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FDA warns about illegal use of injectable silicone for body contouring and associated health risks

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SILVER SPRING, Maryland, Nov. 14, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today issued a safety communication to warn consumers and health care practitioners about the serious injuries and disfigurement that can result from using injectable silicone or products being falsely marketed as FDA-approved dermal fillers for the purpose of enhancing the size of their buttocks, breasts and other body parts.

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“An important part of our public health mission is our obligation to warn consumers of unapproved products that are being marketed for medical uses that can cause serious harm. We have significant concerns with unsafe injectable silicone that’s being marketed for body contouring by unlicensed providers. We’ve seen serious adverse events result from products, which are sometimes industrial-grade silicone, being used for these unapproved medical purposes,” said FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D. “The FDA has stepped in to take enforcement actions against unscrupulous actors who promote and provide these services, but we also want to make the public aware of the risks, which can include irreversible disfigurement and even death. While we’ll continue to go after those who provide these unlawful services, the FDA will have its greatest impact by educating Americans to avoid these unsafe practices.”

Injectable silicone is different from the silicone contained within approved breast implants, because the breast implant shell keeps the silicone from migrating within the body. Injectable silicone is currently only approved by the FDA for a specific use inside the eye (intraocular ophthalmic use). When seeking to enlarge the size of their buttocks or breasts, or other large-scale body contouring procedures, some consumers are falsely told they are receiving an FDA-approved dermal filler, but are actually injected with silicone.

Consumers need to be aware that injectable silicone used for body contouring is not FDA-approved and can cause serious side effects that may be permanent or may even lead to death. Side effects can include ongoing pain and serious injuries, such as scarring, tissue death, and permanent disfigurement; if the silicone migrates beyond the injection site, it could cause an embolism (blockage of a blood vessel), stroke, infections and death. Serious complications may occur right away or could develop weeks, months, or years later.

Silicone injections for body contouring are often performed by unlicensed and non-medical practitioners in non-clinical settings such as residential homes or hotels. The FDA does not know the true extent of these injuries caused by these procedures because unlicensed practitioners do not report injuries incurred from their illegal practice and patients who are harmed may not know to alert the FDA.

“The FDA is alarmed by the increasing trend of injectable silicone being used for body contouring purposes,” said Melinda Plaisier, associate commissioner for regulatory affairs at the FDA. “The agency has investigated and prosecuted unlicensed providers administering these injections all over the country, including most recently in Miami. In addition to prosecuting the criminals who take advantage of consumers, the FDA is taking action to educate consumers in order to prevent the serious injuries resulting from these injections. With our communication today, we hope to raise public awareness about the short- and long-term risks of injecting silicone directly into the body, and encourage consumers to choose FDA-approved products and licensed providers when considering any type of cosmetic enhancement.”

The FDA has participated in a number of criminal enforcement actions in recent years that resulted in the arrest and sentencing of unlicensed practitioners who illegally used these unapproved injections on patients. Two Miami spa owners were arrested in February and recently sentenced to four and six years in prison for managing a spa that performed illegal silicone injections. Hundreds of clients received illegal buttock injections and many experienced irreversible injuries and symptoms as a result of the silicone migrating through their body.

The FDA encourages consumers who may have received injectable silicone to seek medical attention immediately if they experience problems such as difficulty breathing, chest pain, signs of a stroke (including sudden difficulty speaking, numbness or weakness in the face, arms, or legs, difficulty walking, face drooping, severe headache, dizziness, or confusion), as it may be a life-threatening situation. For those who are considering a body contouring procedure, talk with a health care provider about appropriate treatment options and the risks associated with the procedure. Consumers are encouraged to review the FDA’s Check Before You Inject checklist for helpful information on choosing FDA-approved products and licensed providers for cosmetic enhancement.

Those who have been offered or have received injectable silicone for body contouring from an unlicensed provider are encouraged to use the FDA website to Report Suspected Criminal Activity.

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The FDA, an agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, protects the public health by assuring the safety, effectiveness, and security of human and veterinary drugs, vaccines and other biological products for human use, and medical devices. The agency also is responsible for the safety and security of our nation’s food supply, cosmetics, dietary supplements, products that give off electronic radiation, and for regulating tobacco products.

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Texas Association of Realtors releases inaugural Texas Realtor Satisfaction Index

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AUSTIN, Texas, Nov. 14, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ —  The Texas Association of Realtors released today a new report that gauges Texas homebuyer and seller satisfaction of working with a real estate agent. The inaugural Texas Realtor Satisfaction Index showed that a majority of homebuyers and sellers highly value the local market knowledge and expertise that Texas Realtors provide. Survey respondents cited word-of-mouth referrals and timeliness in communications as important factors in the selection and satisfaction of working with a real estate agent.

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According to the report, Texas homebuyers and home sellers rated their experience of working with a Texas Realtor a 4.91 and 4.87 out of 5.0, respectively. Among those surveyed, approximately 98 percent gave a satisfaction rating of “good” or “excellent”, 1 percent selected “satisfactory” and less than 1 percent selected “poor” or “below expectations.”

Respondents’ satisfaction of working with a Texas Realtor was most likely to be impacted by the agent’s ability to communicate clearly and in a timely manner. Vicki Fullerton, chairman of the Texas Association of Realtors, commented: “The Texas housing market moves fast, and it’s increasingly important for Realtors to be able to operate at the speed of the market. This means allowing for greater accessibility, setting communication expectations up front with clients and ensuring clear, timely communications so that homebuyers and sellers can feel confident at every step of the process.”

Despite the growing role of technology in the real estate industry, the Texas Realtor Satisfaction Index showed that more than one-third of homebuyers and sellers found their Texas Realtor through a referral from friends or family. Less than 5 percent of respondents found their Texas Realtor through an Internet search or online portal.

Eight in 10 respondents indicated that they didn’t consider another broker if they had previously worked with a Texas Realtor. Texas homebuyers and sellers ranked a deep understanding of a client’s unique needs and local market conditions as the top two deciding factors in working with a Texas Realtor.

Fullerton concluded, “Being a Texas Realtor means striving to make a difference every day, not just in the lives of the homebuyers and sellers we serve, but in the communities in which we live, work and do business. That’s why you’ll often see Texas Realtors taking a stand on issues that impact our economy and quality of life, such as the recently passed Proposition Two which gives Texas homeowners easier access to the equity in their homes.”

The number of Texas Realtors has grown approximately 27 percent since 2010, now exceeding 114,000. In 2017, Texas Realtors remain committed to homeowner advocacy and in 2017 alone invested $4.96M to the Texas Association of Realtors Political Action Committee (TREPAC) and donated more than $3M in Hurricane Harvey Relief through the Texas Realtor Disaster Relief Fund.

About the Texas REALTOR® Satisfaction Index
The 2017 edition of the Texas REALTOR® Satisfaction Index is based on survey responses from 17,000 Texas homebuyers and sellers collected in 2016 and compiled by RealSatisfied, a customer satisfaction and performance evaluation platform built specifically for the real estate industry. To view the full report in its entirety, visit TexasRealEstate.com.

About the Texas Association of REALTORS®
With more than 114,000 members, the Texas Association of REALTORS® is a professional membership organization that represents all aspects of real estate in Texas. We advocate on behalf of Texas REALTORS® and private-property owners to keep homeownership affordable, protect private-property rights, and promote public policies that benefit homeowners. Visit TexasRealEstate.com to learn more.

CONTACT: Hunter Dodson, 512-448-4950, hdodson@piercom.com

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The Home Depot Announces Third Quarter Results; Updates Fiscal Year 2017 Guidance

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ATLANTA, Nov. 14, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — The Home Depot®, the world’s largest home improvement retailer, today reported sales of $25.0 billion for the third quarter of fiscal 2017, an 8.1 percent increase from the third quarter of fiscal 2016. Comparable store sales for the third quarter of fiscal 2017 were positive 7.9 percent, and comp sales for U.S. stores were positive 7.7 percent.

Net earnings for the third quarter of fiscal 2017 were $2.2 billion, or $1.84 per diluted share, compared with net earnings of $2.0 billion, or $1.60 per diluted share, in the same period of fiscal 2016. For the third quarter of fiscal 2017, diluted earnings per share increased 15.0 percent from the same period in the prior year.

“Though this quarter was marked by an unprecedented number of natural disasters, including multiple hurricanes, wildfires in the West, and earthquakes in Mexico, the underlying health of our core business remains solid,” said Craig Menear, chairman, CEO and president. “I am proud of our team and suppliers for their extraordinary efforts to support those in the path of the various natural disasters throughout the quarter. Our support of the impacted communities continues.”

Impact of Hurricanes in the Fiscal Third Quarter

The Company estimates that hurricane-related sales positively impacted comparable store sales growth by approximately $282 million in the fiscal third quarter. The gross margin on these hurricane-related sales was considerably less than the Company average. In the fiscal third quarter, the Company also incurred approximately $104 million of hurricane-related expense. As a result of the hurricanes, the Company’s operating profit was negatively impacted by approximately $51 million in the fiscal third quarter.

Updated Fiscal 2017 Guidance

Based on its year-to-date performance, underlying strength of the core business, and projected hurricane recovery sales, the Company lifted its fiscal 2017 sales growth guidance and now expects sales will be up approximately 6.3 percent and comp sales will be up approximately 6.5 percent. The Company also raised its diluted earnings-per-share growth guidance for the year and now expects diluted earnings-per-share growth of approximately 14.0 percent from fiscal 2016 to $7.36. The Company’s diluted earnings-per-share growth guidance includes the impact of $8 billion of share repurchases for fiscal 2017.

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

At the end of the third quarter, the Company operated a total of 2,283 retail stores in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, 10 Canadian provinces and Mexico. The Company employs more than 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.

