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FIBRA Prologis Announces First Quarter 2017 Earnings Results

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FIBRA Prologis.

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

HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE QUARTER:

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

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

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

OPERATING PERFORMANCE

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

Operating Portfolio

1Q17

1Q16

Notes

Period End Occupancy 

97.4%

96.4%

Record occupancy led by global markets at 97.9%

Leases Signed

2.1MSF

2.8MSF

New leases accounted for 41% of the leasing volume

Customer Retention

67.5%

93.2%

Driven by a known move out in Mexico City

Net Effective Rent Change

9.2%

9.7%

Led by regional markets at 12.4%

Cash Same Store NOI

-1.3%

4.0%

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

Same Store NOI

-3.0%

2.2%

FINANCIAL POSITION

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

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

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

GUIDANCE CONFIRMED

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

Low

High

Notes

FFO per CBFI

US$0.1550

US$0.1650

Excludes the impact of foreign exchange movements and promotes

Full Year 2017 Distributions per CBFI

US$0.1155

US$0.1155

Year End Occupancy

95.5%

96.5%

Same Store NOI (Cash)

0.0%

1.0%

Based in U.S. dollars

Annual Capital Expenditures as % of NOI

14.0%

16.0%

Asset Management and Professional Fees

US$18.5

US$20.5

WEBCAST & CONFERENCE CALL INFORMATION

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

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

A telephonic replay will be available April 21– April 28 at +1 855 859 2056 from the U.S. and Canada or at +1 404 537 3406 from all other countries using conference code 91962563. The replay will be posted in the Investor Relations section of the FIBRA Prologis website.

ABOUT FIBRA PROLOGIS

FIBRA Prologis is a leading owner and operator of Class-A logistics real estate in Mexico. As of March 31, 2017, FIBRA Prologis was comprised of 194 logistics and manufacturing facilities in six industrial markets in Mexico totaling 34.2 million square feet (3.2 million square meters) of gross leasable area.

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

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

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

FIBRA Prologis.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2017 #PortadaLat Sponsors & Partners:

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

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

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

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

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

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

SeaWorld Welcomes Last Killer Whale Baby

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ABOUT ISMAEL CALA

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

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

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

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

SOURCE Cala Enterprises

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mazda North American Operations is headquartered in Irvine, California, and oversees the sales, marketing, parts and customer service support of Mazda vehicles in the United States and Mexico through more than 600 dealers. Operations in Mexico are managed by Mazda Motor de Mexico in Mexico City. For more information on Mazda vehicles, including photography and B-roll, please visit the online Mazda media center at InsideMazda.MazdaUSA.com/Newsroom.

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Live Nation Entertainment Schedules First Quarter 2017 Earnings Release And Teleconference

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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MoneyGram SocioMX Tour Continues its Momentum with the Upcoming Summer Game

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DALLAS, April 20, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Following the triumphant return of the MoneyGram SocioMX Tour, Sports Marketing Monterrey is thrilled to celebrate its upcoming game for the MoneyGram SocioMX Tour 2017.

The tour will build upon the incredible success from the initial game of the year that was held on March 25, which experienced exhilarating overtime penalty kicks from Cruz Azul and Pumas UNAM. Cruz Azul ultimately defeated Pumas UNAM 4-1 at the Cotton Bowl in front of a roaring crowd of more than 21,000 passionate soccer fans. The game was broadcasted on Univision and ESPN in 21+ countries.

The summer game will showcase Cruz Azul vs CF Monterrey in Houston at the BBVA Compass Stadium on Sunday, July 2 at 7PM (CT). Cruz Azul and CF Monterrey are widely popular teams among Hispanic soccer fans and CF Monterrey is currently seeded within the top four teams of Liga MX.

“It’s always an honor to witness the incredible turnout these games have in the United States. The profound impact that these teams and players have on their fan base here is immeasurable and we will continue to bring Mexican soccer to its loyal fans in the US,” commented Jorge Villalobos, CEO of Sports Marketing Monterrey.

Tickets for this game will first be available through an exclusive pre-sale on Monday, April 24th at 10AM (CT) for all registered with SocioMX along with Houston Dynamo season ticket holders. The public on-sale will take place on Wednesday, April 26th at 10AM (CT) online at www.axs.com and also at the BBVA Compass Stadium Box Office.

Similar to the first game of the MoneyGram SocioMX Tour, the next game will feature brand activity from the sponsors and partners on the tour. Fans will enjoy player appearances and pre-game experiences. There will also be an open practice for all ticket holders hosted the day before the game.

The following date and site have been set for the next game on the MoneyGram SocioMX Tour:

Sunday, July 2, 2017
Cruz Azul vs. CF Monterrey
Houston, TX
BBVA Compass Stadium
Time: 7PM (CT)
Pre-Sale: An exclusive pre-sale will take place on Monday, April 24th at 10AM (CT) online at www.axs.com for all registered with SocioMX and Houston Dynamo season ticket holders.
On-Sale: Tickets will be available for purchase on Wednesday, April 26th at 10AM (CT) through www.axs.com and BBVA Compass Stadium Box Office.

About SocioMX

A trademark owned by Sports Marketing Monterrey. SocioMX is a platform that enables fans to interact and connect on a deep level with their favorite Clubs in multiple ways, from digital, merchandising and experiential marketing.

For more information, please visit http://www.socio.mx, at facebook.com/socioMXfan or on twitter @Socio_MX.

About Sports Marketing Monterrey

Leading Hispanic Sports Marketing and INC. 500 company. Founded in the city of Monterrey, Mexico by successful brothers Jorge and Javier Villalobos, with offices in the United States. Sports Marketing Monterrey is focused on helping companies, Non-profit organizations, Pro-Teams, athletes, and governments connect with the Hispanic market.

The agency currently represents over 47 professional athletes worldwide and promotes professional soccer match games with the TOP elite teams from Mexico and South America. Sports Marketing Monterrey also holds the exclusive rights of elite Soccer Teams in United States for marketing, merchandising, match games, among many other categories.

At an International level, Sports Marketing Monterrey provides consulting and business development services to companies, governments and sports clubs.

For more information: info@sportsmarketing.com.mx Of. 214.466.7330 http://www.sportsmarketing.com.mx Twitter @SportsMKTMTY

About MoneyGram International, Inc.

MoneyGram is a global provider of innovative money transfer and payment services and is recognized worldwide as a financial connection to friends and family. Whether online, or through a mobile device, at a kiosk or in a local store, we connect consumers any way that is convenient for them. We also provide bill payment services, issue money orders and process official checks in select markets. More information about MoneyGram International, Inc. is available at moneygram.com.

Learn more about MoneyGram on moneygram.com

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For more information on SocioMX please contact:
Megan Kaye 214.466.7330
Megan@sportsmarketing.com.mx

Sylvester Stallone And Canelo Alvarez Trade Verbal Jabs In Tecate’s Latest “Born Bold” Campaign

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NEW YORK, April 20, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Today, Tecate, the Mexican beer with bold flavor, announced the latest evolution of its successful multiyear “Born Bold” advertising campaign, featuring the addition of legendary actor, Sylvester Stallone.

