Flagship Food Group Selected to Present at 2017 Conference

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DENVER, April 25, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Flagship Food Group, a global, diversified food company whose brands include TJ Farms®, Lilly B’s®, and 505 Southwestern®, is excited to announce that it will be one of the presenting companies at Lincoln International’s annual Consumer Conference in San Francisco, CA on May 11. 

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According to Rob Holland, Flagship’s CEO, “It’s an honor to participate as a presenter among such a wide array of industry leaders. I look forward to collaborating about the use of technology in marketing and how to best maximize the potential of those initiatives.”

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The conference is to be held at Hotel Nikko San Francisco on Thursday, May 11, 2017. It is a forum for leading consumer industry executives, investors and entrepreneurs to engage in on-trend consumer industry topics and to network with 400+ professionals within the industry. Lincoln’s Consumer Conference themes revolve around better using digital marketing, social media and influence marketing to drive brand awareness and consumer engagement.

About Flagship Food Group

Serving the retail, club store, and food service channels across a broad array of product lines, Flagship’s family of brands includes TJ Farms®, Lilly B’s®, 505 Southwestern®, Chris & Pitts®, and Su Ming®.  It also serves as a valuable supplier to private label customers and provides industry services to food companies through its logistics and packaging divisions.  Flagship is headquartered in Greenwood Village, Colorado with more than 500 employees in key facilities and offices in or near Denver, Los Angeles, Albuquerque, Boise, Indianapolis, and Minneapolis.

About Lincoln International

Lincoln International specializes in merger and acquisition advisory services, debt advisory services, private capital raising and restructuring advice on mid-market transactions. Lincoln International also provides fairness opinions, valuations and joint venture and partnering advisory services on a wide range of transaction sizes. With eighteen offices in the Americas, Asia and Europe, Lincoln International has strong local knowledge and contacts in key global economies. The firm provides clients with senior-level attention, in-depth industry expertise and integrated resources. By being focused and independent, Lincoln International serves its clients without conflicts of interest.

Contact:

Kory Webber  

kwebber@flagshipfood.com

720.420.6395

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Apparel Company Mad Engine Acquires LRG (Lifted Research Group)

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SAN DIEGO, April 25, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Mad Engine LLC, a leading full-service licensed apparel company, today announced that it has acquired urban streetwear brand Lifted Research Group, Inc. (LRG).

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Mad Engine has expanded substantially since its founding in 1987, from a small t-shirt supplier in Southern California to a best-in-class design, merchandising and distributor of licensed apparel, catering to the needs of a wide spectrum of retailers. The company has gained full vertical capabilities over the past 30 years, enabling greater control over sourcing and the supply chain, as well as providing reliability and predictability to customers. In more recent years, Mad Engine has diversified product offerings by launching additional divisions outside of its core male/kids apparel business to include female apparel and adult loungewear/underwear. Mad Engine also expanded its horizon globally by acquiring Xtreme Worldwide to serve as the foundation of its International Business Division. Today, Mad Engine is excited to formally announce Mad Engine’s newest business venture into branded apparel space. 

“The Mad Engine team is excited about the opportunity to bring LRG on board. It is a brand many of us grew up wearing and have supported over the years and feels like a natural fit for our first venture into branded apparel,” said Danish Gajiani, CEO of Mad Engine. “The experience of the LRG team and sound infrastructure will serve as a solid foundation and platform to launch the branded division and bring on many additional brands in the future.”

“In the months we have spent getting to know each other Mad Engine has shown a commitment to LRG’s future. I am optimistic about this new chapter which creates the ability to grow the LRG brand and creates new opportunities and experiences for those involved,” said LRG Co-Founder Robert Wright. “Further, Intrepid’s Apparel & Retail investment banking team was an invaluable advisor to us as we sought a partner that could provide us with value-added resources and capital commitments to continue accelerating the company’s growth,” added Robert. “We are excited to join the Mad Engine family.” 

Intrepid Investment Bankers, a Los Angeles-based middle-market investment bank that provides M&A, capital raising, and strategic advisory services, served as the exclusive financial advisor to LRG.

About Mad Engine

Founded in 1987, Mad Engine has grown to become a leading global licensed apparel wholesaler. Top brands include Marvel, Star Wars, Disney, Nickelodeon and many more. Mad Engine’s footprint spans multiple continents, with unique locations dedicated to design, customer service, manufacturing, quality assurance and distribution. This process better enables the company to fully meet the needs of every customer—from independent boutiques to mass market retailers—ensuring the best customer experience possible.

About LRG

LRG started in a 300-square foot warehouse in Santa Ana, Calif. The founders had an idea of creating a brand that would be a bridge between skateboarding and hip hop, which at the time had not been done. LRG was an immediate success with tastemakers and influencers and over the next several years grew into a globally recognized brand, forever changing the landscape of young men’s fashion. Today, LRG is known as the originator of what is now commonly known as “streetwear.”

MIAMI CHILDREN’S MUSEUM Launches a Brand New Exhibit Based on Disney Junior’s Hit Series “The Lion Guard” Opening January 2018

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MIAMI, April 25, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Miami Children’s Museum will launch the first-ever museum exhibit based on Disney Junior’s hit series, “The Lion Guard,” which continues the epic storytelling of “The Lion King” and follows the adventures of Kion, the second-born cub of Simba and Nala, and his diverse group of friends as they unite to protect the Pride Lands. The exhibit will debut at Miami Children’s Museum in January 2018 for six months and then travel to other children’s museums across the country through 2022.

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Spotlighting important learning areas such as social and self-development, problem solving, creative thinking and arts & culture, this one-of-a-kind exhibit will bring “The Lion Guard” story to life for young children and their families. Through hands-on activities and interactive and imaginative play, guests will be transported to the Pride Lands to discover the unique traits of each member of The Lion Guard team – Kion, the leader of the group and the fiercest in all of the Pride Lands; Bunga, a fearless honey badger and the Pride Lands’ bravest; Fuli, a confident cheetah and the fastest in the Pride Lands; Beshte, a friendly and good-spirited hippo and the strongest in the Pride Lands; and Ono, an intellectual egret who is keenest of sight – that allow them to work together to maintain balance in the Circle of Life.

“We are honored to be working with Disney on this unique exhibit for children and families that will encompass important learning areas such as social and self-development,” said Deborah Spiegelman, CEO/Executive Director for Miami Children’s Museum.

“Helping kids learn to appreciate teamwork and recognize the attributes that contribute to being a strong leader is an important milestone in their development and we are delighted to be working with the Miami Children’s Museum on their exhibit featuring the characters and themes from our much loved Disney Junior series, ‘The Lion Guard.’ Giving families a chance to experience our stories beyond the screen is a vital part of what we do and an example of how we can work together in communities to make a lasting impact,” said Nancy Kanter, Executive Vice President, Content and Creative Strategy, Disney Channels Worldwide, and General Manager, Disney Junior Worldwide.

About Miami Children’s Museum
Founded in 1983, Miami Children’s Museum is dedicated to enriching the lives of all children by fostering a love of learning and enabling children to realize their highest potential. Visitors of all ages are encouraged to play together, learn, imagine and create. To learn more about the museum, please visit www.miamichildrensmuseum.org.

Miami Children’s Museum receives both private and public funding. MCM is sponsored in part by the City of Miami; the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners; and the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts.  

About The Lion Guard
Created for kids age 2-7 and their families, “The Lion Guard” stories are designed to communicate positive lessons about teamwork, community and diversity. Ranked as 2016’s #1 series across preschooler networks in Total Viewers and Kids 2-5, the series was recently renewed for a third season. The Education and Science experts at Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park serve as consultants, inspiring original stories based on their first-hand experiences, and advising on the characteristics, behaviors and habitats of various African animal species. Each episode incorporates Swahili words and phrases and includes original songs. Ford Riley (“Special Agent Oso”) is executive producer and Howy Parkins (“Jake and the Never Land Pirates”) is co-executive producer and supervising director. “The Lion Guard” is a production of Disney Television Animation.

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305.606.2979

 

Yolo Rum Gold Wins Gold in 2017 Spirits Tasting Competition at 74th Annual WSWA

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DENVER and ORLANDO, Fla., April 21, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Yolo Rum‘s premier blend, Yolo Rum Gold, won a gold medal in the 2017 Spirits Tasting Competition at the Wine and Spirits Wholesalers of America 74th Annual Convention and Exposition. Held at the Grande Lakes Orlando resort and hotel, the WSWA Convention and Exposition is the preeminent event of its kind in North America.

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“We were looking to crash the WSWA party in a good way,” says Yolo Rum founder Philip Guerin, “and I think we did just that.”

WSWA is the trade association representing United States wine and spirits wholesalers. Its mission is to further the interests of its members through representation before Congress, courts, regulatory bodies, executive agencies and more. WSWA also provides lobbying at the state and federal level, public affairs initiatives, and networking opportunities for its membership.

No stranger to industry expositions and competitions, Yolo Rum has received multiple Best-of-Class wins from Spirits of the Americas, won multiple gold medals at the Denver International Spirits Competition and taken home more gold medals at the Miami Rum Renaissance Festival. Now Yolo Rum Gold adds another medal to the trophy case.

At the heart of the Yolo Rum operation is master distiller Francisco “Don Pancho” Fernandez. Born in Cuba and operating out of the Republic of Panama, Don Pancho is the world’s most-respected and honored ronero (that’s “rum blender,” for the layman). Yolo Rum also used the WSWA convention as an opportunity to unveil Don Pancho’s latest creation: Yolo Rum Clear. A bridge between top-shelf Yolo Rum Gold and ideal mixer Yolo Rum Silver, Yolo Rum Clear is splendid for mixing or solo consumption, with a smooth, lightly smoked sweet-oak taste. Offering old-world artistry in its production together with modern branding—all at a super value—Yolo Rum Clear is poised to make a significant impact in the wine and spirits market.

Yolo Rums are gluten free, with no added sugar or molasses and no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives, and the company produces its products using revolutionary environmentally sustainable processes. Offering boutique quality at exceptional value, Yolo Rum is the ideal synthesis of ancient crafts and modern tastes.

