compact SUV honor for the Mazda CX-5, and third consecutive Best Mid-Size SUV crowning for the Mazda CX-9.

Mazda North American Operations is headquartered in Irvine, Calif., and oversees the sales, marketing, parts and customer service support of Mazda vehicles in the United States and Mexico through nearly 700 dealers. Operations in Mexico are managed by Mazda Motor de Mexico in Mexico City. For more information on Mazda vehicles, including photography and B-roll, please visit the online Mazda media center at www.mazdausamedia.com.

Both SUVs distinguished themselves amongst the competition, while also exceeding expectations with their value. The Mazda CX-5 and CX-9 demonstrated the qualities of a 10Best winner by delivering visceral driving experiences, excellent fuel efficiency, sophisticated design and refined craftsmanship.

Car and Driver noted that, “The Mazda CX-5 provides luxury-grade interior refinement at solidly nonluxury prices; ride and handling that feel sized up from a Miata, rather than dumbed down for mass-market appeal; and an exterior that bucks the boxy conventions of its segment in favor of something significantly more elegant. But most of all, there’s the sense that the CX-5 was designed for people like us—people who love to drive.”

The Mazda CX-9 was also praised by Car and Driver for standing out in its class by providing exceptional driving dynamics with a refined interior and design.

“Nothing in this class can match the CX-9’s dynamic competence. It’s not even close, friends. If you need a three-row SUV, you will not find a better-driving, more satisfying one than the Mazda CX-9. Period. Take a gander at the flowing curves and taut lines of the CX-9. Inspect its tasteful adornment. Inside, you will find one of the most handsome arrangements of materials in the segment. A mass-market family vehicle needn’t look and feel like a plastic storage bin. And you need not pilot a rudderless barge down the shipping lanes of middle age.”

The Mazda CX-5 raises the bar in 2019 by adding two new, more luxurious top-tier trim levels with Grand Touring Reserve and Signature. The 2019 Mazda CX-5 refines the powertrain lineup with the addition of the turbocharged four-cylinder SKYACTIV-G 2.5T engine and an enhanced focus on the chassis featuring the latest technologies with G-Vectoring Control Plus. It also hosts advanced features that help improve on the vehicle’s comfort, convenience and safety. The 360° View Monitor and the 7-inch, full-color touchscreen display with available Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ compatibilities are among the new features available on the 2019 model.

The 2019 Mazda CX-9 also introduces new features and refinements to benefit drivers and passengers in all three rows. The Mazda CX-9 has a retuned suspension that provides a smoother, more natural ride experience. Greater sound suppression was achieved by way of a thicker headliner and thicker floor mats, which aid in ease of conversation and enjoyment. The flagship three-row SUV is now available with a 360° View Monitor, ventilated front seated, new, power-folding mirrors and Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ compatibilities.

Car and Driver’s 10Best accolade is one of the most sought-after awards in the automotive industry. For eligibility, vehicles must be a returning winner, all-new or significantly revised with a base price of $90,000 or less. Vehicles are judged on their class, value and driving experience.

Most recently, the 2019 MX-5 Miata was named as one of Car and Driver’s 10Best Cars. For the 18th year in a row, the MX-5 Miata has taken top honors on this renowned list for punching above its weight class and exemplifying the ideal roadster with value, excellent driving dynamics and a timeless design.

Mazda North American Operations is headquartered in Irvine, California, and oversees the sales, marketing, parts and customer service support of Mazda vehicles in the United States and Mexico through nearly 700 dealers. Operations in Mexico are managed by Mazda Motor de Mexico in Mexico City. For more information on Mazda vehicles, including photography and B-roll, please visit the online Mazda media center at InsideMazda.MazdaUSA.com/Newsroom.

Follow MNAO’s social media channels through Twitter and Instagram at @MazdaUSA and Facebook at Facebook.com/MazdaUSA.

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Honda Ridgeline Named to Car and Driver Magazine List of the 2019 10Best Trucks and SUVs

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Honda Ridgeline Named to Car and Driver Magazine List of the 2019 10Best Trucks and SUVs

TORRANCE, California, Jan. 16, 2019 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — For the third consecutive year, the Honda Ridgeline has been named to the Car and Driver magazine list of the 10Best Trucks and SUVs in the Mid-Size Pickup category. For the awards, Car and Driver tested vehicles’ unique attributes for their respective segments, including ride and handling, safety features, technology, comfort, practicality and fuel efficiency. The 2019 Ridgeline excels in each of those areas due to its unique unibody construction and extent of standard and available features.

Honda Ridgeline Named to Car and Driver Magazine List of the 2019 10Best Trucks and SUVs

The Ridgeline utilizes a highly rigid, aerodynamic and tightly sealed unibody structure that delivers up to three times the torsional rigidity of competing body-on-frame trucks. The chassis features fully independent front and rear suspension systems with Amplitude Reactive Dampers, and combined with the body structure provides vastly superior ride comfort and handling precision along with the top-in-class cabin quietness.

Along with excellent drivability and NVH characteristics, the 2019 Ridgeline has the largest and most flexible cabin in its class along with robust cargo-hauling and towing capabilities. That includes a class-leading maximum payload capacity of up to 1,584-pound (718.5 kg), and up to 5,000-pound (2,268 kg) towing, giving Ridgeline a higher degree of utility and versatility.

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

For More Information
Consumer information is available at automobiles.honda.com/ridgeline. To join the Honda Ridgeline community on Facebook, visit facebook.com/hondaridgeline. Additional media information including detailed pricing features and high-resolution photography of all 2019 Honda Ridgeline is available at hondanews.com/honda-automobiles/channels/ridgeline.

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“Ismael Cala Influencers Circle,” is taking over 2019

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MIAMI, Jan. 16, 2019 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Ismael Cala, strategist, communicator and bestselling author, is taking over 2019 with a new partnership program “Ismael Cala Influencers Circle”, intended to gather mindful exponential leaders from all over the world.

The “Ismael Cala Influencers Circle” will meet every year to experience transformational programs, develop their capacities and improve communication style, therefore achieving wholeness. All this through a series of surprising adventures and learning experiences, such as strategic mentoring encounters, exclusive invitations to exotic destinations and VIP access to world class events.

“Wisdom will nourish and strengthen this selected group of exceling personalities, as learning from everyone’s successes and failures will be shared within our processes. Neuroscientists have demonstrated that individuals can grow when supported by a mastermind group. We reflect the five people closest to us in our environment. Accordingly, this circle of influence will challenge you to grow, provide inspiration to become your best version, multiply your capacity to serve others and enable you to leave a lasting mark,” says Ismael Cala.

This circle of influence will collaborate with the Ismael Cala Foundation to provide a positive impact on the education of hundreds of children and adolescents in Latin America. 10% of the investment will be allocated to philanthropic projects.  

Space is limited.  This comprehensive beneficial program is based on the six fundamental pillars of human development:

  • Personal awakening
  • Effective relationships and communication
  • Leadership and social impact
  • Wellness and perfect health
  • Prosperity and wealth
  • Our circle: Be part of a community go goes above and beyond to inspire, support and grow through an exchange of ideas, experiences and learnings.  

Further information: IC@calapresenta.com 
+1 (786) 312 3341
https://influencerscircle.ismaelcala.com/

ABOUT ISMAEL CALA A life and business strategist, for five and a half years Ismael Cala was the host of CALA during prime time 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 Despierta con Cala (‘Wake up with Cala’). 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, and has a diploma from Seneca College in Television Production. He is President and founder of the Cala Enterprises Corporation and the Ismael Cala Foundation

 

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MPOWER And LULF Launch Scholarships For DACA And Latin American Students

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WASHINGTON and NEW YORK, Jan. 15, 2019 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — U.S. college students from Latin America, as well as both Latino and non-Latino students with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status, are eligible for two new scholarship programs created through a unique partnership between MPOWER Financing and La Unidad Latina Foundation (LULF). MPOWER Financing, a certified B Corporation (social enterprise), is the leading U.S. provider of education loans to international and DACA students. LULF propels students dedicated to advancing the Latino community from high school to college graduation and beyond.

These two new scholarship programs — La Unidad Latina/MPOWERING Estudiantes Latinoamericanos and La Unidad Latina/MPOWERING DACA Students — will support students who demonstrate the highest potential to advocate for and empower other DACA recipients or marginalized communities in their home countries or within the U.S. Latino community.

The MPOWER-LULF partnership grew out of a shared passion for supporting high-potential international and DACA students and expanding access to higher education. MPOWER CEO and Co-founder Manu Smadja’s was inspired to start his company after he received a request from a fellow member of a University of Virginia (UVA) Latino alumni association for a small personal loan for a tuition payment to complete his degree. “I thought it was so unfortunate that this talented young guy, who is now a successful engineer, could not graduate on time — or at all — because of financial issues,” said Smadja. “It also occurred to me that he was not the only who had to compromise education and a bright future for just a few hundred dollars. I sent him the money — and then decided to start MPOWER.”