Debuting alongside Mexican super fighter Canelo Alvarez, who reprises his role following last year’s “Flashy,” Stallone and Canelo will be placed in multiple scenarios throughout the two 30-second spots entitled “Beehive:BBQ” and “Belt:Tub,” with the screen icon and star fighter humorously challenging each other to be bolder. The two will be featured alongside Tecate’s Black Eagle, who continues his iconic role as the brand’s symbol of masculinity and connection to its bi-cultural Hispanic consumer.

Sylvester Stallone has a lifelong connection to boxing and continues to build a career as a symbol for masculinity, which resonates particularly well with Tecate’s bold, bi-cultural consumer,” said Belen Pamukoff, Brand Director, Tecate. “In these new spots, our mission was to capture the comradery between Stallone as a masculine, legendary actor and Canelo as a real life boxing champion, while further fueling the inherit bold swagger of these superstars.”

The commercials, created by Tecate and Nómades, will be part of a refreshed 37-week campaign, and will debut on national broadcast and online on April 20, with heavy promotion leading into Canelo’s first fight of 2017 with Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. on May 6th in Las Vegas. The campaign will also include PR, digital content across social channels, and OOH in the form of prize card point-of-sale materials at the retail level.

“Our relationship with Sly is a couple of years old given we’d worked with him for Tecate in Mexico,” said Pablo Batlle, CCO, Nómades. “The challenge here was to find the real voice of this collaboration in the American market. We think that we achieved a new approach that is relevant to the bi-cultural Hispanic consumer and to the Born Bold concept.”

Since the official debut of the “Born Bold” advertising campaign in 2015, Tecate Light has made waves throughout the industry, becoming the fastest growing light beer in the US versus our competitors and introducing the incredibly successful #TecateBeerWall spot late last year – timed to the first and second Presidential debates.

For additional details on Tecate’s “Born Bold” campaign, or to speak with a Tecate representative about the brand, please contact BRAYA at HUSA@BRAYAUS.com.

About HEINEKEN USA
HEINEKEN USA Inc., the nation’s leading upscale beer importer, is a subsidiary of HEINEKEN NV, the world’s most international brewer. Core brands imported into the U.S. are Heineken®, the world’s most international premium beer brand, the Dos Equis franchise, the Tecate franchise and Strongbow Hard Apple Ciders. HEINEKEN USA also imports Amstel Light, Newcastle Brown Ale, Red Stripe, Sol, Indio, Carta Blanca and Bohemia brands. For the latest information on our company and brands, follow us on Twitter @HeinekenUSACorp, or visit HEINEKENUSA.com.

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Grand Opening – Leckner Nissan Of Springfield

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SPRINGFIELD, Virginia, April 19, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Join us Saturday May 6th, when the newly opened Leckner Nissan of Springfield will hold its Grand Opening celebration.

This event is open to the public with free food, entertainment and more. The event will feature live music by Diplomatic Immunity Band, NASCAR sensation David Polenz #33, moon-bounce, pony rides, free food and refreshments, community organizations and activities with prizes.

Leckner Nissan of Springfield
6570 Amherst Avenue
Springfield, VA 22150
(703) 451-1970

Honored Guests:
Chris Spera – Springfield South County Youth Club
Joseph Byrnes – VFW – Veterans of Foreign Wars
Debre Ranf – ADAPT Office for Women & Domestic and Sexual Violence Services
Stephanie BarnesJust Neighbors

Leckner’s growth as a company, now with 7 dealerships, is best described by Carl Leckner, “Our plans are to grow this location to become the flagship Nissan dealership for the entire Washington region.  We’ve seen tremendous growth since launching each of our 7 dealerships, with sales up between 200% and 300% at each store from the previous ownership. In Springfield, we anticipate high volumes as we grow our new and pre-owned vehicle inventory, and we plan on making this store the largest used car retailer in the area.” To learn more about all Leckner locations, visit Leckner.com.

Economic impact:
Leckner has brought an economic benefit to the greater Springfield area and Fairfax County, Virginia by increasing the number of high-paying skilled jobs to the community.  Further, Leckner has increased the amount of spending in the community we serve.

Our Event Partners:
Today’s Hit Music – Diplomatic Immunity Band will be performing live.
David Polenz Racing NASCAR #33. David will be appearing with his #33 Machine. Kids and even adults are welcome to come sit in the racecar.

For additional information please contact Kevin Scrimgeour, Director of Marketing, Kevin@leckner.com or 301-346-1962.

Event page: Leckner Nissan of Springfield

Three TV Azteca’s Channels on VEMOX™

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WEST PALM BEACH, Florida, April 20, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — As part of its industry leading efforts to provide the Hispanic market with a wide selection of multicultural entertainment, Olympusat, Inc., one of the largest independent media companies specializing in the ownership, distribution, production and technical services of Spanish- and English-language networks, has added three of TV Azteca’s Spanish-language live channels to VEMOX™, the company’s OTT TV Everywhere solution.

VEMOX, Olympusat’s cost efficient and reliable carrier-grade OTT solution, offers its customers the ability to watch over 70 live channels along with thousands of movies and series on demand, providing access to the best Spanish- and English-language content available. The addition of the three TV Azteca channels provides the Hispanic audience with even more high-quality entertainment options to choose from.

“We are excited to welcome TV Azteca to the Olympusat family and incorporate their channels to VEMOX’s robust lineup of Spanish-language content,” stated Aurora Bacquerie, VP of Channel Relations at Olympusat.

“At AZ TV we understand that our original content is necessary to strengthen our programming and to meet the expectations of the Latin American audience. We are certain that by offering new content and strengthening our current programming we can keep our audience engage and maintain the popularity of our channels,” said Jorge I. Gutiérrez Razo, Director of AZ TV de Paga.

The TV Azteca channels that are now available on VEMOX are:

AZ Corazón: The best telenovelas from the second most important producer of this successful format. The best dramas, comedies, classics and teenage stories accompanied by exclusive content that enriches the best TV channel of its genre.

AZ Clic: A proposal for those interested in lifestyle, travel, music and glamour. The perfect combination for contemporary men and women who enjoy the best pleasures in life.

AZ Cinema: The best movie catalogue from the Golden Age of Mexican cinema, in black & white and color formats, commercial-free and accompanied by original productions in diverse formats.

VEMOX is available on Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick, Google Play, the Apple Store and on many leading Smart TVs such as Samsung and LG. VEMOX is a trademark of Olympusat Inc.

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

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

No Sass, No Splash — Using Household Bleach Just Got A Whole Lot Better!

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HOUSTON, April 18, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — CLORALEN®, a leader in bleach, multi-purpose cleaners and laundry boosters, announces the launch of CLORALEN® Platinum™ Bleach Liquid Gel. This revolutionary product offers a thick gel formula that eliminates the #1 worry that users of bleach have—splashing it.