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PINALEN® Multipurpose Cleaners Deliver Cleaning Power With Fresh Fragrant Aromas, Making Spring And Summer Cleanups A Breeze

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HOUSTON, April 25, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — PINALEN®, maker of multipurpose cleaning products, is offering seasonal cleaning tips for consumers. Spring cleaning is often followed by early summertime cleanups of outdoor furniture, patios, grills, boats and anything else that collects dirt and grime. For consumers, seasonal chores are made easy with PINALEN®. One bottle covers a multitude of uses, including household surfaces, laundry, pool floats, sports gear, bikes and vehicles.

Consumers can choose from PINALEN® Original, a pine oil-based cleaner offering 3x more pine oil power than its competition* and PINALEN Max Aromas® with long lasting fragrance in a variety of scents. Both formulas are made to leave a clean, fresh fragrance. PINALEN® Original and PINALEN Max Aromas® are safe for cleaning most surfaces, fabrics and stains. The products are also biodegradable.

“Cleaning professionals and value seekers appreciate that they can economize with PINALEN® products. PINALEN® Original with 3x more pine power* continues to offer families the pine clean they love. Online reviews show many consumers have been extremely disappointed to find other brands have stopped using real pine oil in their products,” says Gustavo González, Sr. Brand Manager for PINALEN®.

“PINALEN® is known as PINALEN The Whatever, Wherever Cleaner® that makes cleaning fast and easy. Cleaning enthusiasts can find dozens of tips in The All Purpose Cleaning User Guide, printed in both English and Spanish. PINALEN® is sold at select Walmart stores. See Store Locator for retailers.

The PINALEN® family of products helps consumers to economically and efficiently clean household surfaces. Brand extensions include: PINALEN® Original and PINALEN Max Aromas® in Lavender, Floral, Ocean Breeze and Fruit Blossom. These scents refresh and aromatize. Diluting with water multiplies the solution giving users exponentially more cleanings and fewer trips to the store. Pinalen.com

About AlEn USA
AlEn USA is a household cleaning and laundry products company headquartered in Houston, Texas.  Its portfolio of brands include CLORALEN®, ENSUEÑO®, PINALEN®, PINOL®, FLASH®, Xtra-Pine ®, Pine-o-Pine®. AlEn’s strong manufacturing base comprises multiple products: bleach, cleaners, powder detergents, liquid laundry detergent and fabric softeners. One of its corporate values is to generate sustainable growth based on best practices of social responsibility, striving to protect the environment and make more efficient use of natural resources for the benefit of present and future generations. AlEnusa.com

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CadaTV Launches Spanish TV Service With 6 Months Free Promotion

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GAITHERSBURG, Md., April 25, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — CadaTV, a provider of Spanish language television shows, movies, and live programming to the Latino community worldwide, will now offer affordable Spanish television subscriptions to households in the U.S.A. with a bonus promotional offer of six months of free service. 

CadaTV, The Best Value on the Market, the Best Promotion Ever Offered!

To learn more about CadaTV and to take advantage of this promotion, click https://www.cadatv.com.

Latino families in the U.S.A. can now take advantage of CadaTV’s low cost, promotional package for Spanish television programming. This promotion includes an easy to install CadaTV set-top box and an 18 month subscription for only $189.87. This totals to $309 in savings compared to CadaTV’s standard price.  

As a dedicated Spanish television service, CadaTV represents significant savings at a promotional monthly rate of $9.99 compared to the lowest cost Dish Network Latino television package, valued at $29.95 per month. On average, CadaTV can save customers $236.52 a year compared to the lowest cost Latino television package from Dish Network. CadaTV’s 6 month free promotional package providing 18 months of quality Spanish programming for the cost of 12 months represents even bigger savings for customers.  “We want to make quality Spanish TV service affordable for each and every Latino family in the U.S.,” said CadaTV CFO Hugh Hall.

CadaTV’s promotional offer comes all inclusive with the CadaTV set-top box and all the Latino television programming offerings including Spanish video on demand in five categories: soap operas, movies, entertainment shows, soccer, and children’s programming. Live television channels from many Latin American networks are also available for customers to enjoy.  

CadaTV strives for total customer satisfaction and ease of operation by providing flexible connection options. Service can be easily connected to all televisions with a simple Wi-Fi setup. CadaTV effectively makes its television service easy to install, flexible to use on-demand, and allows viewers to enjoy Spanish TV wherever Wi-Fi is available.  

About CadaTV 
CadaTV Corporation is a Virginia-based provider of Spanish language television shows, movies, and live broadcasts from Latin American countries to the Latino community worldwide. CadaTV offers viewers a vast selection of videos on demand, and the ability to watch content on any television with the convenience of a standard remote control. CadaTV strives to provide the best value in Spanish television programming that can be enjoyed anytime, anywhere. 

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2017 Civic Type R Claims Title as World’s Fastest Front-Wheel-Drive Production Car with Record Nürburgring Lap Time

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TORRANCE, California, April 24, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Less than two months before its U.S. launch, the 2017 Honda Civic Type R has claimed the title of world’s fastest production front-wheel-drive (FWD) production car, setting a new benchmark lap time at Germany’s legendary Nürburgring. On April 3, 2017, a Civic Type R lapped the 12.9-mile Nordschleife (north loop) in a record 7 minutes 43.80 seconds. This new benchmark time represents an improvement of nearly 7 seconds compared to the previous-generation (European market) Type R, and over 3 seconds faster than the previous FWD record. Video footage of the benchmark lap can be viewed on Honda’s YouTube channel at Honda.us/TypeRLapRecord.

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Multiple factors contribute to the new Civic Type R’s benchmark time including its high-performance 2.0-liter VTEC TURBO engine – with peak output of 306 horsepower (hp)1 and 295 lb.-ft. of torque2. The engine, which makes the new Civic Type R the most powerful Honda ever sold in America, is manufactured in the U.S. at Honda’s Anna, Ohio engine plant3. The Type R’s six-speed manual transmission with new, lower gear ratios further improves the car’s acceleration, while the new Type R’s comprehensive aerodynamic package delivers outstanding high-speed stability with an optimal balance between aerodynamic stability and drag.

The highly rigid body of the all-new Civic Type R is over 35 lbs. lighter than the previous-generation (European market) model, and boasts a 38-percent gain in torsional stiffness. The 10th-generation Civic platform’s new multi-link rear suspension enhances stability under braking and reduces the total roll movement of the car, enabling later braking into corners and helping to achieve higher cornering speeds during the lap.

Ryuichi Kijima, the lead chassis engineer for the Honda Civic Type R development explains the model’s most significant improvements around the Nürburgring compared to the previous-generation car: “The cornering speed achieved in the new Type R is higher because the car features a wider track and tires, a longer wheelbase, a new multi-link suspension in the rear and optimized aerodynamics that improve stability. For example, drivers typically enter the corner after Metzgesfeld at around 150 km/h (93 mph). Even at this medium-speed corner, the speed is around 10 km/h (6 mph) higher due to the new Type R’s excellent stability. So, with improved cornering performance, we can increase the speed throughout the lap, helping the new Type R to achieve a much quicker lap time.”

The pre-production development Civic Type R that achieved the lap time was technically representative of production specification. A full floating roll cage was installed for safety reasons, but did not provide any additional rigidity to the body frame. The extra weight of the cage was compensated for by the removal of the Display Audio system and rear seats. The car was using street legal, track-focused tires.

The new Civic Type R, the very first production Honda Type R model for America, is the final piece in the 10th-generation Honda Civic launch that began in the fall of 2015 with the Civic Sedan, named 2016 North American Car of the Year. The Civic lineup, featuring the most ambitious and extensive remake in the model’s 44-year history, includes the premium and sporty Civic Sedan and Coupe; the versatile and Euro-inspired Civic Hatchback; the fast and agile new Civic Si Sedan and Coupe, launching next month; and the ultimate representation of Civic performance, the new Civic Type R.

Production of the new Civic Type R began in March 2017 at Honda of the UK Manufacturing (HUM) in Swindon, England – the global manufacturing hub for the tenth generation Civic hatchback.

About Honda
Honda offers a full line of reliable, fuel-efficient and fun-to-drive vehicles with advanced safety technologies through approximately 1,000 independent U.S. Honda dealers. The Honda lineup includes the Fit, Civic, Accord and Clarity series passenger cars, along with the HR-V, CR-V and Pilot sport/utility vehicles, Ridgeline pickup truck and the Odyssey minivan. Honda has been producing automobiles in America for 32 years using domestic and globally sourced parts and currently operates 19 major manufacturing facilities in North America.

For More Information 
Consumer information is available at automobiles.honda.com/future-cars/civic-type-r. To join the Civic Type R community on Facebook, visit facebook.com/hondacivic. Additional media information including high-resolution photography of the 2017 Honda Civic Type R is available at hondanews.com/honda-automobiles/channels/civic-type-r.

1 306 hp @ 6500 rpm (SAE net)
2 295 lb-ft @ 2500-4500 rpm (SAE net)
3 Using domestic and globally sourced parts

 

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It’s In Our Hands – Safety Week 2017

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CHICAGO, JACKSONVILLE, Florida, LOS ANGELES, and TORONTO, April 24, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Our communities come to life through the hands of construction crews. Men and women spend hours making the places we live, work and play better. On May 1-5 we are celebrating their work and our shared commitment to jobsite safety as part of Safety Week, an industry-wide education and awareness event.

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During Safety Week, construction companies will take the opportunity to thank their employees for their dedication to safety and work to educate, inspire and share best practices. Many companies will conduct on-site safety awareness activities.

“This week is about the men and women who step on jobsites every day,” said Matthew Walsh, co-chairman, The Walsh Group and 2017 Safety Week co-chair. “Safety Week is a chance to celebrate our workers’ ongoing commitment to safety, and demonstrate the daily habits we need to take to remain safe.”

The theme for Safety Week 2017 is “It’s in Our Hands” – signifying the personal stake each worker has in safety. The theme also puts a focus on hand safety – particularly relevant considering hand injuries are second only to back strains as a cause for missed work days, according to government agencies in the U.S. and Canada.