The partnership with LULF was a “no-brainer,” according to Smadja. “LULF is at the forefront of the movement to eliminate financial barriers to higher education for Latinos, first-generation college students, and others in need,” he said.

LULF’s Chairman, Julio Casado, concurs. “When Manu first shared with me the mission of MPOWER, I knew one day we would work together,” he said. “The story of its founding is the story of so many of our students, and it is my story too. These scholarships will help more students overcome financial obstacles and achieve their dreams. We are excited to stand with MPOWER on this important initiative.”

The emphasis on DACA students reflects MPOWER and LULF’s engagement with this underserved population. MPOWER has made loans to DACA students at 16 universities and is working to increase its outreach to this community. “DACA students face a lot of hurdles,” Smadja said. “They’re not eligible for federal loans, and their parents typically have limited access to bank loans because they lack the credit history or income to qualify. We’ve assisted DACA students through our core lending product, which does not require collateral or a co-signer. We also include them in our existing Global Citizen Scholarship Program, but we wanted to create a unique scholarship program just for them in partnership with LULF.”

LULF has awarded scholarships irrespective of immigration status since its inception. In 2015, LULF permanently designated a scholarship for DACA students to support their fight for higher education and their place in America, their home. Since that time, LULF has awarded over $20,000 in scholarships to DACA students and hopes to significantly increase that number through its partnership with MPOWER.

The MPOWER-LULF partnership is part of a broader social impact strategy supported by a generous grant from Gray Matters Capital, a social impact investment firm and current investor in MPOWER.

About MPOWER Financing

MPOWER Financing, headquartered in Washington, D.C., and with offices in New York City and Bangalore, India, is a mission-driven fintech company and provider of global educational loans. It is the only student lender in the world that leverages both overseas and U.S. credit data, as well as future earning potential, to serve high-promise international and DACA students. MPOWER Financing works with more than 200 top universities and colleges across the nation to provide financing to students from over 200 countries. Since 2014, it has received close to $1B in loan application volume on its platform. MPOWER Financing helps students build their credit histories and provides them with personal finance education and career support to help prepare for life after college. The team is backed by Gray Matters Capital, Breega, Potencia Ventures, Zephyr Management, Goal Structured Solutions, 1776, Village Capital, VARIV, DreamIt, Fresco, Chilango, K Street and University Ventures, as well as funds managed by Lloyd Crescendo Advisors and Community Investment Management.

About La Unidad Latina Foundation

La Unidad Latina Foundation (LULF) is a community of socially conscious college graduates dedicated to the advancement of the Latino community nationwide. Its college access and scholarship programs propel students from high school to college graduation. LULF believes ensuring the future success of its students will ensure the success of all the United States of America. Since 2014, LULF has awarded over $100,000 in scholarships and helped nearly 150 students gain admission to top colleges and universities nationwide.

Media Contact:
Yasmin Lalani
MPOWER Financing
202-417-3800
pr@mpowerfinancing.com

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Wilshire Law Firm Honored with Featured Verdict in VerdictSearch

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LOS ANGELES, Jan. 15, 2019 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Wilshire Law Firm is proud to announce that VerdictSearch, a leading source of verdict and settlement news from around the country, recently selected a case won by Wilshire Law Firm trial attorneys Colin Jones, Daniel Miller, and Bobby Saadian as a “Featured Verdict” in their national publication. This motor vehicle accident case was hand-selected as particularly noteworthy in the personal injury field by VerdictSearch’s expert team of editors.

In January 2018, Wilshire Law Firm obtained a $1 million jury verdict on behalf of Gustavo Godoy Zepeda, a passenger in a car who was injured when a tractor-trailer rear ended the vehicle he was traveling in on southbound U.S. Route 101 in February 2014. As a result of the accident, Mr. Zepeda sustained spinal strains and protruding discs (among other injuries). After conservative chiropractic care and physical therapy resulted in minimal improvement, Mr. Zepeda underwent lumbar spinal fusion surgery in October of 2015.

Despite the surgery, Mr. Zepeda has continued to experience pain in his neck due to the accident. The medical care for his injuries will likely continue for years, and he may never fully recover. To convey the gravity of Mr. Zepeda’s injuries to the jury, leading trial attorney Colin Jones utilized cutting-edge medical illustration technology.

“Our clients all have a story to tell,” says Jones, “and sometimes the best way to tell a story is to show it to your audience. Making use of advanced courtroom technology allows us to bring the jury into the lives of our clients and helps the jury fully understand how a victim’s life is affected by an accident.”

Thanks to the determined efforts of Jones and everyone at Wilshire Law Firm, this outstanding verdict ensures that Mr. Zepeda will be justly compensated for past and future medical costs, along with past and future pain and suffering brought about by his unfortunate accident.

Founded in 2007 by Bobby Saadian, Esq., Wilshire Law Firm has worked tirelessly for 11 years to stand up for the rights of personal injury victims. To date, our award-winning legal team has recovered over $250 million for victims and their families, taking care of them every step of the way. For more information about our services, call us today at (800) 522-7274 or fill out our online contact form.

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Ana Patricia Of Despierta America Launches The “LECHE. Amor por lo verdadero” (MILK. Love what’s real) Campaign On National Milk Day Alongside A Powerful Pack Of Latinos That Pledge To Focus On What Really Matters In 2019, Like Nourishing Our Families

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WASHINGTON, Jan. 11, 2019 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Join the pledge with Ana Patricia, Chef Claudette Zepeda; dairy cow nutritionist and farm owner, Rosemarie Burgos; pediatrician, Dr. Ilan Shapiro; and of the Super Mamás podcast, sisters Bricia and Paulina Lopez, as they set out to love what’s real and really matters this 2019. On National Milk Day this team of advocates have joined together to announce the LECHE. Amor por lo verdadero (MILK. Love what’s real) campaign from Milk Life, encouraging all Latinos in the US to take a moment to center their attention on the things that really bring joy each day, like milk.

As a matter of fact, a new AI-fueled image recognition study found that milk was actually one of the most shared foods on Instagram (one out of every four food posts included milk). And, posts with milk are happier overall than those without – 25% happier!

Milk has always been there, as the perfect pair to any breakfast or to make any dish creamier and more delicious. It helps us give our kids the nutrients they need to grow strong, and it’s also part of the moments that really matter–– like starting the day as a family over a café con leche or digging into grandma’s famous arroz con leche. It is deeply rooted in our culture, we love it and serve it with love. 

The Team:
Today, the Milk Life campaign is launching the LECHE. Amor por lo verdadero campaign to remind Hispanics of all the ways and places milk helps celebrate our traditions and what is really important. Announcing the new campaign is a group of dynamic Latinos, that have rallied together to bring the spotlight back to keeping it real and focusing on what really matters this 2019–– like nourishing our families with nutrient-rich milk.

Ana Patricia Gamez, co-host for Despierta America: “I come into your homes and help you start your day. In my house we start and end the day with a glass of delicious, nutrient rich-milk! It not only helps me wake up America everyday, it is also helps me serve up love and 9 essential nutrients in every glass.”

Claudette Zepeda, Executive Chef and Partner at El Jardin: “As a chef I show my love through my cooking. Nothing says I love you more than a nutritious and delicious meal prepared with real milk and real love.”

Rosemarie Burgos, Dairy Cow Nutritionist and Farm Owner: “We give our cows the best care; we take care of them and they take care of us. Milk is packed with 9 essential nutrients including protein, vitamins and minerals not only our kids need but we need them too.”

Dr. Ian Shapiro, Pediatrician: “As a doctor and a dad making sure my kids are getting the nutrients they need to grow up strong is so important. We can’t always see what they are eating and drinking once they leave the house. Milk packs 9 essential nutrients including 8 grams of protein in every 8 ounces.”

Bricia and Paulina Lopez, Super Mamas Podcast Hosts: “Our goal as the Super Mamas is to keep it real and create an honest, judgement-free zone for moms. Our goal as everyday moms is to keep our families healthy and happy. Milk helps us do this with its nutrient punch and delicious flavor!”

The new LECHE. Amor por lo verdadero campaign highlights the realness that milk brings to people’s lives and includes TV, radio, digital content and in-store elements. Consumers can share their love for milk online with #AmorPorLoVerdadero.

The Study:
While some research suggests social media can make you less than happy, new research uncovered a surprising ingredient in social media happiness: milk. In fact, one out of four of the 2.75 million #food posts shared on Instagram each month include milk (either in a glass, alongside a meal or as part of a recipe). Not to mention that posts with milk tend to be happier – 25% happier than posts without it.