“We conducted extensive research with consumers and learned that homemakers have an out of control feeling when using bleach,” says Andres Supelano, Brand Manager for CLORALEN®. We took this challenge seriously and are excited to bring consumers the first new form of liquid bleach in decades—a gel. The CLORALEN® Platinum™ Bleach Liquid Gel now gives users a sense of total cleaning control. It combines a Splash-Free™ formula with a safe pour spout and Easy-Grip™ handle. Consumers now have the power to deep clean, deodorize and whiten without worries.”

The advantages of CLORALEN® Platinum™:

  • A Splash-Free formula—avoids damage to clothing from unintended splashing
  • 50% more stain removal—deep cleans with a thicker, higher performing formula*
  • 3X more controlled pour—innovative high viscosity gel**
  • Easy-Grip handle—ergonomically designed for efficiency and comfort
  • Safe pour spout—offers pouring and measuring control when dispensing
  • Lightly scented—no strong chemical odor
  • Washing machine safe—can be used in all machines

Consumers can find CLORALEN® Platinum™ at select Walmart stores and other national retailers. Visit online Store Locator for all retailers.  

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

About AlEn USA

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

*Versus using only liquid detergent in HE washers
**Versus thick bleach leading brand

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Cal/OSHA Cites Building Supply Company for Fatal Forklift Accident

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SAN FRANCISCO, April 17, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Cal/OSHA today cited Good View Roofing & Building Supply Corporation $62,320 for multiple serious accident-related safety violations following an investigation of a fatal forklift accident in San Francisco.

On November 21, 2016, a 60-year-old forklift operator was transferring building supplies from the company’s warehouse to a customer’s vehicle. When the forklift descended a sloped ramp, a bag of mortar mix fell off of the load and blocked the front right wheel. The operator reversed the forklift to free the bag of mortar and while doing so, turned the steering wheel so that the back wheel went over the edge of the ramp, tipping the five-ton forklift over. The worker attempted to jump out of the cab and was fatally crushed by the forklift.  

“This incident could have been prevented had the employer effectively evaluated the workplace for hazards, which would have identified the unguarded edge of the ramp that exposed the forklift to tipping,” said Cal/OSHA Chief Juliann Sum. “The worker should have been properly trained to stay seated with the seatbelt fastened in the event of a tip over.”  

The six violations cited in Cal/OSHA’s investigation included three classified as serious accident-related, one serious, one regulatory and one general. The serious accident-related violations were cited for the company’s failure to ensure:

  • the proper use of a forklift seatbelt,  
  • the forklift operator is certified to operate the vehicle safely, and
  • that industrial ramps have at least an 8-inch curb or equivalent installed along the open edges to prevent the wheels of industrial trucks from running off the ramp.

The serious violation was cited for the employer’s failure to inspect and identify hazards in the workplace, provide written safety instruction on industrial trucks in a language readily understandable by all of the workers, and for failure to ensure that all affected workers comply with the forklift safety requirements at the worksite. A serious violation is cited when there is a realistic possibility that death or serious harm could result from the actual hazardous condition.

Forklift safety requirements are summarized on page 65 of Cal/OSHA’s Pocket Guide for the Construction Industry.

Cal/OSHA helps protect workers from safety and health hazards on the job in almost every workplace in California. Cal/OSHA’s Consultation Services Branch provides free and voluntary assistance to employers to improve their safety and health programs. Employers should call (800) 963-9424 for assistance from Cal/OSHA Consultation Services. Cal/OSHA has also published a wealth of helpful guides for employers and workers.

Employees with work-related questions or complaints may contact DIR’s Call Center in English or Spanish at 844-LABOR-DIR (844-522-6734). The California Workers’ Information line at 866-924-9757 provides recorded information in English and Spanish on a variety of work-related topics. Complaints can also be filed confidentially with Cal/OSHA district offices.

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

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

Waze Co-Founder, Uri Levine, To Demonstrate Innovation And Disruption As Key Elements For Success At eMerge Americas

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Inspiration, Innovation, and a Nod to the Future Take Center Stage at eMERGE Americas 2016

MIAMI, April 19, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — eMerge Americas, the technology conference connecting global innovators, industry leaders and investors from Latin America, North America and Europe, announced that Uri Levine, Waze co- founder and renowned entrepreneur, will be a keynote speaker. The keynote, delivered by Uri Levine, is scheduled for June 13th at the Miami Beach Convention Center.

Inspiration, Innovation, and a Nod to the Future Take Center Stage at eMERGE Americas 2016

Waze, the world’s largest traffic and navigation app with more than 200 million drivers around the globe, was acquired by Google in June 2013 for more than $1.1 billion. After the launch of Waze, Levine co-founded FeeX, which allows users to recover hundreds of thousands of dollars in their retirement savings and long term investment plans. Currently, Levine serves as co-founder and board member for half a dozen startups such as: Zeek, Roomer, FairFly, Moovit, Engie and FairSale.

“eMerge Americas is where ground-breaking leaders inspire the next generation of talent which is why we are pleased to announce Uri Levine as one of our keynote speakers. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn firsthand how he continues to drive innovation through his businesses, which established new paradigms in the industry,” said Xavier Gonzalez, CEO of eMerge Americas.

eMerge Americas also announced two additional featured speakers:

  • Shiza Shadid, co-founded the Malala Fund with Nobel Prize winner Malala Yousafzai and led the organization as founding CEO. The main objective of this company is to bring access to high quality education to all children worldwide. Shiza also co-founded NOW Ventures, which invests in mission-driven technology startups.
  • Dave McClure, a Venture Capitalist & Founding Partner at 500 Startups, headquartered in Silicon Valley, has invested in over 1,800 companies across more than 60 countries including: Credit Karma, Grab, Twilio, Udemy, Ipsy, TalkDesk, Intercom, MakerBot, Wildfire, and Viki.

These speakers further exemplify how eMerge Americas brings together some of the world’s top thought leaders to explore and discuss the latest and most powerful trends in the technology industry. The action-packed conference is highlighted by speakers, such as Levine, who are constantly involved in solving challenges by developing transformative technologies.

Registration for eMerge Americas 2017 is now open. For more information please visit emergeamericas.com. For the latest eMerge Americas news, connect with us on Facebook, Twitter (@eMergeAmericas), Instagram (@emergeamericas) and LinkedIn.

About eMerge Americas
eMerge Americas serves as the preeminent innovative thought exchange transforming Miami into the technological hub of the Americas. By connecting global industry leaders and investors with America’s top business executives, IT decision-makers, and entrepreneurs, partnerships are forged that spur visionary innovation and technological advancements for the betterment of business and society. eMerge’s founding partners include: Medina Capital, A Rod Corporation, Greenberg Traurig, Knight Foundation, Miami-Dade County, and the Miami Herald. For more information about eMerge Americas, please visit: emergeamericas.com. 