Certain statements contained herein constitute “forward-looking statements” as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements may relate to, among other things, the demand for our products and services; net sales growth; comparable store sales; effects of competition; state of the economy; state of the residential construction, housing and home improvement markets; state of the credit markets, including mortgages, home equity loans and consumer credit; demand for credit offerings; inventory and in-stock positions; implementation of store, interconnected retail, supply chain and technology initiatives; management of relationships with our suppliers and vendors; the impact and expected outcome of investigations, inquiries, claims and litigation, including those related to the 2014 data breach; issues related to the payment methods we accept; continuation of share repurchase programs; net earnings performance; earnings per share; dividend targets; capital allocation and expenditures; liquidity; return on invested capital; expense leverage; stock-based compensation expense; commodity price inflation and deflation; the ability to issue debt on terms and at rates acceptable to us; the effect of accounting charges; the effect of adopting certain accounting standards; store openings and closures; guidance for fiscal 2017 and beyond; financial outlook; and the integration of acquired companies into our organization and the ability to recognize the anticipated synergies and benefits of those acquisitions. Forward-looking statements are based on currently available information and our current assumptions, expectations and projections about future events. You should not rely on our forward-looking statements. These statements are not guarantees of future performance and are subject to future events, risks and uncertainties – many of which are beyond our control or are currently unknown to us – as well as potentially inaccurate assumptions that could cause actual results to differ materially from our expectations and projections. These risks and uncertainties include but are not limited to those described in Item 1A, “Risk Factors,” and elsewhere in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for our fiscal year ended January 29, 2017 and in our subsequent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q.

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

THE HOME DEPOT, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF EARNINGS

FOR THE THREE AND NINE MONTHS ENDED OCTOBER 29, 2017 AND OCTOBER 30, 2016

(Unaudited)

Three Months Ended

Nine Months Ended

amounts in millions, except per share data

October 29,
2017

October 30,
 2016

% Increase

(Decrease)

October 29,
2017

October 30,
 2016

% Increase
(Decrease)

NET SALES

$

25,026

$

23,154

8.1

%

$

77,021

$

72,388

6.4

%

Cost of Sales

16,378

15,112

8.4

50,758

47,628

6.6

GROSS PROFIT

8,648

8,042

7.5

26,263

24,760

6.1

Operating Expenses:

Selling, General and Administrative

4,514

4,280

5.5

13,424

12,949

3.7

Depreciation and Amortization

454

442

2.7

1,347

1,311

2.7

Total Operating Expenses

4,968

4,722

5.2

14,771

14,260

3.6

OPERATING INCOME

3,680

3,320

10.8

11,492

10,500

9.4

Interest and Other (Income) Expense:

Interest and Investment Income

(22)

(10)

N/M

(51)

(25)

N/M

Interest Expense

269

246

9.3

788

726

8.5

Interest and Other, net

247

236

4.7

737

701

5.1

EARNINGS BEFORE PROVISION FOR
INCOME TAXES

3,433

3,084

11.3

10,755

9,799

9.8

Provision for Income Taxes

1,268

1,115

13.7

3,904

3,586

8.9

NET EARNINGS

$

2,165

$

1,969

10.0

%

$

6,851

$

6,213

10.3

%

Basic Weighted Average Common Shares

1,168

1,224

(4.6)

%

1,184

1,236

(4.2)

%

BASIC EARNINGS PER SHARE

$

1.85

$

1.61

14.9

$

5.79

$

5.03

15.1

Diluted Weighted Average Common Shares

1,174

1,229

(4.5)

%

1,190

1,242

(4.2)

%

DILUTED EARNINGS PER SHARE

$

1.84

$

1.60

15.0

$

5.76

$

5.00

15.2

Three Months Ended

Nine Months Ended

SELECTED SALES DATA(1)

October 29,
2017

October 30,
 2016

% Increase

(Decrease)

October 29,
2017

October 30,
 2016

% Increase

(Decrease)

Number of Customer Transactions

389.5

380.0

2.5

%

1,212.0

1,184.8

2.3

%

Average Ticket (actual)

$

62.84

$

59.78

5.1

$

62.78

$

60.26

4.2

Sales per Square Foot (actual)

$

412.49

$

382.18

7.9

$

423.60

$

399.12

6.1

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(1) Selected Sales Data does not include results for Interline Brands, Inc., which was acquired in the third quarter of fiscal 2015.

 

 

THE HOME DEPOT, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

AS OF OCTOBER 29, 2017, OCTOBER 30, 2016 AND JANUARY 29, 2017

(Unaudited)

amounts in millions

October 29,
2017

October 30,
 2016

January 29,
 2017

ASSETS

Cash and Cash Equivalents

$

3,549

$

3,589

$

2,538

Receivables, net

2,166

1,995

2,029

Merchandise Inventories

13,419

13,241

12,549

Other Current Assets

548

523

608

Total Current Assets

19,682

19,348

17,724

Net Property and Equipment

21,960

21,840

21,914

Goodwill

2,217

2,095

2,093

Other Assets

1,164

1,219

1,235

Total Assets

$

45,023

$

44,502

$

42,966

LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY

Short-Term Debt

$

125

$

$

710

Accounts Payable

8,570

8,054

7,000

Accrued Salaries and Related Expenses

1,488

1,398

1,484

Current Installments of Long-Term Debt

1,198

543

542

Other Current Liabilities

4,621

4,436

4,397

Total Current Liabilities

16,002

14,431

14,133

Long-Term Debt, excluding current installments

24,266

22,338

22,349

Other Liabilities

2,212

2,111

2,151

Total Liabilities

42,480

38,880

38,633

Total Stockholders’ Equity

2,543

5,622

4,333

Total Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity

$

45,023

$

44,502

$

42,966

 

 

THE HOME DEPOT, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

FOR THE NINE MONTHS ENDED OCTOBER 29, 2017 AND OCTOBER 30, 2016

(Unaudited)

Nine Months Ended

amounts in millions

October 29,
2017

October 30,
 2016

CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES:

Net Earnings

$

6,851

$

6,213

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

Depreciation and Amortization

1,533

1,474

Stock-Based Compensation Expense

214

199

Changes in Working Capital and Other, net of acquisition effects

1,143

33

Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities

9,741

7,919

CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES:

Capital Expenditures

(1,354)

(1,145)

Payments for Business Acquired, net

(260)

Proceeds from Sales of Property and Equipment

38

30

Net Cash Used in Investing Activities

(1,576)

(1,115)

CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES:

Repayments of Short-Term Debt, net

(585)

(350)

Proceeds from Long-Term Debt, net of discounts

2,991

4,959

Repayments of Long-Term Debt

(534)

(3,034)

Repurchases of Common Stock

(6,067)

(4,535)

Proceeds from Sales of Common Stock

157

136

Cash Dividends Paid to Stockholders

(3,174)

(2,567)

Other Financing Activities

(41)

(33)

Net Cash Used in Financing Activities

(7,253)

(5,424)

Change in Cash and Cash Equivalents

912

1,380

Effect of Exchange Rate Changes on Cash and Cash Equivalents

99

(7)

Cash and Cash Equivalents at Beginning of Period

2,538

2,216

Cash and Cash Equivalents at End of Period

$

3,549

$

3,589

 

 

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America’s Promise Alliance Announces New Healthy Schools Fund

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Grant focuses on supporting school districts and community organizations working to create healthy school environments.

WASHINGTON, Nov. 13, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — America’s Promise Alliance, the nation’s largest network dedicated to improving the lives of children and youth, is extending the Healthy Schools Fund to communities working to create healthier school environments for all children.

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As part of Together for Healthy and Successful Schools, a new initiative of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), America’s Promise will select three to five districts and/or community-level organizations that will receive up to $300,000 for two years to support existing collaborative efforts.

Through this work, America’s Promise seeks to answer the following questions:

What if every young person went to a school that focuses on academics as well as social and emotional development and physical health? How do we create the conditions to make it so all children, no matter where they are from, or how much money their family makes, has access to a school that helps them develop into well-rounded adults?

Recognizing that school-centered health intersects with many areas outside of education—housing, employment, transportation, and food access— efforts should serve as a hub for cross-sector collaboration, youth and community engagement, and broader policy and systemic change. Selected grantees will display alignment with this vision and a proven ability to accelerate positive change for young people in schools and their communities.

“America’s Promise has always believed that to support young people who are struggling the most, it takes approaches that focus on all of a child’s developmental needs,” said John Gomperts, president and CEO of America’s Promise. “When communities have healthy schools young people experience greater health, achieve better academic outcomes, and in turn, impact the entire community. Our partnership with RWJF will enable us to help build demand among practitioners, community members, and decision-makers to make healthy schools the norm and create the conditions for every child to have a healthy, successful life.”

Districts and organizations in the following 20 states are eligible to apply: Alaska, California, Colorado, District of Columbia, Florida, Idaho, Indiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas, and Washington

“To ensure all young people can seize educational opportunities, they need to be at their healthiest,” said Jennifer Ng’andu, senior program officer at RWJF. “Research shows that healthy, nurturing, and safe schools help young people make the most of their education and that success leads to a healthier, longer, more successful life. RWJF launched the Together for Healthy and Successful Schools initiative in recognition of the critical connections between health, learning and long-term well-being.”

To learn more about the America’s Promise Healthy Schools Fund and to apply, visit www.americaspromise.org/healthy-schools-fund. Informational sessions about the grant will take place on November 28 and December 7.  The deadline to submit applications is January 22, 2018.

America’s Promise Alliance’s Partnership with RWJF to Support Healthy Schools

America’s Promise Alliance is offering the America’s Promise Healthy Schools Fund as a result of its grant award to lead the strategic action and alignment arm of the Together for Healthy and Successful Schools initiative.

Funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the initiative has the goal of advancing a more holistic approach to ensuring healthy, successful students; thriving communities; and a better future for everyone. America’s Promise will work closely with its fellow grantees—Child Trends and Washington University in St. Louis – which are leading the policy and research arms of the initiative, respectively.

In its role, America’s Promise will activate and align existing and new stakeholders at both the local and national levels to support and build demand for healthier schools. America’s Promise has partnered with five leading organizations – ChildObesity180, Communities In Schools, FoodCorps, the National Association of Community Health Centers, and Turnaround for Children – to provide support and work with communities to learn about successfully supporting health and well-being in schools.

For more information, please email HealthySchools@americaspromise.org

America’s Promise Alliance leads more than 450 organizations, communities and individuals dedicated to making the promise of America real for every child. For more information, visit www.AmericasPromise.org.  

Media Contact: Tonya Williams
tonyaw@americaspromise.org 
202-657-0644

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Florida Power & Light Company sending power line poles to aid Puerto Rico

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JUNO BEACH, Fla., Nov. 13, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) today announced that it mobilized and transported 1,000 power line poles, previously located in North Florida, to Port Canaveral and then to Puerto Rico to assist with the rebuilding of the electrical grid that was devastated by Hurricane Maria.

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In addition, senior leadership representing FPL accompanied Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s energy company delegation to the U.S. territory on Nov. 3. Since that time, FPL leadership has remained in Puerto Rico where it has been providing technical expertise and guidance to the restoration effort.

“As the destructive force of Hurricane Maria became apparent and even prior to completing our own Hurricane Irma-related restoration, FPL assembled a team of restoration professionals and made it known that we stood at the ready to offer our support to help rebuild Puerto Rico’s electrical infrastructure,” said Eric Silagy, president and CEO for FPL. “As we sought assistance from other energy companies in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, we provide like support to those whose energy grid has been damaged by natural disasters and help bring life back to normal for our fellow Americans. In fact, 300 of our employees and contractors returned to Florida last week after helping restore power in Maine that was impacted by a Nor’easter last month.”

Leveraging decades of restoration experience, FPL leadership representing emergency preparedness, construction and power delivery operations, including Manny Miranda, senior vice president of power delivery, is working with their industry counterparts in Puerto Rico to help guide the rebuilding of the island’s energy grid.

The 1,000 power line poles were part of the company’s storm inventory that is stored near one of FPL’s substations in Flagler County. Thirty-three trucks delivered the poles to Port Canaveral where they will be loaded on a cargo ship scheduled to leave for Puerto Rico this week.

FPL continues to stand ready to provide whatever assistance is necessary should the company receive the request.

Florida Power & Light Company
Florida Power & Light Company is the third-largest electric utility in the United States, serving nearly 5 million customer accounts or an estimated 10 million people across nearly half of the state of Florida. FPL’s typical 1,000-kWh residential customer bill is approximately 25 percent lower than the latest national average and, in 2016, was the lowest in Florida among reporting utilities for the seventh year in a row. FPL’s service reliability is better than 99.98 percent, and its highly fuel-efficient power plant fleet is one of the cleanest among all utilities nationwide. The company received the top ranking in the southern U.S. among large electric providers, according to the J.D. Power 2016 Electric Utility Residential Customer Satisfaction StudySM, and was recognized in 2017 as one of the most trusted U.S. electric utilities by Market Strategies International. A leading Florida employer with approximately 8,900 employees, FPL is a subsidiary of Juno Beach, Florida-based NextEra Energy, Inc. (NYSE: NEE), a clean energy company widely recognized for its efforts in sustainability, ethics and diversity, and has been ranked No. 1 in the electric and gas utilities industry in Fortune’s 2017 list of “World’s Most Admired Companies.” NextEra Energy is also the parent company of NextEra Energy Resources, LLC, which, together with its affiliated entities, is the world’s largest generator of renewable energy from the wind and sun. For more information about NextEra Energy companies, visit these websites: www.NextEraEnergy.com, www.FPL.com, www.NextEraEnergyResources.com.

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Statement of Jane L. Delgado, PhD, MS, President and CEO of National Alliance for Hispanic Health on the nomination of Alex Azar as US Secretary of Health and Human Services

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WASHINGTON, Nov. 13, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — The National Alliance for Hispanic Health applauds the nomination of Alex Azar to be the Secretary of the US Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). The Department needs a leader who knows the agency and who is committed to inclusion of all communities in the operations and policies of DHHS. Mr. Azar is a well-respected leader who brings intelligence, integrity and overall capability to this critical Cabinet position. The Alliance encourages Congress to expeditiously review his credentials and approve Mr. Azar. The American people need a full-time Secretary of Health and Human Services in place to manage the vital programs and operations of DHHS.

About the National Alliance for Hispanic Health (The Alliance)
The Alliance is the nation’s foremost science-based source of information and trusted advocate for the best health for all. For more information, please visit http://www.healthyamericas.org or call the Alliance’s Su Familia National Hispanic Family Health Helpline at 1-866-783-2645.

 

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National Alliance for Hispanic Health Honors Nation’s Veterans with Focus on Dangers of Tobacco Use

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WASHINGTON, Nov. 11, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/– “This Veteran’s Day we give thanks to our country’s veterans and show reverence for the sacrifices they have made for our country. However, it is critical to provide year-round support for this community including access to quality healthcare and tailored clinical services to live healthy lives. Because so many more veterans and active duty members of the military smoke than the civilian population, veterans require smoking cessation resources to match their higher rates of tobacco use,” said Jane L. Delgado, Ph.D., M.S., President and CEO of the National Alliance for Hispanic Health (the Alliance), the nation’s leading Hispanic health advocacy group.

The military has a long history of tobacco use and a culture of smoking. While 57% of the U.S. population has never smoked cigarettes, only 32% of veterans receiving health care from the Veterans Administration (VA) report they have never smoked. There are currently 18.5 million military veterans in the United States and Puerto Rico, and 1.2 million of them are Hispanic (6.5%).

As with all users, cigarette smoking increases risk for diseases among veterans and active-duty members, including lung cancer, heart disease, and many others. Additionally, their strength and performance can be impaired by smoking, either through exposure to nicotine in cigarettes, or through nicotine withdrawal. Service members who use tobacco are also more likely to drop out of basic training and experience accidents and injuries, which negatively impact troop readiness.

The Alliance is promoting the CDC and VA’s free resources to help veterans quit tobacco use through its Nuestras Voces (Our Voices) Network, spearheaded by 11 regional partners around the country, which works to reduce tobacco use and cancer incidence in Hispanic communities. Network efforts include providing technical assistance to Hispanic-serving organizations to improve their ability to connect people to screening and cessation services, raising awareness of tobacco and cancer-related risks through the media, and conducting provider trainings on tobacco and cancer control evidence-based interventions.

Many resources are available to help veterans and active-duty service members quit. These resources include cessation counseling and medicines, quitlines, and other services through TRICARE coverage and Department of Defense programs. Cessation counseling at VA medical centers and FDA-approved smoking cessation medications at VA pharmacy programs are available. The VA’s Tobacco and Health webpage (www.publichealth.va.gov/smoking/index.asp) links to information on quitting and cessation medication/counseling, and the SmokefreeVET program (www.smokefree.gov/veterans) offers text messaging cessation support (text VET to 47848 for English, VETesp for Spanish). To speak with a tobacco cessation counselor in English or Spanish call 1-855-QUIT-VET.

According to Dr. Delgado, “The challenges veterans face both during and after their service can be numerous, but becoming sick from using tobacco use shouldn’t be one of them. To overcome this dangerous habit, all of our veterans need to understand the real costs of using tobacco and the right tools to get the help they need to quit.”

About the Nuestras Voces Network. Nuestras Voces is a national network of over 200 members working for a tobacco-free world and to eliminate disparities in cancer prevention and treatment services. You can be part of this effort being led by the National Alliance for Hispanic Health! Join us at www.nuestrasvoces.org/join.

About the National Alliance for Hispanic Health. The Alliance is the nation’s foremost science-based source of information and trusted advocate for the health of Hispanics in the United States with a mission to achieve the best health outcomes for all. For more information visit us www.hispanichealth.org.

 

SOURCE National Alliance for Hispanic Health

Obesity during pregnancy may lead directly to fetal overgrowth, NIH study suggests

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BETHESDA, Maryland, Nov. 13, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Obesity during pregnancy—independent of its health consequences such as diabetes—may account for the higher risk of giving birth to an atypically large infant, according to researchers at the National Institutes of Health. Their study appears in JAMA Pediatrics.

“Our results underscore the importance of attaining a healthy body weight before pregnancy,” said the study’s lead author, Cuilin Zhang, M.D., Ph.D., a researcher in the Division of Intramural Population Health Research at NIH’s Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. “They also suggest that clinicians should carefully monitor the pregnancies of all obese women, regardless of whether or not they have obesity-related health conditions.”

Macrosomia—large body size at birth—is common among children born to obese women, particularly those who have gestational diabetes (high blood sugar during pregnancy). Macrosomia increases the risk that an infant will experience bone fracture during delivery. It also increases the likelihood that the infant will need to be delivered by cesarean section. Having a large infant also increases a mother’s risk for postpartum hemorrhage, or excessive bleeding at birth.

In the current study, researchers analyzed ultrasound scans taken throughout pregnancy of more than 2,800 pregnant women: 443 obese women with no accompanying health conditions, such as diabetes, and more than 2300 non-obese women. The researchers categorized the women’s weight according to their body mass index (BMI) score. Women with a BMI ranging from 30 to 44.9 were classified as obese, while those with a BMI of 29.9 were considered non-obese.