Why Real Milk:
LECHE. Amor por lo verdadero invites you to enjoy those real and authentic moments that keep our traditions alive from generation to generation and spark joy in our lives. Hispanics love dairy milk for the role it plays in their daily lives and the nutrition and creaminess it brings to their meals. Real dairy milk is wholesome, simple and affordable – it enhances some of life’s most loved moments. One of the original farm-to-table foods, milk has nutrition that’s hard to find in other single foods and beverages. In fact, it’s the top food source of three of the nutrients most likely to be lacking in kids’ diets – calcium, vitamin D and potassium.

About MilkPEP
The Milk Processor Education Program (MilkPEP), Washington, DC, is funded by the nation’s milk companies, who are committed to increasing fluid milk consumption. The MilkPEP Board runs the Milk Life campaign, a multi-faceted campaign designed to educate consumers about the powerful nutritional benefits of milk – with 9 essential nutrients, including high-quality protein, in each 8 ounce glass. For more information, go to milklife.com. Campbell Ewald is creative agency for the Milk Life campaign – from America’s milk companies.

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Chronicled Raises $16 Million Series A to Expand Industry Blockchain Networks and Engineering Team

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Series A funding will be used to support pharmaceutical industry network and operational growth, as well as expand Chronicled’s engineering team in Canadian tech hub Vancouver

SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 15, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Chronicled, Inc. — a leading provider of enterprise blockchain-powered supply chain ecosystems with built-in trust, automation, and privacy — announced today that it has raised $16 million in Series A funding. The round was led by Mandra Capital, with participation from Streamlined Ventures, The Perkins Fund, Frank Fiore, and David Aho.

Chronicled is currently piloting the MediLedger Network with a group of major companies, including manufacturers, distributors, and solution providers, and it plans to launch the network commercially in 2019. This stimulus of funding will enable expansion of the MediLedger Network with service provider integrations and additional protocols that address channel integrity and chargebacks, contracting, and revenue management.

“What excites us about Chronicled is that they are building blockchain application networks for the long-term,” said SongYi Zhang, Principal of Mandra Capital. “While many companies in the space are conducting ICOs — fueling speculation and hurting the legitimacy of the space — Chronicled has stayed disciplined and pursued traditional funding while focusing on developing needed applications with quantifiable ROI value.”

As part of its growth plans, the company is opening a development office in Vancouver, BC. Chronicled currently employs 50 personnel and plans to add approximately 20 employees over the next year, targeting both its San Francisco and Vancouver locations.

Chronicled was one of the earliest businesses to develop a commercial enterprise platform based on blockchain technology. Its privacy-first network and library of privacy-protected protocols helps enterprises in pharmaceuticals, precious metals and minerals, chemicals, agriculture, automotive, electronics, and other industries to secure and automate their supply chains, streamline business processes, and reduce operational costs. Chronicled was the first supply chain company to employ zk-SNARKS — a form of zero-knowledge cryptography that ensures full privacy for all involved parties and solves blockchain scalability issues — on a commercial scale.

Chronicled is rapidly expanding its team and currently hiring for the following engineering roles. Potential candidates should contact careers@chronicled.com.

Senior Engineer, Cryptography
Senior Blockchain Engineer
Senior Software Engineer, Backend

About Chronicled:

Based in San Francisco, Chronicled is a software technology company leveraging blockchain to bring trust, efficiency, and automation to global supply chains. The company has developed tools and protocols to enable decentralized blockchain networks that support multi-party supply chain ecosystems. The decentralized network architecture extends trust boundaries and enforces cross-organization business rules without revealing private data. The company is a founding member of Enterprise Ethereum Alliance, Trusted IoT Alliance, and Mobility Open Blockchain Initiative and has an active presence in Pharmaceuticals and Precious Metals and Minerals industries. See: http://www.chronicled.com and http://www.chronicled.org.

About Mandra Capital:

Mandra Capital is a venture capital firm based in Hong Kong. The firm invests in internet, technology, materials, and life science sectors.

Press Contact: press@chronicled.com

 

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Labor Commissioner Posts List of Port Trucking Companies with Unsatisfied Judgments for Labor Violations

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OAKLAND, California, Jan. 2, 2019 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — The California Labor Commissioner today posted a list of port trucking companies with unsatisfied final court judgments, tax assessments or tax liens. Retailers and other businesses that hire companies on the list are jointly and severally liable for future labor and employment law violations committed by these companies.

The listed companies have committed wage theft against their employees and failed to come into compliance or pay wages owed. The trucking companies listed refused to pay truck drivers’ wages, overtime or expenses, failed to maintain workers’ compensation insurance, or intentionally misclassified employees as independent contractors to increase profit margins.

“Companies are on notice that if they contract with a known wage thief, they will be held responsible for the exploitation of the drivers who carry their goods,” said California Labor Commissioner Julie A. Su. “This new law incentivizes trucking companies to pay up on judgments and put earned wages into drivers’ pockets.”

Since 2011, the Labor Commissioner’s Office has received more than 1,000 port trucking wage claims and issued 448 decisions in favor of the truck drivers with more than $50 million in wages owed. Under SB 1402 (Lara), customers who contract with the listed motor carriers will now share civil legal responsibility and civil liability for the full amount found due for unpaid wages, unreimbursed expenses, damages, penalties and applicable interest owed to a driver.    

The Labor Commissioner’s Office gave at least 15 business days’ advance notice to the port trucking companies on the list before its posting. The list will be updated at least once a month, and the Labor Commissioner’s Office will remove companies from the list within 15 days after receiving confirmation of payment of monies owed, or an approved settlement agreement.

The Labor Commissioner’s Office, officially known as the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement, is a division of DIR. Among its wide-ranging enforcement responsibilities, the Labor Commissioner’s Office adjudicates wage claims, inspects workplaces for wage and hour violations, investigates retaliation complaints and educates the public on labor laws.

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

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

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

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Manny Pacquiao and Adrien Broner Collide in Welterweight World Championship Event Broadcast Live in U.S. Movie Theaters Saturday, January 19

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DENVER, Jan. 14, 2019 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Power, speed and a clash of styles will be on display this month when two of boxing’s biggest stars go toe-to-toe for the welterweight world championship. Ending his two-year hiatus from a U.S. boxing ring, boxing’s only eight-division world champion Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao returns to defend his WBA welterweight title against former four-division world champion and must-see attraction Adrien “The Problem” Broner.  Broadcast live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Pacquiao vs. Broner,” and its co-featured fights, will be shown on big screens across the nation.

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Tickets for “Pacquiao vs. Broner” can be purchased online at www.FathomEvents.com or at participating theater box offices now.

The live broadcast of “Pacquiao vs. Broner” presented by Fathom Events and SHOWTIME PPV, is set for Saturday, January 19 beginning at 9:00 p.m. ET / 8:00 p.m. CT / 7:00 p.m. MT / 6:00 p.m. PT / 5:00 p.m. AK / 4:00 p.m. HI. Boxing fans throughout the U.S. will be able to enjoy the event in more than 350 select movie theaters through Fathom’s Digital Broadcast Network (DBN). A complete list of theater locations is available on the Fathom Events website (theaters and participants are subject to change).

Pacquiao, 40, is coming off a vintage performance in Malaysia in July where he stopped Argentine slugger and world champion Lucas Matthysse inside seven rounds to regain the welterweight title for a fourth time. Broner, one of the most talented fighters in boxing, is aiming for his second stint as 147-pound champion. If victorious, Broner also will add a career-defining win against a first-ballot Hall of Famer to his already stellar resume.

A three-time Fighter of the Year and the Boxing Writers Association of America’s reigning Fighter of the Decade, Pacquiao (60-7-2, 39 KOs), who hails from Sarangani Province in the Philippines, is the only sitting Congressman and Senator to win a world title. Pacquiao’s boxing resume features victories over at least seven current and future Hall of Famers, including Oscar De La Hoya, Ricky Hatton, Marco Antonio Barrera, Erik Morales, Miguel Cotto, Shane Mosley, and Juan Manuel Marquez.

Cincinnati’s Broner (33-3-1, 24 KOs) is a former four-division world title holder and one of boxing’s most popular and colorful personalities. The brash and outspoken 29-year-old has faced some of boxing’s best en route to winning titles at 130, 135, 140 and 147 pounds, including Mikey Garcia, Paulie Malignaggi and Shawn Porter. Broner, who will face his 10th world champion in Pacquiao, scored a draw in his last fight in April on SHOWTIME against former two-division world champion Jessie Vargas.