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Companies team up to support moms and babies during Spring season

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WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., April 19, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Throughout this spring, major companies are mobilizing their customers to support moms and babies through partnerships with the March of Dimes, the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. Now through the end of May, these partners are encouraging their customers to give back and support moms and babies right in their local communities, whether through March for Babies, the March of Dimes signature fundraiser, or several Mother’s Day initiatives. All these activities will help the March of Dimes continue its vital mission to fund lifesaving research, vaccines, education and programs to fight birth defects, premature birth and infant loss.

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Kmart
Join the March of Dimes’ longest-running corporate partner any time between March 19 and June 18 and make a donation of $1, $5, or $10 at the register to support your local March for Babies event. You can also support the March of Dimes with the 2017 March of Dimes collectible puppy figurine. With every purchase, Kmart will donate $1 to the March of Dimes. The ornament has the year “2017” carved on its shirt so you can add to your collection.  Learn more on Kmart’s website or at any store.

Publix
With a goal of $7.4 million for 2017, Publix is on track to become the March of Dimes #1 National March for Babies Corporate Partner for the second year in a row.  An impressive feat for a regional grocery chain operating in six states – AL, FL, GA, NC, SC, and TN – with more than $65 million raised in 21-years.  Visit your local Publix between April 29 and May 20 to make a donation at the register. To learn more, visit their website.

Famous Footwear
Since becoming a national sponsor 14 years ago, Famous Footwear has raised more than $19.5 million for the March of Dimes.  Donate at the register between March 23 and April 23 and support March for Babies, with Famous Footwear Rewards Members receiving 15 bonus points for donating $2 or more. Famous Footwear also partners with Saucony as the Official Shoe Sponsor of March for Babies with $5 from each pair of select shoes sold donated to the March of Dimes.  Visit your local Famous Footwear, Naturalizer, or Famous Footwear Outlet or shop online.

Big 5 Sporting Goods
Raising over $5 million in 16 years, Big 5 Sporting Goods is back with their March for Babies sticker campaign running from April 1 to Mother’s Day, May 15.  Visit a Big 5 Sporting Goods store in CA, AZ, WA, NV, UT, OR, NM, CO, ID, and TX to make a donation.  Big 5 also supports four local March for Babies walks across the country. For more information, visit their website.

Jack in the Box
Jack in the Box is proud to continue their tradition of supporting the March of Dimes through their annual cut out campaign from April 1 to April 30.  Donate via the drive-thru or restaurant at any San Diego, California locations or various locations throughout Texas.  For more information, visit their website.  

Thalia Sodi’s Collection at Macy’s
Now through May 31, Thalia Sodi is partnering with Macy’s to create a special Mommy & Me collection of t-shirts for the March of Dimes.  Available in a variety of women’s and toddler sizes, the collection is available exclusively at Macy’s.  BONUS: Macy’s will donate 10 percent of the purchase price of the collection to the March of Dimes to support a fighting chance for every baby.  Check it out online.

ALEX AND ANI | CHARITY BY DESIGN
Honor the beginning of a family by commemorating an extraordinary step in life’s journey with this iconic baby block.  The Baby Block Charm bangle is available in gold or silver at ALEX AND ANI retail locations, online and through authorized retail partners nationwide. ALEX AND ANI will donate 20 percent of the purchase price from each bangle sold to the March of Dimes.

eBay GIFTS THAT GIVE BACK
Consider making a symbolic gift in honor of someone you love.  eBay’s Gifts That Gives Back campaign benefits the March of Dimes. 100 percent of the proceeds from your symbolic gift will support the fight against birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality – helping more babies experience the precious moments of a first hug, first day at home, first birthday. Visit their website.

March for Babies is the nation’s favorite walking event that takes place in about 500 communities nationwide.  Learn more about March for Babies at marchforbabies.org. You can sign up to walk, join a team or donate to help babies.

For the latest resources and health information, visit the March of Dimes websites marchofdimes.org and nacersano.org. If you have been affected by prematurity or birth defects, visit our shareyourstory.org community to find comfort and support. For detailed national, state and local perinatal statistics, visit peristats.org. You can also find us on Facebook or follow us on Instagram and Twitter.

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Introducing “evaus” Premium Hair Care

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ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, New Jersey, April 19, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Ever question the quality of a product if the price seems too low? This can’t possibly work. It’s so cheap! This is too good to be true. Next. You’re not alone. In fact, new research shows that seven out of ten women think that expensive brands work better than inexpensive ones. To refute this belief and prove that you don’t need to pay a premium for great quality, Suave Professionals went undercover as a chic, new niche brand called “evaus.” The brand sent bottles of “evaus” to its most discerning skeptics – millennial beauty influencers – and had them try it for two weeks. The twist? They were using – and loving – Suave Professionals all along.

Experience the interactive Multimedia News Release here: https://www.multivu.com/players/English/8070151-suave-evaus-suavebeliever/

The women were invited to an exclusive casting call in New York City where evaus’ identity was revealed. The beauty-obsessed women were stunned. A tribe of Suave Believers was born.

Today, Suave launches the culmination of this experiment with an innovative influencer program, proprietary research, and campaign video to convince women to peel back their label bias and become a #SuaveBeliever.

“We’re asking women to look past the label and reconsider Suave,” said Jennifer Bremner, Marketing Director for Suave. “Give it a try. We’re confident women will love their hair, and they’ll love what they paid to get that hair.”

Data shows that millennial women in particular are looking for quality and value. In fact, 92% of millennial women agree that they would buy a lower priced hair care product as long as quality was not sacrificed*. “The truth is, many millennials are still playing financial catch-up and they don’t want to overspend. Products and services that are high quality and with an affordable price tag are the perfect hybrid for them,” says Farnoosh Tarobi, a millennial finance expert.

Suave fundamentally believes that value and quality can and should co-exist, and for 80 years has provided products that work as well as premium brands at a fraction of the price. “We want to prove to women that they don’t need to spend a fortune to look and feel beautiful,” says Bremner.

Don’t believe us? Try it for yourself at EvausIsSuave.com. There you can take the Suave hair quiz to find your perfect products, get coupons, read and share #SuaveBeliever stories on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and more.

About Suave
For 80 years, Suave has been committed to creating high quality products for consumers that work as well as high-end premium brands. The brand’s commitment to great quality at a great price is why nearly half of American households choose Suave, and what has made it one of America’s top selling hair care brands. For more information, visit www.suave.com.

About Unilever United States, Inc.
Unilever is one of the world’s leading suppliers of Food, Home Care, Personal Care and Refreshment products with sales in more than 190 countries and reaching 2.5 billion consumers a day. In the United States, the portfolio includes brand icons such as Axe, Ben & Jerry’s, Breyers, Caress, Clear Scalp & Hair Therapy, Country Crock, Degree, Dollar Shave Club, Dove, Good Humor, Hellmann’s, I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter!, Klondike, Knorr, Lever 2000, Lipton, Magnum, Nexxus, Noxzema, Pond’s, Popsicle, Promise, Q-tips, Seventh Generation, Simple, St. Ives, Suave, Talenti Gelato & Sorbetto, TIGI, TONI&GUY, TRESemmé and Vaseline. All of the preceding brand names are trademarks or registered trademarks of the Unilever Group of Companies.

