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“CONFESIONES DE MUJERES TRAFICANTES”: Real Stories Told By Women Trafficking Drugs Across Borders

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“CONFESIONES DE MUJERES TRAFICANTES” features the stories of four Latino women who smuggled drugs in their luggage and even inside their own bodies, and got caught.

MIAMI, Feb. 13, 2018 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Drug-trafficking is a business primarily led by men. Yet, there are some infamous females who get their start in the “narco” business as international drug traffickers. “CONFESIONES DE MUJERES TRAFICANTES” features the stories of four Latino women who smuggled drugs in their luggage and even inside their own bodies, and got caught. The new one-hour documentary will premiere February 25 at 10pm E/P as part of the Discovery a Fondo Investigation Block, and live on the GO app.

“CONFESIONES DE MUJERES TRAFICANTES” features the stories of four Latino women who smuggled drugs in their luggage and even inside their own bodies, and got caught.

Lidia from Argentina swallowed 28 cocaine capsules while pregnant; Raquel from Spain was arrested after numerous trips while flying out of Argentina carrying 18 kilos of cocaine; Yolanda from Colombia agreed to take drugs to Israel despite her financial stability, and a friend of Mexican-born Linda, hid drugs in her luggage when she was returning from vacationing in Colombia. Knowingly or unknowingly, all these women fell victim to an illegal business where human mules often end up in jail.

“CONFESIONES DE MUJERES TRAFICANTES” the real stories of these women who open up and tell how they entered the world of drug trafficking, their experiences, how they got arrested, their lives in prison, the impact on their families, and their attempts to reintegrate into society.

The new documentary is a Discovery en Español original production headed by Michela Giorelli, Rafael Rodríguez and Carlos Cediel, and produced by Nippur Media.

For more about network programming, please follow us on facebook.com/discoveryenespanol, Twitter @DiscoveryenESP and Instagram @discoveryenespanol.

About Discovery en Español
Discovery en Español connects Spanish-speaking viewers in the U.S. to the world and all its wonder and possibilities. It provides quality programming focusing on bold storytelling across core genres including adventure, ingenuity, natural history, investigation and current affairs. Created by Discovery Communications, Discovery en Español is widely distributed on Hispanic tier packages throughout the country. It also reaches audiences across screens on the ”Discovery en Español GO”TV Everywhere app. For more information, please follow us on Facebook at facebook.com/discoveryenespanol, Twitter @DiscoveryenESP and Instagram @discoveryenespanol.   

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Good Times and Great Adventures Await this Spring Break in San Antonio

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Spring Break fun on the San Antonio River Walk

SAN ANTONIO, Feb. 13, 2018 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — With San Antonio’s Tricentennial anniversary celebration in 2018, visitors have more to discover this Spring Break than ever before. New rides, slides and shows will provide seemingly endless entertainment at San Antonio’s theme parks, while special exhibits and events at cultural institutions will disguise learning as fun. Families will want to see for themselves why “National Geographic Traveler” named San Antonio one of the “Best of the World” for 2018.

Spring Break fun on the San Antonio River Walk

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THEME PARK THRILLS:

The world’s first single-rail coaster will premiere at Six Flags Fiesta Texas in early March, as the park completes its DC Super Hero Trilogy of Rides with the first-ever Wonder Woman-themed coaster. WONDER WOMAN™ Golden Lasso will operate on a one-of-a-kind single rail coaster giving riders unobstructed views as they twist and turn above the 100-foot quarry walls. Riders will experience a thrilling 90-degree drop, overbanked wave turn, zero-g roll and a steep uphill spiral.

Aquatica San Antonio, SeaWorld’s Waterpark™, will debut its high-speed racing water slide, Taumata Racer®March 10. Named for a famous hill in New Zealand, Taumata Racer allows riders to zoom downhill head first on foam bodysurfing mats in one of six side-by-side lanes. Spring Break at SeaWorld also means Wild Days – an action-packed month of events, shows and up-close animal encounters.