“Boxing fans have been eagerly awaiting Pacquiao’s return to a U.S. boxing ring and we are proud to partner with SHOWTIME PPV, to bring it to local cinemas,” said Ray Nutt, Fathom Events CEO. “Fight fans won’t want to miss this match-up of two of boxing’s biggest stars – live and larger-than-life on the big screen.”

For artwork/photos related to “Pacquiao vs. Broner” visit the Fathom Events press site.

About Fathom Events
Fathom Events is the leading event cinema distributor with theater locations in all top 100 DMAs® (Designated Market Areas) and ranks as one of the largest overall theater content distributors. Owned by AMC Entertainment Inc. (NYSE: AMC); Cinemark Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: CNK); and Regal, a subsidiary of the Cineworld Group (LSE: CINE.L), Fathom Events offers a variety of unique entertainment events in movie theaters such as live performances of the Metropolitan Opera, top Broadway stage productions, major sporting events, epic concerts, the yearlong TCM Big Screen Classics series, inspirational events and popular anime franchises. Fathom Events takes audiences behind the scenes for unique extras including audience Q&As, backstage footage and interviews with cast and crew, creating the ultimate VIP experience. Fathom Events’ live Digital Broadcast Network (“DBN”) is the largest cinema broadcast network in North America, bringing live and pre-recorded events to 975 locations and 1,578 screens in 181 DMAs. The company also provides corporations a compelling national footprint for hosting employee meetings, customer rewards events and new product launches. For more information, visit www.FathomEvents.com

About Showtime Networks Inc.
Showtime Networks Inc. (SNI), a wholly owned subsidiary of CBS Corporation, owns and operates the premium television networks SHOWTIME®, THE MOVIE CHANNEL and FLIX®, and also offers SHOWTIME ON DEMAND®, THE MOVIE CHANNEL ON DEMAND and FLIX ON DEMAND®, and the network’s authentication service SHOWTIME ANYTIME®. Showtime Digital Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of SNI, operates the stand-alone streaming service SHOWTIME®. SHOWTIME is currently available to subscribers via cable, DBS, and telco providers, and as a stand-alone streaming service through Amazon, Apple®, Google, LG Smart TVs, Oculus Go, Roku®, Samsung Smart TVs and Xbox One. Consumers can also subscribe to SHOWTIME via Amazon’s Prime Video Channels, DirecTV Now, FuboTV, Hulu, Sling TV, Sony PlayStation Vue, and YouTube TV. Viewers can also watch on computers at Showtime.com. SNI also manages Smithsonian Networks, a joint venture between SNI and the Smithsonian Institution, which offers Smithsonian Channel and Smithsonian Channel Plus™. SNI markets and distributes sports and entertainment events for exhibition to subscribers on a pay-per-view basis through SHOWTIME PPV. For more information, go to www.SHO.com.

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CVS Health Announces $100 Million Community Commitment Following Acquisition Of Aetna

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WOONSOCKET, Rhode Island, Jan. 14, 2019 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Following its completed acquisition of Aetna, CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) today announced a $100 million commitment to making community health and wellness central to the newly combined company’s charge for a better world. The new Building Healthier Communities initiative, which will be funded over five years through the combined company as well as the CVS Health Foundation and Aetna Foundation, builds upon the outstanding tradition of community investment by both organizations and mobilizes their scale, combined capabilities and resources behind a unified strategy to deliver a measurable impact on the health of communities across the United States.

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“We believe the path to better health and a better world can be reached by creating a whole new health care model that’s more local, affordable, and easier to use. And by strengthening our local support and community engagement, we can further improve the health of our communities,” said Larry J. Merlo, President and CEO, CVS Health, during a speech today at the National Press Club in Washington D.C. “Our new commitment builds upon the exemplary track records of CVS Health and Aetna in supporting community-based organizations to ensure they have the most effective tools, resources and solutions to accelerate the improvement of health care for individuals and families across the country.”

Through Building Healthier Communities, CVS Health will invest $20 million annually across three funding categories to support a range of initiatives and non-profit organizations. These include:

Improving Local Access to Affordable Quality Care

Building on its local impact over the past decade, CVS Health will expand its Project Health campaign to target more underserved and underinsured communities beginning in 2019, with an aim of reaching more at-risk populations with free health and wellness screenings. Project Health offers a no-cost comprehensive health assessment, including blood pressure, Body Mass Index (BMI), glucose and total cholesterol screenings, which can detect early risks for chronic conditions like diabetes, hypertension, and heart disease. Since it was founded in 2006, Project Health has delivered more than $127 million in free health care services to nearly 1.7 million Americans.

The expansion of Project Health will also do more to screen for social determinants of health that affect personal health and communities. About 60 percent of life expectancy is driven by behavioral, social and environmental factors – including family, education, housing, and access to fresh food.1 Project Health events have a proven track record of improving patient engagement and ultimately, healthier outcomes.  More than 87% of patients who attend Project Health events report following-up with their primary care physician and were significantly more likely to proactively discuss their blood pressure, BMI and blood sugar levels, according to the company’s own metrics.

In addition, Project Health events provide opportunities for our charitable partners to drive community members who seek access to care.  All events are promoted among local organizations like the LGBT Center in Los Angeles, the YMCA of Metro Atlanta, ACCESS Michigan in Detroit, and The NAACP in Houston.

Through its Building Healthier Communities initiative, CVS Health will continue to make strategic investments that enable access for more people to local resources like Meals on Wheels, free clinics and community health centers. Through grant funding in 2019 to more than 100 free clinics and community health centers in the communities we serve, CVS Health can help address these social and health disparities.

Impacting Public Health Challenges  

CVS Health will make significant investments in support of innovative approaches to managing chronic disease, including diabetes, heart disease and high blood pressure. About 60 percent of Americans have at least one chronic disease, which accounts for 86 percent of health care spending.2 Funding will support partnership organizations uniquely positioned to tackle these public health challenges, including the American Cancer Society, American Lung Association and American Diabetes Association. Through best-in-class organizations like these, we can increase our local reach and meet people where they are. For example, we’re teaming up with the American Heart Association with a goal to improve the blood pressure of 3.5 million women by providing increased access to blood pressure screening and diagnostic tests. Through the initiative, more than $4 million has already been invested to add blood pressure kiosks in highly-trafficked, community-based locations in cities including: Baltimore, MD; Charlotte, NC; College Station, TX; Fort Worth, TX; Houston, TX; Kansas City, MO; Lancaster, PA; New York City, NY Raleigh, NC; Twin Cities, MN; and Washington, D.C.

At the same time, CVS Health will continue to help tackle the nation’s opioid crisis as part of its new commitment. Funding will be directed to organizations that are innovating in the area of addiction treatment. For example, we’re partnering with Easterseals to prevent and mitigate prescription drug abuse among our nation’s veterans. Easterseals affiliates are in communities nationwide and are immersed in providing community-based care, including mental health and recovery services, for our nation’s veterans, their families and caregivers. Both CVS Health and Aetna have responded to this national epidemic in a variety of ways. Aetna was the first national insurer to waive co-pays for naloxone, the drug that reverses opioid overdoses. And in 48 states, CVS Health is dispensing naloxone with no individual prescription needed. Both companies also took the step to strengthen management of opioid prescriptions. As a result of these efforts, CVS Health has seen a nearly 72 percent drop in covered opioid prescriptions that go beyond a seven-day supply.

In addition, CVS Health’s leadership in helping youth lead tobacco-free lives will continue as part of the company’s Building Healthier Communities strategy. The company’s signature program, “Be The First” will continue to fund universities, women’s colleges, community colleges and Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCUs) to go tobacco-free; e-cigarette education; tobacco control and healthy behavior programming through national and local partnerships including, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, CATCH Global Foundation, CDC, and Truth Initiative with a goal of helping deliver the nation’s first tobacco-free generation.

Partnering with Local Communities  

Through the Aetna Foundation and its collaboration with U.S. News & World Report, CVS Health will support the Healthiest Communities rankings, a groundbreaking report that evaluates the health of nearly 3,000 communities nationwide across 10 categories, from education and population health to infrastructure and economy. In addition to assessing which communities offer their citizens the greatest opportunity to live a productive, healthy life, the rankings, which were first released in 2018, identify the best approaches for improving public health that can be shared and implemented across the country.

While the Healthiest Communities rankings help identify critical needs of individual communities, the CVS Health Foundation and Aetna Foundation will continue supporting community-driven solutions that address social determinants of health and help make improvements in important public health issues. By supporting organizations that are dedicated to enhancing important factors that contribute to the well-being of communities, such as safe outdoor spaces, affordable transportation, and access to fresh fruits and vegetables, the company’s philanthropic efforts can have a significant impact on health issues such as the opioid epidemic, food insecurity and inequities in health care. The communities supported by Aetna Foundation grantees are already seeing positive outcomes, such as bringing new healthy food access points to within a mile of more than 1.6 million people and revitalizing public spaces to create new walkable destinations within a half-mile of more than 527,000 people.