Unilever employs approximately 8,000 people in the United States – generating more than $9 billion in sales in 2016.

The Unilever Sustainable Living Plan commits to:

  • Helping more than a billion people take action to improve their health and well-being by 2020.
  • Halving the environmental impact of our products by 2030.
  • Enhancing the livelihoods of millions of people by 2020.

Unilever ranked number one in its sector on the 2016 Dow Jones Sustainability Index.
For more information on Unilever U.S. and its brands visit: www.unileverusa.com
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*Suave Women’s Survey Conducted by Edelman Intelligence, 2016

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The Home Depot Sets New Energy and Emissions Reduction Goals, Named 2017 ENERGY STAR® Retail Partner of the Year

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ATLANTA, April 19, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — In its effort to help reduce energy use and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions across the more than 2,000 communities where it operates, The Home Depot® has announced new consumer energy and GHG reduction goals for 2020.

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Anchored by the use of ENERGY STAR certified products, the consumer-driven goals include a commitment to source and provide innovative products that, through proper use, will help to: 

  • Reduce North American consumers’ electricity costs by more than $2.8 billion by 2020
  • Reduce North American consumers’ greenhouse gas emissions by 20 million metric tons by 2020

The Home Depot has earned the U.S. EPA’s ENERGY STAR Retail Partner of the Year award for the tenth consecutive year, as well as EPA’s Sustained Excellence distinction, for its continued leadership in offering the latest innovations in energy efficient products.

In 1996, The Home Depot began efforts to influence its suppliers to develop and adopt high efficiency standards for its appliance and lighting products. As a result, Home Depot customers have realized hundreds of millions of dollars in utility cost savings over the past decade.

“We recognize the positive impact ENERGY STAR certified products have in consumer homes each day and will continue to work with our supplier partners to bring the best environmental innovations to our stores each year,” said Ron Jarvis, vice president of environmental for The Home Depot.

In addition to the new consumer energy goals, the company’s existing 2020 energy goals include reducing store energy use by an additional 20 percent below 2010 consumption levels and the procurement of 135 MW (megawatts) of electricity from a combination of onsite fuel cells and solar installs, as well as offsite solar and wind developments.

The company promotes ongoing consumer and associate-based education programs that have helped to increase awareness of ENERGY STAR certified products and their environmental and financial benefits. Consumer tips for saving energy are available at the company’s digital newsroom at: http://corporate.homedepot.com/newsroom/lower-energy-bill-spring.

As a part of the company’s sustainability strategy, merchants and suppliers place a priority on products that feature reduced environmental impacts. The company reviews the collective impact of those products annually for sustainable forestry practices, energy and emissions reduction, material reduction, water savings, and chemical use reduction.

The Home Depot offers more than 20,000 ENERGY STAR products in stores and online.

To learn more about ENERGY STAR’s awards program, visit http://www.energystar.gov/awardwinners.  

The Home Depot is the world’s largest home improvement specialty retailer, with 2,281 retail stores in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, 10 Canadian provinces and Mexico. In fiscal 2016, The Home Depot had sales of $94.6 billion and earnings of $8.0 billion. The Company employs more than 400,000 associates. The Home Depot’s stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE: HD) and is included in the Dow Jones industrial average and Standard & Poor’s 500 index.

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California Cities Dominate List of Nation’s Most Polluted Regions

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SACRAMENTO, California, April 19, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — The American Lung Association’s State of the Air 2017 report found California has the dubious distinction of being home to the majority of the Top 10 cities with ozone and particle pollution in the United States. More than 90 percent of Californians live in areas with unhealthy air at some point during the year, a serious public health concern at a time when the federal government is considering rolling back clean air protections.

“Our state’s air quality continues to hit unhealthy levels each year, putting Californians at risk for premature death and other serious health effects such as asthma, COPD, and lung cancer,” said Olivia Diaz-Lapham, President and CEO of the American Lung Association in California. “We are seeing continued improvement in parts of the state, but there are too many areas where residents are breathing dirty air and we must work to reduce the sources of air pollution.” 

California’s most populous metro area, Los Angeles, continues to improve, posting its lowest number of unhealthy days for ozone pollution and lowest levels of year-round particle pollution. Unfortunately, the region still leads the nation in unhealthy days for ozone pollution, followed by Bakersfield and the FresnoMadera area.

Bakersfield topped the national list for the number of unhealthy days for short-term particle pollution and came in second for unhealthy days for ozone pollution and year-round particle pollution levels. As the charts below indicate, the San Joaquin Valley is heavily represented in the Top 10 most polluted regions.

Key Report Findings

  • Significant progress in the fight against ozone (also known as smog). Eight cities: Los Angeles, Bakersfield, Visalia, ModestoMerced, Sacramento, El Centro, San JoseSan Francisco and San Luis Obispo, had the fewest average unhealthy days for ozone pollution in the 18-year history of the report.
  • Continued setbacks in the fight against particle pollution (also known as soot), especially in the San Joaquin Valley.
    • Four of the eight San Joaquin Valley counties showed increases in the number of unhealthy days for particle pollution. Visalia and Stockton had their worst years yet.
    • Bakersfield, Los Angeles, the San Francisco Bay Area, and Sacramento saw increases in unhealthy days for particle pollution.
    • Year-round levels of particle pollution also increased in Bakersfield, the San Francisco Bay Area, Visalia, and San Luis Obispo, which failed to meet the national standard for year-round particle pollution for the first time.
  • Salinas recognized as one of the cleanest cities. Salinas landed a spot on two lists of the cleanest cities in the U.S. thanks to zero unhealthy ozone days and one of the lowest year-round particle pollution levels.

The State of the Air 2017 report is based on air quality monitoring data collected in 2013 – 2015, the most recent years available. The report focuses on ozone and particle pollution, as they are the most widespread forms of air pollution threatening public health.

“Ozone pollution is especially harmful to children, seniors and those with asthma and other lung diseases. When they breathe ozone-polluted air, too often they end up in the doctor’s office, the hospital or the emergency room,” said Dr. Alex Sherriffs, a Fresno area physician and member of the San Joaquin Valley Air District Board and the California Air Resources Board.

The report analyzes particle pollution in two ways: through average annual particle pollution levels and short-term spikes in particle pollution. The State of the Air 2017 report shows California saw significant spikes in particle pollution, which comes from diesel engine exhaust, wood-burning devices and wildfires.

“These tiny particles, known as soot, can lodge deep in the lungs and trigger asthma attacks, heart attacks and strokes. They can also cause lung cancer and early death,” Dr. Sherriffs said.

Jessica Romero and her husband, Eugene, live in Bakersfield, home to some of the worst air quality in the country. Both of their sons have asthma.