“We want to make safety personal,” said Ross Myers, CEO and chairman of Allan Myers Incorporated and Safety Week co-chair. “It’s not about numbers, following rules or complying with regulations. It’s about empowering everyone — from the CEO to the craft worker — to recognize the responsibility each of us has to ensure a safe work environment.”

To symbolize this year’s theme, workers will leave handprints on commitment boards to show the individual obligation each employee has to maintain a safe work environment. Four organizations in the U.S. and Canada will host ceremonial events to showcase the industry-wide focus on safety.

Safety Week events are planned for:

  • The Florida Department of Transportation: An event is planned for the I-295 Express Lanes project in Jacksonville on Thursday, May 4, 10 a.m. FDOT manages more than 122,000 highway miles, 20 airports, 31 urban transit systems, 15 seaports, a 2,895-mile railway corridor and two spaceports.
  • Ontario, Canada in partnership with Infrastructure Ontario: Monday, May 1, 9 a.m.: A Safety Week kick-off breakfast at Etobicoke General Hospital. May 3, Noon: Safety Week lunch at Credit Valley Hospital. Infrastructure Ontario (IO) is a Crown agency owned by the Province of Ontario that provides a wide range of services to support the Ontario government’s initiatives to modernize and maximize the value of public infrastructure and real estate.
  • L.A. Metro, Los Angeles: Thursday, April 27, 1 p.m.: Press conference immediately following board meeting at Union Station. Additional events: May 1, 7 a.m., Crenshaw/LAX Transit Project, Martin Luther King Station; May 4, 10 a.m., Purple Line Extension, LaBrea Construction Staging Yard. L.A. Metro serves as transportation planner and coordinator, designer, builder and operator for one of the country’s largest, most populous counties.

At these events, guest speakers and executives will speak about the status of their projects and the unifying nature of safety. Additionally, Safety Week activations will be held at many other job sites across the country.

About Safety Week
Safety Week is dedicated to raising the awareness of the construction industry’s continuing commitment to eliminating worker injury, and to clearly communicate its dedication to a shared culture of care and concern and the belief that every week must be Safety Week.

Safety Week is sponsored by members of The Construction Industry Safety Initiative (CISI) and the Incident & Injury Free Executive Forum (IIF). Additional support comes from the Alliance Partners, many of which are non-profit associations. For more information, visit www.constructionsafetyweek.com

Safety Week Sponsors
Adolphson & Peterson  | Aldridge Electric  | Allan Myers | Alliant Insurance | American Bridge | Ames | Api Group | Atkinson Construction | Austin Industries | Avalon Bay | Baker Concrete | Balfour Beatty | Barnard Construction | Barton Malow | Black & Veatch | BMWC Constructors | Boh Brothers | Brasfield & Gorrie | CNA Financial Corp | Cannistraro | Cianbro | Clark Construction Group | Clyde Companies | Conney | DOKA | Fluor | Gilbane Building Company | Graham Construction | Granite | Great Lakes Dredge & Dock | Hensel Phelps | Hunter Roberts | I+ICON | Jacobs | JE Dunn Construction | JF Shea Construction | JMJ Associates | Kiewit | Lane Construction | Lean Construction Institute | Lendlease | Liberty | Limbach | MWH Constructors | Manson Construction  | Massman Construction | Mortenson Construction | Nicholson Construction | PCL | Parsons | RailWorks | Shimmick Construction | Skanska | Stacey and Witbeck | Starr | Structural Group | Suffolk | Sundt Construction | Terracon | Travelers | Traylor Bros.| Turner Construction | The Walsh Group | Weeks Marine | Zachry Construction | Zurich North America

Global Superstar Jennifer Lopez Will Perform And Debut New Music At Telemundo’s “Billboard Latin Music Awards” On April 27 At 8pm/7c

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MIAMI, April 24, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — International music icon Jennifer Lopez will hit the stage at this year’s “Billboard Latin Music Awards” and perform new music from her highly anticipated new Spanish-language album. The multitalented artist will also be honored with the Telemundo Star Award, presented by Xfinity, which recognizes the achievements of a musical artist beyond their musical career. The longest-running and most prestigious award show in the Latin music world will broadcast live on Telemundo on Thursday, April 27 at 8pm/7c and simultaneously on Universo, the fastest growing Spanish-language entertainment cable network in the U.S.

Experience the interactive Multimedia News Release here: https://www.multivu.com/players/English/8085651-telemundo-2017-billboard-awards-jennifer-lopez/

Lopez has selected the Billboard Latin Music Awards stage to give viewers a taste of her new musical production, executive produced by Marc Anthony and the MAGNUS Media team. The new album to be released thru Sony/Magus Media/Nuyorican this Summer, marks her first all-Spanish album since 2007. The multifaceted artist has stayed busy this year, and aside from her latest recording endeavor she continues her successful “All I Have” residency in Las Vegas at the AXIS Theater in Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino and currently stars on season two of her hit NBC series “Shades of Blue.” In addition, starting May 30thLopez will executive produce and judge NBC’s new dance competition show, “World of Dance,” alongside Neyo and Derek Hough, and she will also star in NBC’s live musical “Bye Bye Birdie” in December.

As an actress, singer, film & television producer, fashion designer, New York Times bestselling author, entrepreneur and humanitarian, Lopez has created one of the most successful and well-known brands in entertainment. With an unmatched global appeal, her “Dance Again” world tour sold over one million tickets; she has sold over 75 million records worldwide; her films have brought in over $1.4 billion in worldwide box office receipts, and her fragrances have become the most successful celebrity line in the world with sales exceeding $2 billion.  

Jennifer Lopez closes the star-studded musical line-up for the Billboard Latin Music Awards, which also includes performances by Alejandro Fernandez, Bad Bunny, Banda Sinaloense MS de Sergio Lizarraga, Blue Man Group, Christian Pagan, CNCO, Daddy Yankee, Gente de Zona, J Balvin, Luis Figueroa, Luis Fonsi, Morat, Nicky Jam, Ozuna, Pedro Capo, Reik, Ricardo Arjona, Wisin, Yandel, and Zion & Lennox.

The 2017 Billboard Latin Music Awards will be hosted by Kate Del Castillo and Carlos Ponce, and the list of award presenters includes: Alberto Guerra, Ana Maria Polo, Angelica Celaya, Chiquis, Chocquibtown, Danna Paola, Demian Bichir, Don Francisco, Ednita Nazario, Eugenio Derbez, Eva Longoria, Fanny Lu, Juan Luis Guerra, La Arrolladora Banda El Limon de Rene Camacho, Maria Celeste Arraras, Maria Leon, Michel Brown, Olga Tañon, Regulo Caro, Rosie Rivera, Sin Bandera, and Sofia Reyes.

The highly-rated music special will also broadcast in 24 countries throughout the Americas via Telemundo Internacional and through open broadcast in Canada, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, and Peru.

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Topgolf Inks Deal for 10 Venues Across Mexico

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DALLAS, April 24, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Global sports entertainment leader Topgolf® today announced it will license its concept exclusively in Mexico to Ventura Entertainment, which plans to open 10 venues during the next eight years. The partnership marks Topgolf’s first joint venture in North America.

“We already welcome guests and associates from our neighboring country every day,” said Topgolf Entertainment Group Co-Chairman and CEO Erik Anderson. “This expansion south feels like a natural step for Topgolf, and we can’t wait to share our fun social experience with local residents and tourists throughout Mexico.” 

Through the premium experience of play, food and music, Topgolf is inspiring people of all ages and skill levels – even non-golfers – to come together for playful competition. Guests can enjoy point-scoring golf games using microchipped balls that instantly score themselves, showing players the accuracy and distance of their shots on a TV screen in their hitting bay. The venues also feature an outstanding chef-driven menu, top-shelf drinks, big screen TVs and music in climate-controlled hitting bays for all-seasons comfort. Year-round programming includes events for kids and families, social leagues, golf tournaments, golf instruction and more.

“Ever since we walked inside a Topgolf back in 2014, we have been dreaming about the possibility of bringing this amazing concept to our country,” said Ventura Entertainment Chairman of the Board Javier Molinar. “We are thrilled about the partnership and have no doubt that Topgolf will be a huge success in Mexico.”

Ventura Entertainment will manage the day to day operations, working closely with Topgolf to ensure the culture, fun and excellent hospitality for which Topgolf is known is delivered. Ventura Entertainment is a privately owned company that operates more than 10 amusement parks throughout Mexico. The company has also recently opened a new attraction in Scottsdale, Ariz.

“We have found a strong partner in Ventura Entertainment,” said Topgolf International COO Zach Shor. “The team is skilled at delivering an excellent guest experience, and they are passionate about culture and taking care of the people who work there. We will be leaning on them to help us foster an experience that is authentic both to Topgolf and local culture.”  

The first Mexico venues are being planned for Mexico City and Cancun, with expected openings in 2018. Topgolf and Ventura Entertainment are also exploring potential locations in other parts of Mexico City, Monterrey and Guadalajara, among others.

Fernando Castillo from Ventura Entertainment said, “We are excited to join forces with one of the fastest growing sports entertainment companies worldwide and humbled by the trust Topgolf has put in us to develop Topgolf throughout Mexico. Our new partner has done an incredible job in creating this innovative concept that has disrupted the sport of golf and the family entertainment industry.”

He added, “This is a substantial investment commitment in Mexico that will not only put Ventura Entertainment at the forefront of entertainment but also generate a significant amount of jobs across the country.”

Learn more about Topgolf in the video “This is Topgolf” (English) / “Esto es Topgolf” (Spanish).

About Ventura Entertainment
Ventura Entertainment is a leading amusement park operator based in Mexico. It offers a wide range of attractions, once in a lifetime experiences, and long-lasting memories for its visitors and guests. With ten different locations and over 2.0 million visitors Ventura Entertainment is one of the fastest growing entertainment businesses in Latin America. It currently has parks in three states of Mexico and a recently opened facility in Scottsdale, Arizona. To learn more about Ventura Entertainment and its parks visit www.venturaentertainment.com.mx.

