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CHARLES GARCIA, HIGHLY DECORATED MILITARY ANALYST PROVIDES TELEMUNDO WITH COMMENTARY AND ANALYSIS ON INDIA/PAKISTAN CONFLICT

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MIAMI–(HISPANIC PR WIRE – BUSINESS WIRE)–June 14, 2002–Charles Patrick Garcia, a highly decorated military officer who has worked for three presidential administrations, including the present Bush Administration addressing educational matters, offered his unique insights on the India/Pakistani conflict on Telemundo, one of the world’s most watched Spanish language television news networks, on Wednesday, June 12th, during an interview in Telemundo’s studios in Miami.

Shortly after the Anthrax attacks, Garcia made numerous appearances on both English and Spanish-language television as an observer, commentator and analyst. During this recent two-segment, ten minute appearance on Wednesday’s “De Mananita,” Garcia was interviewed by Marian de la Fuente, a former war correspondent, where he provided an overview of the continuing India/Pakistani conflict to Telemundo’s worldwide Hispanic audience illuminating the crisis in Kashmir.

According to Garcia, India clearly sees the current climate after the Sept. 11 attacks in the United States, as a chance to use American leverage to end once and for all the 12 years of terrorism by Islamic militants in Kashmir.

To put the scale of the continuing conflict into perspective, Garcia pointed out that thus far there have been 30,000 people killed by terrorists trained in over 12 guerilla camps in Pakistan. “Imagine,” says Garcia, “if Canada supported and maintained a dozen terrorist camps right across the border, and instead of the 3,000 people killed in the world trade center, it was 10 times that number killed over a ten year period – now we know how India feels?”

Identified as one of the “100 most influential Hispanics in the United States,” Mr. Garcia is an active member of the Hispanic community. Hispanic Today magazine featured him in a cover story “Committing to Hispanic America” and Univision television selected Mr. Garcia for their series “Orgullo Hispano” that spotlights Hispanics who have made “an exceptional impact on the culture and life of American society.” From 1986 – 1988, General John R. Galvin, the Commander of the U.S. Southern Command in the Republic of Panama, who later became NATO Supreme Allied Commander, chose Garcia as one of his key advisors on terrorism and guerrilla warfare in Latin America. Garcia received numerous awards for his work in helping to shape U.S. policy in Latin America, including the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, one of the highest peacetime awards given to a member in the U.S. Armed Forces.

In 1987, Garcia became one of the nation’s leading experts on Fidel Castro’s efforts to destabilize Latin America. Some of his analysis was “declassified” and published in May 1987 as a cover story by U.S. News and World Report magazine titled “Drugs, Terror and Politics: The Deadly New Alliance.”

In 1984, Garcia published a groundbreaking analysis of China’s air defense capabilities earning him the prestigious Strategic Air Command’s Hawkeye Intelligence Award.

Following the Anthrax bio-terrorism attacks on the United States, Garcia, whose firm has carved out a successful niche providing financial research in the healthcare and biotech industry, was called upon by the national news media to provide insights into the war on terror. His national call-to-action to form a “Global Defense Initiative” to fight terrorism and biological warfare was sought by CNN/Crossfire, FOX News, CBS, CNN News, Telemundo, Univision and CNN en Espanol, where he made frequent appearances discussing “insightful solutions” to the challenges faced by the nation. In addition he also spent an hour as the lead guest on the “Cristina Show” the world’s most watched Spanish-language talk show.

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CONTACT:

Sterling Financial Investment Group,

Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Jeff Mustard

954/801-8263

NEWLYWEDS HEAD TO BEDS WHEN FURNISHING THE NEW HOME

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ALEXANDRIA, VA –(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–June 13, 2002–Newlyweds are rushing straight to the bedroom – when furniture shopping that is. Mattress/foundation sets are among one of the most-purchased furniture items within the engaged/newlywed population. Recent research shows nearly 1 in every 3 newlyweds purchase a sleep set within a 12-month period. However, before investing in this important piece of furniture, the Better Sleep Council offers a few basic guidelines to help ensure newlyweds are getting the right sleep set for both bride and groom.

“In order to make comfortable sleep a reality for newlyweds, it’s important that they carefully try out new mattresses by taking a ‘rest test’ together, visiting mattress retailers, and comparing the comfort and support of new sleep sets with their old sleep set at home,” said Andrea Herman. “A mattress that meets both partners’ needs for size, comfort and support will make comfortable sleep a reality for both the bride and the groom.”

The “Rest Test”: Getting Started

Prior to starting your quest for the perfect mattress and even stepping into the store, the BSC recommends keeping these simple tips in mind :

— First think about your needs. Determine ahead of time what your new bedroom can handle. Your room may be able to accommodate a king-size mattress and you never even knew it.

— Second, plan enough time to try out mattresses. Because comfort is a matter of personal preference, couples will want to lie down on several mattresses to find the one that feels the most comfortable. Take the time to evaluate a variety of mattresses and then discuss which one feels the best and meets both your needs.

— Third, wear comfortable clothes. Be sure to wear clothes that allow you to move freely when trying out mattresses. Women may want to consider wearing slacks or shorts.

— Fourth, be sure to shop with your fiancé/spouse. It’s important to choose a sleep set that both bride and groom feel comfortable with. Otherwise, there’s a chance only one of you will sleep well at night.

Two Easy Steps

Once in the store, take the following “rest test” to help ensure that the mattress you purchase meets both you and your spouse’s comfort preferences and needs. It’s easy. Here’s how:

Step One: Lie Down on Your Back.

Ask the following questions:

— Do we feel comfortable?

— Does the mattress gently support all points of our bodies?

Contrary to popular belief, a mattress does not have to be hard to be good for you. In fact, some people may prefer a plusher feel. When selecting a mattress, your body should be able to relax, with your spine supported in the same position as good standing posture.

Step Two: Get Into Your Usual Sleep Position.

Ask the following questions:

— Do we have enough room to move around easily while we sleep?

— Do we feel comfortable? Do we feel gently supported?

The mattress you select should give both you and your spouse enough room to move freely during the night. You should also feel comfortable regardless of the position both of you sleep in.

“The hard part is over – you’ve already found the person of your dreams. Now finding the mattress of your dreams is easy – it’s the one that makes your body feel relaxed and comfortable,” concluded Herman.

For more information on getting a good night’s sleep or to download a copy of the Better Sleep Guide, visit the Better Sleep Council’s web site at http://www.bettersleep.org.

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CONTACT:

Andrea Herman – 703/683-8371

or

Christiana Campos – 202/452-9489

CONFERENCE ON HISPANIC FAMILY TO EMPHASIZE WOMEN’S ROLE IN WELL-BEING OF FAMILY

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–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–June 13, 2002

WHAT:

Eighth Annual Conference on the Hispanic Family, themed “Celebrating the Hispanic Woman.” Among the sponsors are Christian Education and Research Institute, Baptist General Convention of Texas, Eula Mae and John Baugh Foundation in Houston and Buckner Baptist Benevolences in Dallas.

WHEN:

9 a.m. Friday, July 12, to 1 p.m. Saturday, July 13, at First Baptist Church, 225 Keller Parkway in Keller, north of Fort Worth.

WHO:

An estimated 600 to 800 Hispanic women from across Texas who*:

· Are looking for a clearer sense of purpose in their lives.

· Are seeking a Biblical base to deal with issues of daily living,

· Work in church ministry or leadership positions of their church.

FEATURED:

Thirty-five speakers and session leaders from around the country; free personal counseling and diabetes testing; information on successful job interviews, music by Eben-Ezer, and break-out sessions in both Spanish and English on topics such as:

· Teens in Crisis

· The Single Parent

· Issues of the Third Age – Widowhood and Caregiving

· Development of Christian Character and the Family

· Prevention of Child Abuse

REGISTER:

Open to women of all denominations. Cost is $35 before July 8 and $45 after July 8. Send check or money order to CERI, P.O. Box 776, Keller, TX 76244. Call CERI, 817-431-2192, for information on discount rates for hotels. Conference is also open adolescent girls and boys over age 12.

CONTACT:

Dr. Margarita C. Trevino, 817-431-2192, or Mrs. Bertha Diaz, 210-734-2088.

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CONTACT:

Dr. Margarita C. Trevino, 817-431-2192

or

Mrs. Bertha Diaz, 210-734-2088

or

For Baptist General Convention of Texas

Luanna Crow

(210) 227-0221

BELLSOUTH AND PROTECTION ONE EXPAND ALLIANCE IN FLORIDA

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ATLANTA & TOPEKA, Kan.–(HISPANIC PR WIRE – BUSINESS WIRE)–June 13, 2002–BellSouth Corp (NYSE:BLS) and Protection One, Inc. (NYSE:POI) have launched BellSouth(R) Security Systems from Protection One in Jacksonville, Miami, Pensacola and Tampa, expanding to seven the number of cities in Florida where the service is offered.

Homeowners in these cities now are able to choose from an essential to fully featured security system with many options. Pricing starts at $199 for an essential residential system installation. Customers can choose systems that include a variety of features, including wireless operation, SafetyNet(TM) (SafetyNet is a registered trademark of Protection One), integrated keypads and control panels, battery backup and latchkey paging. As part of the initial launch of the alliance, BellSouth(R) Security Systems from Protection One first offered these services in Atlanta; Charlotte, N.C.; Raleigh, N.C.; and Greensboro, N.C., in early 2001. Later that year, the alliance was expanded to Orlando, Pompano Beach and Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

“Customers in and across the region look to BellSouth for vital services, and security is just a logical extension of that,” said Pam Jones, vice president, Strategy and Marketing, BellSouth Consumer Services. “With Protection One, we can offer our customers a superior security system from a provider that is worthy of the trust and reliability our customers expect from BellSouth,” Jones continued.

“Expanding our alliance with BellSouth broadens our reach as one of the largest electronic security companies in the Southeast and offers even more consumers the opportunity to obtain security services from two known leaders in their respective industries,” said Richard Ginsburg, President and Chief Executive Officer of Protection One. “The alliance between BellSouth and Protection One is built on a solid commitment to quality service and value-added product offerings. We believe BellSouth(R) Security Systems from Protection One offers consumers unparalleled choices in features and customer care. We are pleased to increase the number of cities where these services are offered in Florida.”

Under the co-branded offering, Protection One provides the following features and options:

— Integrated keypads and control panels — Systems are easy to use with simple commands and backlit keypads.

— Remote key fob — Wireless device attaches to a key chain and allows the system to be armed or disarmed at the touch of a button, alleviating the need to quickly punch in a code when entering or leaving.

— Battery backup — 24-hour backup keeps systems up and running in the event of a temporary power failure.

— Latchkey paging — The system can instantly send a numeric page to a parent the moment a child is safely at home.

— Monitored smoke detectors — Provides detection and notification for the family and home whether at home or away.

— Wireless operation — Customers have the option of a wired or wireless system.

— Comprehensive warranty — Two levels of warranty coverage for greater peace of mind.

— State-of-the-art monitoring — Monitoring provided by only UL Listed facilities and by dispatchers trained in accordance with the same exacting standards developed for 911 response operators by the Security Industry Association.

BellSouth(R) Security Systems from Protection One is backed by Protection One’s monitoring center professionals who have received comprehensive emergency response training. When an alarm is activated, the monitoring center is quickly notified, and a dispatcher immediately calls the home, police, fire or other emergency services as necessary.

Protection One stands behind its systems and services with SafetyNet(TM) protection, which is a part of the standard monitoring and service agreement. This allows a reimbursement of up to $1,000 of a homeowner’s paid insurance deductible in the case of a loss suffered due to burglary while under monitored protection. In addition, with an insurance certificate from Protection One, many insurance carriers ill typically reduce homeowner’s insurance rates from 10% to 30%.

For more information about BellSouth(R) Security Systems from Protection One, call 1-866-BSS-SAFE or visit http://www.bellsouth.com/security.

About BellSouth Corporation

BellSouth Corporation is a Fortune 100 communications services company headquartered in Atlanta, Ga., serving nearly 45 million customers in the United States and 14 other countries.