These outcomes are due to the work being done by community-based organization who are working at the neighborhood level to deliver local impact. Organizations such as: Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition of Broward County, Florida, which tackles high rates of racial/ethnic disparities in maternal/child health; FoodLab Detroit, which is focused on strengthening Detroit’s regional food system by creating a new food economy; and Go Austin/Vamos Austin, which promotes resident-led improvements to healthy foods and living environments. We will also expand initiatives utilizing community assets such as barbershops to improve hypertension in African American communities, launch new partnerships for multi-generational learning to improve health outcomes in high risk communities, and facilitate cross-sector collaboration among key stakeholders at the city and county levels.

In addition, CVS Health and Aetna employees have pledged a minimum $10 million in value of volunteer hours each year, offering their time and expertise to creating healthier, more sustainable communities. CVS Health and Aetna support these efforts through a robust volunteer platform where colleagues can volunteer regularly, and get involved with a range of local partner organizations to help address unmet health and social needs.

“Health starts at the community level. By combining the capabilities and philanthropic resources of CVS Health and Aetna, we can engage and empower local communities to address their unique health care needs and make a real difference,” added Merlo. “Ultimately, we’re aspiring to deliver better health care which in turn creates better communities and a better world.”

About CVS Health

CVS Health is the nation’s premier health innovation company helping people on their path to better health. Whether in one of its pharmacies or through its health services and plans, CVS Health is pioneering a bold new approach to total health by making quality care more affordable, accessible, simple and seamless. CVS Health is community-based and locally focused, engaging consumers with the care they need when and where they need it. The Company has more than 9,800 retail locations, approximately 1,100 walk-in medical clinics, a leading pharmacy benefits manager with approximately 93 million plan members, a dedicated senior pharmacy care business serving more than one million patients per year, expanding specialty pharmacy services, and a leading stand-alone Medicare Part D prescription drug plan. CVS Health also serves an estimated 39 million people through traditional, voluntary and consumer-directed health insurance products and related services, including a rapidly expanding Medicare Advantage offering. This innovative health care model increases access to quality care, delivers better health outcomes and lowers overall health care costs. Find more information about how CVS Health is shaping the future of health at https://www.cvshealth.com.

Contacts:
Media Contacts:
Joe Goode, Joseph.Goode@CVSHealth.com
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Ethan Slavin, SlavinE@aetna.com
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Investor Contact:
Michael P. McGuire, Michael.McGuire@CVSHealth.com
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Endnotes
1 “Beyond Health Care: The Role of Social Determinants in Promoting Health and Health Equity,” Kaiser Family Foundation. Accessed at https://www.kff.org/disparities-policy/issue-brief/beyond-health-care-the-role-of-social-determinants-in-promoting-health-and-health-equity/.

2 “Health and Economic Costs of Chronic Diseases,” U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Accessed at https://www.cdc.gov/chronicdisease/about/costs/index.htm

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Hispanics’ Consumer Confidence is Strong Going into 2019 as Optimism Continues to Grow About Their Financial Situation

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The Business and Economics Polling Initiative (BEPI) at Florida Atlantic University conducts surveys on business, economic, political, and social issues with main focus on Hispanic attitudes and opinions at regional, state and national levels.

President Trump‘s Job Approval Improves to 40 Percent

BOCA RATON, Florida, Jan. 14, 2019 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Consumer confidence among Hispanics in the U.S. improved in the fourth quarter of 2018 as optimism continued to grow about their financial situation as well as the economic outlook for the U.S., according to a new national consumer sentiment index conducted by the Florida Atlantic University Business and Economics Polling Initiative (FAU BEPI) in FAU’s College of Business

The Business and Economics Polling Initiative (BEPI) at Florida Atlantic University conducts surveys on business, economic, political, and social issues with main focus on Hispanic attitudes and opinions at regional, state and national levels.

The Hispanic Consumer Sentiment Index, taken from October through December 2018, stands at 98.5, up nearly five points from the third quarter of 2018 when the Index stood at 93.7. The index is now just above the fourth quarter score of 98.2 for the overall U.S. population as published in December by the University of Michigan.

Overall, 71 percent of Hispanics said they are financially better off today than a year ago, up nine points from the third quarter of 2018 (62 percent). Looking at the year ahead, 74 percent of Hispanics indicated they will be better off over the next year, up slightly from 72 percent in the third quarter. Their short-run economic outlook dipped slightly, with 59 percent of Hispanics saying they expect the country as a whole to experience good business conditions in the upcoming year, down a point from the third quarter.

Hispanics’ long-run outlook continued to improve, with 59 percent of Hispanics expecting good times for the country as a whole over the next five years, up slightly from the third quarter (58 percent). Overall, 62 percent of Hispanics think it is good time to buy big-ticket items for the home, up from 58 percent in the third quarter.

Positive economic conditions have also helped President Trump’s approval rating among Hispanics, which continued to improve from 37 to 40 percent in the fourth quarter of 2018. Of those surveyed, 30.9 percent identified themselves as Republicans, 40.8 percent Democrats, 15.3 percent Independents and 13 percent were not registered. 

The survey was conducted nationally from Oct. 1 to Dec. 31, 2018. The random polling sample consisted of 700 Hispanics, 18 years of age and older, with a margin of error of +/- 3.7 percent. The survey was administered using both landlines via IVR data collection and online data collection using Survey Sampling International.

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Actor Carlos Ponce joins Cigna at the 2019 Walt Disney World® 5K to encourage Latinos to take control of their physical and emotional wellbeing

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ORLANDO, Florida, Jan. 11, 2019 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Actor Carlos Ponce joined Cigna at the 2019 Walt Disney World® 5K in Orlando, FL to support Cigna’s mission to help the Hispanic community take control of their health. Through this partnership, Cigna and Carlos are working together to encourage preventive care by educating individuals on how to take steps toward being their best selves, physically and emotionally. That includes getting your annual check-up, talking openly and honestly about how you are feeling and knowing your four health numbers (cholesterol, blood pressure, blood sugar, and body mass index), which are responsible for the majority of chronic conditions. Together, Cigna and Carlos Ponce hope to motivate you go to your annual check-up and talk to your doctor, so you can understand what changes will help you make healthier choices that will positively affect your lifestyle.

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Carlos shared, “I am starting the year on the right foot collaborating with Cigna, inviting everyone to pay attention to their bodies and emotions. Getting an annual check-up and learning your four numbers health numbers is very important because it can help us prevent bigger problems.”

Visit Cigna.com/takecontrol for more information.

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Avon’s Anew Hydra Fusion De-Puffing Eye Serum Awarded As A Top Eye Cream By Marie Claire Magazine Among “25 Best Products That Will Change Your Life”

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NEW YORK, Jan. 11, 2019 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Avon announced today that its Anew Hydra Fusion De-Puffing Eye Serum leads Marie Claire‘s “25 Products That Will Change Your Life.” Featured in Marie Claire‘s February issue (on newsstands now), the magazine’s beauty editors recognized  Anew Hydra Fusion De-Puffing Serum because it instantly helps de-puff and hydrate the delicate under-eye area while reducing the appearance of bags and fine, dry lines.

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This award is the latest in a series of wins for Avon’s Anew brand, the pioneering, high-performing skin care line with collections designed to address every skin care concern. Launched in 2018, the eye serum is part of the Anew Hydra Fusion skin care collection.  Anew Hydra Fusion was designed for today’s modern woman whose skin is in a daily battle against environmental stressors contributing to dry, dehydrated skin. Each product in the collection contains key active ingredients that help increase moisture and shield skin from aggressors, leaving skin vibrant and protected: hyaluronic acid, found naturally in skin, holds more than 1000 times its weight in water and raspberry antioxidant, a potent ingredient that helps defend skin from the environment to keep skin looking healthy and glowing.