Beginning in the 21st week of pregnancy, ultrasound scans revealed that for fetuses of obese women, the femur (thigh bone) and humerus (upper arm bone) were longer than those of the fetuses of non-obese women. The differences between fetuses of obese and non-obese women continued through the 38th week of pregnancy. For fetuses in the obese group, the average femur length was 0.8 millimeters longer (about 0.03 inches), compared to the non-obese group, and humerus length was about 1.1 millimeters longer (about 0.04 inches), compared to the non-obese group. Average birth weight was about 100 grams (about 0.2 pounds) heavier in the obese group. Moreover, infants born to obese women were more likely to be classified as large for gestational age (birth weight above the 90th percentile), compared to infants born to non-obese women.

The study could not determine exactly why the fetuses of obese women were larger and heavier than fetuses in the non-obese group. The researchers theorize that because obese women are more likely to have insulin resistance (difficulty using insulin to lower blood sugar), higher blood sugar levels could have promoted overgrowth in their fetuses.

The authors pointed out that earlier studies have indicated that the higher risk of overgrowth seen in newborns of obese women may predispose these infants to obesity and cardiovascular disease later in life. They called for additional studies to follow the children born to obese women to determine what health issues they may face.

Reference
Zhang C, et al. Maternal obesity and longitudinal ultrasonographic measures of fetal growth: findings from the NICHD fetal growth studies—singletons. JAMA Pediatrics 2017; DOI HERE

About the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD): NICHD conducts and supports research in the United States and throughout the world on fetal, infant and child development; maternal, child and family health; reproductive biology and population issues; and medical rehabilitation. For more information, visit NICHD’s website.

About the National Institutes of Health (NIH): NIH, the nation’s medical research agency, includes 27 Institutes and Centers and is a component of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. NIH is the primary federal agency conducting and supporting basic, clinical, and translational medical research, and is investigating the causes, treatments, and cures for both common and rare diseases. For more information about NIH and its programs, visit http://www.nih.gov

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Andrés Gutiérrez, the “machete for your wallet” publishes his book “Transforma tus finanzas en 30 días” (“Transform your finances in 30 days”)

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“Thank you Andrés Gutiérrez, our family is living in financial peace because of what we’ve learned from you.” 
Pepe Miramontez, radio listener

MIAMI, Nov. 10, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Recognized radio financial advisor Andrés Gutiérrez, who is known for his style of not mincing words and who has helped thousands of Hispanic families escape “financial ruin,” just published his book: Transforma tus finanzas en 30 días (Transform your finances in 30 days).

“The Andrés show” is played by more than 35 broadcasters throughout the country (and in some countries in Latin America), and it is on the Internet at www.andresgutierrez.com.  He is also the creator of the course Financial Peace (https://www.andresgutierrez.com/pazfinanciera/), where he teaches how to manage money, create wealth, and get out from under debt.

One of his listeners once said that Gutiérrez is a “machete for the wallets” of Latinos, after providing accurate and sound advice on the air. That became the author’s defining nickname, and he is invited frequently by Hispanic media to make presentations.

“Financial ruin doesn’t knock on the door; it kicks the door down, enters, takes its boots off, sits in your armchair and says ‘no one’s getting me out of here,'” Andrés Gutiérrez says.

“With this book I am giving you the formula to grab it by the neck and get rid of it for good in 30 days,” he adds.

For the financial expert, who joined the team of the famous financial guru Dave Ramsey, and who now has his own platform: www.andresgutierrez.com, it is possible to “change the chip” and be financially free just by following the same principles that have transformed his own life and those of thousands of Latin families.

The book will teach you:

  • How to save, where to save, and how to retain your savings.
  • How to stop fighting with your partner for money and reach agreement.
  • What investments are and how they work.
  • What to do to make your money provide yields until the last day of the month.
  • How to get out from under debt once and for all.
  • How to buy a house wisely and without getting in over your head.
  • How to make more money.

“Transforma tus finanzas en 30 días” is published by Talem International. The book is for sale in print and digitally (e-book) at the web page www.andresgutierrez.com. For interviews with the author (he will be in Miami on Monday, 11/13/17), contact Jorge Hoyos 210-910-6888 or send an e-mail to jorgeh@andresgutierrez.com.

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Loud and Live and the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County Announce ¿QUÉ PASA, U.S.A.? Today… 40 Years Later

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MIAMI, Nov. 9, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/– Four decades ago, ¿Qué Pasa, U.S.A? entered our living rooms and our hearts with its endearingly humorous portrayal of a Cuban exile family in Miami during the 70’s.

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The Peñas’ struggle to adapt and thrive in their adoptive homeland turned a personal story into the universal saga of immigrants in America. Our favorite family is back, in a brand-new Spanglish stage production of ¿Qué Pasa, U.S.A.? Today. Playing May 2018, ¿Qué Pasa, U.S.A.? Today is co-presented by Loud and Live and the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County.

Tickets go on sale on Monday, November 20th and will be available through the Arsht Center Box Office in person at 1300 Biscayne Blvd., Miami FL, 33132, by calling (305) 949-6722, or online at www.arshtcenter.org.  Ticket prices start at $29*.

Taking place 40 years later, the abuelos are gone, the parents have become grandparents, and the kids have children of their own. Now, it’s up to the next generation to continue the Peña legacy, facing new challenges and forging a new future for the Peña household.

¿Que Pasa, U.S.A.? Today is a stage adaptation conceived by Nelson Albareda, CEO of Loud and Live. Albareda, a GRAMMY and Latin GRAMMY-winning producer, is the show’s executive producer. The stage production, which has been six years in the making, pays homage to the iconic and beloved television series which aired on South Florida PBS for four seasons (1977-1980) and was the first bilingual television show in the U.S.

¿Que Pasa, U.S.A.? Today – will continue the tradition started by the original TV series, which successfully broke the mold and has endured to this day with its authentic tone and timeless topic matter,” said Albareda.  “Many have a personal connection to the show and its characters, and we want to bring it back in a way that resonates with its loyal fans, as well as engage new audiences.”   

This stage production revival is written by Patrick H. Pino and co-directed by Gonzalo Rodriguez and Nelson Albareda.

*All programs, artists, ticket prices, availability, dates and times are subject to change without notice. Visit www.arshtcenter.org for up-to-date information.

About Loud and Live
An Entertainment, Media & Live Events Company, Loud and Live performs at the intersection of music, sports, lifestyle and content development. Headquartered in Miami, Florida, our success is driven by our passion to create engaging experiences for global audiences.

About South Florida PBS
Florida’s largest public media company, which includes Public Broadcasting stations WPBT2, serving Miami-Dade and Broward counties and WXEL-TV, serving the Palm Beaches. South Florida PBS connects organizations and institutions across our region and preserves South Florida’s history.  Leading the way in this global society, South Florida PBS serves diverse communities from Key West to the Sebastian Inlet and from the Atlantic Ocean west to Lake Okeechobee. South Florida PBS is committed to creating and presenting unique arts, education and cultural heritage programming, and serves as a model for telling unique local stories across a variety of digital media platforms.

About the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County
The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County is made possible by the public support of the Miami-Dade County Mayor and the Board of County Commissioners, the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Tourist Development Council and the City of Miami Omni Community Redevelopment Agency, as well as the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture. The Adrienne Arsht Center also receives generous support from individuals, corporations and local, state and national foundations.

Set in the heart of downtown Miami and designed by world-renowned architect Cesar Pelli, the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County is one of the world’s leading performing arts organizations and venues. Since opening in 2006, the Arsht Center, a 501C3 non-profit organization, has emerged as a leader in presenting innovative programming that mirrors South Florida’s diversity as well as a catalyst for billions of dollars in new development in the downtown area. Spotlighting legends and serving as a launch pad for local artists to make their mark on the international stage, the Center presents nearly 400 events each year across its flexible, state-of-the-art performance spaces. The Center programs several Signature Series, including the largest jazz series in South Florida, a major annual Flamenco Festival, and a robust program of new theatrical works as well as free programming for the community and an arts education program that serves nearly 60,000 children each year. As Miami’s new Town Square, the Arsht Center also houses BRAVA by Brad Kilgore, a fine dining restaurant; the Café at Books & Books in the historic Carnival Tower and a weekly Farmers Market.  Visit www.arshtcenter.org for more information.

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Deere earns Company of the Year Award from Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers

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MOLINE, Ill., Nov. 10, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ – John Deere has earned designation as Company of the Year from the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE). The award recognizes outstanding support for SHPE and its programs including Deere’s commitment to empower students, including Hispanics, through Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) programs.

“It’s an honor to be recognized for what is a competitive advantage at John Deere – ensuring we are committed to offer a work environment in which diversity is valued,” said Sam Allen, chairman and chief executive officer at Deere & Company.

John Deere employees support SHPE through local, regional and national leadership in the organization and helped establish the Eastern Iowa SHPE Professional Chapter. Deere also has its own SHPE organization within the company that provides opportunities for employees to focus on professional development.

Deere was presented the award at the SHPE National Conference. In addition, Deere engineer Maria Cecilia de Castro Breda was honored with the SHPE Star of Tomorrow Award, which is presented to an engineer with three to five years of experience who has demonstrated outstanding technical performance, professionalism, integrity, and dedication and commitment to mentoring and community service. She is a supplier quality engineer at John Deere Power Systems in Waterloo, Iowa.

Deere & Company (NYSE: DE) (www.JohnDeere.com) is a world leader in providing advanced products and services and is committed to the success of customers whose work is linked to the land – those who cultivate, harvest, transform, enrich and build upon the land to meet the world’s dramatically increasing need for food, fuel, shelter and infrastructure. Since 1837, John Deere has delivered innovative products of superior quality built on a tradition of integrity.