Consistently recognized for customer satisfaction, BellSouth provides a full array of broadband data and e-commerce solutions to business customers, including Web hosting and other Internet services. In the residential market, BellSouth offers DSL high-speed Internet access, advanced voice features and other services. BellSouth also provides online and directory advertising services, including BellSouth(R) Real Pages(SM).com.

BellSouth owns 40 percent of Cingular Wireless, the nation’s second-largest wireless company, which provides innovative wireless data and voice services.

About Protection One

Protection One, one of the leading commercial and residential monitored security services companies in the United States and a leading security provider to the multifamily housing market through Network Multifamily, serves more than one million customers in North America. Protection One is also a proud sponsor of the Protection One 400, a multi-year NASCAR Winston Cup Series Race at Kansas Speedway. For more information on Protection One, go to http://www.ProtectionOne.com. Protection One is regulated by the State of Florida, Department of Business and Professional Regulation, and the Electrical Contractors Licensing Board. Florida license #s: EF0001010 AND EF-A001010.

In other areas: AL #02-0189, #02-533, #02-0643; GA #LVA001233; LA # BF323, #D0000539; NC # 24466-SP-LV, #1285-CSA, BPN004403P10, BPN004452P4, BPN001777P6; SC #542; TN #C-0641, #C-0642, #C-0697

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CONTACT:

Protection One

Robin J. Lampe

785/575-6468

or

BellSouth

Dave Blumenthal

404/927-1392

McDONALD’S CONTINUES DOLLAR MENU BRAND CAMPAIGN WITH BILINGUAL SPOTS CREATED BY THE BRAVO GROUP

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New York, NY–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–June 12, 2002–McDonald’s restaurants continues to target the U.S. Hispanic by launching a culturally relevant Dollar Menu brand campaign created by The Bravo Group, the leading Hispanic communications agency in the country.

The campaign, “You Know What You Want”, speaks to the consumer benefits of the McDonald’s Dollar Menu – taste, choice, control and individuality. Using celebrity talent, the campaign angle for the brand positioning is “your taste, your appetite, your dollar…McDonald’s Dollar Menu – you know what you want.” This unprecedented bilingual advertising campaign features Latin superstar Daisy Fuentes. The Spanish-language campaign broke in the New York / New Jersey / Connecticut tri-state area in May, and the English-language spots are currently in general market rotation.

Daisy Fuentes is not only very well known in the Hispanic community, she has an extensive crossover appeal both culturally and geographically. “We liked The Bravo Group’s recommendation of producing both Spanish and English-language versions to reach the entire U.S. Hispanic population,” said Elena Ramos, Senior Director of Marketing, East Division at McDonald’s. “Daisy English will be viewed by a mainstream Hispanic audience – widening our reach. Instead of 80% of the Hispanic pie, we now will reach 100%.”

McDonald’s chose The Bravo Group as their Hispanic agency-of-record for the New York tri-state area during the fall of 2001. “Our strategy centers around the ideal pitchperson,” said Senior Vice President and Account Director Fernando Fernandez of The Bravo Group. With her wide-ranging career (former local weathergirl, MTV VJ, model, actress, and most recently, co-host of the 2002 Miss Universe pageant), Ms. Fuentes’ experiences embody the appeal of the Dollar Menu: Variety. “The Dollar Menu is all about having choices. We marry the idea of a celebrity – in this case Daisy and her various career choices, to a McDonald’s customer having a great variety of food choices on the Dollar Menu. McDonald’s provides their customers with flexibility in their choices.”

The first round of Hispanic advertising broke in the New York City and Hartford markets in May 2002 and may appear in other markets in the East region shortly thereafter.

About McDonald’s

McDonald’s is the world’s leading foodservice retailer, with more than 29,000 restaurants serving over 45 million people each day in 121 countries. Approximately 80 percent of McDonald’s U.S. restaurants are owned and operated by independent franchisees.

About The Bravo Group

McDonald’s joins The Bravo Group’s roster of blue-chip clients including AT&T, Sears Roebuck & Co., Kraft Foods and Blockbuster among others. The Bravo Group, with more than $245 million in billings in 2001, maintains a staff of almost 200 communications professionals, mostly of Latino descent, with offices in New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Irvine and Miami. The agency creates Spanish-language integrated marketing communications programs, which are designed to establish strong product positions in the Hispanic consumer segments. Established in 1980, The Bravo Group offers advertising, media planning and buying, direct marketing, public relations, research, online development, promotions, and event marketing.

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CONTACTS:

Iveliesse de Ororbia

The Bravo Group

(212) 780-5231

or

Fernando Fernandez

The Bravo Group

(212) 780-5298

TERRA.COM CONTINUES TO LEAD IN BRAND LOYALTY AND USAGE AMONG SPANISH-LANGUAGE SITES

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MIAMI, FL–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–June 11, 2002–The recently released Roslow Hispanic Internet Usage Study, conducted in spring 2002, shows that Terra.com continues to lead in brand loyalty with almost 63 percent of users aware of terra.com, visiting the site in the past 30 days. Visitors to Terra are spending almost 35 minutes with the site each time they visit; the highest average of time-spent-per-visit of the top three Hispanic sites.

“Terra.com’s high awareness and usage bodes well for advertisers as advertising campaigns will have longer and more frequent exposure, leading to higher brand awareness and purchase intention,” said Manuel Bellod, Terra.com, CEO.

Internet usage among U.S. Hispanics remains high at 50 percent and Hispanics are spending significantly more time on-line compared to their general market counterparts. “Hispanics are spending more time on-line, purchasing more products and services and feeling more comfortable with newer technology and on-line navigation,” said Peter Roslow, author of the recent study.

“This strong confidence in Internet services and resources indicates that the Digital Divide is shrinking for Latinos as they further explore the benefits of the Web, such as e-mail, paying bills, downloading music, booking travel, playing games and using personal financial services,” Roslow added. All of these services have seen a growth in usage since the fall 2001 Roslow study.

In another study published by ComScore, the researcher reporter that from Q1 2001 to Q1 2002, the U.S. Hispanic Internet population grew by 19 percent, a rate more than three times that of the non-Hispanic online population in the U.S. With 14.5 million unique online users in the average month in the first quarter of 2002, Hispanics now comprise 11 percent of the total U.S. online population, up from 9.9 percent in the prior year.

Terra.com experienced a strong growth of 41 percent in unaided awareness since the last Roslow study in the fall of 2001. The recent study also showed that 94 percent of users who have ever visited Terra.com, have visited it in the last 30 days.

“We have succeeded not only in attracting new Latino users, but also establishing a growing loyal base. This is evident in the duration of visits of the average user to our site,” continued Bellod. “We are encouraged by these trends among Hispanics of using more advanced services and products on-line, an indication that Latinos are making the Internet a part of their daily lives.”

Among other important findings, the Roslow study showed that the average age of the U.S. Hispanic Internet user is approximately 30-years-old. Roughly half of them are bilingual, and 74 percent have computers at home. Hispanic incidence of Internet use remains at 50 percent among U.S. Hispanics 16 years and older. The percentage of men and women using the Net is nearly equal, at 53 and 47 percent respectively. In particular, the study revealed that U.S. Hispanic users continue to spend more than half, 53 percent, of their on-line time using the Internet in Spanish instead of English.

The Roslow findings offer positive news for the Spanish-language Internet industry. Recent studies indicate the U.S. corporations generally under-spend on the Hispanic segment *( Missed Opportunities: Vast Corporate Underspending in the U.S. Hispanic Market ). The latest Roslow Study is further evidence that Spanish-language Internet sites comprise a valuable channel for reaching Hispanic audiences in a segmented, interactive and integrated method.

This progression on the Internet learning curve supports Terra’s strategy as it continues to add to its music and multimedia search tools and financial services. Terra’s high user loyalty, retention and duration can be attributed to its high-quality, popular content and programming. For example, Terra.com was the official site of Protagonistas de Novela, the first-ever Spanish-language reality TV show in the U.S. During the show’s spring broadcast, the Protagonistas mini-site attracted more than 450,000 unique visitors who generated 43 million page views and spent 12 minutes on average in each visit following the show’s story line, voting, viewing behind-the-scenes clips and exclusive photo galleries, and chatting with the program’s participants. “This was the most successful user interface since we launched Terra.com less than two years ago,” Bellod added. “It demonstrates the power of what strategically branded, promotional opportunities can do for advertisers.”

* (Santiago Valdes Solutions study: Missed Opportunities: Vast Corporate Underspending in the U.S. Hispanic Market)

About Terra Lycos

Terra Lycos is a global Internet group with a presence in 43 countries in 20 languages, reaching 115 million unique users per month around the world. The group, which is the result of Terra Networks S.A.’s acquisition of Lycos, Inc. in October 2000, operates some of the most popular Web sites in the United States, Canada, Europe, Asia and Latin America, and is the largest access provider in Spain and Latin America.

The Terra Lycos network of sites includes Terra in 17 countries, Lycos in 26 countries, Angelfire.com, Atrea.com, ATuHora.com, Azeler.es, Bumeran.com, Direcciona.es, Educaterra.com, Emplaza.com, Gamesville.com, HotBot.com, Ifigenia.com, Invertia.com, Lycos Zone, Maptel.com, Matchmaker.com, Quote.com, RagingBull.com, Rumbo.com, Tripod.com, Uno-e.com and Wired News (Wired.com), and others.

With headquarters in Barcelona and operating centers in Madrid, Boston and elsewhere, Terra Lycos is traded on the Madrid stock exchange (TRR) and the Nasdaq electronic market (TRLY). For more information, please visit our corporate Web site at http://www.terralycos.com.

About Roslow Research

Roslow Research Group, Inc. (RRG) was founded in 1984, as a service-oriented marketing research and consulting firm specializing in the Hispanic market and other “diversity segments” in the U.S. and Latin America.

About Study Methodology: Interviewing was conducted by telephone in six major Hispanic markets (DMAs): Los Angeles, New York, Miami, San Francisco, Chicago and San Antonio. 600 interviews were completed with Internet users. Specific (disproportionate) sample size-targets were assigned in each market to approximately reflect the relative Hispanic population size by market. The sample was selected at random from local area phone directories, by Spanish-surname. The interview process began with a short screening interview, to determine respondent eligibility as a Hispanic Internet user.

©2002 Lycos, Inc. Lycos® is a registered trademark of Carnegie Mellon University. All other product or service marks mentioned herein are those of Terra Networks, S.A., Lycos, Inc. or their respective owners. All rights reserved.

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CONTACT:

Bromley/MS&L

Michelle Cobas

(210) 244-2184

(210) 244-2116

or

Terra Lycos

Ana Sanchez

(305) 714-8564

(305) 372-8153

PEOPLE EN ESPAÑOL PAYS TRIBUTE TO THE LEGENDARY DON FRANCISCO – SPECIAL ISSUE HONORS 40 YEARS OF SABADO GIGANTE AND THE KING OF HISPANIC TELEVISION

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New York, NY–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)– June 11, 2002–For the very first time in its five-year history, PEOPLE EN ESPAÑOL, the nation’s #1 selling Hispanic magazine, has created a special newsstand only issue dedicated to Hispanic television personality Mario Kreutzberger, also known as “Don Francisco.” PEOPLE EN ESPAÑOL went behind-the-scenes and accompanied Don Francisco back to his homeland, Chile, to capture the true spirit of this TV icon and his weekly program, Sábado Gigante.

Launched in Chile in 1962, Sábado Gigante quickly became a “must-see TV” hit in Latin America. Rapid growth and higher ratings led the smash hit to launch in the United States in 1986. Known for its creative and often comical content, Don Francisco and Sábado Gigante has provided a platform for Hispanic entertainers, musicians and comedians to showcase their talents over the past 40 years. Today, the program reaches more than one hundred million viewers each week.

“Don Francisco and Sábado Gigante truly represent authentic Hispanic entertainment,” says Angelo Figueroa, managing editor of PEOPLE EN ESPAÑOL. “Entertainers such as Ricky Martin, Marc Anthony, and Enrique Iglesias have all appeared on Sabado Gigante. The show has paved the way for many of today’s hottest stars.”