Morgan’s Wonderland, the world’s first theme park designed with special-needs individuals in mind and built for everyone’s enjoyment, will be open daily March 9-18. Experience fun shows including “Music, Mutts, Magic and More,” in addition to more than 25 wheelchair-accessible rides and playscapes.

CULTURAL FUN FOR ALL AGES:

Make memories and take family selfies while discovering San Antonio’s famous River Walk aboard one of Go Rio River Cruises’ new electric river boats.

Get moving at The DoSeum’s special exhibit “Run! Jump! Fly! Adventures in Action.” Kids will build skills in balance, strength and coordination as they master poses in the Yoga Station, navigate their boards through mountains and oceans in Surf Snow and maneuver across a rocky wall in Climbing Canyon. Exhibit open through April 8.

Beginning March 1, experience history like never before with the Alamo Reality app. Using a careful blending of technology and scholarship, this new smartphone app invites users to travel back in time to explore the legendary siege of the Alamo. Through augmented reality, visitors to the Shrine of Texas Liberty can inspect the mission grounds, walls, gates and barracks and learn more about the stories behind the legend.

Celebrate San Antonio’s Tricentennial at The Witte Museum with “Confluence and Culture: 300 Years of San Antonio History,” a multi-faceted exhibit that portrays San Antonio as the hub of the frontier over three centuries. Opening March 3, the exhibit illustrates how early Spanish settlement in San Antonio influenced the economic and cultural development of the city through modern times.

Explore nature at the San Antonio Botanical Garden’s Spring Break events March 12-23, including a plant sale, native plant walks, bird walks, dog days, butterfly walks and Starlight Movies in the Garden.

Experience Texas as it was in the 1880’s with “Spring Break on the Back 40” at the UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures. Learn about life on the frontier while seeing buildings and artifacts from the period up close.

ACTIVITIES FOR THE BUDDING ARTIST:

The Briscoe Western Art Museum will host its Lil Partners Spring Break Film Series March 13-15, featuring kid-friendly westerns including “Back to the Future Part III,” “Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron” and “Rango.”

The McNay Art Museum will host family-friendly hours on March 13-14, 2-4 p.m. featuring art activities, tours, lawn games and special performances inside and outside the museum, all inspired by work featured as a part of its “100 Years of African American Art” exhibition.

The San Antonio Museum of Art will host a free Spring Break family day on March 13. Enjoy family art activities inspired by San Antonio’s Tricentennial and the “San Antonio 1718: Art from Viceregal Mexico” exhibit.

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Media Contact:
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Texas holds on to No. 2 spot for U.S. relocation activity in 2016

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AUSTIN, Texas, Feb. 8, 2018 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Texas ranked second in the nation for incoming residents in 2016, according to the Texas Relocation Report released today by the Texas Association of REALTORS®. Analyzing the latest migration data from the U.S. Census Bureau, the report marked the fourth consecutive year that Texas experienced a gross inflow of more than 500,000 residents from out of state.

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“Despite slowing job and economic growth over the last two years, housing-market and population growth have remained strong and steady throughout the state,” said Kaki Lybbert, 2018 chairman of the Texas Association of Realtors. “With more than half a million people moving here each year, it’s evident that the Lone Star State fosters a positive environment for business development and raising a family.”

According to the report, Texas welcomed 531,996 total new residents in 2016. This is less than the number of out-of-state residents who moved to Texas in 2015 (553,032), but the net gain of out-of-state residents in Texas in 2016 was still positive at 87,656 residents.

Nearly half of the gross inflow of residents to Texas originated from outside of the U.S. Among U.S. states, the highest number of new Texans relocated from California (69,945), Florida (31,145), Oklahoma (30,532), Louisiana (27,998) and Illinois (21,848).

Texas ranked third in the nation for number of residents moving out of state (444,340) in 2016, but fewer people moved from Texas to other states compared to the previous report. The most popular out-of-state relocation destinations for Texans were California (39,109), Florida (31,153), Oklahoma (28,060), Louisiana (21,925), and Colorado (20,725).