 

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The Holidays Begin Here: Disneyland Resort Celebrates Joyful New Fun at Cars Land, Plus Festival of Holidays and More, Nov. 10, 2017 to Jan. 7, 2018

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NEW HOLIDAY TRANSFORMATIONS IN CARS LAND (ANAHEIM, Calif.) - From Nov. 10, 2017 through Jan. 7, 2018, Cars Land is adorned with special holiday décor at Disney California Adventure Park. Two attractions put the magic in overdrive as they transform for the first time this holiday to Mater’s Jingle Jamboree and Luigi’s Joy to the Whirl. Mater and Luigi add even more cheer to the seasonal fun by singing new holiday tunes for the occasion. (Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland Resort)

ANAHEIM, Calif., Nov. 10, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — At the Disneyland Resort, the holidays begin here and the magic is endless at both Disneyland and Disney California Adventure Parks. From Nov. 10, 2017 through Jan. 7, 2018, guests will experience festive cheer as the entire resort transforms into a winter wonderland filled with seasonal attractions, joyful entertainment, jolly décor and themed treats that make every day feel like a holiday. This is the place where traditions are shared, memories are made and new experiences make the spirit of the season shine even brighter.

NEW HOLIDAY TRANSFORMATIONS IN CARS LAND (ANAHEIM, Calif.) – From Nov. 10, 2017 through Jan. 7, 2018, Cars Land is adorned with special holiday décor at Disney California Adventure Park. Two attractions put the magic in overdrive as they transform for the first time this holiday to Mater’s Jingle Jamboree and Luigi’s Joy to the Whirl. Mater and Luigi add even more cheer to the seasonal fun by singing new holiday tunes for the occasion. (Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland Resort)

Guests will enjoy holiday favorites throughout the Disneyland Resort, along with the debut of new seasonal transformations in Cars Land as Mater and Luigi put a holiday spin on two popular attractions. Delicious eats and treats also come in holiday themes, from Mickey Santa caramel apples to spiced peanut brittle. Merry new merchandise includes fun items with the “ugly sweater” theme, along with home décor and festive holiday headwear. Another seasonal favorite is meeting Disney characters who appear in their holiday best to share magical moments with guests.

At Disney California Adventure Park

  • The residents of Radiator Springs decorate their establishments with festive fun along Route 66, while two Cars Land attractions put the magic in overdrive as they transform for the first time this holiday. Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters becomes Luigi’s Joy to the Whirl and Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree becomes Mater’s Jingle Jamboree. Mater and Luigi add even more cheer to the seasonal fun by singing new holiday tunes for the occasion.
  • The popular Festival of Holidays is back with the sights, sounds and tastes of diverse cultural festivities and plenty of Disney magic! This heartwarming holiday celebration is inspired by Christmas/Navidad, Hanukkah, Diwali, Kwanza and Three Kings Day. Guests will experience:
    • The new Holiday Sunset Concerts: Fun dance parties featuring performing groups Phat Cat Swinger (Friday-Monday) and Mariachi Divas (Tuesday-Thursday) at Paradise Park
    • The soulful a capella group The Sound, which joins returning holiday performances by Mostly Kosher, Blue13 Dance Company and the Holiday Toy Drummers
    • The lively “Disney ¡Viva Navidad!,” with authentic music, dance, décor, crafts and special greetings by Disney characters, including Princess Elena of Avalor
    • The Festive Foods Marketplace, serving multicultural holiday fare at marketplace kiosks, including a range of flavors: beef corn tamale a la plancha with spicy rojo sauce, braised lamb cheeks with Mediterranean cauliflower, sweet potato pie and fruit and nut rugelach
    • Fun family activities, with holiday arts and crafts, face painting and cookie decorating
  • The nighttime spectacular, “World of Color – Season of Light” celebrates the warm and heartfelt spirit of the holidays as it illuminates Paradise Bay with a sparkling winter fantasy that combines classic holiday songs with memorable moments from treasured Disney and Disney•Pixar animated films.
  • In anticipation of the new Disney•Pixar film “Coco,” guests will enjoy the Coco Sneak Peek experience at Bug’s Life theater through Jan. 7, along with special décor.
  • “a bug’s land” transforms for the holidays, as Flik and his bug friends deck their land with oversized lights and ornaments.
  • At Santa’s Holiday Visit, at Redwood Creek Challenge Trail, guests will play festive Elf Games, enjoy cookie decorating and maybe have a chance to meet Santa Claus and his mischievous elves.
  • Carthay Circle along Buena Vista Street features a 1920s-inspired holiday theme to emulate Los Angeles as it appeared when Walt Disney first moved to California. A stunning, 50-foot Christmas tree features vintage-style ornaments and surrounding buildings are adorned in old-fashioned seasonal decorations.

At Disneyland Park

  • Sleeping Beauty’s Winter Castle is a guest favorite with shimmering icicles and more than 50,000 twinkling LED lights. In the evening, the spectacular “Believe … in Holiday Magic” fireworks and its magical snowfall finale captivate guests and create unforgettable holiday memories.
  • The beloved “A Christmas Fantasy” Parade returns with daily performances. Some favorite Disney characters join Santa Claus to spread holiday cheer along with marching tin soldiers, gingerbread cookies, dazzling floats and lively holiday music. Santa also welcomes the young and young-at-heart for a visit at his special location in Critter County.
  • A 60-foot Christmas tree with nearly 1,800 ornaments welcomes guests on Main Street, U.S.A. This picturesque sight is a popular backdrop for family and friends to take holiday photos year after year.
  • The “it’s a small world” attraction shines brighter than ever as it transforms into “it’s a small world” Holiday to celebrate children around the world and the holiday traditions of their countries. The iconic music of “it’s a small world,” written by the legendary Sherman Brothers, is weaved in between the joyous caroling of holiday favorites “Jingle Bells” and “Deck the Halls.” As a special treat this holiday season, FastPass will be available for this attraction.
  • Haunted Mansion becomes Haunted Mansion Holiday, celebrating the collision between Christmas and Halloween with Jack Skellington and his friends from “Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas.”

The Downtown Disney shopping, dining and entertainment district and all three Hotels of the Disneyland Resort join in the holiday festivities with twinkling lights and ornaments, holiday displays, special entertainment and holiday dining with themed menus. Guests can follow the scent of gingerbread into the lobby of Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa to find a big treat– a giant gingerbread replica of the hotel itself.

A very special “Holiday Time at Disneyland” tour is available for guests who wish to experience a close-up look at this festive transformation of the Disneyland Resort. This walking tour shares favorite Disneyland holiday traditions from around the world, along with reserved seating for “A Christmas Fantasy” Parade, delicious holiday treats, a collectible pin and more.

About the Disneyland Resort

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

“DISNEY ¡VIVA NAVIDAD!” AT FESTIVAL OF HOLIDAYS (ANAHEIM, Calif.) – Festival of Holidays at Disney California Adventure Park celebrates holiday festivities of diverse cultures with music, dance and craft-making, plus food at the Festive Foods Marketplace. Guests can look for entertainment such as the “Disney ¡Viva Navidad!” street parties, special Disney characters and musical ensembles, Nov. 10, 2017 through Jan. 7, 2018. (Scott Brinegar/Disneyland Resort)

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NYU to Take Some 50 Students From Puerto Rico for Spring Semester

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NEW YORK, Nov. 9, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — NYU President Andrew Hamilton today announced that NYU would admit a special cohort of undergraduate students currently enrolled in Puerto Rican colleges whose education was disrupted by the hurricanes that hit the island in September.  NYU will cover their tuition for the spring 2018 semester, as well as housing in a student residence hall, a meal plan, and enrollment in NYU’s Student Health Insurance plan.

Applications open today for the NYU Hurricane Maria Assistance Program, and will remain open through December 15, 2017.

New York City has a deep relationship with Puerto Rico, and so does NYU,” said NYU President Andrew Hamilton.  “Through our Faculty Resource Network, we have worked closely with Puerto Rican universities for many years, and feel a strong sense of connection to the higher education community there.  We are pleased to make it possible for at least some of Puerto Rico’s college students to be able to carry on their studies here while their home institutions recover.  We look forward to welcoming them to our campus in the spring.”

The students will be able to take credit-bearing classes in any NYU undergraduate school, college, or program, provided the class has seats available and the student meets course prerequisites.  The University is planning for a cohort of 50 students, though stands prepared to expand the program as capacity allows.

Students will be responsible for the cost of transportation to and from New York, book and other course materials, and any other living expenses.  To ensure that the program does not negatively affect schools in Puerto Rico, students will be expected to pay their regular spring tuition to their home campus–although they will attend NYU at no cost.

In 2005, NYU undertook a similar effort to help students displaced from universities in Gulf states in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

Contact: John Beckman
212.998.6848 
john.beckman@nyu.edu

 

SOURCE New York University

Woodforest Receives Corporate Social Responsibility Award From America’s First Hispanic Chamber

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THE WOODLANDS, Texas, Nov. 9, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Woodforest National Bank recently received the Max Navarro Corporate Social Responsibility Award from the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. The award was presented to Woodforest, and three other area businesses (including Walmart) who are committed to advancing diversity in San Antonio and, for recent humanitarian aid during Hurricane Harvey.

Woodforest National Bank logo

“Woodforest National Bank went above and beyond to mobilize their employees and local community members to help those affected by Hurricane Harvey,” said Ramiro Cavazos, President and CEO, San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. “It’s wonderful to see one of our proud San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce members taking corporate social responsibility to a new level and giving back in such a meaningful way.”

Doug Schaeffer, CRA Executive Director, EVP, Woodforest National Bank added, “At Woodforest, we are committed to being responsive to the ever changing needs of our communities.  Our San Antonio team endeavours to be a catalyst of change in the neighborhoods where we live and work. It is an integral part of our business to team up with local chambers and other community stakeholders to respond to disasters, and promote revitalization and economic development efforts.  We are very grateful to the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce for this distinguished recognition and their ongoing partnership.”