Filled with entertaining photos and interesting facts, this special edition of PEOPLE EN ESPAÑOL proves Don Francisco still is the gigante of Hispanic television. The issue features interviews with a plethora of Hispanic celebrities, who pay tribute to Don Francisco and Sábado Gigante. Among those are Cuban salsa queen Celia Cruz, movie actress Maria Conchita Alonzo, and TV talk show host Cristina Saralegui.

Also featured in the pages are the top ten most memorable moments of Don Francisco including the U.S debut of Sábado Gigante in 1986, a 24-hour long broadcast leading into the new millennium and a show honoring Don Francisco and “his star” on the Hollywood Walk-of-Fame.

Interesting Facts and Trivia about Sábado Gigante:

— More than 100 million viewers all over the world tune-in to Sábado Gigante every Saturday evening.

— During its 40 years of broadcasting, Sábado Gigante has transmitted over 20,000 hours of programming.

— Don Francisco has interviewed over 50,000 people on his show.

— About 300 pieces of fan mail reach the offices of Sábado Gigante on a daily basis.

— “La cámara viajera” (The Voyaging Camera) is the show’s longest running segment and with it Don Franscico has visited and broadcasted from over 123 countries.

— Over 200 contestants, musicians, artists and interviewees have traveled to Miami in order to appear on Sábado Gigante.

Since 1986, Sábado Gigante has given away more than $28 million in prizes in the United States alone.

— In April 2002, Sábado Gigante aired its 840th show in the United States.

— Sábado Gigante’s longest running episode lasted 25 hours and celebrated the show’s 25th anniversary. In 1993, Sábado Gigante was inducted into the Guinness Book of World Records for being the longest running TV program in the continent.

All this and more in this exclusive special newsstand issue of PEOPLE EN ESPAÑOL.

PEOPLE EN ESPAÑOL is the Hispanic print category leader in circulation. Each month, the publication reaches nearly four million readers with an exciting editorial mix of Hispanic and mainstream entertainment coverage, fashion and beauty service editorial and human-interest stories. A true pioneer in Hispanic print, PEOPLE EN ESPAÑOL demonstrates the increasing importance of the U.S. Hispanic market.

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CONTACT:

Lauren Kuschner

212-522-4130

or

Elvis Lizardo

212-522-9658

NH HOTELS, ONE OF EUROPE’S LARGEST AND FASTEST GROWING HOTEL GROUPS, ANNOUNCES PLANS TO TARGET THE NORTH AMERICAN MARKET

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— nH HOTELS currently has 237 hotels with more than 34,000 rooms in 18 countries; 38 new projects in the pipeline will add 6,647 rooms

— Miami and Houston sales offices established to target the Latin American market and Mexico where the company maintains 24 properties

— nH sets its sights on a worldwide roll-out of the nH brand in all countries where the chain operates

— nH HOTELS experiences record growth achieving a 38.5% increase in total revenue in 2001 over the previous year and a five-fold increase in number of rooms within the past 5 years, from 6,900 to more than 34,000

Madrid, Spain–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–JUNE 11, 2002–With a growing international recognition for innovation in property operation, acquisition and development, nH HOTELS, one of Europe’s largest lodging groups, has launched ambitious plans to gain prominence with the North American international business traveler. The new marketing campaign is a key element of a $7 million (US) re-branding initiative, following major property acquisitions, including the Dutch chain Krasnapolsky Hotels, the Mexican chain Krystal and Germany’s Astron Hotels. The objective is to convert these to the nH brand in all the countries where the chain operates. The Madrid-based company’s impressive portfolio currently numbers 237 hotels with more than 34,000 rooms in 18 countries. An additional 38 new projects under construction that will add 6,647 rooms.

nH HOTELS, known for their creative approach to décor, gastronomy, and technology, is the leading hotel chain for business travelers in Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia and Amsterdam, and the second most popular hotel brand in Brussels. The chain also has locations in other leading European, Latin American and African business and financial capitals including Buenos Aires, Düsseldorf, Lisbon, Mexico City and Sao Paolo.

The recent acquisition of Astron (February 2002), the third leading metropolitan hotel in Germany, has expanded nH’s presence in Europe, while the acquisition of Mexico’s Krystal hotel chain in June ’01 has provided nH with a strong presence in one the U.S.’s key international markets.

nH HOTELS has experienced record growth in revenue, achieving US$716 million (€762 million) in 2001, a 38.5% increase over the previous year, with net income at US$77 million (€81.7 million). The chain’s total number of rooms has also grown five-fold within the past five years.

nH is listed on the Madrid (part of the selective IBEX 35) and Amsterdam (Euronext) stock exchanges. nH HOTELS is also a member of Stoxx Europe 600, which includes leading European companies. nH is also included in Morgan Stanley Capital International’s stock index (MSCI), and is traded on the New York Stock Exchange within the ADR (American Depository Receipts) program level one.

“The nH HOTELS brand has been built by consistently offering guests a high level of quality in both service and style,” said Gabriele Burgio, President and Chief Executive Officer, nH HOTELS. “We have noticed a significant increase in the number of Americans traveling to Europe and to our hotels, and consequently the number of room nights by American business travelers staying at our hotels has increased three-fold in the first quarter of 2002 compared to the same period of 2001. American clients are discovering our properties and are pleased with the service, quality and convenient locations of our hotels. These satisfied customers are in fact, among our highest repeat guests. With our re-branding activities and recent acquisitions in leading international cities, the timing is right to create a better understanding and awareness of the nH HOTELS product with the business traveler and corporate travel planner in the North American market.”

nH HOTELS attributes its success to several factors: a focus on the corporate travel and meetings market; commitment to detail in every aspect – from technology to service; its “homogeneous” philosophy and approach to each nH HOTEL worldwide — no big differences, no big surprises; and most importantly, its full corporate ownership and management of its properties which protects and maintains the integrity of the brand.

Recently named “2002 Company of the Year” by the Spain-US Chamber of Commerce in Miami, nH HOTELS, which opened its first hotel in Madrid in 1981, has experienced tremendous growth within the past six years, specifically revenue increases of 640% and operating profit increases of 918%. Hotel revenues grew to US$640 million in 2001, an increase of 44.4% over the previous year. Revenues in Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay and Chile were US$14.6 million in 2001, a rise of 86% over 2000, while Mexico reached US$26 million in revenue. The company has established sales offices in Miami and Houston, in addition to New York, to aggressively grow these markets, which currently represent 12% of the company’s property holdings.

The system-wide consolidation of all acquired properties under the nH HOTELS name, scheduled for completion by year’s end, will not only redefine the company’s image but, according to company management, provide a platform for outreach to the U.S. corporate travel market about its high quality, but as yet low profile brand. New actions, under corporate auspices and the direction of the company’s U.S. sales offices in New York, Miami and Houston, include a first-ever advertising, public relations and direct marketing program as well as increased trade show participation and cross-country sales missions.

nH HOTELS, which operates under the GDS code of “NS” worldwide, maintains three distinct product categories – “nH”, “nH Collection” -a line of luxury hotels converted from landmark buildings with high-end amenities and features, and “nH Comfort” -properties offering nH’s high standards at competitive rates.

nH HOTELS’ properties are tastefully appointed with designer furnishings and vanguard art. Guests are offered a choice of pillows at check-in and specially appointed rooms are available for the woman executive traveler. Three-time Michelin star chef Ferrán Adrià, who signed a collaborative agreement with nH HOTELS, brings innovation to nH’s culinary offiering, developing new cuisine concepts.

In collaboration with nH HOTELS management, Adrià helped create a new restaurant/multi-function concept called “nHube”. These attractive areas fuse comfort and efficiency with color and modern furniture arrangements to create spaces for guests to relax, eat, meet with colleagues, surf the Internet or listen to music. Ferrán Adriá recently launched the “fast-good” food concept whereby busy travelers can enjoy quality fresh and healthy food served in a timely and efficient manner. Adolfo Dominguez, meanwhile, is responsible for the stylish uniforms worn by guest service staff and Jesus del Pozo created the fragrances and personal care items available in the in-room bath kit. A total of 10 Michelin Stars have been awarded to NH Hotels´ restaurants and its collaborators in recognition of the chains´ efforts in offering the best in gastronomy. These 10 stars are as follows: three stars for Ferrán Adrià; three for Martín Berasategui; one for Enrique Martínez (culinary advisor of nH); one for Jesus del Ferro; one for the restaurant of El Casino de Madrid – managed by nH HOTELS; one for The Vermeer Restaurant-The NH Barbizon Palace´s restaurant in Amsterdam. nH HOTELS is the only chain to receive these many distinctions.

Another hallmark of nH HOTELS is its established supremacy in technology. Following comprehensive development and testing, all guest rooms are being outfitted with a proprietary high-speed Internet access system that does not require computer reconfiguration and is the fastest of its kind now available. For meetings and conferences, nH HOTELS offers a wide range of communications aides, from videoconferencing and satellite communications, to simultaneous translation in the well-appointed meeting rooms available at most nH HOTELS. For reservations and booking information, call +34 913-984-400 or visit online at http://www.nh-hotels.com. For group sales and corporate travel agent assistance, call 1-800-232-9860.

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CONTACT:

Rosalie Huerta

M. Silver Associates Inc.

305/533-1111

or

María Cortina (nH Communication Director)

Madrid, Spain

34 91 451 9762

34 91 451 9718 (Main)

INTERAMERICANA VOLKSWAGEN PRESENTS WWW.VOLKSWAGEN.COM.PR AND ANNOUNCES ITS SUMMER PROMOTION “SURFERS WANTED”

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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico–(HISPANIC PR WIRE – BUSINESS WIRE)–June 11, 2002–Under the tag line “Surfers Wanted”, Interamericana (ITI) Volkswagen presented at a press conference its new Volkswagen internet portal developed by their agency of record Communita, Inc. (http://www.communita.com). At the same time they presented a special edition of the Golf model, also manufactured specifically for Puerto Rico, that will be given away during a Summer promotion.

On http://www.volkswagen.com.pr the public will be able to access and surf a dynamic and detailed presentation on the VW world in Puerto Rico. “The Internet is very important for Volkswagen across the world, and Puerto Rico is no exception,” indicated Victor Balestra, Market Manager for Interamericana Transport Industries, distributor of Volkswagen for Euroclass in the Caribbean and Latin America. “We want the Puerto Rican public to have access to our models and to our capable professionals. As such, the visitors to the portal, in addition to accessing practical information and enjoyable visuals, will be able to contact us by e-mail, for sales, parts or service information. And, with our agency, Communita, we will continue to extend our online presence throughout Central America, Colombia, Ecuador and other parts of the Caribbean during 2002-2003.”

Also, as part of the integrated offline/online promotion, ITI Volkswagen and Euroclass presented a special edition “Surfers Wanted” Volkswagen Golf that will be given away this Summer. One of the most distinguishing elements of this model is that it has a built-in “roof-rack” accessory with a surfboard attached. The surfboard was manufactured by the local “designer” Werner Vega and sports a colorful design that includes the Volkswagen logo and new portal address http://www.volkswagen.com.pr.

About Communita

Headquartered in Miami, Florida, Communita provides an integrated approach to developing an online presence with e-commerce applications for companies pursuing Latin American and US Hispanic online users. Communita is comprised of nine service leaders, 120 professional resources with offices in 12 cities throughout the US, Latin America and Europe.

The public can learn how multi-national corporations are targeting US Hispanics and Latin Americans who are surfing the net on Communita’s website, located at http://www.Communita.com, which features in-depth case studies on companies in a variety of industries, including retail, advertising, automotive, airline, media, entertainment, electronics and financial services.

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CONTACT:

Communita, New York

Lynne Collins, 646/286-4724

GETTING IN THE HEAD OF 26,000 YUPIMSN USERS – NO TV PLEASE, WE’RE SURFING!