“The poor air quality in Bakersfield has had a huge impact on our family,” Jessica Romero said. “The hardest days are when we have to tell the boys they can’t go outside to ride their bikes or play soccer because of the bad air.”

Here’s how Bakersfield and other California cities ranked nationally:  

Ozone Pollution

Short-Term Particle Pollution

Year-Round Particle Pollution

2017 National Rank

2017 National Rank

2017 National Rank

1.  Los Angeles-Long Beach

1.  Bakersfield

1.  Visalia-Porterville-Hanford

2.  Bakersfield

2.  Fresno-Madera (Tie) 

2. Bakersfield

3.  Fresno-Madera

     Visalia-Porteville-Hanford (Tie)

3.  Fresno-Madera

4.  Visalia-Porterville-Hanford

4.  Modesto-Merced

4.  San Jose-San Francisco-Oakland-Stockton

6.  Modesto-Merced

6. San Jose-San Francisco-Oakland-Stockton

5.  Los Angeles-Long Beach

7.  San Diego-Carlsbad

9.  Los Angeles-Long Beach

6.  Modesto-Merced

8.  Sacramento-Roseville

7. El Centro

10.  San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles

In California and nationwide, the number of unhealthy days for ozone has decreased, thanks to the success of the federal Clean Air Act as well as state and local air pollution control programs that clean up major sources of emissions. Air quality laws save lives and must be defended in Congress. Policies to combat climate change also need to be protected.

Climate change is worsening our air pollution problems. Research has shown that climate change causes warmer temperatures that increase ozone formation and make it harder to reach our clean air goals. Climate change is also linked to extreme weather patterns, drought and wildfires, which contributed to the extraordinarily high numbers of days with unhealthy particle pollution in some cities.

“While California continues to move forward with policies like strong standards to reduce vehicle emissions, the federal government wants to move backwards,” said Diaz-Lapham. “We call on President Trump, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt and members of Congress to fully fund, implement and enforce the Clean Air Act for all air pollutants – including those that drive climate change and make it harder to ensure healthy air for all Americans.”

Learn more about California’s grades including local air quality data for each county and metropolitan area at www.stateoftheair.org/california2017. For media interested in speaking with an expert about the State of the Air report, medical experts or lung illness patients impacted by air pollution, please contact Ryan Endean at the American Lung Association in California at (916) 585-7666 or ryan.endean@lung.org.

Editor’s Note: Trend charts, data and rankings for metro areas and counties are available at www.stateoftheair.org/california2017

About the American Lung Association in California
The American Lung Association in California is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease through research, education and advocacy. The Lung Association is focused on four strategic imperatives: to defeat lung cancer, to improve the air we breathe, to reduce the burden of lung disease on individuals and their families, and to eliminate tobacco use and tobacco-related diseases. For more information about the American Lung Association in California or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-685-4872) or visit www.lung.org/california

Media Contact: Ryan Endean | (916) 585-7666 (O) | (916) 202-5588 (C) | Ryan.Endean@lung.org

Wilshire Law Firm Files Lawsuit Against Uber For Price Discrepancy In Uber’s Upfront Pricing Model

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LOS ANGELES, April 19, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — On Monday, April 3, 2017, Bobby Saadian and Daniel Miller of Wilshire Law Firm filed a proposed class action suit in federal court on behalf of their client, Sophano Van, against Uber Technologies, Inc. and its subsidiaries Rasier, LLC and Rasier-CA, LLC.

The complaint alleges that Uber, intentionally, manipulates the route data reported to customers and drivers by using one route in determining its upfront pricing and then transmitting different navigation instructions to drivers. This creates a discrepancy in the price that Uber is charging customers and the amount that Uber is reporting to drivers; allowing Uber to pocket extra money, in addition to the booking fees and percentages permitted under its agreement with drivers.

Uber started utilizing upfront pricing in various cities across the United States in mid-2016 and switched over to the current upfront pricing model in California around September 2016. Uber’s upfront pricing requires customers to select their pickup location and destination, in advance, and then charges them a fixed price for the transportation.

However, when an Uber driver arrives to pick up the customer, Uber provides the driver with a different route that results in less compensation to the driver. When the trip is completed, Uber sends the driver a breakdown of the total fare, Uber’s fees, and the payout to the driver. However, the total fare reported to the driver is not the total fare collected by Uber from the customers.

The proposed class action has been filed to put an end to this misconduct by Uber and to obtain fair compensation for the drivers, who have been underpaid by Uber’s misleading fare reporting.

Wilshire Law Firm was founded in 2007 by Bobby Saadian, Esq. The firm exclusively represents victims of catastrophic accidents, environmental contamination, dangerous pharmaceuticals and defective products. Wilshire Law Firm, also, represents individuals and families in their battles against insurance companies and big business.

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Leading Hispanic Organizations and National Coalition Urge Community to Take Advantage of Recommended Preventive Sexual Health Services

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WASHINGTON, April 19, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Today, the National Coalition for Sexual Health (NCSH), in collaboration with leading Hispanic organizations, including California Latinas for Reproductive Justice and the Colorado Organization for Latina Opportunity and Reproductive Rights (COLOR), issued a call-to-action to increase awareness and improve the low uptake of essential preventive sexual health services in the Hispanic community. They also launched a free, easy-to-use Spanish-language guide and website, TOME EL CONTROL DE SU SALUD SEXUAL to help people get the services they need. It features charts of recommended services for women and men, questions to ask health care providers, and other resources.

These vital services, including the HPV (human papillomavirus) vaccine, contraceptives, pap smears, and screenings for sexually transmitted infections (STIs), such as chlamydia and HIV, can protect and improve sexual health, and even save lives. They can help prevent male and female cancers, plan pregnancies, prevent and detect infections, and safeguard fertility.

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However, many Hispanics are not benefiting from these services, which are currently available for free or low cost through the Affordable Care Act (ACA). At the same time, access is now in jeopardy given the possible repeal of the ACA, potential changes to the essential benefits package and a likely reduction in access to family planning services.  

“While the Latino community is the fastest growing group in the U.S., we have historically been the largest uninsured population,” said Ena Suseth Valladares, MPH, Director of Research, California Latinas for Reproductive Justice. “But, thanks to increased levels of coverage through the ACA, an unprecedented number of Latinos (75%) can currently access — at no cost — these highly recommended preventive sexual health services.”  

“While we are making significant progress, a large part of our population remains uninsured and lacks access to affordable health care. At the same time, some members of our community might be afraid to seek these services given increased enforcement of immigration policies. However, we must continue to support everyone to be able to take advantage of these services, particularly Latinas, who are often the lifeline of the family,” said Valladares.

Although the annual ACA open enrollment period is now closed, many uninsured Hispanics are still eligible for coverage through federal programs such as Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). And many people – with or without insurance — can obtain free or low cost preventive services through various local providers (e.g., community health centers, Planned Parenthood clinics, migrant health centers, local health departments, and free & charitable clinics).