This corporate responsibility award was presented at the Leaders in Excellence Awards Luncheon held during the chamber’s 2017 Business Connect Summit. The San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce is San Antonio’s largest independent business organization with more than 1,300 members. Learn more at sahcc.org/connect.

About Woodforest

Celebrating 37 years of community banking service, Woodforest National Bank has successfully stood among the strongest community banks in the nation, proudly offering unsurpassed quality customer service since 1980. Woodforest currently operates 740 branches in 17 states across the United States. For more information about Woodforest National Bank please visit www.woodforest.com

Media Contact
Cindi Stewart
Sr. Vice President-Public Relations Director
Woodforest National Bank 832-375-2508
cstewart@woodforest.com

Daniel Galindo
Vice President, CRA Strategic Initiatives Director
Woodforest National Bank 210-862-0511
dgalindo@woodforest.com

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Introducing The New FRS Caribbean Route From Miami To Grand Bahama Island

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MIAMI, Nov. 9, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — FRS Caribbean announced today the launch of its brand-new service to Freeport, Grand Bahama Island. 

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The highspeed craft “San Gwann,” that is currently operating between Miami and Bimini Island, is now adding a second destination directly from Miami to Grand Bahama Island, in just 3 hours. The vessel, offering comfortable seating for 427 passengers, is equipped with bars in both passenger decks, where passengers can enjoy refreshments and snacks during their voyage and a duty-free shop to end a getaway with some mementoes and gifts. Guests can also purchase excursions onboard to enjoy the island, like water activities available from kayak, paddle boarding, jet skiing, snorkeling, and more.

Grand Bahama Island offers a distinct mix of historic appeal and modern attractions. It combines a glamorous vacation at an upscale resort with the charming allure of a small town.  

FRS Caribbean is starting their services this Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017, letting passengers enjoy a quick, easy and relaxing day trip onboard the HSC “San Gwann” with day trip prices starting at only $69.98 plus taxes and fees.

FRS Caribbean has made its home at Port Miami, Terminal H, where passengers are able to park nearby for the day or overnight. FRS Caribbean’s Call Center is available for reservations and inquiries Monday – Saturday from 9:00am-7:00pm and Sundays from 9:00am-1:00pm.

FRS Caribbean wants to specially thank the Government of the Bahamas for its support, which has been critical in this new venture for FRS to start this new route in this region.  

With this new line, FRS Group confirms its commitment in developing the maritime connections between Florida and the Bahamas.

For more information or to make your reservation, please visit www.frs-caribbean.com
Or contact us 1-877-286-7220 / info@frs-caribbean.com.

About FRS Caribbean

FRS Caribbean is part of the FRS Group. FRS is a leader in the maritime transportation of people, vehicles and cargo on short distance routes – a global ferry and shipping group. FRS currently operates 64 vessels and carried 7.9 million passengers and 2.1 million vehicles last year on national and international ferry lines.

Based in Northern Germany, FRS includes 24 operating subsidiaries across Europe, North America, North Africa and the Middle East, with more than 1,500 employees. FRS’ fleet includes RoPax ferries, passenger ferries, high speed catamarans for vehicles and passengers, crew transfer vessels for the wind offshore industry, hovercrafts, water taxis, and electric-­‐powered solar ferries. In addition, FRS provides port management and operation services worldwide.

Contact FRS Group 

Contact FRS Caribbean

Birte Dettmers

David Gudgel

Phone: +49 461 864 360

Phone: +1 786 752 4666

Email: dettmers@frs.de 

Email: info@frs-caribbean.com

 

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Open Doors Campaign Launches To Support South Bay’s Adult Learners To Elevate Pathways To Career And College

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SAN JOSE, Calif., Nov. 9, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the percentage of adults in the Silicon Valley who do not hold a high school diploma is well into the double digits in some communities, prompting the South Bay Consortium for Adult Education (SBCAE) to launch Open Doors, a regional campaign that brings to the forefront the diverse adult education programs that put adults lacking language, literacy or technical skills on a solid path to work, school and/or career training. 

In the area served by SBCAE, a partnership of five adult schools and four community colleges in Santa Clara County, the percentage of adults without a high school diploma is as high as 17.7 percent in San Jose, the consortium’s largest city, followed by 14.2 percent in Milpitas, 13.5 percent in Santa Clara and 12.9 percent in Morgan Hill, according to census data. Statewide, 18 percent of the population aged 25 and older does not have a high school diploma or equivalency, according to census data. 

“People often think of the Silicon Valley as a place of affluent tech workers, which is true, but it’s more diverse than that, with many low-income residents who cannot live on the wages they make and are looking for opportunities to livable wages and a better future,” said Kishan Vujjeni, co-chair of the SBCAE. “Our consortium members provide programs throughout the valley that can help this population attain the skills they need, no matter where they are in their educational journey, and transition into a career or postsecondary education.” 

SBCAE member organizations offer English-language classes, apprenticeship opportunities, career education courses, basic math and literacy classes and support services for adults with disabilities, with many of these programs being free. The consortium has nine transition specialists, representing each school and college, who help students identify their educational and career goals and develop a concrete path to achieving them. Adults age 18 and older are eligible to enroll in classes. 

Those interested can visit the campaign website to explore options and complete a short form so a transition specialist may contact them. The website includes a map that shows the location and contact information for each transition specialist. For more information, visit www.OpenDoorsSouthBay.org or call 408-918-5100. 

Contacts: Bob Harper (831) 239-3542
     Kishan Vujjeni (408) 918-5113 

 

SOURCE South Bay Consortium for Adult Education (SBCAE)

Amigos for Kids Foundation’s 25th Anniversary gala honors Continental National Bank’s chairman with the Celebration of Friendship Award

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MIAMI, Nov. 9, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Jacqueline Dascal Chariff, chairman of Continental National Bank was recently honored at the 25th anniversary gala of Amigos for Kids Foundation for her volunteerism, philanthropy and generosity. It was a very meaningful moment for Dascal Chariff who has supported the foundation since 2009 in their efforts to prevent child abuse and has donated and raised over $200,000 for the organization.  Last year, under her leadership, Continental National Bank raised more than $85,000 for Amigos, surpassing the campaign’s goal of raising $60k in 60 days.

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The Celebration of Friendship Award was presented to Dascal Chariff at the gala on Saturday, November 4th at the JW Marriott Marquis with over 500 guests. The Award recognizes individuals and entities whose support to the organization is instrumental in its success and ability to provide services to children and families in the community.

“Tonight, we celebrate the success of Amigos, while acknowledging that we all have a role to play when it comes to preventing child abuse and neglect, and helping these young victims recover,” said Dascal Chariff after receiving the award from Rosa Maria Plasencia, President and CEO of Amigos for Kids Foundation. “As we move forward into our next 25 years, we must continue to stand up for our children. It is up to all of us to take action to protect them – in doing so, we protect their individual futures, and the future of our community.”

Amigos for Kids Foundation was founded to respond to the diverse needs of South Florida’s abused, neglected and less-fortunate children and their families, through education, abuse prevention and community involvement. Today, Amigos for Kids’ child abuse prevention message now reaches communities across the country – no matter their ethnicity or native language.

A longtime supporter with the organization, Dascal Chariff has also served on boards and supports other non-profit organizations in the local community including The Jackson Health Foundation and United Way.

ABOUT AMIGOS FOR KIDS- Amigos for Kids is a 501(C) 3 nonprofit corporation founded in 1991 to respond to the diverse needs of South Florida’s abused, abandoned, neglected, and less-fortunate children and their families, through education, abuse prevention, and community involvement. To fulfill its mission, Amigos relies on the support of dedicated volunteers and donors throughout the community. Throughout the year, the organization creates awareness of its cause through public service campaigns, fundraising events, and community efforts such as the Amigos For Kids’ There’s NO Excuse for Child Abuse! ® Campaign.

About Continental National Bank- Continental National Bank is a full-service community bank established in 1974 in Miami as the first Cuban-American-chartered national bank in the United States, serving its customers for over 43 years. With five branches conveniently located throughout Miami-Dade County, and with more than $490 million in assets, Continental National Bank was awarded the five-star “superior” rating by Bauer Financial and has been recognized as a top community bank. The Bank offers a full range of financial and lending products and services for retail, business and institutional clients.

Media Contact:
Natalia Arana
1-305-6438281
narana@continentalbank.com

SOURCE Continental National Bank

Free Silicon Valley Online Stop Smoking Study

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PALO ALTO, California, Nov. 9, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Join a new bilingual stop smoking study conducted entirely online at SFStopSmoking.org (en Español: sfdejardefumar.org).
Quit smoking before the New Year!

Adult smokers can use this free site via smartphones, tablets, or computers to download a stop smoking guide, access tracking tools, and receive text messages to help them quit smoking.

A team of health professionals based at Palo Alto University in Silicon Valley and Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital consulted with San Francisco Health Network patients to create this new online tool and share it with any U.S. adult smoker who wants to quit.

This study is funded by the Tobacco-Related Disease Research Program and is approved by the University of California, San Francisco, Palo Alto University, and the San Francisco Department of Public Health.

For more information contact Professor Ricardo F. Muñoz, Ph.D. and the SFstopsmoking team: stopsmoking@paloaltou.edu  (650) 433-3868

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Latin GRAMMY® Nominee and YouTube Star Join Colgate® Optic White® at the 18th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards® in Las Vegas to Bring Sonrisas to Music Fans Nationwide

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NEW YORK, Nov. 9, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Now in its third year, Colgate® Optic White® continues its partnership with The Latin Recording Academy® and will provide Latin music lovers with an opportunity to smile bright at the 18th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards®. On November 16, 2017, fans will be able to peek behind-the-scenes and discover expert prep tips by following YouTube star Laura Sanchez on social media. In addition, a sweepstakes will provide two lucky winners with a VIP experience on the ground in Las Vegas at the 18th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards.