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MIAMI BEACH, Fla.–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–June 10th, 2002–Up to 20 percent of U.S. Hispanic Internet users would rather give up watching television than searching the Internet, according to new research published today by YupiMSN, a leading Spanish-language network of sites and a TELMEX and Microsoft company. The research is based on an online poll completed by more than 26,000 YupiMSN consumers. The survey was designed to investigate how and why searching the Net has become such an integral part of Spanish-speakers’ everyday lives.

“We have always known that our consumers are die-hard Web surfers. These individuals have made the Net an indispensable part of their lives – and YupiMSN, their home on the Web,” said Oscar Coën, president of YupiMSN.

Overall, consumers taking the poll rated YupiMSN as their favorite search engine, followed by Google and Altavista.

Dreams and Devastation

Of those polled, the majority (71 percent) of U.S. Hispanic consumers said they are logging on to the Web once a day or more from home. It is clear that searching is very much an everyday activity – so much so that 20 percent surveyed said they have searched the Net in their dreams. According to the survey, approximately 20 percent of those surveyed would feel “devastated” if they were no longer able to search the Web and would much prefer giving up television.

Web Means Love and Friendship

The Web also has a significant impact on family relationships and friendships, with a 35 percent of respondents claiming that the Internet has enhanced these rapports. “This is not surprising as YupiMSN empowers consumers with useful communications tools such as the MSN® Hotmail® service, the world’s most popular Web-based e-mail service,** and MSN Messenger Service,” added Coën.

Finding love, fun and friendship are top objectives on the Net according to the research; 42 percent of respondents have found friendship on the Web. Puerto Ricans and Dominicans top the list, with an average of eight buddies found online.

Self-Help

The aspect of consumers’ lives most improved by the use of the Internet is “being informed about current events.” In most markets, entertainment, news and technology are the most searched-for topics. More than 50 percent of the survey takers had searched the Net to find new hobbies and interests.

Carlos Cardona, CTO and founder of YupiMSN, said, “Searching the Net is now such an integral part of our lives it’s not surprising we’d be lost without it or that we tend to get frustrated when we can’t find what we’re looking for. That’s why we make sure that human editors, not spiders or Web crawlers, manage YupiMSN Search. Our search team works to ensure that the combination of our editorial team’s local knowledge and the power of Microsoft® technology produce the best possible results in Spanish.”

About YupiMSN

Founded in 1996, and acquired by the TELMEX and Microsoft joint venture, T1msn, in 2001, YupiMSN is a leading network of Spanish-language sites that responds to the great need for easy-to-use and relevant offerings on the Web in Spanish. YupiMSN enables its large and loyal audience of Spanish-speaking consumers in the United States and Latin America to take full advantage of all the benefits the Web has to offer. The YupiMSN network provides marketers with unique and innovative opportunities to effectively reach their target audiences. Within its flagship portal site, YupiMSN features best-of-breed content and services such as MSN Hotmail, MSN Messenger Service and MSN Search as well as popular communities such as CiudadFutura.com, http://www.ciudadfutura.com/, considered to be the first Spanish-language online community and MujerFutura.com, http://www.mujerfutura.com/, a specialized site catering to the interests and needs of Spanish-speaking women. More information can be found at http://www.yupimsn.com/.

About TELMEX

TELMEX is the leading communications company in Mexico with more than 13 million telephone lines in service, 1.43 million line equivalents for date transmission and more than 845,000 Internet accounts. TELMEX offers telecommunications services through a 68,000-kilometer fiber-optic digital network. TELMEX and its subsidiaries offer a wide range of advanced telecommunications, data and video services, and Internet access as well as integrated telecom solutions for corporate customers. Additional information can be found at http://www.telmex.com/.

About Microsoft

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services and Internet technologies for personal and business computing. The company offers a wide range of products and services designed to empower people through great software – any time, any place and on any device.

Microsoft, MSN and Hotmail are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corp. in the United States and/or other countries.

The names of actual companies and products mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners.

For more information, press only:

Nerea Alvarez, YupiMSN, (305) 459-4113, nerea@yupimsn.com

Note to editors: If you are interested in viewing additional information on Microsoft, please visit the Microsoft Web page at http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/ on Microsoft’s corporate information pages. Web links, telephone numbers and titles were correct at time of publication, but may since have changed. Journalists and analysts may contact Microsoft’s Rapid Response Team for additional assistance.

** Jupiter Media Metrix Custom Data, April 2002. Includes data from the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Sweden and Switzerland.

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CONTACT:

YupiMSN

Nerea Alvarez

(305) 459-4113

o

Microsoft

Grace Dapar y Waggener Edstrom

(425) 638-7000

MUN2 TELEVISION ROCKS IN JUNE, WITH SPECIALS FEATURING LA MOSCA, JUANES AND LOS RABANES

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Miami, FL–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–June 10, 2002–mun2 television, the new cable television alternative for young U.S. Latinos, today announced three rock specials featuring the well-known bands La Mosca (June 16, 7PM ET/PT), Juanes (June 23, 7 PM ET/PT) and Los Rabanes (June 30, 7 PM ET/PT). These original productions will vibrate with great music, special reports, concerts and an inside look at each band.

La Mosca tsé-tsé, one of Argentina’s rock groups of the day, follows in the footsteps of Los Fabulosos Cadillacs and Los Pericos from the same country. Their leanings to Latin ska-reggae is reaffirmed in their most recent CD, “Buenos Muchachos,” where the Ramallo boys (Guillermo Novellis, Fernando Castro, Pety Cortagerena, Adrián Cionco, Julio Clark, Pablo Tisera, Marcelo Lutri, Mariano Balcarce, Raúl Mendoza, Sergio Cairat, and Martín Cardoso) also include guaracha rock, soft rock, salsero rock, cumbia… and even a tango.

Moreover, Colombian singer, composer, guitarist, arranger and producer Juanes draws inspiration from his country’s folklore, and uses cumbia, bambuco, vallenato and salsa rhythms and sounds to create a full-flavored Latin rock. His second album, “Un Día Normal,” features 11 original tracks, including Nelly Furtado’s spectacular voice, with a lot of swing and in a more cheerful and festive mood than in his first production, “Fíjate Bien.”

Finally, Los Rabanes, a name synonymous with sheer fun for millions of their fans. The Panamenian trio, made up of Emilio Regueira, Christian Torres and Javier Saavedra, has got young people from Latin America and Spain all excited with their explosive musical amalgamations, including hip-hop, rock, calypso, punk and rap. Their most recent album, “¿Money, Pa’ Que?,” introduces the English version of their popular track “My Commanding Wife.”

mun2 televisión is the new cable alternative for young U.S. Latinos. Its fresh, new and authentic programming line-up reaches more than 5.2 million total households. The network is part of Telemundo Cable, which owns the news and entertainment channel Telemundo Internacional and distributes Mexico-based music video channel Videorola. Telemundo Cable is a division of Telemundo Communications Group, Inc, which owns and operates ten U.S. full-power UHF stations serving the eight largest Hispanic markets, and also owns and operates the leading full-power television station and related production facilities in Puerto Rico. Telemundo is operated by NBC.

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CONTACT:

Santa Cruz Communications

Claudia Santa Cruz

305-220-8887

LATINA JUNIOR HIGH DANCE TEAM RISES TO OVERCOME OBSTACLES AND EMBRACE THEIR CULTURE IN ‘GOTTA KICK IT UP’, A DISNEY CHANNEL ORIGINAL MOVIE PREMIERING FRIDAY, JULY 26

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BURBANK, CA–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–June 10, 2002–Motivated Latina junior high students inspire a new school teacher to revive the school’s dance team, infuse their performance with ethnic flair and pursue their dream of being champions, in the uplifting story of “Gotta Kick It Up,” a Disney Channel Original Movie from acclaimed director Ramon Menendez (“Stand and Deliver” and “Tortilla Soup”). Inspired by the real-life experiences of a former Los Angeles teacher and dance team coach, “Gotta Kick it Up” premieres FRIDAY, JULY 26 (8:00 p.m., ET/PT) on Disney Channel.

The upbeat “Gotta Kick it Up” follows the journey of a handful of Latina schoolgirls at the fictitious Marshall Middle School as they transform themselves from underdogs to a championship dance team with the guidance of a former dot.com executive turned school teacher, Heather Bartlett (Susan Egan).

Longing for an extra curricular activity that can unite the girls as a team and bring out the best in everyone, the girls turn to dancing as an outlet. The only problem is there is a lack of resources. Not only is there no dance program in tact, there is no coach. Determined to overcome the impossible, the girls do some investigating and come up with a solution.

When the students discover their new Science teacher also has a dance background and once dreamed of a ballet career, it isn’t long before they plead with their school principal, Mr. Zavala (Miguel Sandoval), to convince Miss Bartlett to take on the role as the school dance coach. After dealing with feelings of anxiety and hesitation, Miss Bartlett gives in and accepts the challenge…under her conditions, schoolwork before dance.

Through their coach’s guidance and with their mantra “Si Se Puede,” (“Yes We Can”), they surpass societal obstacles and break new ground, incorporating culture into their dance routines and becoming Marshall Middle School’s first ever championship dance team.

Starring are Susan Egan (“Nikki,” “Galaxy Quest”) as Heather Bartlett; Camille Guaty (“Raising Dad,” “Popstars”) as Daisy Salinas; America Ferrera (Sundance Film Festival’s Special Jury Prize winner for her performance in “Real Women Have Curves”) as Yolanda Vargas; Miguel Sandoval (“Collateral Damage,” “The Court”) as Mr. Zavala; Jhoanna Flores as Alyssa Cortez; Suilma Rodriguez as Marisol; and Sabrina Wiener as Esmeralda Reyna.

Based on a teleplay by Nancy De Los Santos, “Gotta Kick It Up” is produced by Christopher Morgan (“The Color of Friendship,” “Miami Vice”), and written by Tom Musca and Stu Krieger (“Land Before Time,” “Money Trouble”). “Gotta Kick It Up” is a Gotta Kick It Up, Inc. production in association with Disney Channel.

Disney Channel, combining original series, movies and specials with timeless classics, is the first general entertainment television network designed for kids and families. Currently available in over 80 million homes, Disney Channel is a division of ABC Cable Networks Group, a subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company.

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CONTACT:

Annette Mumolo

(818) 973-4384

‘OJO DE TIBURON’ IS THE STUNNING DEBUT CD FROM ACTRESS AND SINGER MICHELE GREENE; DISC IS IN STORES JUNE 11 ON APPLESEED RECORDINGS

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LOS ANGELES–(HISPANIC PR WIRE – BUSINESS WIRE)–June 10, 2002–Latina actress Michele Greene, who is perhaps best known for her Emmy-nominated role as Abby Perkins on the groundbreaking hit legal drama “LA Law,” pays homage to her Latin roots with the release of her debut CD, “Ojo De Tiburon” on Appleseed Recordings. The disc is in stores on June 11.

“Ojo De Tiburon (Eye of the Shark),” is the result of Greene’s desire to dedicate herself to her music career after years of performing, songwriting and defining her musical style. The disc, in Spanish and English, is an artful mix that reflects Greene’s multi-cultural upbringing.

“My mother is Mexican/Nicaraguan and I grew up bilingual and very influenced by Latin culture and customs,” Greene says. “We were always listening to the Mariachi Vargas or Tona La Negra singing Agustin Lara and of course Lola Beltran. My dad was from a small town in Oklahoma and loved the likes of Hank Williams, Johnny Cash and Woody Guthrie.”

Greene’s sound is a hybrid, taking musical elements from both cultures. Produced by renowned Peruvian producer and guitarist Ciro Hurtado, “Ojo De Tiburon” is a World Music fusion with a rich, fluid guitar-based sound that combines traditional and contemporary Latin sounds with North American folk influences. Greene wrote or co-wrote all the tracks and is accompanied on the record by a number of talented musicians on guitar, bass, percussion, violin, cello and accordion.

Grammy-winning producer Don Was, an admirer of her style, says of Greene, “She is the musical missing link between the hippest bastions of American folk and the fiery romanticism of Latin music…she treads where no one has gone before while remaining accessible to both cultures. She has the voice of an angel.”