About Topgolf
Topgolf inspires the connections that bring people together for unforgettable good times. Whether it’s a date night, girls’ night, happy hour, work breakfast, lunch hour or any other kind of hour, Topgolf makes socializing a sport – literally. Through the premium experience of Play, Food and Music, Topgolf is inspiring people of all ages and skill levels – even non-golfers – to come together for playful competition. Topgolf also brings interactive experiences to the community that facilitate shared moments and deep relationships through Topgolf U golf lessons, weekly leagues, The Topgolf Tour competition, KidZone parties, social and corporate team-building events, and the World Golf Tour (WGT) app. Each venue features high-tech, climate-controlled hitting bays for year-round comfort, delicious food and beverage, live events, music, hundreds of HDTVs and outstanding hospitality. With 31 venues entertaining 10.5 million Guests annually and the world’s largest digital golf audience, Topgolf is creating the best times of your life both in-venue and online. To learn more about Topgolf, follow @Topgolf or visit www.topgolf.com.

Media Contacts:
Adrienne Chance
Director of Corporate Communications, Topgolf
Ph: (214) 501-5025
E-mail: press@topgolf.com  

Andrea Munguia
Vice President, Porter Novelli on behalf of Ventura Entertainment
Ph: (55) 50103200
Email: andrea.munguia@porternovelli.mx

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Americans Showed Highest Favorability Towards Mexico of the Past 10 Years

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MEXICO CITY, April 24, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — In the U.S., Americans’ perception of Mexico has reached a 10-year high, according to a recent Gallup, Inc. poll. The statistic further highlights the country’s record-breaking 2016 tourism year that saw more than 35 million international visitors – up 9% from the year prior – enjoying its world-class beaches and cultural offerings, according to the Mexico Tourism Board.

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Credit for the country’s recent successes in tourism is largely due to the Mexican people – widely recognized as some of the friendliest and most welcoming in the world, and their centuries-old spirit of hospitality. Mexico Tourism Board’s internal consumer tracking studies showed more than 94 percent of visitors reported an experience that “exceeded their expectations” and 86 percent said they would “like to come back again” in the next six months– some of the highest scores in the industry, attesting to the popular Mexican adage, ‘mi casa es su casa’ (my home is your home).

As the summer months approach and vacation planning starts, American families of all shapes and sizes seeking the perfect trip, can look no further than our neighbor to the south for one of the friendliest, most welcoming vacation experiences.

Here is a peek at other numbers that exemplify the warm nature of the country:

  • Mexico was awarded #1 country in the world for Family Travel and Puerto Vallarta as #2 destination in the world for LGBTQ travel by the global Travvy Awards
  • International Living named Mexico as the #1 retirement destination in 2017
  • For the third year in a row, Mexico was ranked as the friendliest and most welcoming country in the world by the John Mason survey of expatriates in 191 countries
  • San Miguel de Allende, a UNESCO World Heritage site in Mexico, makes guests feel right at home and was named the 4th friendliest city in the world by Travel + Leisure
  • Travel + Leisure’s “World’s Best Awards” reader survey named five Mexican cities in its Top 10 Best Cities in Latin America rankings, including San Miguel de Allende (#1), Oaxaca (#3), Mexico City (#4), Merida (#5), and Guadalajara (#8)
  • National Geographic named Baja California as one of its top places to visit in 2017
  • The New York Times named Tijuana (#8) and Puerto Escondido (#32) in their 52 Places to Go in 2017. Mexico City was featured as the #1 place to visit in their 2016 list
  • “Halal Mexico” is a special program to help prepare airlines, hotels, restaurants and the wider Mexico tourism industry to cater to travelers from around the world that maintain a halal diet

For more information about Mexico go to visitmexico.com or the following social media sites:

Facebook.com/VisitMexico/ 
Twitter.com/WeVisitMexico 
Instagram.com/VisitMexico/

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Women Face Higher Risk of Blindness Than Men

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SAN FRANCISCO, April 24, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Studies show there is a gender gap in eye disease. Women are more likely than men to suffer from sight-threatening conditions such as age-related macular degeneration (AMD), cataracts, and glaucoma.1 In support of Healthy Vision Month in May, the American Academy of Ophthalmology reminds women to make vision a top priority.

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Women make up 65 percent of AMD cases; 61 percent of glaucoma and cataract patients are women, and 66 percent of blind patients are women.2 Why the inequity? There are a few theories. On average women live longer and many eye problems are age-related. Some eye conditions, such as dry eye, are more common in women, young and old. Social and economic factors affect women’s access to eye care, especially in developing countries.

Whatever the cause, there are a few unique vision problems women need to watch out for more than men. Dry eye occurs at double the rate in postmenopausal women.3 In general, women are more susceptible to autoimmune diseases than men, many of which affect vision, such as lupus, Sjögren’s syndrome and hyperthyroiditis. Also, pregnancy can cause vision changes due to the hormones pregnant women experience.

Good news is most vision loss is preventable. The Academy offers five simple steps to take control of your eye health today:

  • Get a comprehensive medical eye exam at age 40. Early signs of disease or changes in vision may begin at this age. An exam by an ophthalmologist – a physician who specializes in medical and surgical eye care – is an opportunity to carefully examine the eye for diseases and conditions that may have no symptoms in the early stages.
  • Know your family history. Certain eye diseases can be inherited. If you have a close relative with macular degeneration, you have a 50 percent chance of developing this condition. A family history of glaucoma increases your glaucoma risk by four to nine times. Talk to family members about their eye conditions. It can help you and your ophthalmologist evaluate your risk.
  • Eat healthy foods. A diet low in fat and rich in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, benefits the entire body, including the eyes. Eye-healthy food choices include citrus fruits, vegetable oils, nuts, whole grains, dark green leafy vegetables and cold water fish.
  • Stop smoking. Smoking increases the risk for eye diseases such as cataract and age-related macular degeneration. Smoking also raises the risk for cardiovascular diseases which can indirectly influence your eye health. Tobacco smoke, including second-hand smoke, also worsens dry eye.
  • Wear sunglasses. Exposure to ultraviolet UV light raises the risk of eye diseases, including cataract, fleshy growths on the eye and cancer. Always wear sunglasses with 100 percent UV protection and a hat while enjoying time outdoors.

“Eye exams aren’t only about checking a person’s visual acuity or sharpness, but also determining the overall health of their eyes,” said Rebecca J. Taylor, M.D., clinical spokesperson for the American Academy of Ophthalmology. “We encourage women as well as men to get regular eye care. By making vision a priority today, we can help protect our sight as we age.”

To learn more ways to keep your eyes healthy, visit the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s EyeSmart® website.

About the American Academy of Ophthalmology  
The American Academy of Ophthalmology is the world’s largest association of eye physicians and surgeons. A global community of 32,000 medical doctors, we protect sight and empower lives by setting the standards for ophthalmic education and advocating for our patients and the public. We innovate to advance our profession and to ensure the delivery of the highest-quality eye care. Our EyeSmart® program provides the public with the most trusted information about eye health. For more information, visit aao.org.

1. National Eye Institute 
2. National Eye Institute 
3. Am J Ophthalmol. 2003 Aug;136(2):318-26.

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Newborn Intensive Care Units nationwide reunite families and babies at March for Babies

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WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., April 21, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — From Portland, Maine to Las Vegas, Nevada, nearly a dozen Newborn Intensive Care Units (NICUs) that care for sick and premature babies will hold reunions of their graduates at this year’s March of Dimes Foundation’s signature fundraising event, March for Babies.

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Several HCA hospitals, The University of Alabama at Birmingham Hospital (UAB) and many others are great examples of how hospitals can work together with the March of Dimes to provide care and support for families during their baby’s time in the NICU, according to Japonica Boler, a March of Dimes volunteer whose son was born premature at UAB. This year marks the 3rd annual NICU Reunion at the March for Babies event in Birmingham, which takes place on Saturday, April 29.

“My son Cayden was born prematurely at 26 weeks, and spent months in the NICU at UAB, unable to eat or breathe on his own,” Mrs. Boler recalls. “Today, Cayden is 3 years old and doing much better. We love to come to the NICU reunion and participate in March for Babies each year. We get to give back to an amazing organization and see all of the wonderful staff that took great care of our son. We can’t wait to walk!”

“For many years, HCA and our hospitals in communities across the country have supported the March of Dimes to improve the health of babies and moms, including working together to help ensure moms deliver after 39 weeks,” said Bruce Moore, HCA’s president – service line and operations integration. “Last year, caregivers in our 89 NICUs provided vital medical care to approximately 33,000 babies, and during these difficult times lifelong bonds often are developed. Our NICU Reunions are a wonderful way for our caregivers, our NICU graduates and their families to celebrate some of our success stories.”

Other NICU reunions will take place at March for Babies walks: April 22 in Fort Worth, Texas with HCA’s Medical City Arlington; April 29 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin with Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin and in Jenson Beach, Florida with HCA’s Lawnwood Regional Medical Center; April 30 in Portland, Maine with The Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital at Maine Medical Center; May 6 in St. Cloud, Minnesota with St. Cloud Hospital and in Lafayette, Louisiana with HCA’s Women’s and Children’s Hospital; May 7, in Danville, Pennsylvania with Geisinger’s Janet Weis Children’s Hospital; May 13 in Las Vegas, Nevada with Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican; and June 3 in Lebanon, New Hampshire at Children’s Hospital at Dartmouth-Hitchcock

Nearly 500 March for Babies events will take place all across the United States, with most occurring this spring. Thousands of individuals and hundreds of companies across the country get involved. National sponsors include Kmart, Famous Footwear, Macy’s, Cigna, and HCA, as well as regional sponsor Publix. For more information and to register, visit marchforbabies.org.

Premature birth (before 37 weeks of pregnancy) is the leading cause of death of babies in the U.S. About 15 million babies worldwide are born prematurely each year, and premature birth and its consequences are the leading cause of death in children under age five. Babies who survive an early birth often face serious and lifelong health problems, including chronic lung disease, vision and hearing impairment, cerebral palsy, and neurodevelopmental disabilities.

The March of Dimes NICU Family Support® program offers information and comfort to families during the NICU hospitalization of their newborn, during the transition home, and in the event of a newborn death. It also provides professional education for NICU staff, and promotes neonatal family-centered care in NICUs.  NICU Family Support is currently in more than 100 hospitals across the country and touches more than 70,000 families each year.