The Anew Hydra Fusion collection includes:

  • New Anew Hydra Fusion Daily Beauty Defense Broad Spectrum Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50 ($32): An ultra-lightweight broad spectrum sunscreen lotion designed to go on smoothly after moisturizer and under makeup.
  • New Anew Hydra Fusion Nighttime Facial Treatment ($32): This PM treatment is formulated with hyaluronic acid and raspberry antioxidants to intensely hydrate and help defend skin from environmental stressors and shea butter beads to nourish and strengthen the skin’s moisture barrier.  Visibly re-plumps skin with 3X more moisture.
  • Anew Hydra Fusion Replenishing Serum ($40): This lightweight serum instantly boosts skin’s hydration by 2X. The raspberry antioxidant is encapsulated in thousands of bubbles and releases upon application.
  • Anew Hydra Fusion Gel Cream ($32): The fast-absorbing, gel-cream immediately and continuously hydrates the skin for up to 72 hours, leaving skin looking and feeling replenished, smoothed and plumped.
  • Anew Hydra Fusion De-Puffing Eye Serum ($32): An on-the-go eye serum, suitable for all skin types, that immediately boosts skin’s hydration level by 216%. Dispensed via a cooling ceramic applicator, the fast-absorbing, lightweight gel instantly hydrates and de-puffs the delicate eye area, using the power of both caffeine and raspberry antioxidant, leaving a radiant glow and no sticky after-feel.
  • Anew Hydra Fusion In-Shower Mask ($26): This treatment mask instantly locks in moisture, leaving your face looking healthy, energized and glowing, while increasing hydration levels by 195%.
  • Anew Hydra Fusion Micellar Cleansing Water ($14): The gentle, no-rinse formula cleanses, removes makeup and lifts dirt, oil and impurities while boosting hydration.

To celebrate the Marie Claire award, Avon.com is offering customers the opportunity to purchase two Anew Hydra Fusion products for $35.00 (including free shipping) using the code HYDRA35.

Avon products are available at www.avon.com.

About New Avon LLC
New Avon LLC (“Avon“) is the leading social selling beauty company in North America, with independent sales Representatives throughout the United States, Puerto Rico and Canada. Avon’s portfolio includes award-winning skincare, color cosmetics, fragrance, personal care and health and wellness products featuring brands such as ANEW, Avon True Color, Espira, and Skin So Soft, as well as fashion and accessories.  Avon has a 130-year history of empowering women through economic opportunity, and supporting the causes that matter most to women. Avon philanthropy has contributed over $1 billion globally toward eradicating breast cancer and domestic violence. Learn more about Avon and its products at www.avon.com.

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Labor Commissioner’s Office Secures $1.7 Million in Unpaid Wages for 56 Bay Area Restaurant Workers

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OAKLAND, California, Jan. 9, 2019 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — The California Labor and Workforce Development Agency today announced that the Labor Commissioner’s Office has secured $1.7 million in assets from the owners of Bay Area restaurant chain Mango Garden to pay 56 workers who were victims of wage theft. Seizure of the assets occurred after the owners fraudulently transferred the restaurant’s ownership to avoid paying workers the wages owed.

The owners operated the chain of Malaysian-Chinese restaurants in Fremont, San Jose and San Mateo. In late 2015, the Labor Commissioner’s Office launched an investigation as part of a joint-enforcement effort with the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office. Investigators found the restaurant employees worked 10 or more hours a day while being paid less than the minimum wage and did not receive required meal and rest breaks, overtime pay or split shift premiums. The employers paid the workers in cash and kept 15 percent for themselves, telling the workers the deduction went toward taxes. The Labor Commissioner’s Office issued wage and civil penalty citations totaling more than $1.8 million.

Prior to the investigation, the owners became aware that one or more workers intended to file wage claims. The employers then dissolved two of their three corporate entities, created new entities and listed different management to avoid liability. Upon appeal, a hearing officer ruled the individual owners and operators of the business were individually and jointly liable because they caused or failed to prevent the violations. The Alameda County District Attorney’s Office seized and is liquidating their assets to pay the wage theft victims.

Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Asian Law Caucus (AAAJ-ALC) referred this case to the Labor Commissioner’s Office and represented workers who cooperated in the investigation and testified at the hearing.

Following the appeal hearing in 2017-2018, the citations were amended to $2,115,187 including prejudgment interest of $365,541. Prejudgment interest is calculated at 10 percent per year from the date the unpaid wages should have been paid to the workers. In addition to minimum wage, overtime, meal period premiums and rest period premiums, the workers are entitled to liquidated damages and waiting time penalties. Payments owed to the 56 workers range from $2,603 to $150,523, with an average of $37,246 awarded to each worker.

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 Department of Industrial Relations’ Division of Labor Standards Enforcement, or the California Labor Commissioner’s Office, combats wage theft and conducts on-site inspections to investigate and enforce compliance with minimum wage and other California labor laws. Its wide-ranging responsibilities include public works enforcement, retaliation complaint investigations, licensing and registration, as well as multilingual labor law education and outreach for workers and employers.

In 2014, the Labor Commissioner’s Office under Julie A. Su’s leadership 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 Erika Monterroza or Jeanne-Mairie Duval at (510) 286-1161, and are encouraged to subscribe to get email alerts on DIR’s press releases or other departmental updates.

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The California Department of Industrial Relations, established in 1927, protects and improves the health, safety, and economic well-being of over 18 million wage earners, and helps their employers comply with state labor laws. DIR is housed within the Labor & Workforce Development Agency. For general inquiries, contact DIR’s 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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Acura Reveals Heritage Liveries for 2019 ARX-05 Prototypes

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Unveiled today, the Acura Team Penske livery for the 2019 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship will feature the distinctive white, orange and black colors utilized by Acura’s three-time consecutive championship-winning program in IMSA prototype competition from 1991-93.

TORRANCE, California, Jan. 10, 2019 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Unveiled today, the Acura Team Penske livery for the 2019 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship will feature the distinctive white, orange and black colors utilized by Acura’s three-time consecutive championship-winning program in IMSA prototype competition from 1991-93.

Unveiled today, the Acura Team Penske livery for the 2019 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship will feature the distinctive white, orange and black colors utilized by Acura’s three-time consecutive championship-winning program in IMSA prototype competition from 1991-93.

The work of Acura Executive Creative Director Dave Marek – who has been responsible for the striking liveries on numerous Acura racing machines – the 2019 IMSA Acura Team Penske ARX-05 prototypes are an updated take on the iconic design first seen on the 1991-93 Camel Lights champion Comptech Racing Spice Acura NSXs.

The design also incorporates Acura Team Penske’s new partnership with ELS STUDIO 3D®, the award-winning premium audio system available in the 2019 Acura RDX. The race cars will make their on-track debut at the Jan. 26-27 Rolex 24 at Daytona International Speedway with a stellar driver lineup including Dane Cameron, Juan Pablo Montoya and Simon Pagenaud in the #6 Acura Team Penske ARX-05; and Helio Castroneves, Ricky Taylor and Alexander Rossi in the #7 Acura ARX-05.

“This is a natural look for Acura prototypes, and a salute to our heritage as a performance brand,” said Marek.  “The Acura brand was founded in 1986, and its debut in motorsports soon followed.  Today, we’re proud to unveil a livery that accurately reflects our long, successful history in North American racing – and look forward to adding new chapters to the story of Acura Precision Crafted Performance.”

Race-prepared Acura Integras won two consecutive International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) International Sedan Manufacturers’ Championships and three consecutive IMSA International Sedan Drivers’ Championships from 1988-90.

The famous Comptech Racing Acura-Spice GTP Lights race cars, powered by a modified first-generation NSX engine, carried driver Parker Johnstone to three consecutive Drivers’ Championships and Acura to three consecutive Manufacturers’ Championships in the prestigious IMSA Camel GTP Lights series from 1991-93. The Comptech Acura also captured the prestigious 12 Hours of Sebring in 1993. 

In addition to Johnstone, the Comptech Acura driver lineup included Wayne Taylor, father of current Acura Team Penske driver Ricky Taylor, and Steve Cameron, uncle to ATP driver Dane Cameron.

Acura has a strong presence in the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship with Acura Team Penske’s pair of ARX-05 prototypes, and a brace of Acura NSX GT3 Evo’s run by Meyer Shank Racing in the GT Daytona (GTD) class.

The 2019 WeatherTech SportsCar Championship opens January 26-27 with the twice-around-the-clock Rolex 24 endurance contest at Daytona International Speedway.

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 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 AcuraNews.com. Consumer information is available at Acura.com. Follow Acura on social media at Acura.us/SocialChannels.

Unveiled today, the Acura Team Penske livery for the 2019 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship will feature the distinctive white, orange and black colors utilized by Acura’s three-time consecutive championship-winning program in IMSA prototype competition from 1991-93.

  

Unveiled today, the Acura Team Penske livery for the 2019 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship will feature the distinctive white, orange and black colors utilized by Acura’s three-time consecutive championship-winning program in IMSA prototype competition from 1991-93.