Greene recently celebrated the release of her CD with a smashing, well-received performance at Los Angeles’ famed Conga Room. Additional performances during the summer are planned for both Los Angeles and New York.

For more information on Michele Greene or to request a copy of her CD, please contact: The Baker/Northrop Media Group, Sheryl Northrop, 818/986-5200 ext. 221, http://www.bakernorthrop.com, http://www.appleseedrec.com.

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CONTACT:

The Baker/Northrop Media Group

Sheryl Northrop, 818/986-5200 Ext. 221

www.bakernorthrop.com

www.appleseedrec.com

SCU JOINS FOUNDATION’S EFFORT TO PROVIDE SCHOLARSHIPS IN TECHNOLOGY TO LOCAL MINORITY YOUTH; SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS TO PARTICIPATE IN HANDS-ON TECHNOLOGY PROGRAMS AT SCU

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SANTA CLARA, Calif.–(HISPANIC PR WIRE – BUSINESS WIRE)–June 10, 2002–This month, 36 minority Bay Area middle and high schools students will receive scholarships to attend Santa Clara University over the summer for three consecutive one-week technology sessions starting Aug. 5.

The community outreach scholarships are being provided by internalDrive Foundation (http://www.internalDrive.org), in conjunction with SCU’s Department of Education, the Cisco Foundation, and iD Tech Camps.

The courses are designed to provide students greater opportunities for success in today’s digital-oriented world. The middle and high school scholarship recipients will apply their acquired skills to a final project for a partner community organization.

Applications are currently available at http://www.internalDrive.org/scholarship2002.htm or by calling (408) 626-7241. The deadline is June 17, 2002.

“We are pleased to be part of this effort opening doors to students from underserved communities, encouraging them to become involved not just with powerful learning technologies like video and web design, but also with the great value their knowledge and intellectual resources can have in their communities,” said Pedro Hernandez-Ramos, assistant professor of education. “The work and learning experiences the youth participating in these programs will get are likely to stay with them for a very long time, and give them a great foundation they can build on for the future.”

The students will choose between two hands-on technology programs: Digital Video & Movie Production or Web Design & Graphic Arts.

The Digital Video & Movie Production course involves research and the creation of digital movies. Participants will document their community service experience with a Canon digital camera and Apple Final Cut Pro editing software.

Those enrolling in the Web Design & Graphic Arts Program will learn about interactive communications, HTML programming, and Adobe Photoshop. With these tools, the participants will build Web sites to educate and inform about the roles and achievements of community organizations in people’s lives.

For more program information, contact Karen Thurm Safran, intenalDrive Foundation, at 408-666-8353 or karen@internalDrive.com.

About Santa Clara University

Santa Clara University, a comprehensive Jesuit, Catholic university located in California’s Silicon Valley, offers its 7,400 students rigorous undergraduate curricula in arts and sciences, business, and engineering, plus master’s and law degrees. Distinguished nationally by the third-highest graduation rate among all U.S. master’s universities, California’s oldest higher-education institution demonstrates faith-inspired values of ethics and social justice.

About the internalDrive Foundation

In 1999, the internalDrive Foundation, a 501 (c) 3 non-profit, was created to empower girls, promote diversity through technology, and bridge the digital divide. The guidance students receive through these programs helps them develop skills for careers in today’s increasingly technical society. The Foundation aims to bridge the digital divide by making technologies accessible to youth from low-income families, and it strives to include students from all backgrounds in these programs to better reflect the rich diversity of cultures in the community.

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CONTACT:

Santa Clara University

Kelly Shenefiel, 408/554-5125 (Media Relations)

NH HOTELS, ONE OF EUROPE’S LARGEST AND MOST INNOVATIVE HOTEL CHAINS FOR BUSINESS TRAVEL, TARGETS NORTH AMERICA

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–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–

Advisory for Tuesday, June 11, 2002

What:

nH HOTELS reveals plans to target the North American international business travel market. Newly-appointed International Director of Sales Gonzalo Alcaraz-Zarragoza to discuss:

— Timing of North American campaign – why now

— Company strategy and financial investment for US campaign

— Company revenue and growth milestones

— Company’s management and operations philosophies which explain how this 20 year old hotel leader in Europe has maintained a steady rate of growth against larger more well-known international brands

— Industry innovation – service, cuisine, style and technology innovations make nH HOTELS stand apart

— The Latin American market – revenue, market potential, recent acquisitions and brand consolidation plans (nH HOTELS currently has 24 properties throughout Latin America and Mexico)

When:

Tuesday, June 11, 2002

9:00am

Where:

Intercontinental Hotel

100 Chopin Plaza, Miami FL (at Biscayne Boulevard)

Background:

Madrid-based nH HOTELS’ portfolio includes 237 properties worldwide in 18 countries throughout Europe, Latin America and Africa. The company has experienced triple digit revenue growth in the last six years and fast recovery following the industry-wide drop in international travel since 9/11, reporting record sales for 1Q 2002.

Editor’s Note:

Following this press conference, nH HOTELS Chief Executive Officer Gabriele Burgos will be visiting Miami on Friday, June 21 to accept the Spain-US Chamber of Commerce 2002 Company of the Year award, at which time he will be available for interviews, schedule permitting. Please let us know if you would be interested in setting up a meeting.

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CONTACT:

Rosalie Huerta/Cristina Sorondo

M. Silver Associates Inc.

305/533-1111

FIFTH ANNUAL JPMORGAN CHASE SUMMER ARTS SERIES COMMENCES WITH EVENINGS OF MUSIC AT EL MUSEO DEL BARRIO

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NEW YORK–(HISPANIC PR WIRE – BUSINESS WIRE)–June 6, 2002–To kick-off the fifth annual JPMorgan Chase Summer Arts Series and its new “Summer Nights” program at El Museo del Barrio, tri-state residents and their families are invited to gather tonight at 7 p.m. at the museum’s courtyard on Fifth Avenue at 104th Street to enjoy a performance by “Mariachi Azteca Bustamente,” a mariachi band. Open to the public, the “Summer Nights” program features free live music with Latin bands on many Thursday evenings from June 6th through September 5th.

El Museo del Barrio is the nation’s premiere cultural institution with exhibitions and programs that explore and celebrate the diversity and richness of Latin American and Caribbean art and culture. On Thursdays, for the duration of the series (except July 4th) the museum also will be open from 5 to 9 p.m. with free admission. Currently, JPMorgan Chase is among the sponsors hosting the only East Coast exhibition of Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, and Twentieth-Century Mexican Art: The Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection. This is a nationally travelling exhibition of more than 100 works tracing the development of Mexican modern art between 1910 and into the 1950’s. The exhibition runs through September 8th.

“El Museo is an important cultural institution because it gives voice to contemporary Latin American artists from East Harlem to Brazil,” said Janet Rodriquez, Vice President, Corporate Social Responsibility, JPMorgan Chase. “Our partnership with El Museo over the years has helped to promote our commitment to strengthening communities through art and culture.”

The JPMorgan Chase Summer Arts Series is five years in existence and has been growing in popularity each summer. It is free and open to the public, featuring more than 200 activities in 25 communities throughout the tri-state area this summer. For a complete listing of activities, please go to http://www.jpmorganchase.com/summerarts.

Additional highlights of this summer’s series include: Battery Dance Company’s Downtown Dance Festival, Kensico Dam Music Fest (Westchester County), Downtown Paterson (NJ) Music Festival Weekly Music Series and Pregones Theater (tri-state).

El Museo has a permanent collection of 8,000 objects which features paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints and photographs by outstanding Puerto Rican and other Latin American artists, spanning nearly 800 years of history. To obtain the schedule for the JPMorgan Chase “Summer Nights” program or to find out more about the museum, visit www.elmuseo.org or call (212) 831-7272.

J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. is a leading global financial services firm with assets of $713 billion and operations in more than 50 countries. With relationships with over 99% of the Fortune 1000 companies, the firm is a leader in investment banking, asset management, private banking, private equity, custody and transaction services, and retail and middle market financial services. A component of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, JPMorgan Chase is headquartered in New York and serves more than 30 million consumer customers and the world’s most prominent corporate, institutional and government clients. Information about JPMorgan Chase is available on the internet at http://www.jpmorganchase.com.

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CONTACT:

J.P. Morgan Chase & Co., New York

Catherine Keary, 212/270-7171

NOTHING SAYS, ‘I LOVE YOU, DAD,’ LIKE A JACK IN THE BOX® SHAKE

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SAN DIEGO, CA–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–June 5, 2002–There are only 13 shopping days left until Father’s Day. But before running off to the corner drugstore for another bottle of cheap aftershave that doubles as bug repellent or a cheesy “World’s Greatest Dad” T-shirt, be original this year and give Dad something genuine – an Ultimate Berry Shake made with real ice cream and berries from Jack in the Box® restaurants.

With velvety vanilla ice cream blended with the flavor of strawberries, blackberries and raspberries, Jack’s Ultimate Berry Shake not only makes a great last-minute gift, but it will save Dad the embarrassment of wearing yet another ugly, my-kid-gave-it-to-me tie to work.

Available beginning today, Jack’s new Ultimate Berry Shake comes in 16 oz. and 20 oz. sizes for a suggested price of $1.99 and $2.29, respectively. The Ultimate Berry Shake is the latest offering in a long line of specialty shakes offered by the hamburger chain. Previous real-ice-cream confections include Oreo Mint, Strawberry Banana and Chocolate Banana shakes.

Founded in 1951, Jack in the Box Inc. (NYSE: JBX) is the nation’s first major drive-thru hamburger chain. The San Diego-based company operates or franchises more than 1,820 quick-serve restaurants in 16 states and has 43,000 employees.

[Note to media: a photo of the Ultimate Berry Shake is available at http://www.jackinthebox.com or by request.]

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CONTACT:

Kathleen Finn, 858/571-2301

Manager, Corporate Communications

kathleen.finn@jackinthebox.com

http://www.jackinthebox.com

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SPAIN-US CHAMBER OF COMMERCE REVEALS COMPANY OF THE YEAR

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MIAMI–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–June 5, 2002–The Spain-US Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors today announced NH Hotels, one of the largest hotel chains in Europe, as the 2002 “Company of the Year.”

NH Hotels is the 22nd Spain-based company to receive this award from the Chamber since it was first bestowed in 1990.

“As a leader in the hospitality industry, NH is helping to grow international business relations between Spain and the United States and successfully promote international travel during a challenging time within the industry, while offering a superior and unique hotel product to corporate executives traveling worldwide,” said Alfonso Goyeneche, Executive Director of the Chamber. “We welcome the U.S.-Spain business community to applaud their efforts and achievements.”

The Spain-US Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors chooses the “company of the year” based on its demonstrated leadership within their industry, continued growth and innovation as well as the company’s contribution in strengthening commercial ties between the two nations. In this regard, NH Hotels has grown during the last six years by 391% in room nights, 640% in revenue, and 918% in operational benefit.

“NH Hotels is proud to receive this important distinction from the Spain-US Chamber of Commerce. NH Hotels is betting on the North American market and has recently opened three U.S. sales offices located in Miami, New York and Houston. We want our brand (the most well-known in Spain) to become increasingly known here and for business travelers from the United States to visit our hotels”, said Gabriele Burgio, chief executive officer, NH Hotels. “We look forward to the start of a long and fruitful relationship with a growing number of corporate constituents in the U.S. as we continue to grow and reach new markets.”

The Company of the Year award will be presented on Friday, June 21, 2002 during the Chamber’s annual Gala event.