Sanchez will travel and chronicle her adventures from Los Angeles to Las Vegas, giving fans an inside look at Latin GRAMMY® Week as she shares her real-time red carpet coverage of today’s hottest celebrities on her social media channels: Laura Sanchez on YouTube, @laura_makeup on Instagram, and @laurasanchezmakeup on Facebook. Fans are also invited to follow former Latin GRAMMY® nominee and Colgate Optic White spokeswoman Leslie Grace on Twitter and Instagram as she prepares for the big night.

In October, Colgate Optic White® also held a sweepstakes to provide two music fans with the trip of a lifetime to attend the 18th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards in Las Vegas. To enter, contestants had to stop at their local Walmart store, or visit OpticWhiteStyle.com between October 1 and October 31, 2017 for a chance to win a VIP up-close-and-personal experience with some of the most talented Latin musicians, an exclusive rehearsal backstage tour, and the opportunity to receive a red-carpet-worthy makeover by YouTube star Laura Sanchez. (Click here for the official rules.)

“Colgate Optic White is thrilled to continue its partnership with The Latin Recording Academy as nothing brings a smile to your face faster than your favorite song,” said Carla Kelly, General Manager, Colgate-Palmolive, Multicultural Marketing. “Colgate wants everyone to have a healthy smile, and we think that this exclusive access to the 18th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards will certainly do that.”

To follow the conversation from the Latin GRAMMYs and get a behind-the-scenes peek into The Biggest Night in Latin Music®, follow @SonrisaColgate on Twitter and @OpticWhite on Instagram. The Biggest Night in Latin Music will air live on the Univision Network November 16, 8–11 p.m. ET/PT (7 p.m. Central) from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

About Colgate-Palmolive
Colgate-Palmolive is a leading global consumer products company, tightly focused on Oral Care, Personal Care, Home Care and Pet Nutrition. Colgate sells its products in over 200 countries and territories around the world under such internationally recognized brand names as Colgate, Palmolive, Speed Stick, Lady Speed Stick, Softsoap, Irish Spring, Protex, Sorriso, Kolynos, elmex, Tom’s of Maine, Sanex, Ajax, Axion, Fabuloso, Soupline, and Suavitel, as well as Hill’s Science Diet, Hill’s Prescription Diet and Hill’s Ideal Balance. For more information about Colgate’s global business, visit the Company’s web site at colgatepalmolive.com. To learn more about Colgate’s global oral health education program, Bright Smiles, Bright Futures™, please visit colgatebsbf.com.

The Latin Recording Academy is an international, membership-based organization comprised of Spanish- and Portuguese-speaking recording artists, musicians, songwriters, producers and other creative and technical recording professionals. The organization is dedicated to improving the quality of life and cultural condition for Latin music and its makers. In addition to producing the Latin GRAMMY Awards to honor excellence in the recorded arts and sciences, The Latin Recording Academy provides educational and outreach programs for the Latin music community either directly or through its Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation™. For more information about The Latin Recording Academy, please visit LatinGRAMMY.com. For breaking news and exclusive content, follow us at: TwitterFacebook , Instagram, Vine, Periscope, YouTube, Pinterest, Google+ and Tumblr.

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The National Hispanic Corporate Council Announces New Individual and Corporate Membership Categories

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WASHINGTON, Nov. 8, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — The National Hispanic Corporate Council (NHCC), the premiere resource for corporate America on maximizing the Hispanic market opportunity, announces new enterprise-wide and professional membership categories for associates and corporations at Fortune 1000 & S&P 500 tiers to join “Connect. Learn. Share. Network.” with NHCC.

National Hispanic Corporate Council (NHCC)

To further expand the value of its corporate offering, NHCC is expanding its corporate membership categories to better accommodate the needs of its growing membership base. In addition, a new “Individual Membership” level is now available for corporate professionals at Fortune 1000 corporations, whose company is not yet an NHCC member.

“The new corporate membership model and individual membership category are designed to offer corporate America with an enhanced value proposition offering additional benefits and ROI. NHCC’s comprehensive membership model will now allow individuals and corporations seeking to participate in our collaborative community to share resources, knowledge, best practices, and innovative solutions to grow talent, customers, and suppliers.” said Abe Carrillo, NHCC Chair and Director of Inclusiveness and Diversity, Herman Miller, Inc.

NHCC corporate membership levels are designed to strongly support a company’s efforts to increase Hispanic talent, market share and customers. NHCC membership is open to all associates and corporations at the Fortune 1000 & S&P 500 tiers interested in maximizing their respective Hispanic market knowledge and opportunities.

Effective November 1, 2017, a new NHCC “Individual Membership” level will be offered at the annual rate of $249 and also include multiple benefits to enhance the professional development of Fortune 1000 professionals who are interested in maximizing their career growth with key Hispanic market insights.

Effective January 1, 2018, the NHCC “Corporate Membership” levels will provide expanded benefits to include multiple opportunities of engagement for Fortune 1000 companies. NHCC will also offer various financial contribution levels. For example, Fortune 1000 companies can join NHCC at the Bronze Level for an annual rate of $10,000; Silver Level at $15,000, Gold Level at $20,000, Platinum Level at $30,000 ad Diamond Level at $50,000.

“The NHCC memberships are a valuable resource to obtain access to Fortune 1000 companies, leadership & professional development programs, events on corporate best practices for Hispanic & diverse markets, and members-only resources,” said Octavio Hinojosa, NHCC Executive Director. For more information, please visit the NHCC website at www.nhcchq.org.

ABOUT NHCC:

Since 1985, NHCC provides tremendous value proposition to its corporate members by effectively maximizing the diversity of the Hispanic market opportunity through human resources/talent, marketing, supplier diversity, and community relations. Given the sheer market size, growing clout and purchasing power of an estimated $1.7 trillion dollars in 2017, Fortune 1000 companies find great value in their NHCC corporate membership. I would like to invite you to visit our website at www.nhcchq.org

MEDIA CONTACT:
Octavio Hinojosa, 202-528-7229, ohinojosamier@nhcchq.org

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12th Latin American Cultural Week, November 9 through 21, 2017 with Theater, Music, Dance, Film, Literature, & Visual Arts Events throughout New York City

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NEW YORK, Nov. 8, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Pan American Art Research (PAMAR), founded in 1984 by Uruguayan-born pianist and Artistic Director Polly Ferman, presents the 12th Annual Latin American Cultural Week (LACW), November 9 through 21, 2017. (Additional events precede & follow official dates. Visit http://www.lacw.net/ for details.) This includes the 6th year of Celebracion de la Cultura Hispana in Manhattan’s Washington Heights and Inwood neighborhoods. LACW 2017 is a showcase of more than 40 theater, music, dance, film, literary, and visual arts presentations. PAMAR (http://www.pamar.org) produces, co-produces, or co-promotes LACW events. 

LACW highlights include Thursday, November 9 @ 7:00pm – From Patagonia at Saint Peter’s Church, 619 Lexington Avenue at 54th St- Suggested Donation: $20. New York debut of piano and synthesizer virtuoso and indigenous Mapuche/Aymara composer Juan Namuncura, from Patagonia, Argentina. Piano music and songs in the Mapuche language; Friday, November 10 @ 8:00pm – OFFICIAL LACW OPENING EVENTChorofest – 3rd Annual Brazilian Jazz/Choro Festival at Baruch Performing Arts Center: Engelman Recital Hall, 55 Lexington Ave – Admission: $25, $35, $45. 3rd Annual International Choro Festival, with a variety of performances, from classic to popular Choro music; Tuesday, November 14 @ 6:00pm – Música Among Friends, Saint Peter’s ChurchFree Admission – Spanish pianists Rosa Torres-Pardo & Isabel Pérez Dobarro. Music by Isaac Albéniz and Enrique Granados and Tuesday, November 21 @ 7:00pm–Bandoneorama, also at Saint Peter’s Suggested Donation: $20. An ensemble of four bandoneon players, the instrument at the heart of tango, led by Music Director/Maestro Daniel Binelli, with Julien Labro, Rodolfo Zanetti, & Javier Sánchez. 

For a full calendar of activities, please visit http://www.lacw.net/.

Participating/contributing institutions include New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, NYC & Company Foundation, El Diario, De Norte a Sur, Impacto Latino News, Univision, Consulate General of Spain in NY, Consulate General of the Argentine Republic in NY, Hostos Center for Arts & Culture, the Center for Puerto Rican Studies “El Centro”, Greenwich House Music School, Brooklyn College, & Iglesia de Sion/St. Peter’s Church. 

For more about LACW 2017, contact Jeffrey James Arts Consulting at 516-586-3433 or jamesarts@att.net. For more about PAMAR, contact Executive Director Jan Hanvik at 347-393-4257 or janhanvik@pamar.org.

SOURCE Pan American Musical Art Research

Texas home sales decline on quarterly basis for first time since 2012

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AUSTIN, Nov. 3, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Texas home sales declined slightly in the third quarter of 2017, according to the 2017-Q3 Texas Quarterly Housing Report released today by the Texas Association of Realtors. This is the first time that Texas home sales have declined on a quarterly basis since the second quarter of 2012.

“As anticipated, the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey has had a significant impact on our state’s housing market this fall, as many Texans were forced to postpone their goals of buying or selling a home in order to deal with devastation in their homes and communities,” said Vicki Fullerton, chairman of the Texas Association of Realtors. “Declines in local market home sales across the state in the third quarter were largely concentrated in regions impacted by Harvey, including the Houston area and local markets along the Texas coast.”