HCA’s collaboration with the March of Dimes and support of March for Babies will nearly double the presence of the Foundation’s NICU Family Support program in hospitals across the country this year. 

“It just makes sense to hold our NICU reunions at March for Babies because these families have been helped by both the March of Dimes and UAB Hospital,” says Elicia Jacob, DPN, RN, PHCNS-BC, director of nursing services at UAB’s Women & Infants Center. “Families come from all across the region because of the support they received from the March of Dimes and the caregivers at our hospital. We’re like one big family.”

About March of Dimes
The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. For more than 75 years, moms and babies have benefited from March of Dimes research, education, vaccines, and breakthroughs. For the latest resources and health information, visit our websites marchofdimes.org and nacersano.org.  If you have been affected by prematurity or birth defects, visit our shareyourstory.org community to find comfort and support.  You can also find us on Facebook or follow us on Instagram and Twitter.

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Yolo Rum Gold Wins Gold in 2017 Spirits Tasting Competition at 74th Annual WSWA

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DENVER and ORLANDO, Fla., April 21, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Yolo Rum‘s premier blend, Yolo Rum Gold, won a gold medal in the 2017 Spirits Tasting Competition at the Wine and Spirits Wholesalers of America 74th Annual Convention and Exposition. Held at the Grande Lakes Orlando resort and hotel, the WSWA Convention and Exposition is the preeminent event of its kind in North America.

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“We were looking to crash the WSWA party in a good way,” says Yolo Rum founder Philip Guerin, “and I think we did just that.”

WSWA is the trade association representing United States wine and spirits wholesalers. Its mission is to further the interests of its members through representation before Congress, courts, regulatory bodies, executive agencies and more. WSWA also provides lobbying at the state and federal level, public affairs initiatives, and networking opportunities for its membership.

No stranger to industry expositions and competitions, Yolo Rum has received multiple Best-of-Class wins from Spirits of the Americas, won multiple gold medals at the Denver International Spirits Competition and taken home more gold medals at the Miami Rum Renaissance Festival. Now Yolo Rum Gold adds another medal to the trophy case.

At the heart of the Yolo Rum operation is master distiller Francisco “Don Pancho” Fernandez. Born in Cuba and operating out of the Republic of Panama, Don Pancho is the world’s most-respected and honored ronero (that’s “rum blender,” for the layman). Yolo Rum also used the WSWA convention as an opportunity to unveil Don Pancho’s latest creation: Yolo Rum Clear. A bridge between top-shelf Yolo Rum Gold and ideal mixer Yolo Rum Silver, Yolo Rum Clear is splendid for mixing or solo consumption, with a smooth, lightly smoked sweet-oak taste. Offering old-world artistry in its production together with modern branding—all at a super value—Yolo Rum Clear is poised to make a significant impact in the wine and spirits market.

Yolo Rums are gluten free, with no added sugar or molasses and no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives, and the company produces its products using revolutionary environmentally sustainable processes. Offering boutique quality at exceptional value, Yolo Rum is the ideal synthesis of ancient crafts and modern tastes.

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Cerveza Estrella Jalisco Announces Attempt To Set Guinness World Records™ Title At Fiesta Broadway In Los Angeles

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LOS ANGELES, April 20, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — On April 30, Estrella Jalisco, a Mexican beer with more than 100 years of brewing tradition, is celebrating its Mexican heritage and  pride in by bringing Lotería, a traditional Mexican game of chance, to Fiesta Broadway to attempt the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ title for the Largest game of lotería. Fiesta Broadway, the largest Cinco de Mayo festival in the country, unites over 300,000 Angelenos in a celebration that includes musical performances, food, and fun—setting the perfect backdrop for a record-setting game of Loteria.

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The game will take place at the Estrella Jalisco Stage at Fiesta Broadway, beginning at approximately 4:00 P.M. PDT. Participants 21 or older will receive wristbands to enter the Loteria section where a GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS adjudicator will be monitoring the event.

“We are very excited to partner with GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS to officiate this game of Loteria at L.A.’s renowned Fiesta Broadway this year,” says Yonathan Bendesky, Director, Mexican Imports for Anheuser-Busch. “Our brand is anchored in Mexican tradition and we are proud to celebrate this milestone in Los Angeles, home to the largest Mexican community in the country.”

Lotería – similar to “bingo” – utilizes pictures of traditional Mexican icons in place of numbered spaces to fill the board. In place of simply calling numbers, the announcer will tell a short riddle or saying, followed by the name of the icon, for players to mark the corresponding piece on their boards. Estrella Jalisco commissioned 54 pieces of artwork for its sponsored game, curated by J Walter Thompson-Mexico. The winner of the record-setting game will be celebrated by Estrella Jalisco in the true spirit of Fiesta Broadway.

Consumers 21 or older can also partake in the record-setting game from home, using lotería boards found at participating retail locations throughout California for a chance to win one (1) of one hundred (100) limited-edition Estrella Jalisco branded coolers.

All participants, both in-person and at home, are encouraged to submit their official winning Estrella Jalisco Lotería Boards between April 30, 2017 – May 6 at 11:59 P.M. PDT via loteria.absweeps.net. Estrella Jalisco will publish the Lotería cards drawn on its Facebook page by May 5. One hundred (100) randomly selected winning boards submitted by consumers by the deadline will receive limited-edition Estrella Jalisco branded cooler.

Consumers 21 and older can view the results of the lotería drawing, and learn more about the brand, by visiting the Estrella Jalisco Facebook page.

ESTRELLA JALISCOÒ LOTERIA GAME
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Open to US residents 21+.  Ends 5/5/17.  See Official Rules at www.loteria.absweeps.net for entry, prizes and details.  Message and data rates may apply.  Void where prohibited.

About Estrella Jalisco
With more than 100 years of Mexican brewing tradition, Estrella Jalisco is a refreshing, light-flavored pilsner beer from Guadalajara, Jalisco, and contains 4.5 percent alcohol by volume (ABV). It is best enjoyed in a wide-top pilsner glass to bring out its true flavor and aroma while allowing drinkers to appreciate the color and carbonation of the beer. Estrella Jalisco was launched in U.S. markets in the spring of 2016, and it’s quickly becoming a Mexican favorite among cerveza aficionados.

About Guinness World Records
GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS (GWR) is the global authority on record-breaking achievement. First published in 1955, the iconic annual Guinness World Records books have sold over 136 million copies in over 20 languages and in more than 100 countries. Additionally, the Guinness World Records: Gamer’s Edition, first published in 2007, has sold more than 4 million copies to date.

Guinness World Records’ worldwide television programmes reach over 750 million viewers annually and more than one million people subscribe to the GWR YouTube channel, which enjoys more than 300 million views per year. The GWR website receives 18 million visitors annually, and we have over 12 million fans on Facebook. 

The Guinness World Records commercial sales division provides bespoke consultancy services for some of the world’s top brands and agencies to help place record breaking at the heart of their marketing campaigns, employee-engagement programmes, and live and experiential events.

About Fiesta Broadway
Predominantly Spanish-language and annually celebrated through the streets of downtown Los Angeles, Fiesta Broadway is now entering its 28th year as the city’s unofficial “kick-off” to the many smaller “Cinco…” festivals staged throughout the week. It has become a cornerstone marketing event for sponsors looking to reach and influence Latino L.A. consumers eager to visit the mny exhibits offering product samples and service trials. Attendance tops 300,000.

Contact:
Miles Ritenour, Anheuser-Busch
media@Anheuser-Busch.com 

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SC Johnson Mexico Named Top 2017 Best Workplace

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RACINE, Wisconsin, April 21, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — SC Johnson, maker of trusted brands like Glade®, Raid® and Baygon ®, Mr Musculo®  and OFF!® today announced SC Johnson Mexico has been recognized as a 2017 Best Workplace by the Great Place to Work® Institute. The organizations earned the no. 14 spot in the ranking, which is the sixteenth consecutive year it’s been recognized on the Institute’s annual Best Workplace list.

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“I’ve said before that SC Johnson’s success is built by the talented and committed people in this company. Our Mexico team exemplifies how we strive to create a great place to work in which people can thrive and be inspired,” said Fisk Johnson, Chairman and CEO of SC Johnson. “We congratulate the team on receiving this honor for the sixteenth time in as many years. It is an extraordinary accomplishment.”

The Mexico team joins SC Johnson Venezuela, France, Germany, Poland and Greece on the 2017 list of Best Workplaces.

The Best Workplaces list is the world’s largest annual study of workplace excellence. The ranking is determined by the results of an employee opinion survey and information provided about company culture, programs and policies.

In the United States, SC Johnson has been included 28 times in Working Mother magazine’s list of the “100 Best Companies for Working Mothers” and last year received a perfect score of 100 percent on the Human Rights Campaign Corporate Equality Index.

Also in 2016, SC Johnson was named one of the 25 World’s Best Multinational Workplaces by the Great Place to Work® Institute, earning the 20th spot in the ranking. It was the company’s fifth year to be included on the list.

About SC Johnson
SC Johnson is a family company dedicated to innovative, high-quality products, excellence in the workplace and a long-term commitment to the environment and the communities in which it operates. Based in the USA, the company is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of household cleaning products and products for home storage, air care, pest control and shoe care, as well as professional products. It markets such well-known brands as GLADE®, KIWI®, OFF!®, PLEDGE®, RAID®, SCRUBBING BUBBLES®, SHOUT®, WINDEX® and ZIPLOC® in the U.S. and beyond, with brands marketed outside the U.S. including AUTAN®, TANA®, BAMA®, BAYGON®, BRISE®, KABIKILLER®, KLEAR®, MR MUSCLE® and RIDSECT®. The 131-year-old company, which generates $10 billion in sales, employs approximately 13,000 people globally and sells products in virtually every country around the world. www.scjohnson.com

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PLAYSTUDIOS Announces Major Update to myVEGAS Slots

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BURLINGAME, California, April 20, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — PLAYSTUDIOS, a developer of top-ranking, free-to-play casino games today announced that it has released a completely redesigned version of its most popular app – myVEGAS Slots. This update introduces a gorgeous new look, more features, and additional opportunities to collect and share free chips.