ABOUT NH HOTELS

The NH Hoteles Group, (http://www.nh-hoteles.com), following the acquisition of the Dutch chain, Krasnapolsky in July 2000 and the German hotel chain, Astron last 25th February, is now Europe’s third ranking business hotel chain. NH operates 238 hotels and 34,179 rooms in 18 countries in Europe, Latin America and Africa. The recent acquisition of Astron, the third leading city hotel in Germany, has consolidated NH’s presence in Europe. NH currently has 38 new projects under construction that will add close to 6,700 new rooms. NH hotels are famous for the quality of their services and facilities, where great attention has been given to the décor so that guests may enjoy a comfortable stay. The hotels have the most advance technologies to facilitate its guests communications as well as their work and leisure. NH Hoteles attaches great importance to gastronomy. In fact, the company has reached a collaboration agreement with Ferrán Adrià, one of the world’s most prestigious chefs, with three Michelin stars, who has launched the new “nhube” concept in NH Hotels. These spacious areas, a first in the hotel sector, combine restaurant services, relax and leisure. He has recently introduced “fast-good”, a concept where fast food and the highest quality are made compatible. The NH Group is listed in the Madrid (part of the selective IBEX 35) and Amsterdam (Euronext) stock exchanges. NH Hoteles is also a member of Stoxx Europe 600, which includes the leading European companies included in Morgan Stanley Capital International’s stock index (MSCI).

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Communications Department, Tel: + 34914519762, + 34 91451 97 18 (switchboard)

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CONTACT:

Alfonso de Goyeneche

Spain-US Chamber of Commerce

305/358.5988

or

Rosalie Huerta/ Cristina Sorondo

M. Silver Associates Inc.

305/533.1111

YUPIMSN AND ESPNDEPORTES.COM TEAM UP TO DELIVER THE BEST IN ONLINE SPORTS TO SPANISH-SPEAKING FANS THROUGHOUT THE AMERICAS

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MIAMI BEACH, Fla.–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–June 4, 2002–YupiMSN (http://www.yupimsn.com/), a leading Spanish-language Internet network and a joint venture between TELMEX and Microsoft Corp., and ESPNdeportes.com (http://www.espndeportes.com), the Spanish-language site produced by ESPN.com, today announced an agreement for ESPNdeportes.com to become the exclusive sports content provider on YupiMSN throughout the Americas. The broad agreement also places ESPNdeportes.com as the exclusive sports content provider for T1msn, the No. 1 online property in Mexico.(1) Available today, ESPNdeportes.com on YupiMSN aims to become the place that Spanish-speaking sports fans throughout the Americas will turn to for top-quality sports content combined with the unique, rich content from YupiMSN and T1msn.

Agreement highlights include the following:

— ESPNdeportes.com will have preferred positioning on the YupiMSN home page, and the

— ESPNdeportes.com site will contain YupiMSN branding and links throughout.

ESPNdeportes.com’s content – including in-depth coverage and analysis of more than 10 sports; live scoring for soccer, MLB, NBA and NFL games; interactive features; and live chats – will be integrated into YupiMSN.

— YupiMSN services will be available directly from ESPNdeportes.com.

— YupiMSN and ESPNdeportes.com will offer cross-promotional digital marketing opportunities that will allow advertisers to reach the rapidly expanding Spanish-speaking online sports audience.

“This new offering deepens ESPN’s commitment to the U.S. Hispanic and Latin American region, and we’re excited to work with YupiMSN on this initiative,” said Tim Bunnell, vice president of programming at ESPN International. “With ESPNdeportes.com content available to the millions of visitors to YupiMSN each month, sports fans will truly be able to receive some of the most comprehensive Spanish-language sports coverage available online. Given that we have just launched our 2002 World Cup section on the site, the timing with YupiMSN couldn’t be better.”

The combination of YupiMSN’s solid reputation of delivering unique Spanish-language content and services and ESPNdeportes.com’s expertise in online sports enables U.S. and Latin American Spanish-speaking consumers to instantly access an environment dedicated to delivering the best and the latest in sports-related content. Consumers can move with a single click from ESPNdeportes.com’s comprehensive sports news and information, scores, and highlights to their MSN® Hotmail® Web-based e-mail service, all available in Spanish, and then back to ESPNdeportes.com.

“Our association with ESPNdeportes.com provides first-rate online sports entertainment to our consumers as we continue to deliver on our vision of bringing the richest and most diverse Internet experience to Spanish speakers throughout the Americas,” said Oscar Coën, president of YupiMSN. “In doing so, we are creating a distinctive new opportunity for marketers to reach Hispanic sports enthusiasts online.”

Since last fall, ESPN.com users in the United States have grown by more than 60 percent.2 This new relationship extends the successful ESPN.com English-language relationship with MSN, which has contributed to ESPN.com’s recent growth. Under the terms of the agreement, ESPN.com is the exclusive sports content provider for MSN in the United States. ESPNdeportes.com will continue to be managed by ESPN Inc. and will remain directly accessible to all Internet users at http://www.espndeportes.com/.

About ESPNdeportes.com

ESPNdeportes.com is the Spanish-language sports site produced by ESPN.com. ESPN.com, a division of ESPN Inc., is the leading provider of sports on the Internet. ESPN.com, which is also home to ESPNdeportes.com, ESPNsoccernet and ABCSports.com, also works in conjunction with the Walt Disney Internet Group. ESPN Inc., The Worldwide Leader In Sports, is 80 percent owned by ABC Inc., which is an indirect subsidiary of The Walt Disney Co. The Hearst Corp. holds a 20 percent interest in ESPN. ESPN Inc. includes six domestic television networks (ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN Classic, ESPNEWS, ESPN Now and ESPN Today), ESPN International (24 international networks and syndication), ESPN Radio, ESPN.com, ESPN The Magazine, ESPN Regional Television, ESPN Wireless, SportsTicker, and ESPN Enterprises, overseeing brand extensions such as the ESPN Zone, an interactive sports-themed dining and entertainment experience.

About YupiMSN

Founded in 1996 and acquired by the TELMEX and Microsoft joint venture, T1msn, in 2001, YupiMSN is a leading network of Spanish-language sites that responds to the great need for easy-to-use and relevant offerings on the Web in Spanish. YupiMSN enables its large and loyal audience of Spanish-speaking consumers in the United States and Latin America to take full advantage of all the benefits the Web has to offer. The YupiMSN network provides marketers with unique and innovative opportunities to effectively reach their target audiences. Within its flagship portal site, YupiMSN features best-of-breed content and services such as MSN Hotmail, MSN Messenger Service and MSN Search as well as popular communities such as CiudadFutura.com, http://www.ciudadfutura.com/, considered to be one of the first Spanish-language online communities, and MujerFutura.com, http://www.mujerfutura.com/, a specialized site catering to the interests and needs of Spanish-speaking women. More information can be found at http://www.yupimsn.com/.

About T1msn

T1msn (http://www.t1msn.com/) is the leading portal in Mexico that enables users to communicate with each other, search, buy and sell more effectively, because it has the support of Telmex and Microsoft, two leaders in communications and technology. T1msn offers its users diversified content and the best Internet services available in Spanish such as MSN Hotmail, MSN Messenger, MSN Search and others.

About TELMEX

Telmex is the leading communications company in Mexico with more than 12 million telephone lines in service, offering telecommunications services through a 68,000-kilometer fiber-optic digital network. Telmex and its subsidiaries offer a wide range of advanced telecommunications, data and video services, and Internet access as well as integrated telecom solutions for corporate customers like Data Connectivity and Internet Data Centers Infrastructure. Today Telmex is the telecommunications solutions provider leading in Mexico between products designed for all population segments. Those are interested in viewing additional information on Telmex may visit the Telmex Web page at http://www.telmex.com/.

About Microsoft

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services and Internet technologies for personal and business computing. The company offers a wide range of products and services designed to empower people through great software any time, any place and on any device

(1) Nielsen//NetRatings, Audience Measurement Service, February 2002, Home Only

(2) Source: Jupiter Media Metrix, Monthly Flash Report, April 2002

Microsoft, MSN and Hotmail are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corp. in the United States and/or other countries.

The names of actual companies and products mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners.

Note to editors: If you are interested in viewing additional information on Microsoft, please visit the Microsoft® Web page at http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/ on Microsoft’s corporate information pages. Web links, telephone numbers and titles were correct at time of publication, but may since have changed. Journalists and analysts may contact Microsoft’s Rapid Response Team for additional assistance.

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CONTACT:

YupiMSN

Nerea Alvarez, (305) 459-4113

nerea@yupimsn.com

or

ESPN

Ashley Swadel, (212) 448-4953 ashley.swadel@espnpub.com

or

Microsoft

Waggener Edstrom, Grace Dapar, (425) 638-7000

graced@wagged.com

or

Microsoft Rapid Response Team

Waggener Edstrom for , (503) 443-7070

rrt@wagged.com

CITY OF HOUSTON LAUNCHES 20-MONTH, CITYWIDE HEALTH AND FITNESS CAMPAIGN; GET LEAN HOUSTON! TO BE LED BY MAYOR BROWN AND CITY-APPOINTED FITNESS CZAR LEE LABRADA

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HOUSTON–(HISPANIC PR WIRE – BUSINESS WIRE)–June 4, 2002–Mayor Lee P. Brown today appointed fitness expert Lee Labrada as Houston’s first fitness czar, and together they launched Get Lean Houston!, an ongoing, citywide health and fitness movement designed to help the city forever shed its “fattest city” title. Through education, citywide events and the leadership of a fitness czar, Mayor Brown and Fitness Czar Labrada will encourage Houstonians of all shapes, sizes and ethnicities to get into shape, live healthier lifestyles and work collectively to change the image of Houston from fat to fit.

Get Lean Houston! was created, in part, as a result of Houston topping Men’s Fitness magazine’s annual survey as the nation’s fattest city for the second consecutive year. The 20-month, bilingual campaign will strive to educate Houstonians on health and fitness myths and facts, repercussions of poor nutrition and lack of exercise, as well as to promote Houston’s numerous parks and recreation facilities. A bilingual Web site – www.getleanhouston.com – will serve as the information resource for health and fitness, and will include a free fitness/nutrition/exercise manual written by the fitness czar. In addition, it will list Get Lean Houston! programs, promotions and activities which will be created through strategic partnerships with local businesses, corporations, nonprofit organizations and individuals, to truly expand the reach of the campaign throughout the Greater Houston metropolitan area.

Labrada will lead the Get Lean Houston! initiative. A former Mr. Universe, he holds 22 other bodybuilding titles and is a world-renowned expert in the health and fitness industry. He is founder, president and chief executive officer of Houston-based Labrada Nutrition.

“Lee Labrada adds the muscle and motivation needed to get Houston going,” said Mayor Brown. “Lee has accomplished so much and his expertise in the fields of exercise and nutrition will be a tremendous benefit to Houston and our efforts to promote better fitness.”

“As a resident of Houston for more than 20 years, I love this city and sincerely care about its image,” Labrada said. “I am equally as passionate about giving people the information and access to the resources they need to achieve their personal health and fitness goals. I consider it a tremendous privilege to be able to serve my city and its residents as fitness czar. Together with Mayor Brown and the City of Houston, our program will lay the foundation for Houstonians to learn the lifelong benefits of a healthy, fit and active lifestyle.”

Labrada said the program will target adults, but will also focus on youth, whose sedentary lifestyles and junk food diets are creating a whole generation which will be plagued by early onset of serious health issues common with being overweight — heart attacks, diabetes, kidney failure, strokes and other fatal or life-altering medical problems.

The Houston Parks and Recreation Department, a department of the City of Houston, operates 293 parks, covering more than 20,000 acres, as well as offers a variety of adult and youth sports and recreational programs. These same programs and facilities will be incorporated into the Get Lean Houston! program.

“We are combining the numerous resources we already have through our Parks and Recreation Department with Lee’s proven fitness and nutrition plans to develop an all-encompassing program,” said Mayor Brown.

For more information on Get Lean Houston!, visit http://www.getleanhouston.com.

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CONTACT:

City of Houston Mayor’s Office, Houston

Corey Ray

713/437-6293

Cell: 713/306-7327

or

Labrada Nutrition, Houston

Christina Trippodo

281/774-1300

Cell: 832/545-8380

or

Griffin Vosburg Group, Houston

Stacy Sarault

281/335-0200

Cell: 832/563-5981

TELMEX USA ALERTS THE MEXICAN-AMERICAN COMMUNITY ABOUT A PREPAID TELEPHONE CARD PRINTED WITH AN UNAUTHORIZED TELMEX LOGO, FOR CALLING FROM THE USA TO MEXICO

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San Diego, CA–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–June 04, 2002–TELMEX USA, LLC alerts the Mexican-American community that a Prepaid Telephone Card printed with an unauthorized TELMEX logo for calling from the USA to Mexico is possibly still being sold in the USA. The card has the following images: the Statue of Liberty is on the left side of the card, a TELMEX logo with a white border is in the middle, and on the right side is a Mayan pyramid. The back of the card states that service is provided either by Televia Communications or “Televiva”. This card sells in either $10.00 or $20.00 denominations.