At the Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) level, Los Angeles-Long BeachAnaheim, New YorkNewarkJersey City and ChicagoNapervilleElgin produced the highest volume of residents relocating to Texas. Dallas-Fort WorthArlington recorded the highest number of incoming residents from out-of-state (123,661) followed by Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land MSA (104,811).

At the county level, Harris County led the state with a net gain of 20,942 residents relocating from out of state, but four of the top 10 counties with the highest net gain of out-of-state residents were in North Texas (Dallas, Tarrant, Collin and Denton counties). Three of the top 10 counties were located in Central Texas (Travis, Williamson and Bell).

Lybbert concluded, “The Texas Triangle is a magnet for relocation activity and real estate development across the state. As these large MSAs like Austin and San Antonio continue to fuse together, it’s becoming increasingly important for our local and state leaders to think about housing development and affordability from a regional perspective. Texas REALTORS®, too, are learning to serve and be knowledgeable about larger and larger market areas.”

About the Texas Luxury Home Sales Report
The 2018 edition of the Texas Relocation Report is based on data from the 2016 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates by the U.S. Census Bureau. The report analyzes county relocation data for the 40 largest demographic areas in Texas. The Texas Association of REALTORS® distributes insights about the Texas housing market each month, including quarterly market statistics, trends among homebuyers and sellers, international trends, and more. To view the Texas Relocation 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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Live Nation Entertainment Schedules Fourth Quarter And Full Year 2017 Earnings Release And Teleconference

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LOS ANGELES, Feb. 13, 2018 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Live Nation Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: LYV), the world’s leading live entertainment and ecommerce company, announced today that it will release its fourth quarter and full year 2017 financial results after market hours on Tuesday, February 27, 2018.  Michael Rapino, Live Nation Entertainment’s President and Chief Executive Officer, will host a teleconference that day to discuss the company’s financial performance at 5:00 p.m. ET (2:00 p.m. PT).

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

Additionally, management will be presenting at the Deutsche Bank Media, Telecom & Business Services Conference at approximately 10:15 a.m. ET (7:15 a.m. PT) on Monday, March 5, 2018 in Palm Beach, Florida.  During the presentation, management may address the company’s long-term strategic direction, financial performance, and outlook.

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

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

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New Hammock Worldwide® Text-The-Desk™ hotel guest amenity begins in the United States; Is there hope for people in need of an easier way to talk with the Hotel Front Desk?

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TOMS RIVER, N.J., Feb. 13, 2018 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — As the Text-The-Desk™ hotel guest amenity rolls out across affiliated hotels & resorts in the United States, Hammock Worldwide® has responded to a GALLUP® survey on more guest-focused, responsive employees – a problem illustrated by the fact that the findings of the survey showing guests indicated that Responsive Employees are a top factor when booking a repeat hotel visit. This combined with the increasing trend of personal cell phones (especially smartphones) in society make it essential for hotels to shape how they respond to guest requests.  To commemorate the U.S. launch of Text-The-Desk™ program, Hammock Worldwide® Hotels & Resorts is challenging customers to utilize their phone’s text messaging feature to contact the front desk using the Text-The-Desk™ program card when staying in their hotels in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, & Virginia.

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Although consumers love their phone, there is a growing disconnect between how customers prefer to interact with people around them and how hotel employees respond to requests.  Most U.S. adults indicate they have a cell phone as their primary phone and spend most of their day with them.  Yet relatively few have found hotels that have the ability to directly text the hotel front desk agent using their personal smartphone’s text messaging (aka Texting) feature. Key Findings from the GALLUP® study show the following from surveyed adults:

In the Economy hotel segment, about 25% of guests are disengaged when staying at a hotel, while it is the fourth most important factor in how a repeat stay is determined.

In the Luxury and Upscale hotel segment, the overall tone of the hotel is more impactful on how enjoyable a customer’s visit was.

In Economy, Mid-Scale, Luxury and Upscale segments, customers state that good internet connectivity, comfortable beds, and more Responsive Employees would be worth paying more during their stay.

While other amenities – such as an in-room bar, valet parking, and guest room radios – are hotel amenities customers are easily willing to live without to lower costs.