Andrew Pascal, CEO of PLAYSTUDIOS, said, “We’re all so excited about this new release. The myVEGAS Slots product team has been working tirelessly for months, reimagining and polishing every last detail. It is the most significant product update we’ve ever shipped. And we hope our players love all the great new stuff that’s gone into it.”

The new myVEGAS Slots is redefined by a crisp and vibrant look. New functionality makes the games, rewards, and special offers easier to find. A new myVIP program offers additional perks for loyal players, including bonus boosters and special purchase offers. A new inbox feature unifies player communication and allows for more frequent collecting and sharing of free chips. And the Challenges and Journeys have been updated, providing new opportunities to earn even more chips and Loyalty Points.

myVEGAS Slots was named “Best of 2016” by two of the gaming industry’s leading publications – iGaming Business and eGaming Review. The app has also earned more than 130,000 5-star ratings and continues to reward loyal players with a growing selection of real-world rewards from Las Vegas, Atlantic City, the Caribbean, Australia, and the UK.  

myVEGAS Slots, myVEGAS Blackjack, my KONAMI Slots, and POP! Slots are award-winning, top-ranked, free-to-play casino apps and the only games that give players real rewards from an exclusive collection of travel, leisure, and entertainment partners. These rewards include complimentary casino play, hotels stays, meals, shows, VIP nightclub access, and more from MGM Grand, Bellagio, ARIA, Borgata, Hippodrome Casino, Resorts World, Royal Caribbean International, Wolfgang Puck, House of Blues, Gray Line Tours, and Cirque du Soleil. PLAYSTUDIOS apps are currently available on iOS, Android, and Kindle mobile devices. myVEGAS Slots is also available on Facebook.

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About PLAYSTUDIOS
PLAYSTUDIOS is a developer of award-winning, casual games for mobile and social platforms. Founded by a team of experienced gaming and technology entrepreneurs, PLAYSTUDIOS’ free-to-play apps combine the best elements of popular social games with established casino gambling mechanics. Players enjoy ever-growing content libraries and the opportunity to earn an unprecedented selection of valuable, real-world rewards from leading hospitality, entertainment, and leisure brands. Current myVEGAS reward partners include MGM Grand, Bellagio, ARIA, Royal Caribbean International, Resorts World, Wolfgang Puck, the Hippodrome Casino, Couples Resorts, Gray Line Australia, Escape Hunt Australia, and Melbourne River Cruises. For more information, visit the company’s website at http://www.playstudios.com/.

 

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Bleach Like A Boss — CLORALEN® Launches Brand Campaign For Revolutionary New Splash-Free™ Bleach Gel

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HOUSTON, April 19, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — CLORALEN® today announced the launch of a brand campaign for CLORALEN®’s new Platinum™ Bleach Liquid Gel in partnership with Cavalry Agency based in Chicago. The product was inspired by consumers wanting the cleaning power of bleach without the headaches of splashing.  “We conducted extensive research with consumers and learned that homemakers have an out-of-control feeling when using bleach,” says Andres Supelano, Brand Manager for CLORALEN®. “We took this challenge seriously and are excited to bring consumers the first new form of liquid bleach in decades—a gel.  In fact, we’ve created an entirely new product category.”   

Bleach Like A Boss, the campaign’s spirited theme, pledges users of Platinum™ Bleach Liquid Gel will now be in control when doing laundry and cleaning.  Pointed headlines underscore the benefits of Splash-Free™ gel: hit the spot without a splash; get a grip on laundry day; and no sass, no splash.  The ad content highlights the value of a Splash-Free™ formula with a safe pour spout and Easy-Grip™ ergonomic handle.

The CLORALEN® Platinum™ product and the Bleach Like a Boss campaign rolls out just in time for Spring Cleaning season. The campaign will execute a multifaceted media strategy to engage with homemakers in major markets throughout the U.S. Product demonstrations can be seen on YouTube, Facebook and Instagram. Radio spots will intro songs on Spotify. The public can share their new Platinum™ Gel cleaning experiences on social media.

Consumers can find CLORALEN® Platinum™ Liquid Bleach Gel at select Walmart stores. Visit online Store Locator

The CLORALEN® family of products have faithfully served consumers for decades to better clean household surfaces, bathrooms and laundry.  Flagship products include: 3-in-1 Power Bleach, Stain Remover & Color Protection, Bathroom Cleaner with Bleach and Multipurpose Cleaner with Bleach. Color safe bleach, chlorine bleach and bleach cleaners help kill germs and make cleaning go easier and faster. Products come in a variety of scents. Cloralen.com

About AlEn USA

AlEn USA is a household cleaning and laundry products company headquartered in Houston, Texas.  Its portfolio of brands include CLORALEN®, ENSUEÑO®, PINALEN®, PINOL®, FLASH®, Xtra-Pine ®, Pine-o-Pine®. AlEn’s strong manufacturing base comprises multiple products: bleach, cleaners, powder detergents, liquid laundry detergent and fabric softeners. One of its corporate values is to generate sustainable growth based on best practices of social responsibility, striving to protect the environment. AlEnusa.com

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FIBRA Prologis Announces First Quarter 2017 Earnings Results

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MEXICO CITY, April 20, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — FIBRA Prologis (BMV:FIBRAPL 14), a leading owner and operator of Class-A logistics real estate in Mexico, today reported results for the first quarter 2017.

HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE QUARTER:

  • Record period-end occupancy at 97.4 percent
  • Net effective rent change on rollover increased 9.2 percent
  • Leasing volume totaled 2.1 million square feet, which resolved 35.1 percent of 2017 expirations

Funds from operations (FFO) per CBFI was Ps. 0.8561 (US$0.0408) for the first quarter compared with Ps. 0.7389 (US$ 0.0412) for the same period in 2016.

Net earnings per CBFI in the first quarter was a loss of Ps. 0.1377 (US$0.0081) compared with earnings of Ps. 0.5379 (US$0.0301) for the same period in 2016. Net loss in the quarter includes a non-cash loss of Ps. 0.9662 (US$0.0475) per CBFI due to the revaluation of investment properties.

OPERATING PERFORMANCE

“We started the year with strong momentum with period-end occupancy reaching a new record, strong leasing volume and healthy rent increases,” said Luis Gutierrez, CEO, Prologis Property Mexico. “The resiliency of the structural drivers underpinning logistics real estate demand, such as demographics and undersupply of institutional-grade logistic spaces in Mexico, have been more visible over the last twelve months than ever before.  E-commerce customers are starting to become a rising contributor of the demand profile going forward.”

Operating Portfolio

1Q17

1Q16

Notes

Period End Occupancy 

97.4%

96.4%

Record occupancy led by global markets at 97.9%

Leases Signed

2.1MSF

2.8MSF

New leases accounted for 41% of the leasing volume

Customer Retention

67.5%

93.2%

Driven by a known move out in Mexico City

Net Effective Rent Change

9.2%

9.7%

Led by regional markets at 12.4%

Cash Same Store NOI

-1.3%

4.0%

0.6% same store growth in constant U.S. dollars

Same Store NOI

-3.0%

2.2%

FINANCIAL POSITION

As of March 31, 2017, FIBRA Prologis’ liquidity was Ps. 6.2 billion (US$331.8 million), which included Ps. 5.9 billion (US$316.8 million) of available capacity on its unsecured credit facility and Ps. 281.1 million (US$15.0 million) of unrestricted cash.

Subsequent to quarter end, FIBRA Prologis fully repaid US$64.1 million secured debt facility with a debt cost of 7.9 percent that was scheduled to mature on October 7, 2017.  The secured debt facility was repaid with borrowings under the unsecured credit facility at par, decreasing the overall cost of debt by approximately 40 basis points from 4.9 to 4.5 percent.

“Repaying the secured debt facility was the first milestone in our 2017 refinancing strategy,” said Jorge Girault, senior vice president, Finance, Prologis Mexico. “We are actively working to address the near-term financing and resetting the line of credit with a permanent facility. We plan to further increase the flexibility of our balance sheet, risk profile and reduce overall cost of debt.”

GUIDANCE CONFIRMED

 (US$ in million, except per CBFI amounts)
FX = Ps$22.0 per US$1.0

Low

High

Notes

FFO per CBFI

US$0.1550

US$0.1650

Excludes the impact of foreign exchange movements and promotes

Full Year 2017 Distributions per CBFI

US$0.1155

US$0.1155

Year End Occupancy

95.5%

96.5%

Same Store NOI (Cash)

0.0%

1.0%

Based in U.S. dollars

Annual Capital Expenditures as % of NOI

14.0%

16.0%

Asset Management and Professional Fees

US$18.5

US$20.5

WEBCAST & CONFERENCE CALL INFORMATION

FIBRA Prologis will host a live webcast/conference call to discuss quarterly results, current market conditions and future outlook. Here are the event details:

  • Friday, April 21, 2017, at 9 a.m. CT/10 a.m. ET
  • Live webcast at www.fibraprologis.com by clicking Events
  • Dial in: +1 877 256 7020 or +1 973 409 9692 and enter Passcode 91962563.

A telephonic replay will be available April 21– April 28 at +1 855 859 2056 from the U.S. and Canada or at +1 404 537 3406 from all other countries using conference code 91962563. 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 March 31, 2017, FIBRA Prologis was comprised of 194 logistics and manufacturing facilities in six industrial markets in Mexico totaling 34.2 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.

Non-Solicitation – Any securities discussed herein or in the accompanying presentations, if any, have not been registered under the Securities Act of 1933 or the securities laws of any state and may not be offered or sold in the United States absent registration or an applicable exemption from the registration requirements under the Securities Act and any applicable state securities laws. Any such announcement does not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy the securities discussed herein or in the presentations, if and as applicable.

FIBRA Prologis.