“We need to get informed about our options and make sure that we take care of ourselves and our families.  Also, many community-based health centers and clinics provide services regardless of immigration status.  We cannot afford to put our health on hold.  Together, we can create strong, healthy, financially stable families and shape a brighter future for our community,” said Cristina Aguilar, Executive Director, Colorado Organization for Latina Opportunity and Reproductive Rights (COLOR). To learn more about “How to Access Recommended Preventive Sexual Health Services: With or Without Health Insurance” visit here

Unfortunately, many Hispanics, even those with insurance, are not currently benefiting from these important preventive services, which are vital to overall health and well-being. For example, regular pap smears can help detect precancerous changes and lead to treatment before cancer develops. Yet, nearly one in four Hispanic women (ages 18-65) did not have a pap smear within the past three years. “Early detection of cervical cancer is particularly important for Hispanic women who have the highest rate of cervical cancer among all racial/ethnic groups.  And, since they are often diagnosed late, their death rate is one-third higher than white women,” said Ana G. Cepín, MD, Assistant Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Columbia University. “Ladies, it’s time to give your health the attention it deserves, for you and for the other people in your life who depend on you.”

HPV is the most common sexually transmitted infection, and nearly everyone will get at least one type of HPV. The HPV vaccine is the first and only vaccine that can protect both women and men against many types of HPV-associated cancers as well as genital warts. Yet, in 2015, less than half (46%) of Hispanic girls and only about a third (35%) of Hispanic boys received the recommended vaccine series.

“Since nearly everyone will be exposed to HPV at some point in their life, it’s essential that everyone who is eligible gets vaccinated. Parents, it’s particularly important to get your kids vaccinated before they become sexually active,” said Dr. Cepín.  “Talking with your kids about the HPV vaccine presents a great opportunity to talk with them about their sexual health. But, if you’re not ready for that conversation, simply tell them it’s a cancer-prevention vaccine.”

For Latinas, cost, lack of information, and limited access to contraceptives have been key barriers to their use.  However, if women don’t use contraception, they are very likely to have an unplanned pregnancy. In fact, 85% of women who don’t use contraception will become pregnant within one year. But thanks to the ACA, many women can now choose from a variety of methods free-of-charge, including the IUD and implant, which are over 99% effective in preventing pregnancy.

“Access to safe and effective birth control methods is key to the advancement of women and girls. It allows them to plan their pregnancies and have children, if and when, they want to,” said Jessica Maria Atrio, MD MSc FACOG, an obstetrician gynecologist at Montefiore and the Co-Director, Fellowship in Family Planning, Albert Einstein School of Medicine. “If you’re not ready to be a mother, it’s important to find a birth control method that’s right for you,” added Atrio.

To find a method that’s right for them, women are encouraged to talk with their health care providers and visit free, online Spanish-language birth control sites, like Bedsider

Half of all sexually active Americans will get at least one STI by age 25. Most of these infections don’t have any signs or symptoms, so without regular screening, people can unintentionally pass these infections onto their partners.  And if left untreated, STIs can cause infertility, pelvic pain, and fetal illnesses, and increase the risk of contracting HIV. Although it is recommended that all adults be tested for HIV at least once, over 54% of Hispanics have never been screened. Testing is the gateway to care and treatment, allowing people with HIV to live long and healthy lives. Additionally, 63% of sexually active Latinas (ages 15-21) were not screened annually for chlamydia, the leading cause of preventable infertility.

“Anyone who has sex is at risk for STIs, regardless of who you are, where you come from, or how many partners you have had,” said Kathleen Raquel Page, MD, Director, Centro SOL (Center for Salud/Health and Opportunity for Latinos), and Chief of Clinical Services, STD/HIV/HCV/TB services, Baltimore City Health Department. “Prevention and regular screening are key — if detected early, many STIs can be easily cured with simple antibiotics, and others can be effectively managed with antiviral medications, before causing serious problems.”

“Knowledge is power. It’s important to take charge of your own sexual health, and get informed about the specific services that are recommended for you.  Don’t assume that you are automatically getting these services when you go to your provider.  You need to ask to be sure,” urged Dr. Page.  

About the National Coalition for Sexual Health
The National Coalition for Sexual Health (NCSH) consists of 91 members, including leading national health, medical, and consumer organizations, working together to improve sexual health and well-being across the lifespan. For more information: http://nationalcoalitionforsexualhealth.org/.

Media Contacts:

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Western Dental Reopens Office in Sparks, Nevada

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SPARKS, Nevada, April 18, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Western Dental & Orthodontics, one of the nation’s leaders in accessible, affordable oral healthcare, today announced the reopening of its comprehensive dental office in Sparks, located at 685 East Prater Way.

The Sparks office reopened in mid-April and will provide residents with a full range of dental services, including general all family dentistry, orthodontics, dental implants, oral hygiene services and specialty dentistry. The office houses 12 patient treatment rooms, a state-of-the-art orthodontic bay, and new digital equipment.

“We are excited to be up and running in Sparks again,” said Dr. Maryse Gellad, Managing Dentist at Western Dental. “We have a great team here, and are glad to again provide affordable, comprehensive care to our patients and their families.”

In addition to accepting uninsured and privately insured patients, Western Dental welcomes patients covered by the Medicaid dental program at this location and all of its Nevada offices.

The Sparks office is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

An open house reception and ribbon cutting ceremony is slated for May 25th.  For more information or to schedule an appointment, visit www.westerndental.com or call 1-800-6-DENTAL.

ABOUT WESTERN DENTAL
Western Dental (with its affiliates, Brident Dental & Orthodontics and Smile Wide) is one of the nation’s largest dental providers and is the leader in accessible, affordable oral health care, serving over two million patient visits annually in more than 220 affiliated clinics throughout California, Arizona, Nevada, and Texas. Western Dental is the #1 provider of orthodontic services in California and last year expanded its network of orthodontists, oral surgeons, pedodontists, periodontists and endodontists, to better service patient needs all within the office. All of Western Dental’s services are backed by a unique quality assurance system that electronically monitors all patient visits, treatments, dental staff and clinical performance to enable high-quality care. To learn more about Western Dental or inquire about an office in your community, visit www.westerndental.com or call 1-800-6-DENTAL.

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MoneyGram Sendbot™ Unveiled at Facebook’s F8 Conference

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DALLAS, April 18, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — MoneyGram (NASDAQ: MGI) introduces the MoneyGram Sendbot™, a smart and convenient platform that allows customers in the U.S. to send money transfers to any of its 350,000 locations around the globe through Facebook Messenger.

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The new product was unveiled during Facebook’s prestigious F8 Developer Conference in San Jose. MoneyGram Sendbot is another example of MoneyGram’s investment in digital products and services that allow customers to transact any way they choose.