The calling card, created by Mactel Communications Corporation of Atlanta, Georgia, purports to permit telephone calls to be made from the United States to Mexico using a telecommunications carrier that is variously identified on the cards as either “Televia Communications” or “Televiva”. However, TELMEX USA never licensed Mactel or anyone else to create prepaid calling cards for calling from the United States to Mexico.

In an Order dated February 25, 2002, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia entered a temporary restraining order against Mactel, NuStar Telephone Company, Inc. and their principle, Joseph Macaluso, Jr., enjoining them from using the TELMEX mark and from doing any other act or thing ‘calculated or likely to induce the belief that Defendants are in any way affiliated with … [or] licensed by’ Telmex USA.'”

Recently, TELMEX USA was advised that the unauthorized cards are continuing to be sold in Nevada, Illinois, and Kansas. TELMEX USA therefore issues this alert to warn consumers about the continuing presence of the unauthorized calling cards in the marketplace.

Javier Rosado, CEO of TELMEX USA, states, “We are concerned that our customers, trusting in the TELMEX brand, are purchasing this card unaware that this is not our product. TELMEX can’t guarantee our customers the competitive rates, customer service, or clear connections they expect, should they purchase this particular prepaid calling card. The card has an unauthorized TELMEX logo on the front and on the back-side states that Televia Communications is the telecommunications carrier.” Furthermore, “TELMEX USA is not offering a prepaid calling card for calls from the US to Mexico at this time, however the company expects to launch its own TELMEX brand PrePaid Phone Card in the near future.”

As these products are launched, TELMEX USA will advise the media in order to alert the Mexican-American community of valid TELMEX products and services offered by TELMEX USA. The company does offer a prepaid card only valid for calls from Mexico to the US and has agreements with Norte Direct and Planet Telecom.”

The company asks that should you find the unauthorized calling cards for sale, please advise us at 858 505 3900.

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CONTACT:

TELMEX USA, LLC

Catherine Milsom

858 505 3904 or Cell: 619 248 9339

9444 Farnham Street, #200

San Diego, CA 92123

MUN2 TELEVISION’S “JAMZ” SHOW TO CHANGE FORMAT IN JUNE, BRINGING REGGAETON MUSIC TO THE AUDIENCE

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Miami, FL–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–June 3, 2002–mun2 televisión, the new cable alternative for young U.S. Latinos, announced that beginning June 9, its “Jamz” show will exclusively focus on Reggaeton, a musical form combining Hip Hop, Rap and Reggae, originated some seven years ago in Puerto Rico and now, thanks to mun2, dramatically extended to the rest of the U.S. Hosted by Taino, Jamz is broadcast on mun2 every Sunday at 10PM ET/PT.

Reggaeton originated in the underground world of neighborhood gangs in Puerto Rico. In its brief history, it has been highly praised by its many followers, who see in this new music a symbolic value and a form of “cultural liberation” from Anglo rap.

“This is a form of musical expression that is very well liked by young people, and having already gained popularity in the Caribbean, we felt that Reggaeton was ideal for our young Urban Latinos in the U.S. and this is why and we felt it was important to give it its own space at mun2,” said Yolanda Foster, Vice President of Programming, mun2 televisión.

mun2 televisión is the new cable alternative for young U.S. Latinos. Its fresh, new and authentic programming line-up reaches more than 5.2 million total households. The network is part of Telemundo Cable, which owns the news and entertainment channel Telemundo Internacional and distributes Mexico-based music video channel Videorola. Telemundo Cable is a division of Telemundo Communications Group, Inc, which owns and operates ten U.S. full-power UHF stations serving the eight largest Hispanic markets, and also owns and operates the leading full-power television station and related production facilities in Puerto Rico. Telemundo is operated by NBC.

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CONTACT:

Santa Cruz Communications

Claudia Santa Cruz

305-220-8887

Ser Padres Magazine Hosts Free Half Day Admission to the San Antonio Children’s Museum, San Antonio, TX

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NEW YORK, Aug. 15, 2013 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Ser Padres, the largest Spanish-language magazine for Spanish-speaking parents in the U.S., announced today that it will sponsor San Antonio’s first-ever Kidcation Week by offering families a special free half day-admission on August 17th to the San Antonio Children’s Museum in San Antonio, Texas.

San Antonio turns into a playground for kids and families from August 12 – 18th, providing families a chance to close out summer with one last jam-packed adventure filled with exclusive kids programming and events, free entertainment and fantastic deals at hotels, attractions, shops and restaurants.

Ser Padres Day will take place on Saturday, August 17th, 2013 from 1:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., and will be hosted by Ser Padres Editor-in-Chief, Alberto Oliva. Among the array of free activities, and family-friendly daytime programming include a youth mariachi performance; bilingual storytelling by the popular storyteller, Miss Anastasia and author Carmen Tafolla; Salsa, Sabor, and Salud – A Healthy Lifestyle Program for Latino Families by Josephine F. Garza, Executive Director of the National Latino Children’s Institute; as well as arts & crafts, face painting, and more. Parents will also be able to have their child’s photo image captured on a simulated cover of Ser Padres magazine.

“As the premier parenting magazine for Spanish-speaking parents, Ser Padres continually seeks innovative ways to connect with this market, celebrate Hispanic culture and offer Latino families the chance to interact with each other and the magazine that they have supported for over 20 years,” says Alberto Oliva, Editor-in-Chief of Ser Padres magazine.

About Ser Padres

Ser Padres launched in 1990, Ser Padres is a celebration of today’s Latina mom:

The gatekeeper and interpreter of her culture, her language and her traditions and the woman who understands that taking care of her family begins with taking care of herself. With content and information that empowers and inspires her, Ser Padres offers her solutions for her children, her home and her life. Ser Padres reaches 2.1 million readers every issue and has a guaranteed audited circulation of 850,000. SerPadres.com provides tools Hispanic moms need to raise their children while celebrating their Hispanic culture and heritage. It offers moms age-based solutions, expert tips and product recommendations to help her raise a healthy and happy family.

SOURCE Ser Padres

The Home Depot Announces First Quarter Results; Updates Fiscal Year 2014 Guidance

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ATLANTA, May 20,
2014 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — The Home Depot®, the world’s
largest home improvement retailer, today reported first quarter of fiscal 2014
net earnings of $1.4 billion, or $1.00 per diluted share, compared with net
earnings of $1.2 billion, or $0.83 per diluted share, in the same period of
fiscal 2013. For the first quarter of fiscal 2014, diluted earnings per share
increased 20.5 percent from the same period in the prior year.

First quarter of
fiscal 2014 results reflect a benefit to earnings, net of tax, of $61 million,
or $0.04 per diluted share, related to the sale of a portion of the company’s
equity ownership in HD Supply Holdings, Inc.

Total sales for
the first quarter of fiscal 2014 were $19.7 billion, a 2.9 percent increase from
the first quarter of fiscal 2013. Comparable store sales for the first quarter
of fiscal 2014 were positive 2.6 percent, and comp sales for the U.S. stores
were positive 3.3 percent.

“The first
quarter was impacted by a slow start to the spring selling season. But we had
solid results in non-weather impacted markets and expect our sales for the year
to grow in line with the guidance we previously provided,” said Frank Blake,
chairman and CEO. “I would like to thank our associates for their hard work and
dedication.”

Updated
Fiscal 2014 Guidance

The Company
reaffirmed that it expects fiscal 2014 sales will be up approximately 4.8
percent from fiscal 2013. The Company raised its fiscal 2014 diluted
earnings-per-share guidance and now expects diluted earnings-per-share to be up
approximately 17.6 percent to $4.42 for the year. This earnings-per-share
guidance includes the $0.04 per diluted share benefit related to the sale of HD
Supply common stock, the benefit of the Company’s year-to-date share repurchases
and the Company’s intent to repurchase $3.75 billion in additional shares over
the remainder of the year.

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

At the end of
the first quarter, the Company operated a total of 2,263 retail stores in all 50
states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, 10
Canadian provinces and Mexico. The Company employs more than 300,000 associates.
The Home Depot’s stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: HD) and
is included in the Dow Jones industrial average and Standard & Poor’s 500 index.

Certain
statements contained herein constitute “forward-looking statements” as defined
in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking
statements may relate to, among other things, the demand for our products and
services; net sales growth; comparable store sales; effects of competition;
state of the economy; state of the residential construction, housing and home
improvement markets; state of the credit markets, including mortgages, home
equity loans and consumer credit; inventory and in-stock positions;
implementation of store, interconnected retail and supply chain initiatives;
management of relationships with our suppliers and vendors; continuation of
share repurchase programs; net earnings performance; earnings per share;
dividend targets; capital allocation and expenditures; liquidity; return on
invested capital; expense leverage; stock-based compensation expense; commodity
price inflation and deflation; the ability to issue debt on terms and at rates
acceptable to us; the effect of accounting charges; the effect of adopting
certain accounting standards; store openings and closures; guidance for fiscal
2014 and beyond; and financial outlook. Forward-looking statements are based on
currently available information and our current assumptions, expectations and
projections about future events. You should not rely on our forward-looking
statements. These statements are not guarantees of future performance and are
subject to future events, risks and uncertainties – many of which are beyond our
control or are currently unknown to us – as well as potentially inaccurate
assumptions that could cause actual results to differ materially from our
expectations and projections. These risks and uncertainties include but are not
limited to those described in Item 1A, “Risk Factors,” and elsewhere in our
Annual Report on Form 10-K for our fiscal year ended February 2, 2014 and in our
subsequent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q.


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

THE HOME
DEPOT, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES


CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF EARNINGS

FOR THE
THREE MONTHS ENDED MAY 4, 2014 AND MAY 5, 2013

(Unaudited)

(Amounts
in Millions Except Per Share Data and as Otherwise Noted)

 

 

Three
Months Ended

 

 

 

May 4,

 2014

 

May 5,

 2013

 


% Increase


(Decrease)


NET SALES

$

19,687

 

 

$

19,124

 

 

2.9

%

Cost of Sales

12,802

 

 

12,445

 

 

2.9

 


GROSS PROFIT

6,885

 

 

6,679

 

 

3.1

 

 

Operating Expenses:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Selling, General and Administrative

4,194

 

 

4,183

 

 

0.3

 

Depreciation and Amortization

414

 

 

402

 

 

3.0

 

Total Operating Expenses

4,608

 

 

4,585

 

 

0.5

 

 


OPERATING INCOME

 

2,277

 

 

2,094

 

 

8.7

 

Interest and Other (Income) Expense:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interest and Investment Income

(100)

 

 

(3)

 

 

N/M

 

Interest Expense

191

 

 

164

 

 

16.5

 

Interest and Other, net

91

 

 

161

 

 

(43.5)

 

 


EARNINGS BEFORE PROVISION FOR


INCOME TAXES

2,186

 

 

1,933

 

 

13.1

 

Provision for Income Taxes

807

 

 

707

 

 

14.1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


NET EARNINGS

$

1,379

 

 

$

1,226

 

 

12.5

%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weighted Average Common Shares

1,367

 

 

1,468

 

 

(6.9)

%


BASIC EARNINGS PER SHARE

$

1.01

 

 

$

0.84

 

 

20.2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Diluted Weighted Average Common Shares

1,376

 

 

1,478

 

 

(6.9)

%


DILUTED EARNINGS PER SHARE

$

1.00

 

 

$

0.83

 

 

20.5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three
Months Ended

 

 

 


SELECTED HIGHLIGHTS

May 4,

 2014

 

May 5,

 2013

 


% Increase


(Decrease)

Number of Customer Transactions

344.5

 