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CMO of Pepsi Latin America to Present Keynote at 9th Annual PortadaLat Conference

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MIAMI, April 20, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Ricardo Arias-Nath, Chief Marketing Officer at PepsiCo Beverages, Latin America will present the keynote speech at Portada’s 9th Annual PortadaLat Conference to take place on June 7-8, in Miami. Register now at early bird ticket rate, deadline is Friday April 21: www.portada-online.com/events/portadalat/#Register

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KEYNOTE: How Innovation Shapes Pepsico’s Latin American Marketing Strategy

The PepsiCo Beverages, Latin America CMO will share his insights on the view from the top, discussing how and why his company is entering into new territories in brand innovation to engage the Latin American consumer. Arias-Nath will also highlight the role of content marketing in Pepsico’s Latin American marketing strategy.

Ricardo Arias-Nath leads consumer strategy, creative and communications for iconic brands such as Pepsi, 7UP, Gatorade, Tropicana, Naked, RTD Lipton and RTD Starbucks. He has over 20 years of experience in marketing for FMCG, Media and Entertainment and Financial/Technology services industries. Arias-Nath initiated his career at the Procter & Gamble Company and has managed marketing programs for leading global brands such as Disney, Warner Bros., Citibank and BT.

“We are thrilled to announce PepsiCo Beverages, Latin America’s Ricardo Arias-Nath keynoting the Conference,” says Marcos Baer, publisher of Portada. “Attendees from all over Latin America and the U.S. will profit from Arias-Nath’s insight on new territories in brand innovation to engage the consumer,” Baer adds.  In its ninth annual edition, the 2017 PortadaLat Conference will be a two-day event connecting a unique set of key decision makers and thought leaders in one place to share insights, brainstorm solutions and debate the future of marketing technology, digital platforms, brand marketing and more. Registration for the early bird promotion expires this Friday April 21: www.portada-online.com/events/portadalat/#Register

Agenda Highlights for PortadaLat 2017
Check out the full agenda here: www.portada-online.com/events/portadalat/#Agenda.
Top-notch marketers and game changers from all over the U.S. and Latin America will provide key-insights on topics including:

  • Leveraging travel-related content for multicultural and Hispanic audiences presented by Trivago
  • KEYNOTE: Gary Milner, Director, Global Digital Marketing at Lenovo presents 10 keys to digital success and provides insight on: Why programmatic is at the crux of modern marketing, DMPs as effective tools for Millennial targeting, How the marketing tech industry can improve ad transparency
  • THE HOTEL OF THE FUTURE: How innovators are using the latest technology to shape the hotel of the future through VR, the IoT, and connected experiences.
  • HOSPITALITY MARKETING: Three major hotel brands share insight on how the hotel of the future will impact the hospitality business’s marketing priorities.
  • HOW TECH IS REDEFINING LUXURY AND TRAVEL SERVICES: Personalizing customer experience, Segmentation: How to cater to demographics with different tastes, Is virtual reality a game changer? How successful tech partnerships can add substantial value to your business
  • MARKETING TECH INNOVATOR SHOWCASE: The programmatic and connected TV revolutions
  • SPORTS CONTENT: A key driver to connect with Latin Audiences
  • E-COMMERCE AND BRAND INNOVATION: E-Commerce Acceleration Plans
  • MARKETING THE MIAMI BRAND: Leading professionals from Miami’s five main industries discuss their customer experience and marketing goals

Confirmed Thought Leaders at PortadaLat 2017:
Ricardo Arias-Nath, Chief Marketing Officer, Latin America, PepsiCo Beverages
Gary Milner, Director, Global Digital Marketing, Lenovo 
– Luis Perillo, VP, Sales & Marketing, Caribbean & Latin America, Hilton 
– Diana Plazas, VP of Brand, Marketing and Digital, Marriott 
– Claudio Zboznovits, VP of Global Sales & Business Development, Am Resorts 
Ricardo Pérez Baez, Global Marketing Communications Director, Grupo Bimbo 
– Montserrat Santaella, Senior Marketing Manager, Grupo Posadas 
 Rafael Lopez de Azua, Head of Media & Digital LATAM, Coty Inc. 
Carlos Espindola, E-Hub Manager, Latin America, 3M  
Mike Tasevski, SVP U.S. Sponsorship, MasterCard 
– Diahann Smith, Multicultural Marketing Manager, Florida Dairy Farmers 
– Mariana Vázquez, Digital Marketing Manager, Nestlé
Ed Carias, Sr. Brand Manager, el Jimador Tequila – North American Region, Brown-Forman 
Felix Palau, VP – Tecate, Heineken

Act Fast – Early-Bird registration ends tomorrow, April 21!
Access the special promotion pricing here: www.portada-online.com/events/portadalat/#Register

To align your brand with the ninth annual edition of PortadaLat, the main conference for Brand Marketers, Digital Innovators, Media Properties and Influencers targeting the Latin American and U.S. Hispanic markets, please contact Portada’s Sales and Marketing Director, Kelley Eberhardt at kelley@portada-online.com.

Stay tuned for updates and announcements by following @portada_online and #PortadaLat on Twitter.

2017 #PortadaLat Sponsors & Partners:

Special Breakout Session Sponsor:
Trivago (www.trivago.com)

Distinguished Sponsor:
Taboola (www.taboola.com)
Futbol Sites Network (FSN) (www.futbolsites.net)

Attendee Bag Sponsor:
Latcom (www.latcom.com)

Participating Sponsor:
La Vida Baseball (www.lavidabaseball.com)
H Code Media (http://hcodemedia.com/)

Special Media Partner:
Acceso Miami (http://www.elnuevoherald.com/noticias/finanzas/acceso-miami/)

Contact Information:   
Kelley Eberhardt
Director of Sales and Marketing, Portada   
Kelley@portada-online.com

SeaWorld Welcomes Last Killer Whale Baby

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San Antonio, TX (April 19, 2017) - Under the watchful eyes of the SeaWorld zoological team, SeaWorld San Antonio welcomed an orca calf on Wednesday afternoon, the last to be born at a SeaWorld park. After an 18-month gestation, the calf is estimated to weigh between 300 - 350 pounds and measure between 6 and 7 feet. Trainers and veterinarians will monitor the pair around the clock to observe signs of bonding and nursing.

SAN ANTONIO, April 19, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — SeaWorld is excited to announce the birth of the newest member of the SeaWorld family of killer whales. Takara, the 25-year-old matriarch of the orca pod, gave birth to the calf at 2:33 p.m. Central Time, April 19, 2017, at SeaWorld San Antonio.  A team of veterinarians and animal care specialists witnessed the historic birth and are continuing to monitor Takara and her new baby 24-hours-a-day to help ensure a successful start.

San Antonio, TX (April 19, 2017) – Under the watchful eyes of the SeaWorld zoological team, SeaWorld San Antonio welcomed an orca calf on Wednesday afternoon, the last to be born at a SeaWorld park.  After an 18-month gestation, the calf is estimated to weigh between 300 – 350 pounds and measure between 6 and 7 feet.  Trainers and veterinarians will monitor the pair around the clock to observe signs of bonding and nursing.

Guests at SeaWorld San Antonio will have the opportunity to visit and observe Takara and her calf in the near future during select times.  Although this will be the last opportunity for SeaWorld guests to see a baby killer whale up close as it grows and matures, SeaWorld will continue to care for the orcas at its parks for decades to come.

“This is an exciting and emotional day for us at SeaWorld and we are all so proud to share this new killer whale calf with the world, after a year and a half of planning, and observing and providing all the special care,” said Chris Bellows, Vice President of Zoological Operations. “Takara is a great mom and immediately began bonding with and caring for her new baby. Everyday she inspires SeaWorld’s guests to learn more about and do more to protect animals in the wild. She is a true ambassador.”

Julie Sigman, an Assistant Curator at SeaWorld San Antonio who has been with Takara through three of her last pregnancies and births, expressed her excitement at watching the calf surface to take its first breath. “Nothing can prepare you for that moment when mom helps the calf get to the surface for its first breath. The moment the calf is born, Takara is 100% focused on the care and well-being of that baby.  She knows exactly what to do. It is amazing,” said Sigman. 

“Takara will continuously swim with her calf as it begins to nurse and learn,” added Sigman. “We take our lead from mom, Takara will let us know when she is ready for us to meet the calf and at that time we should be able to determine the gender.”

Takara, born at SeaWorld San Diego, has had four other calves, which now range in age from 3 to 15 years. Takara was already pregnant as a result of natural breeding when the announcement to end orca breeding was made in March 2016.

“Although this is the last killer whale birth at a SeaWorld park, our work to understand and protect this species will continue for decades to come,” said Dr. Hendrik Nollens, Vice President of Veterinary Services for SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment.  “Takara and her calf are an important part of not only educating the visitors who see them at the parks, but also ongoing research that helps marine biologists understand how to better care for and protect orcas in the wild.  We are very pleased that this birth will be able to continue to add to this body of knowledge for this iconic species.”

The birth of Takara’s calf is also the last chance for researchers to study orca development in ways that cannot be done in the wild, helping to benefit wild whales as well as those in SeaWorld’s care. Information learned from Takara and her calf will add to SeaWorld’s extensive database about killer whales and their calves, contributing to studies of the endangered Southern Resident killer whale population off the coast of Washington, where they are threatened by pollution, overfishing and human development. The pair will provide data and samples to studies focused on killer whale growth and metabolism. One looks at toxin transfer in milk when babies nurse and another will help evaluate body shape changes to understand nutritional conditions for free-ranging killer whales. The calf, her mom, and other whales will also be monitored by a research team from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio to better understand the social impact of calves and their social development within a killer whale pod.

More than 22 million guests a year visit SeaWorld and support its mission to deliver experiences that matter and inspire protection of the wild world. SeaWorld has committed $50 million over the next five years to be the world’s leading marine animal rescue organization, advocating for wild animals and protecting our oceans. This includes a commitment of $10 million in matching funds dedicated to killer whale research and the creation of a multi-million dollar partnership focused on ocean health, the leading concern for all killer whales and marine mammals.

About SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment
SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment™ is a leading theme park and entertainment company providing experiences that matter and inspiring guests to protect animals and the wild wonders of our world. The company is one of the world’s foremost zoological organizations and a global leader in animal welfare, training, husbandry and veterinary care. The company collectively cares for what it believes is one of the largest zoological collections in the world and has helped lead advances in the care of animals. The company also rescues and rehabilitates marine and terrestrial animals that are ill, injured, orphaned or abandoned, with the goal of returning them to the wild. The SeaWorld® rescue team has helped more than 29,000 animals in need over the last 50 years.