  

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/R E P E A T — Canopy LATAM starting the year strong – opening new markets, supporting education, and achieving newly licensed production capacity/

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Pictured are: Luiz Orlando Novaes - Country Managing Director, Spectrum Cannabis Peru; Dr. Mark Ware - Chief Medical Officer, Canopy Growth; Antonio Droghetti - Managing Director, Canopy LATAM

LIMA, Peru and SMITHS FALLS, Ontario, Jan. 9, 2019 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Canopy Growth Corporation (TSX: WEED) (NYSE: CGC) (the “Company” or “Canopy Growth”), through its Latin American-focused subsidiary, Canopy LATAM Corporation (“Canopy LATAM”), is proud to introduce Spectrum Cannabis Peru S.A.C. (“Spectrum Cannabis Peru”), the newest member of the growing global Spectrum Cannabis family.

Pictured are: Luiz Orlando Novaes - Country Managing Director, Spectrum Cannabis Peru; Dr. Mark Ware - Chief Medical Officer, Canopy Growth; Antonio Droghetti - Managing Director, Canopy LATAM

Spectrum Cannabis Peru will operate as part of the Canopy LATAM network and with Peru poised to introduce new regulations for the use of medical cannabis, this new in-market entity is uniquely positioned to support the opening of the Peruvian market while leveraging Canopy Growth’s global expertise in patient and physician education, as well as in medical cannabis production.

This announcement directly supports Canopy Growth’s strategy of securing first mover advantage to realize the opportunities generated by evolving cannabis regulations across the region and the world. Until regulations are published supporting patient access to medical cannabis, Spectrum Cannabis Peru will focus on advancing education activities, including working closely with the medical community to foster greater understanding of the potential uses of medical cannabis while reducing stigma.

Supporting education, regulation, and patient access for medical cannabis across Latin America

While in Lima to participate in the launch of Spectrum Cannabis Peru, Dr. Mark Ware, Canopy Growth’s Chief Medical Officer, is advancing the Company’s commitment to education through participation in a range of medical cannabis-focused events for physicians, healthcare professionals, and cannabis-focused patient groups.

This includes addressing healthcare professionals currently attending an introductory course on cannabis held by the medical college of Peru (“Colegio Medico del Peru“), as well as delivering an address and participating in the First Meeting of American Professional Experts working with Phytocannabinoids (“1° Encuentro Americano De Professionales Expertos En Fitocannabioides”) held in Lima from January 10 to 11.

The conference will also see Dr. Ware, in his capacity as a family physician focused on pain management, participate in the signing of the Lima Declaration on the medical use of cannabis. This physician-led declaration encourages governments, regulators, and health authorities throughout the region to ensure patient access and scientific research are the cornerstones of all Latin America medical cannabis laws.

Further, the declaration promotes collaboration across the region, and calls on healthcare professionals to contribute to informed access for cannabis-based medicines while asking patients to advocate and defend their right to such treatments.

A leap forward for sustainable regional production through Spectrum Cannabis Colombia

As previously announced, production operations are advancing at the Company’s farm in Colombia, with initial cultivation having started in late 2018. In line with the plan for sustainable regional production based in the country, the Company is pleased to report that licenses have now been received for the production of cannabis in all 126 hectares (13.6 million sq. ft.) of suitable growing area at the farm.

This is an increase from the previously licensed 42 hectares (4.5 million sq. ft.) of production area and to the Company’s knowledge, the wholly owned farm now represents one of the largest fully licensed cannabis production facilities in the world. This also positions Canopy Growth to meet the emerging regional supply demands as a number of countries across Latin America update their regulations and in so doing, open their markets for the import and sale of Spectrum Cannabis’ high-quality cannabis-based medical products.

Continued development of Canopy LATAM and local in-market entities

As regulations across the region continue to evolve at a rapid pace, Canopy Growth is well positioned to seize these new opportunities through its subsidiary Canopy LATAM, and the in-market entities that work collectively as part of the Company’s LATAM structure. A full leadership team is now in place at both the regional and local level to guide these activities and draws on extensive experience from leading organizations in the pharmaceutical, food and beverage, and consulting industries.

With a fully licensed production site in Colombia, newly launched operations in Peru, a rapidly evolving landscape in Mexico, and clinical trials underway in Chile, Canopy LATAM and Canopy Growth are uniquely positioned to realize the significant opportunities across Latin America with the ultimate goal of serving patients through education and high quality, reliable, medical cannabis products.

Quotes from leadership

“We’re proud to welcome Peru to the growing family of Spectrum Cannabis countries and to have the chance to serve Peruvian patients and healthcare professionals in the future,” said Mark Zekulin, President and Co-CEO, Canopy Growth. “Canopy Growth is a global leader in providing safe, regulated, medical cannabis and by leveraging our experience together with local expertise, we look forward to helping build a responsible Peruvian cannabis industry today and into the future.”

“The landscape for medical cannabis continues to evolve rapidly in Latin America and Peru is poised to take a leading role with the introduction of new regulations which we hope will prioritize patient access”, said Antonio Droghetti, Managing Director, Canopy LATAM. “Launching Peruvian operations enhances our ability to engage with regulators, healthcare professionals, and patients to ensure they have the information they need while also preparing for the future sale of medical cannabis products across the country.”

“With the full licensing of our 126-hectare farm, Spectrum Cannabis Colombia and Canopy Growth have demonstrated yet again our ability to execute and prepare for the rapidly rising demand that exists for medical cannabis”, said Bibiana Rojas, Country Managing Director, Spectrum Cannabis Colombia. “Our ambitious goal of sustainable regional production for medical cannabis is one step closer in Latin America and we’re proud to play a role in increasing the total potential production of Canopy Growth as it builds markets internationally.”

About Canopy Growth Corporation
Canopy Growth is a world-leading diversified cannabis and hemp company, offering distinct brands and curated cannabis varieties in dried, oil and Softgel capsule forms. Canopy Growth offers the world’s only medically approved vaporizers through the Company’s subsidiary, Storz & Bickel GMbH & Co. KG. From product and process innovation to market execution, Canopy Growth is driven by a passion for leadership and a commitment to building a world-class cannabis company one product, site and country at a time. The Company has operations in 13 countries across five continents. The Company is proudly dedicated to educating healthcare practitioners, conducting robust clinical research, and furthering the public’s understanding of cannabis, and through its wholly owned subsidiary, Canopy Health Innovations (“Canopy Health”), has devoted millions of dollars toward cutting edge, commercializable research and IP development. Canopy Growth works with the Beckley Foundation and has launched Beckley Canopy Therapeutics to research and develop clinically validated cannabis-based medicines, with a strong focus on intellectual property protection. Canopy Growth acquired assets of leading hemp research company, ebbu, Inc. (“ebbu”). Intellectual Property (“IP”) and R&D advancements achieved by ebbu’s team apply directly to Canopy Growth’s hemp and THC-rich cannabis genetic breeding program and its cannabis-infused beverage capabilities. Through partly owned subsidiary Canopy Rivers Corporation, the Company is providing resources and investment to new market entrants and building a portfolio of stable investments in the sector. From our historic public listing on the Toronto Stock Exchange and New York Stock Exchange to our continued international expansion, pride in advancing shareholder value through leadership is engrained in all we do at Canopy Growth. Canopy Growth has established partnerships with leading sector names including cannabis icon Snoop Dogg, breeding legends DNA Genetics and Green House seeds, Battelle, the world’s largest nonprofit research and development organization, and Fortune 500 alcohol leader Constellation Brands, to name but a few. Canopy Growth operates ten licensed cannabis production sites with over 4.3 million square feet of production capacity, including over 500,000 square feet of GMP certified production space. The Company operates Tweed retail stores in Newfoundland and Manitoba and has entered into supply agreements with every Canadian province and territory. For more information visit www.canopygrowth.com.

Notice Regarding Forward Looking Statements
This news release contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and “forward-looking information” within the meaning of applicable Canadian securities legislation. Often, but not always, forward-looking statements and information can be identified by the use of words such as “plans”, “expects” or “does not expect”, “is expected”, “estimates”, “intends”, “anticipates” or “does not anticipate”, or “believes”, or variations of such words and phrases or state that certain actions, events or results “may”, “could”, “would”, “might” or “will” be taken, occur or be achieved. Forward-looking statements or information involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of Canopy Growth or its subsidiaries to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements or information contained in this news release. Examples of such statements include statements with respect to international operations in the LATAM region. Risks, uncertainties and other factors involved with forward-looking information could cause actual events, results, performance, prospects and opportunities to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking information, including the Company’s ability to satisfy provincial sales contracts or provinces purchasing all cannabis allocated to them, and such risks contained in the Company’s annual information form dated June 27, 2018 and filed with Canadian securities regulators available on the Company’s issuer profile on SEDAR at www.sedar.com. Although the Company believes that the assumptions and factors used in preparing the forward-looking information or forward-looking statements in this news release are reasonable, undue reliance should not be placed on such information and no assurance can be given that such events will occur in the disclosed time frames or at all. The forward-looking information and forward-looking statements included in this news release are made as of the date of this news release and the Company does not undertake an obligation to publicly update such forward-looking information or forward-looking information to reflect new information, subsequent events or otherwise unless required by applicable securities laws.