 

337.1

 

 

2.2

%

Average Ticket (actual)

$

57.59

 

 

$

57.24

 

 

0.6

 

Sales per Square Foot (actual)

$

334.01

 

 

$

328.17

 

 

1.8

 

N/M – Not
Meaningful

 

THE HOME
DEPOT, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES


CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

AS OF MAY
4, 2014, MAY 5, 2013 AND FEBRUARY 2, 2014


(Unaudited)

(Amounts
in Millions)

 

 

May 4,

 2014

 

May 5,

 2013

 

February
2,
 2014


ASSETS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash and Cash Equivalents

$

2,511

 

 

$

4,337

 

 

$

1,929

 

Receivables, net

1,831

 

 

1,658

 

 

1,398

 

Merchandise Inventories

12,343

 

 

11,825

 

 

11,057

 

Other Current Assets

830

 

 

800

 

 

895

 

Total Current Assets

17,515

 

 

18,620

 

 

15,279

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Property and Equipment, net

23,238

 

 

23,906

 

 

23,348

 

Goodwill

1,293

 

 

1,187

 

 

1,289

 

Other Assets

583

 

 

482

 

 

602

 


TOTAL ASSETS

$

42,629

 

 

$

44,195

 

 

$

40,518

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Accounts Payable

$

7,739

 

 

$

7,384

 

 

$

5,797

 

Accrued Salaries and Related Expenses

1,233

 

 

1,264

 

 

1,428

 

Current Installments of Long-Term Debt

34

 

 

1,332

 

 

33

 

Other Current Liabilities

4,259

 

 

4,038

 

 

3,491

 

Total Current Liabilities

13,265

 

 

14,018

 

 

10,749

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Long-Term Debt, excluding current installments

14,707

 

 

11,460

 

 

14,691

 

Other Long-Term Liabilities

2,511

 

 

2,324

 

 

2,556

 

Total Liabilities

30,483

 

 

27,802

 

 

27,996

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total Stockholders’ Equity

12,146

 

 

16,393

 

 

12,522

 


TOTAL LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY

$

42,629

 

 

$

44,195

 

 

$

40,518

 

 

THE HOME
DEPOT, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

FOR THE
THREE MONTHS ENDED MAY 4, 2014 AND MAY 5, 2013

(Unaudited)

(Amounts
in Millions)

 

 

 

Three
Months Ended

 

May 4,

 2014

 

May 5,

 2013


CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES:

 

 

 

 

 

Net Earnings

$

1,379

 

 

$

1,226

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

Depreciation and Amortization

447

 

 

435

 

Stock-Based Compensation Expense

67

 

 

65

 

Changes in Working Capital and Other

675

 

 

971

 

Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities

2,568

 

 

2,697

 

 


CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES:

 

 

 

 

 

Capital Expenditures

(287)

 

 

(278)

 

Payments for Businesses Acquired, net

 

 

(13)

 

Proceeds from Sales of Property and Equipment

7

 

 

15

 

Net Cash Used in Investing Activities

(280)

 

 

(276)

 

 


CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES:

 

 

 

 

 

Proceeds from Long-Term Borrowings, net of
discount

 

 

1,994

 

Repayments of Long-Term Debt

(12)

 

 

(8)

 

Repurchases of Common Stock

(1,250)

 

 

(2,196)

 

Proceeds from Sales of Common Stock

69

 

 

64

 

Cash Dividends Paid to Stockholders

(646)

 

 

(577)

 

Other Financing Activities

133

 

 

134

 

Net Cash Used in Financing Activities

(1,706)

 

 

(589)

 

 

Change in Cash and Cash Equivalents

 

582

 

 

1,832

 

Effect of Exchange Rate Changes on Cash and
Cash Equivalents

 

 

11

 

Cash and Cash Equivalents at Beginning of
Period

1,929

 

 

2,494

 

 

Cash and Cash Equivalents at End of Period

$

2,511

 

 

$

4,337

 

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TELEFUTURA, AMERICA’S FASTEST GROWING SPANISH-LANGUAGE NETWORK, ANNOUNCES 2003-2004 PROGRAMMING LINEUP

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NEW YORK, NY–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–MAY 14, 2003–Univision Communications Inc. (NYSE: UVN), the leading Spanish-language media company in the U.S., today unveiled TeleFutura Network’s 24-hour schedule including new and exclusive programming choices for the 2003-2004 season during its second Upfront programming presentation at Lincoln Center in New York. After only one year on the air, TeleFutura is already the #2 Spanish-language network – behind #1 Univision Network – among Adults 18-34 and 18-49 in several key dayparts. As a result of recent station additions as well as leading cable distribution agreements, the Network now reaches 75% of U.S. Hispanic Households.

“Since its debut in 2002, TeleFutura has increased viewing to Spanish-language television three share points at the expense of the English-language Networks and Telemundo,” said Ray Rodriguez, President and Chief Operating Officer, Univision Television Networks. “In fact, TeleFutura is on its way to becoming the #2 Spanish-language broadcast network overall – behind only the Univision network. It already outdelivers Telemundo among Adults 18-34 and 18-49 in key dayparts and is the #2 Network in primetime among Hispanic Men 18-34 and 18-49 with more viewers than ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, WB, UPN or Telemundo. These outstanding accomplishments underscore Hispanics’ overwhelming appreciation for alternative choices in Spanish-language television and strengthen Univision Communications’ lead as the #1 Spanish-language media company in the United States.”

“TeleFutura’s overwhelming success over the past year and its position as the fastest growing Spanish-language broadcast television network represents a tremendous opportunity for advertisers,” said Dennis McCauley, Co-President of Network Sales. “As the TeleFutura network has grown, bringing in additional young viewers to Spanish-language television, the importance of targeting the U.S. Hispanic community in Spanish has become even more apparent to corporate America.”

“During the 2003-2004 season, we’re confident that our audience will continue to grow with the debut of the first-ever Spanish-language adult-appeal cartoon, “Betty Toons.” Next season’s lineup also includes TeleFutura’s first combination game-show/reality show, a hilarious newsroom comedy and more of our major motion picture lineup,” said Alina Falcón, Senior Vice President and Operating Manager, TeleFutura Network. “Looking ahead, the strength of TeleFutura’s programming strategy, the network’s programming partnerships with the most influential and popular producers in Latin America, and its growing nationwide distribution – already reaching 75% of U.S. Hispanic Homes – will ensure TeleFutura’s continued success.”

New Programs

This Fall, “Armas de Seducción” (“Weapons of Seduction”) will debut on TeleFutura as the first combination game-show/reality show where all the weapons of seduction are utilized to win a game of love. TeleFutura also brings back the most lovable ugly duckling in the history of Spanish-language television, “Betty La Fea,” in the first-ever Spanish-language animated adult-appeal cartoon series “Betty Toons.” In the new comedy “Noticias Calientes” (“Hot News”), viewers will look behind the scenes of a network newscast and its two popular anchors who have great on-air chemistry, but a lousy personal relationship. Innovative new talk show/court program “¿Quién Tiene La Razon?” (“Who’s Right?”), hosted by distinguished psychologist and sex therapist Nancy Alvarez, will give married couples a chance to express their grievances and feelings, and get feedback from both the host and the ultimate jury – the studio audience.

In the upcoming season, TeleFutura’s primetime schedule will feature the largest selection of Hollywood movies ever assembled for Spanish-language television, including more than 400 new Hollywood titles featuring today’s most popular stars. “Cine de las Estrellas” (“All-Star Cinema”) and “Cineplex” will continue to entertain audiences with headline hit movies from top studios, top producers, top directors and top talent. Bruce Willis will star in the futuristic Sci-Fi thriller “The Fifth Element,” while Robin Williams stars in one of Hollywood’s funniest comedies, “The Bird Cage.” Richard Gere plays a reporter investigating the strange happenings, which take place in a small town in West Virginia in “The Mothman Prophecies.” John Travolta, Gene Hackman, Rene Russo and Danny DeVito face off in the “mob goes to Hollywood” comedy, “Get Shorty.” Superstars Meryl Streep, Glenn Close and Jeremy Irons headline Isabel Allende’s film adaptation “The House of the Spirits.” And Arnold Schwartzenager is back in James Cameron’s Action Sci-Fi film of the year, “Terminator 2: Judgment Day.”

In the 2003-2004 season, TeleFutura will also feature a terrific assortment of first-run shows targeted specifically to Hispanic children, from exciting adventures and fun-filled cartoons to outstanding educational programs.

Novelas

TeleFutura’s gripping novela lineup includes the debut of several sensational limited run drama series. Opposites attract in “La Costeña” (“The Girl from the Coast”), a lighthearted love story starring Amada Rosa Páez and Jorge Enrique Abello. In “Juana La Virgen” (“Juana’s Miracle”), a 17-year old virgin receives astonishing news: she is pregnant. “De Pocas Pocas Pulgas” (“Just a Few Ticks”) is a heartwarming novela, targeted to children, that explores the unique friendship between a 12-year-old boy and a lonely old man. Revolving around a murder committed two decades ago, “La Mujer de Judas” (“The Wife of Judas”) reveals the secrets that have been kept hidden for so long. “La Niña de Mis Ojos” (“The Girl of my Eyes”) is an intriguing story of a scheming mother set on choosing who her son should marry.

Returning Favorites

Returning to this season’s lineup is TeleFutura’s #1 primetime show hosted by the charismatic Marco Antonio Regil, “100 Mexicanos Dijeron” (“100 Mexicans Said”), bringing viewers all the entertainment, humor and excitement of the widely-loved “Family Feud.” Viewers will also be excited by the return of “Escándalo TV” (“Scandalous TV”), featuring the crazy combination of comedy, entertainment, talk and “scandalous” fun. “Escándalo TV” will once again go all out on New Year’s Eve with “Escandalo de Año Nuevo” (“Scandalous TV’s New Year”), a special 7-hour live broadcast filled with “scandalous” fun and nonstop entertainment. The wild and crazy celebrity battle of the sexes, “Guerra de Los Sexos” (“War of the Sexes”), also returns this Fall with famous stars on the warpath to prove which is truly the weaker sex. Weekday talk show “Mónica” also returns with real issues faced by real people.

Also returning for another season are TeleFutura’s favorites, including game show “Aprieta y Gana” (“Buzz and Win”), a rip-roaring show where guys and girls face off in a number of outrageous games and competitions, and one of the hottest international entertainment magazines “La Oreja” (“The Ear”), featuring the best in celebrity gossip.

Sports

Sports fans will welcome the return of the exciting sports program “Contacto Deportivo de Ford,” which will continue to provide complete sports coverage, with all of the important highlights and latest scores of the day, as well as in-depth analysis and expert commentary from its team of veteran sportscasters, Ricardo Celis, Jorge Pérez Navarro and Renan Cardona. TeleFutura’s live primetime boxing program, “Sólo Boxeo” (“Just Boxing”), also returns this season, featuring an exciting two-hours of action-packed matches. In addition, TeleFutura will bring fans of Mexican League soccer all the action during broadcasts of the winter, summer and playoff games with its notable coverage of “Fútbol Liga Mexicana.”

Univision Communications Inc. (NYSE: UVN) is the premier Spanish-language media company in the United States. Its operations include: Univision Network, the most-watched Spanish-language broadcast television network in the U.S. reaching 97% of U.S. Hispanic households; TeleFutura Network, the new 24-hour general-interest Spanish-language broadcast television network reaching 75% of U.S. Hispanic Households; Univision Television Group, which owns and operates 23 Univision Network television stations and 1 non-Univision television station; TeleFutura Television Group, which owns and operates 29 TeleFutura Network television stations; Galavisión, the country’s leading Spanish-language cable network; Univision Music Group, which includes the Univision Music label, Fonovisa Records label, and a 50% interest in Mexican based Disa Records label as well as Fonomusic and America Musical Publishing companies; and Univision Online, the premier internet company in the U.S. Hispanic market located at http://www.univision.com. Univision Communications is headquartered in Los Angeles with network operations in Miami and television stations and sales offices in major cities throughout the United States.

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