The company owns or licenses a portfolio of recognized brands including SeaWorld, Busch Gardens® and Sea Rescue®. Over its more than 50-year history, the company has built a diversified portfolio of 12 destination and regional theme parks that are grouped in key markets across the United States, many of which showcase its one-of-a-kind zoological collection. The company’s theme parks feature a diverse array of rides, shows and other attractions with broad demographic appeal which deliver memorable experiences and a strong value proposition for its guests.

SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment is a wholly owned subsidiary of SeaWorld Entertainment, Inc., a publicly traded company. Visit www.seaworldentertainment.com for more information. 

San Antonio, TX (April 19, 2017) – SeaWorld San Antonio welcomed an orca calf on Wednesday afternoon, the last to be born at a SeaWorld park.   Mom Takara helps guide the newborn to the water’s surface as the calf takes one of its first breathes.

 

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Ismael Cala Announces His 2017 World Tour “Wake up with Cala”

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MIAMI, April 20, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — “Wake up with Cala” (Despierta con Cala), the world tour designed by Ismael Cala to help people achieve excellence, optimum individual performance and the awakening of their conscience, will make its debut on Wednesday, May 31, in the Canadian city of Montreal.

“Wake up with Cala is a solution to our unidentified limitations, repetitive thought patterns and the restraints of our past histories, histories that will need to be reshaped in order for them to be used from the standpoint of their power and not victimization,” explained Cala during the announcement of his tour.

The conference is based on the C.A.L.A. Life Method (Constant Learning for Leadership in Action), a self-study program offering a series of strategic mental tools to help people to become the best version of themselves possible.

The tour will move on to Toronto (Canada) on June 2, followed by Miami (U.S.), Santa Cruz, Cochabamba, Sucre and La Paz (Bolivia), and Bogota and Medellin (Colombia), among other cities to be announced. For more information, visit http://despierta.ismaelcala.com/

“Our team of scholars and coaches have worked alongside me for five years to create a powerful personal and professional growth guide using the most recent research in neuroscience, non-violent communication, neurolinguistics programming, positive psychology and emotional intelligence,” said Cala.

Cala’s schedule will wrap up in the following weeks with talks and book presentations in cities such as Dubai (May 5) and Madrid (July 4), and business conferences in San Diego, Guatemala City, San Jose, Costa Rica, and Buenos Aires, among other activities.

ABOUT ISMAEL CALA

Life and human development strategist, best-selling author and international speaker, for more than five years, Cala was the host of CALA on CNN en Español.

He is currently considered one the most important communicators in the Americas, and his message of social entrepreneurship, mindfulness and wellbeing is a touchstone for millions of followers of his books, seminars, workshops and lectures throughout Latin America. He has visited more than 25 countries and impacted hundreds of thousands of people through his message.

He currently is the official contributor to the program “Despierta América” (Wake up, America) on Univision, and writes a weekly column for more than 50 Latin American and U.S. publications. “The New York Times” has named him the “Latin Larry King.”

Author of the best sellers “Despierta con Cala” (Wake up with Cala), “La vida es una piñata” (Life Is a Pinata), “El analfabeto emocional” (The Emotional Illiterate), “El poder de escuchar” (The Power of Listening), “Un buen hijo de p…” (A Real Son of a B…) and “El secreto del bambú” (The Secret of Bambu), Cala was born in Santiago, Cuba (1969), and holds a bachelor’s degree in Art History from Oriente University. He coauthored “Beat the Curve” with Brian Tracy. He is a graduate of the York University School of Communications in Toronto and has a diploma from Seneca in Television Production. He has partnered with great mentors such as Deepak Chopra and John C. Maxwell and received training from coaches like Tony Robbins and Miguel Ruiz. Cala is part of the contributing faculty group at Atlantis University and Next University. He is the President of Cala Enterprises Corporation. Visit: www.IsmaelCala.com

SOURCE Cala Enterprises

 

Mazda Announces Appointment of Dino Bernacchi as Chief Marketing Officer for U.S. Operations

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IRVINE, California, April 20, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Mazda North American Operations (MNAO) today announced the appointment of Dino Bernacchi, 47, to the newly created role of Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) for the company’s U.S. operations.  Based at the company’s Irvine, Calif. Headquarters office, Bernacchi will report to MNAO president and CEO, as well as Mazda Motor Company’s global CMO, Masahiro Moro.  Bernacchi’s appointment is effective on May 1, 2017. 

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In this new role, Bernacchi will oversee all aspects of brand communications for Mazda in the U.S.  Specifically, he will be tasked with examining every touch point that affects a customer’s interaction with Mazda, from the earliest discovery phase of new-car shopping, through the research and purchase, to ownership and ultimately through to repurchase, and developing an overarching strategy to deliver clear, precise, consistent messages that support the Mazda Premium brand vision.  His responsibility will be more than conventional marketing, and Russell Wager, currently VP, Marketing, who will report to Bernacchi, will continue to oversee Mazda’s external communications activities.

In addition, Bernacchi will have responsibility for the design, development, and execution of the strategies and processes required to deliver Mazda messaging in the ever-evolving multi-channel world; enhance customer engagement with Mazda; and respond to accelerating changes in technological and digital innovation and rapidly changing consumer behavior.

“The need to hone our company’s focus as a provider of exceptional customer experiences at every touchpoint with our brand, through our communications, with our vehicles and handled by our network of Mazda dealerships, has never been more clear,” said Moro regarding why the addition of a CMO to the MNAO team is critical to the company’s future success in the U.S.  “As customer tastes and expectations change, and Mazda moves itself to a new, more premium, position in the industry, it is critical that Mazda be laser-focused in our approach to how we tell our proud brand story at every touchpoint in the customer’s journey with us.  Dino’s leadership experience in doing exactly that in the past is why he is perfectly suited for this role at Mazda.”

Bernacchi joins MNAO with 23 years of experience in marketing communications, and proven successes in telling compelling brand stories in order to capture customers’ interests, ultimately leading to brand and sales successes.  He has worked on both the agency, supplier and in-house aspects of the communications business, with skills honed at Campbell-Ewald Advertising, Visteon, General Motors and, most recently, as marketing director at Harley-Davidson Motor Company.

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 more than 600 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.

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Live Nation Entertainment Schedules First Quarter 2017 Earnings Release And Teleconference

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LOS ANGELES, April 20, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Live Nation Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: LYV), the world’s leading live entertainment and ecommerce company, announced today that it will release its first quarter 2017 financial results after market hours on Thursday, May 4, 2017.  Michael Rapino, Live Nation Entertainment’s President and Chief Executive Officer, will host a teleconference that day to discuss the company’s financial performance at 5:00 p.m. ET (2:00 p.m. PT).

The teleconference will be available via live webcast.  All interested parties should visit the “Events & Webcasts” section of the company’s website at www.investors.livenationentertainment.com to register for the webcast.  Supplemental statistical and financial information to be provided on the call, if any, will be under the same link.

Additionally, management will be presenting at the J.P. Morgan Global Technology, Media and Telecom Conference at approximately 11:20 a.m. ET (8:20 a.m. PT) on Tuesday, May 23, 2017 in Boston.  During the presentation, management may address the company’s long-term strategic direction, financial performance, and outlook.

A live audio webcast of the conference presentation, as well as any accompanying written materials, will be available on the “Events & Webcasts” section of the company’s website at www.investors.livenationentertainment.com along with a replay of the webcast following the event.

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

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Antena 3 Internacional launches its own sports show, ‘Al Primer Toque’

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Starting on Monday, April 24, Rocío Martínez and Guillermo Moreno will host a new program, which will include interviews, reports, and the best in-depth analyses by Josep Pedrerol and his colleagues.

MADRID, April 20, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — ‘Al Primer Toque’ comes to Antena 3 Internacional with the best, most original and entertaining sports information. Starting on April 24, from Monday to Friday, Rocío Martínez and Guillermo Moreno – sports journalists from the ATRESMEDIA group – will head this new Antena 3 Internacional original show.

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Reports, interviews with participants, anecdotes, live entertainment, access to press conferences after games, and the opinions of the best experts are the ingredients that will make ‘Al Primer Toque’ a leading program for following major sports events.

Divided into two sections, in this new show the information will introduce the chat show El Chiringuito de Jugones, hosted by Josep Pedrerol, one of the leading Spanish sports reporters, with an iconic roster of coverage and re-broadcasts of the Champions League by ATRESMEDIA.

Sharing on-screen insights with Josep Pedrerol will be former soccer players from Real Madrid Guti and Álvaro Benito; the former player of FC Barcelona and coach for the Spanish soccer team, Lobo Carrasco; sports journalist Tomás RonceroJorge D’Alessandro, former soccer player and Argentine coach, as well as the former goalie, Hugo ‘Loco’ Gatti.

‘Al Primer Toque’ is the Antena 3 Internacional show where sports will be the focus, all sports and nothing but sports, under the brand and experience of the best team of professionals at the ATRESMEDIA group.

BROADCAST TIMES – April 24
11:00 p.m. Mexico/Colombia
12:00 a.m. Venezuela/Puerto Rico
1:00 a.m.
 Argentina/Chile
USA
ET/12:00 a.m.
PT/9:00 p.m.

 

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About Antena 3 Internacional
With more than 20 years of broadcasting experience and 17 million houses served worldwide, Antena 3 Internacional is part of the portfolio of international channels of the ATRESMEDIA group, which also includes Atreseries and ¡HOLA! TV. Participating with the principal cable and satellite operators, the channel includes the best information on current events, both national and international, as well as entertainment shows. As a result, the channel offers family programming, with major series and emblematic programs such as El Hormiguero 3.0.,’ ‘La Ruleta de la Suerte,’ ‘El Club de la Comedia’ and ‘Karlos Arguiñano en tu cocina.’ Currently there are three editions of Antena 3 Noticias – always live – of the morning show ‘Espejo Público,’ and weekly programs such as ‘Salvados’ and ‘Equipo de investigación.’  

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