In the third quarter of 2017, Texas home sales volume declined 0.3 percent year-over-year to 91,401 home sales. The median price for Texas homes increased 5.6 percent in the same time frame to $225,000.

The price distribution of Texas homes sold in the third quarter of 2017 showed that less than half, or 44.5 percent, of the homes sold during this time frame were priced under $150,000, or the price threshold that the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University cites as affordable for entry-level Texas homebuyers. This is a decrease of 0.7 percentage points from 2016-Q3.

Jim Gaines, Ph.D., chief economist with the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University, commented, “Historically, Texas home sales volume is highest in the second and third quarter each year. However, shortages in housing stock fueled by population growth and increasing labor and lot shortages continue to put constraints on the Texas housing market.”

Monthly housing inventory in Texas increased 0.2 months from 2016-Q3 to 4.0 months of inventory. Statewide housing stock remains well below the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University’s benchmark of 6 to 6.5 months of inventory as a balanced housing market.

Active listings increased 7.4 percent year-over-year to 109,961 listings in the third quarter of 2017. Texas homes spent an average of 52 days on the market in 2017-Q3.

Chairman Fullerton concluded, “Despite this slight dip in home sales activity in the third quarter of 2017, the Texas housing market is still on pace for another record-breaking year. We need inventory for the housing market to continue to grow in major metropolitan areas like Dallas-Fort Worth and Houston.”

About the Texas Quarterly Housing Report
Data for the Texas Real Estate Year in Review Report is provided by the Data Relevance Project, a partnership among the Texas Association of REALTORS® and local REALTOR® associations throughout the state. Data analysis is provided by the Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University. The report provides quarterly real estate sales data for Texas and 25 metropolitan statistical areas in Texas.

About the Texas Association of REALTORS®
With more than 114,000 members, the Texas Association of REALTORS® is a professional membership organization that represents all aspects of real estate in Texas. We advocate on behalf of Texas REALTORS® and private-property owners to keep homeownership affordable, protect private-property rights, and promote public policies that benefit homeowners. Visit TexasRealEstate.com to learn more.

CONTACT: Hunter Dodson
512-448-4950
Hdodson@piercom.com

 

SOURCE Texas Association of Realtors

Target Reveals First in Series of Weekend Deals for the Holiday Season

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MINNEAPOLIS, Nov. 8, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Target Corporation (NYSE: TGT) today announced the first in its series of Weekend Deals, a new holiday sale that will feature compelling offers, like category-wide discounts on items that rarely go on sale, both in stores and on Target.com. The deals are timed for the weekends, when twice as many guests shop than an average weekday. Weekend Deals begin Nov. 11 and 12, with Target’s biggest sale of the year on kitchen appliances and Thanksgiving prep essentials.

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Throughout November and December Target will offer new Weekend Deals, designed to give guests meaningful discounts on the items they are shopping for most during that time in the season. For example, with Thanksgiving just two weeks away, the first Weekend Deal offers guests 25 percent off all kitchen appliances, including brands like KitchenAid and Cuisinart, with no exclusions, and 15 percent off Thanksgiving prep essentials, like disposable tableware, napkins, paper towels and more. Guests shopping in stores will need a coupon for the kitchen appliances offer, which can be found in the Target app or by texting KITCHEN to TARGET (827438)*. The Thanksgiving essentials discount will be applied automatically. Later in the season, Weekend Deals will include discounts on holiday decorations and top gifts, as guests get their homes ready for the holidays and begin shopping for friends and family.

“The holidays can be hectic, and we want to make saving at Target easier than ever for our guests,” said Mark Tritton, executive vice president and chief merchandising officer, Target. “Our new Weekend Deals do just that by offering great discounts on the items our guests are shopping for most when they are doing their weekend Target run. When you combine the savings we offer through our Weekly Ad and Cartwheel, plus the festive experiences guests will find at Target stores, we’re offering tremendous value – and a lot of holiday fun – this season.”

More Weekend Deals will be announced throughout the season, and will be highlighted in the retailer’s marketing starting the Tuesday or Wednesday before the deal is available. Guests can visit Target’s A Bullseye View to learn about upcoming Weekend Deals each week. 

In addition to offering extra savings on the weekends, Target also will bring joy to guests with engaging experiences in stores throughout the holiday season. The first moment, on Nov. 11, will offer guests a chance to learn about some of Target’s top toys through demonstrations in the toy department. In December, guests can pose for photos in an interactive photo booth, find exclusive giveaways, a hot cocoa and cookie station and more. Details, including dates and locations of weekend experiences, are available on Target.com.

*Message and data rates may apply. One message per request. http://target.com/terms for Terms and Conditions; http://target.com/privacy for Privacy Policy.

About Target
Minneapolis-based Target Corporation (NYSE: TGT) serves guests at 1,828 stores and at Target.com. Since 1946, Target has given 5 percent of its profit to communities, which today equals millions of dollars a week. For more information, visit Target.com/Pressroom. For a behind-the-scenes look at Target, visit Target.com/abullseyeview or follow @TargetNews on Twitter.

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Statement of the National Alliance for Hispanic Health on ending of Temporary Protected Status for Nicaraguan immigrants and delaying decision for Honduran immigrants

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WASHINGTON, Nov. 7, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — “Yesterday’s action by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) destroys the emotional security of US citizen children born to Nicaraguan immigrant parents who were told to leave our country and continues the fear and anxiety of Honduran families waiting to hear about their fate,” said Dr. Jane L. Delgado, PhD, MS, President and CEO of the National Alliance for Hispanic Health, the nation’s leading Hispanic health advocacy group.

“The impact of DHS’ action on these children and their families should be unacceptable to the nation. There are bipartisan legislative options currently before Congress to protect TPS families.  It is time for Congress to act and to do so before the end of the year,” stated Dr. Delgado.

Dr. Delgado made her statement after the announcement by the Department of Homeland Security that ended Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for 2,550 Nicaraguan immigrants and delays for six months a decision for 57,000 Honduran who came to the US under the TPS program following natural disasters in their countries.  DHS’ announcement has further significance for more than 240,000 immigrants from Haiti (46,000) and El Salvador (195,000) that are expected to learn if their TPS work permits will be ended in the coming weeks.

“Among the families with TPS work permits hearing of their status yesterday and in the coming weeks and months are an estimated 273,000 U.S. citizen children. DHS’ action destroys the emotional security and compromises the mental health of thousands of U.S. citizen children with a lifetime of consequences for their well-being,” concluded Dr. Delgado.

About the National Alliance for Hispanic Health (The Alliance)
The Alliance is the nation’s foremost science-based source of information and trusted advocate for the best health for all. For more information, visit http://www.healthyamericas.org or call the Alliance’s Su Familia National Hispanic Family Health Helpline at 1-866-783-2645.

 

SOURCE National Alliance for Hispanic Health

Students Of A Prestigious Mexican University Meet Journalist Jorge Ramos’s Challenge To Raise Funds For Victims Of Earthquakes

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MEXICALI, México, Nov. 7, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Thanks to the CETYS community and the leadership of several student groups, the original challenge proposed by journalist Jorge Ramos has been exceeded. To date, they’ve raised over $39,623 which will go towards helping rebuild areas devastated by natural disasters in the last few months.

“While in Mexicali, I met with CETYS students who are working to make their school one of the top 10 universities in the world. Inspired by their tenacity, I issued a challenge to raise $25,000 for the victims of Mexico’s earthquake,” said Jorge Ramos, last September, during his visit to CETYS University‘s 56th anniversary.  “These students not only stepped up to the plate to deliver much needed resources, but the University also backed them 100%.”

Dr. Fernando León García, President of CETYS University declared, “We’re proud to say that we have clearly surpassed our goal. The work shows our commitment at CETYS of focusing both on the academic and social development of our students. By forming upstanding people who are very committed to their communities, we’re educating true agents of change.”

Fundraising activities were led by student groups, including the University Network for Disaster Prevention and Care (UNIRED for its Spanish acronym), a non-governmental association, located in Mexico City, whose Northwestern chapter is coordinated by CETYS; the leadership group FORTES, and the Alumni Society. These groups organized social and cultural events, fundraisers, raffles, and sales throughout the three CETYS campuses.

Through different initiatives, CETYS University seeks to promote its students’ sensitivity to their environment, raise their awareness about their responsibility within the society, and reaffirm their commitment as future agents of change.

Jorge Ramos’s challenge started with a personal donation by the renowned journalist himself of $10,000. To this day, CETYS and the community has collected over $29,000 more for a total of over $39,000. The school will unveil the names of the institutions that will be in charge of bringing the funds to the devastated areas soon.

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About CETYS:
CETYS is ranked among the top universities in Mexico and is climbing the ladder of international recognition. With bilingual and dual-degree programs, CETYS is innovative and expects academic, as well as moral, excellence from its students. Further, CETYS location in Baja California, a region ripe with innovation, is a major draw. With a population of just over 3 million, and proximity to important cities in the United States, like San Diego, the state has 32 major universities and offers over one hundred professional degrees. The region also has an incredible tech ecosystem, with major technology parks focused on research and development.

CETYS University is the first Mexican university accredited by WASC, (Western Association of Schools and Colleges) and boasts alliances with more than 80 international universities, including: UCSD, USD, City University of Seattle and National University. CETYS already serves a diverse population from Southern California, where students from the U.S. border region commute to CETYS in pursuit of an international quality education. By 2020 CETYS University aims to be the educational institution with the best MBA program in Latin America, with a focus on entrepreneurship and in Engineering, with a focus on Innovation and Design.

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SOURCE CETYS University