“We are proud to introduce the MoneyGram Sendbot to offer our customers more choice and convenience when they need to send money,” said Youri Bebic, MoneyGram’s head of product innovation. “Innovation is the core to our business and the MoneyGram Sendbot is a true case of a hybrid product created to bridge the digital and physical worlds in order to promote financial inclusion. The bot is another example of MoneyGram’s commitment to making money transfers easy for our customers.”

MoneyGram Sendbot is the first full feature money transfer chatbot offering convenient services such as a “track a transfer” tool and location finder. The bot is intuitive, interactive and easy to use. Customers can access it by searching for MoneyGram in the Messenger Discover tab.

MoneyGram continues to make significant investments into its digital offerings. In 2016, digital money transfer revenue grew 16 percent over the prior year.  The company’s growing suite of digital products such as MoneyGram MobilePass, MoneyGram online, kiosks and money transfers to bank accounts and mobile wallets give customers more choices when they need to send and receive money to family and friends.

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About MoneyGram International, Inc.
MoneyGram is a global provider of innovative money transfer and payment services and is recognized worldwide as a financial connection to friends and family. Whether online, or through a mobile device, at a kiosk or in a local store, we connect consumers any way that is convenient for them. We also provide bill payment services, issue money orders and process official checks in select markets. More information about MoneyGram International, Inc. is available at moneygram.com.

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Western Dental Relocates Mission District Office

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SAN FRANCISCO, April 18, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Western Dental & Orthodontics, one of the nation’s leaders in accessible, affordable oral healthcare, today announced it has relocated its dental office in San Francisco’s Mission District to 2776 Mission Street.

Western Dental’s new office ensures that patients in the Mission District will continue to receive quality dental care. The new office houses seven patient treatment rooms, new state-of-the-art digital equipment and an experienced bilingual staff. Patients will have access to comprehensive dental services, including general dentistry, orthodontics, dental implants, oral hygiene services and specialty dentistry.

In addition to accepting uninsured and privately insured patients, Western Dental welcomes patients covered by the Medi-Cal Dental program (known as Denti-Cal) at this location and all of its 174 California offices. Western Dental is the leading provider of services to the Denti-Cal program, which provides health care benefits for more than 13 million low-income individuals and families in California. Western Dental is committed to continuing to partner with the State to help improve the program. 

“Our new office is just down the street from our previous location,” said Dr. Peter Truong, Clinical Director at Western Dental.  “We’ll be able to continue providing our patients with comprehensive dental care in a beautiful, newly designed space.”

The office is open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Western Dental is planning a grand opening of its relocated office that will be open to the public.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, visit www.westerndental.com or call 1-800-6-DENTAL.

ABOUT WESTERN DENTAL
Western Dental (with its affiliates, Brident Dental & Orthodontics and Smile Wide) is one of the nation’s largest dental providers and is the leader in accessible, affordable oral health care, serving over two million patient visits annually in more than 220 affiliated clinics throughout California, Arizona, Nevada, and Texas. Western Dental is the #1 provider of orthodontic services in California and last year expanded its network of orthodontists, oral surgeons, pedodontists, periodontists and endodontists, to better service patient needs all within the office. All of Western Dental’s services are backed by a unique quality assurance system that electronically monitors all patient visits, treatments, dental staff and clinical performance to enable high-quality care. To learn more about Western Dental or inquire about an office in your community, visit www.westerndental.com or call 1-800-6-DENTAL.

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A Little Auto Care Goes a Long Way

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BETHESDA, Md., April 18, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Performing simple preventative maintenance on your vehicle will go a long way toward protecting your vehicle investment, says the non-profit Car Care Council.

“Buying a new car today comes with a hefty price tag when you add up the down payment, monthly car payments and higher insurance rates. Neglecting its care can mean even higher costs down the line in the form of more extensive repairs and lost resale value,” said Rich White, executive director, Car Care Council. “By following a proactive auto care plan, the typical car should deliver at least 200,000 miles of safe, dependable, efficient and enjoyable performance.”

National Car Care Month in April is the perfect time of year to give your car some extra attention. The Car Care Council recommends following a vehicle service schedule, keeping a free copy of the council’s Car Care Guide in the glovebox and performing the most common routine maintenance procedures to keep your vehicle performing at its best.

  • Check all fluids, including engine oil, power steering, brake and transmission as well as windshield washer solvent and antifreeze/coolant.
  • Check the brake system annually and have the brake linings, rotors and drums inspected at each oil change.
  • Check the tires, including tire pressure and tread. Uneven wear indicates a need for wheel alignment. Tires should also be checked for bulges and bald spots.
  • Check the hoses and belts to make sure they are not cracked, brittle, frayed, loose or showing signs of excessive wear.
  • Check the heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) system as proper heating and cooling performance is critical for interior comfort and safety reasons, such as defrosting.
  • Check the wipers and lighting so that you can see and be seen. Check that all interior and exterior lighting is working properly and replace worn wiper blades so you can see clearly when driving during precipitation.

“Be sure to fully inspect your vehicle annually, including performing a tune-up and wheel alignment,” continued White. “If you ever suspect there is a problem, it’s a good idea to address it quickly before minor repairs become more complicated, expensive repairs.”

The Car Care Council is the source of information for the “Be Car Care Aware” consumer education campaign promoting the benefits of regular vehicle care, maintenance and repair to consumers. For the latest car care news, visit the council’s online media room at http://media.carcare.org. To order a free copy of the popular Car Care Guide, visit the council’s consumer education website at www.carcare.org

Studying in Spanish in the USA improves bilingual skills

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WESTON, Fla., April 18, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — SALUD al dia magazine welcomes Keiser University as one of its most recent advertisers and thanks Arthur Keiser, Ph.D., Chancellor and CEO for his trust.

Keiser University is a private, regionally accredited university offering associate, bachelor, masters and doctoral degrees in traditional, nontraditional and online delivery formats. Keiser University has 18 locations with approximately 20,000 students. The number one priority for Keiser University is the student and community service.

The Latin Division of Keiser University was created in 2005 and has students geographically distributed around the world. The online modality allows students to achieve their professional goals, without interrupting their work and family obligations, with programs entirely in Spanish.

Many people wonder why they study in Spanish if we live in the United States. In order to successfully complete a university degree, you need to know “academic English”, which can take from three to five years depending on each person’s ability to learn a second language. Many people do not want to wait three or five years to start university studies, so we motivate our students to polish and improve their bilingual skills so that when they finish their studies, they can get a good job with a university diploma in hand and with good English skills.

Taking online classes is not impersonal at Keiser University. Knowing that our students are not here on campus, we strive for the human component in everything we do. This gives the student security that they are not alone on this new journey they are undertaking.

Make sure to read the May/June issue # 72 of SALUD al día magazine for more details on how Keiser University can help you.

About SALUD al día magazine : this is a fully SPANISH life style health magazine that offers hard-hitting, current and authoritative medical news with individual perspectives for our Hispanic readership, written by medical doctors and health professionals.

We are the Hispanic printed media channel of diffusion for excellence for private and public health organizations.