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FIBRA Prologis to Host Fourth Quarter 2018 Earnings Conference Call January 25

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MEXICO CITY, Jan. 9, 2019 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — FIBRA Prologis (BMV: FIBRAPL 14), a leading owner and operator of Class-A logistics real estate in Mexico, will host a webcast and conference call with senior management to discuss fourth quarter results, current market conditions and future outlook on Friday, January 25, at 9:00 a.m. CT/10:00 a.m. ET.

To access a live broadcast of the call, dial +1 877 256 7020 (toll-free from the United States and Canada), 01 800 926 9146 (toll-free from Mexico) or +1 973 409 9692 from all other countries and enter conference code 93296074. A live webcast can be accessed at www.fibraprologis.com in the Investor Relations section January 25.

A telephonic replay will be available January 25 – February 1 at +1 855 859 2056 from the U.S. and Canada or at +1 404 537 3406 from all other countries using conference code 93296074. The replay will be posted in the Investor Relations section of the FIBRA Prologis website.

ABOUT FIBRA PROLOGIS

FIBRA Prologis is a leading owner and operator of Class-A logistics real estate in Mexico. As of September 30, 2018, FIBRA Prologis comprised 197 logistics and manufacturing facilities in six industrial markets in Mexico totaling 34.9 million square feet (3.2 million square meters) of gross leasable area.

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

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

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2019 Florida Homebuying Fair Goes Low-Tech on Purpose

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida, Jan. 9, 2019 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Some things are better in person than online. Perhaps the biggest is learning how to buy a house. That’s why hundreds of South Floridians will attend the second annual Florida Homebuying Fair at Consolidated Credit on Saturday, January 19.

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The free event gives prospective, but often-overwhelmed homebuyers the chance to meet Realtors®, mortgage brokers, title companies, appraisers, and HUD-certified housing counselors. It’s an informative and no-pressure environment.

“This event gives homebuyers a chance to kick tires and compare services. Best of all, they can do it in person, and look people right in the eye,” says Maria Gaitan, Consolidated Credit’s Director of Housing Counseling and Community Outreach.

Gaitan says one of the biggest problems many homebuyers face is finding the right professionals at the right time and price. At the Homebuying Fair, dozens of professionals will be available for informal conversations.

“While buying a home is often the most amount of money you’ll ever spend, we’ve found that conversations with experts are the best way to start the process,” Gaitan says. “Attendees call the shots, they ask the questions, and if they don’t like the answers, they can move onto the next expert.”

The Homebuying Fair has also earned a reputation as the go-to location for free one-on-one HUD-approved counseling. This coaching – available in English, Spanish and Creole – lets Floridians with weak credit devise a plan that can get them into a home while still sticking to a budget. There are similar services for veterans and current military service members.

Sponsored by major financial institutions, the Homebuying Fair has grown into the must-attend event for Florida homebuyers.  Adds Gaitan: “While I feel good at the end of the day, I feel even better when I hear from attendees that they found their dream home at a dream price because of us.”

WHEN: Saturday, January 19th, 2019 10:00 am2:00 pm

WHERE: 5701 W. Sunrise Blvd. Fort Lauderdale, FL 33313 (View Map)

To information call 800-435-2261 or email FinEd@consolidatedcredit.org

About: In over 25 years, Consolidated Credit has helped over 6.5 million people overcome challenges with debt and financial issues. Their mission is to assist families throughout the United States to end financial crises and solve money management issues through education and professional counseling.

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Disneyland Resort Celebrates Lunar New Year with a Touch of Disney Magic, Jan. 25 to Feb. 17, 2019

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Disneyland Resort guests may ring in the Year of the Pig with 24 days of Lunar New Year celebrations at Disney California Adventure Park, Jan. 25 to Feb. 17, 2019. A joyous celebration of Asian cultures, Lunar New Year welcomes guests of all ages to commemorate traditions with beloved Disney characters and welcome another year of good fortune.

ANAHEIM, California, Jan. 9, 2019 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Disneyland Resort rings in the Year of the Pig this Lunar New Year at Disney California Adventure Park, Friday, Jan. 25 to Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019. During the 24 days of this multicultural celebration, guests will experience exciting live entertainment and musical performances, including an enhanced “Mulan’s Lunar New Year Procession,” fun-filled arts and crafts, beautiful décor, delicious cuisine and themed merchandise for the whole family to enjoy. Even the Three Little Pigs join in the fun with a rare appearance.

Disneyland Resort guests may ring in the Year of the Pig with 24 days of Lunar New Year celebrations at Disney California Adventure Park, Jan. 25 to Feb. 17, 2019. A joyous celebration of Asian cultures, Lunar New Year welcomes guests of all ages to commemorate traditions with beloved Disney characters and welcome another year of good fortune.

Guests at the Lunar New Year celebration will discover a touch of Disney magic as they experience Asian culture through inspired food, music and entertainment with their family and friends, all to welcome another year of good fortune. Lunar New Year, traditionally celebrated within Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese cultures, commemorates the moment when both the sun and the moon begin their journey for another year. Highlights of the Lunar New Year celebration at Disney California Adventure include:

  • “Mulan’s Lunar New Year Procession,” a bright and bold parade hosted by Mulan and her faithful dragon, Mushu, that honors Lunar New Year and celebrates family and friendship. As a special treat for the Year of the Pig, the Three Little Pigs (Fiddler, Fifer and Practical) join the procession in their full holiday garb, along with Goofy in his “god of Good Fortune” attire and Chip ‘n’ Dale in their red vests. “Mulan’s Lunar New Year Procession” is enhanced this year with a longer processional route, from Pixar Pier to Paradise Gardens Park, where guests will gather to watch the festivities. A troupe of Chinese performers bring additional dancers, martial artists and drummers to add extra excitement to the beautiful and colorful procession.
  • Beloved characters Mulan, Mushu, Pluto, Mickey and Minnie donning their Lunar New Year attire and greeting guests at Paradise Gardens Park.
  • Four Asian marketplaces offering delightful foods inspired by Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese cultures, all with a Disney twist. New this year is the Sip and Savor pass, available for any guest to purchase if they wish to get the best value as they taste their way through the festive Asian marketplaces.
    • Longevity Noodle Co.
    • Lucky 8 Lantern
    • Prosperity Bao & Buns
    • Red Dragon Spice Traders
  • A special Lunar New Year menu at Paradise Garden Grill that offers items inspired by traditional Asian fare, plus a new Festival Food and Beverage Cart inside Paradise Gardens.
  • Live, daily performances with authentic musicians.
    • New this year, the Melody of China ensemble entertains guests with Chinese classical, folk and contemporary music, with a trio of artists that play the yangqin (Chinese dulcimer), pipa (Chinese lute) and Erhu (Chinese fiddle).
    • Vietnamese artist Dat Nguyen plays traditional and original compositions on classical guitar, lute, flute and melodica at Paradise Garden Bandstand.
  • An area for guests to try complimentary arts and crafts with local artisans, including Chinese calligraphy, paper lantern making and face painting.
  • A Lucky Wishing Wall, where guests may add their own wishes for a wonderful future.
  • Beautiful Lunar New Year décor, including ornamental lanterns and banners wishing guests a Happy Lunar New Year in English, Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese.
  • New Lunar New Year merchandise inspired by different cultures of East Asia.
    • Special items all the way from Shanghai Disney Resort, including traditional red envelopes for gift-giving, Minnie Mouse ear headbands, lantern glow wands and more.
    • Commemorative items with Lunar New Year designs, including a limited-edition pin, adult hoody and tees.

In addition, the Disneyland Resort is offering special, limited-time ticket and hotel offers during the Lunar New Year celebration, making this an ideal time for guests to visit Disney California Adventure. Guests may find more information at Disneyland.com.

About the Disneyland Resort 
The Disneyland Resort features two spectacular theme parks – Disneyland (the original Disney theme park) and Disney California Adventure Park – plus three hotels and the Downtown Disney District, comprising unique dining, entertainment and shopping experiences. The Resort’s hotels are the luxurious, 948-room Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, which also features 50 two-bedroom equivalent Disney Vacation Club units; the magical, 973-room Disneyland Hotel – both AAA Four Diamond properties – and the 481-room Disney’s Paradise Pier Hotel with its “day-at-the-beach” theme. For information on attractions and vacations at the Disneyland Resort, visit Disneyland.com, call (866) 43-DISNEY or contact local travel agents. Located in Anaheim, Calif., the Disneyland Resort opened July 17, 1955. Open daily, year-round.

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