The new Text-The-Desk™ program offers a different kind of hotel experience designed to get customers requested information, local recommendations, and better staff responsiveness; Amazingly, with no specific app download, membership, or website access needed.  With Text-The-Desk™, Hammock Worldwide® Hotels & Resorts set out to design a better guest experience that would bring the hotel features people care about right to their personal phone, in most of their affiliated hotels.  In doing so, Text-The-Desk™ connects the dots between customers and their most important hotel features – allowing for the ability for a hotel employee to easily Respond to the needs of the customer – so people can do it right from their own cell phone.  No special App, Membership, or downloads (as well as actually walking to the front desk) required.

To find Hammock Worldwide® affiliated hotel locations, please visit http://hammockworldwide.com/portfolio/.

About Hammock Worldwide® Hotels & Resorts
Hammock Worldwide® is a leading provider of hotel accommodations, including sports travel accommodations, business travel accommodations, and family travel accommodations, which now includes more than 16 individually owned and operated hotel properties in United States locations throughout New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Connecticut.  They recently completed renovations at the Howard Johnson® Wildwood NJ. Hammock Worldwide’s network of hotels are franchised by a number of the industry’s most well-regarded brand families including Hilton Worldwide®, Choice Hotels®, and Wyndham Hotels Group®, as well as boutique hotels & resort brands.  Franchised hotel brands include Hampton by Hilton®, Best Western Plus®, Comfort Suites®, Ramada®, Howard Johnson®, Days Inn®, Days Inn & Suites® and more.  Providing hotel rooms in the United States, Hammock Worldwide has established strong relationships with sports travel companies and business clients, as well as individual family travelers. For more information or to make a hotel reservation, visit www.hammockworldwide.com.

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Finhabits Partners with Neighborhood Trust to Empower NY Workers Through Wider Access to Retirement Savings Accounts

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NEW YORK, Feb. 13, 2018 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Finhabits (www.finhabits.com) the bilingual digital investment advisor that specializes in making quality investments and retirement services more inclusive, has partnered with Neighborhood Trust Federal Credit Union, one of the country’s leading providers of financial empowerment services.

The new partnership will allow credit union members with no access to a 401(k) plan at work to open an Individual Retirement Account (IRA) through Finhabits’ mobile-first platform at a low monthly cost, making investing an easy habit.

Today, many working families struggle to prepare for their retirement. As detailed in a recent report by Finhabits, the problem is particularly acute among workers in small business. “The smaller the firm, the less likely they are to offer any type of sponsored retirement plan… On average, only 10% of U.S. small-sized businesses, that is fewer than 100 employees, offer a retirement plan to employees.” (Finhabits, 2017).

Finhabits aims to promote the power of smart financial habits to people who have no knowledge or resources to a 401(k) plan,” said Carlos Garcia, the CEO and founder of Finhabits. “Our partnership with Neighborhood Trust is the latest accomplishment for Finhabits after a year marked by significant user growth, especially among minority workers.”

Finhabits’ full-stack technology solution was developed in-house by a team of financial experts, engineers, and designers in New York City. In 2018, Finhabits continues its mission to make retirement savings and investing more inclusive in our country.

About Finhabits
Finhabits Advisors is an SEC-registered digital investment advisor that makes investing and saving for retirement a habit by combining fiduciary advice with behavioral nudges. The bilingual, mobile-first platform allows users to set up Roth and Traditional IRAs, as well as individual investment accounts in just a few minutes — making it accessible and easy for anyone to start building wealth for their future. For more information, visit finhabits.com.

About Neighborhood Trust
Neighborhood Trust’s mission is to empower low-income individuals to become productive participants in the U.S. financial system and achieve their financial goals. For more than 20 years, Neighborhood Trust has integrated financial products and services with counseling and programs that low-income people trust. We don’t just lend or educate – we help members roll up their sleeves and take action. In 2017, the Community Development Financial Institutions Fund (CDFI Fund) awarded our credit union with a substantial grant in recognition to its efforts supporting individuals and small businesses to accessing affordable and accessible financial services. Neighborhood Trust FCU holds the “Juntos Avanzamos” accreditation for its commitment to the Latino Community in the United States. For more information, visit us at www.neighborhoodtrustfcu.org.

This is not an offer or solicitation to buy or sell securities. Brokerage services are provided by Apex Clearing Corporation, member of FINRA/SIPC. Non-deposit investments are not federally insured, involve investment risk, may lose value, and are not obligations of or guaranteed by the financial institution.

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Bud Light Heads “Brewed Deep in the Heart” to Celebrate Texan Roots in New Regional Campaign

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HOUSTON, Feb. 12, 2018 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Today, Bud Light announced a new campaign aimed at going big in Texas in 2018 with multi-faceted programming across the Lonestar state. After launching a successful regional program in 2017, the brand will take its “Brewed Deep in the Heart” campaign to the next level with an ongoing music partnership with Texas-native musicians Siggno and Josh Abbott Band.

The creative campaign, which encompasses out-of-home, TV, digital, and radio commercials in both English and Spanish, along with special edition Texas packaging featuring the Texas Lonestar and a cutout of the state on the tab. A new Texas-specific commercial featuring Houston Brewery employee Hannah Kight, “Stamping Iron” will debut regionally on February 12 and additional TV creative will be launched later in 2018. Additionally, the Texan-pride tabs will feature a cutout of the state on all Texas-edition packaging.

“We have been brewing Bud Light in Texas for over 30 years, so today I’m proud to announce the new partners and creative we have lined up for 2018,” said Andy Goeler, Vice President, Marketing Bud Light. “Texas has always been an important market to our business, and Josh Abbott Band and Siggno are true Texas musicians and are the perfect addition to our programming in the state. We are excited to activate with them in 2018.”

In celebration of its Texan roots, the brand enlisted the help of Josh Abbott Band to re-record the iconic Texan song, “Deep in the Heart of Texas“. The track will be performed on the multi-city Josh Abbott Band tour statewide, and will be featured in one of Bud Light’s new Texas-focused commercials. Larger music programming in the region will fuel fan engagement, as Bud Light will be the sponsor for Josh Abbott Band ‘Brewed Deep in the Heart’ regional tour, and Siggno’s 100-show “Monster Tour” tour into spring 2018.

“We want our fans to have the best experience at all of our shows, whether singing along, having a few cold beers, or just enjoying our music with friends,” said Josh Abbott. “When we got the news that Bud Light was going big in Texas in 2018 we were excited to join forces and knew we had to be a part of it. ‘Deep in the Heart of Texas’ is such an iconic song that everyone knows in the state and as proud Texans, we are thrilled to be able to record our version of it and that it will be used as part of Bud Light’s campaign.”

Siggno’s 100-city tour will kick-off in February, and is sponsored by Bud Light. “Texas is our home and our Texan fans have inspired our music for nearly 20 years. We are so honored to be a part of Bud Light’s ‘Brewed Deep in the Heart’ campaign and look forward to seeing our fans on the road.”

Bud Light’s largest brewery sits in Houston and has for over 35 years, with over 600 Texans brewing the beer every day. To learn more about Bud Light go to www.budlight.com or follow Bud Light on Facebook at Facebook.com/BudLight, on Twitter at @BudLight and on Instagram at @BudLight.

About Bud Light
Introduced in 1982, Bud Light is a premium light lager with a superior drinkability that has made it the best-selling and most popular beer in the United States. Bud Light is brewed using a blend of premium aroma hop varieties, both American-grown and imported, and a combination of barley malts and rice. The light-bodied beer features a fresh, clean and subtle hop aroma, delicate malt sweetness and a crisp finish that delivers the ultimate refreshment. For more information, visit www.BudLight.com.

About Josh Abbott Band
Country favorites Josh Abbott Band released their latest album Until My Voice Goes Out in August 2017.    The critically acclaimed album is a hopeful look into the future and an embrace of life and its potential. The seven piece band also incorporates strings and a horn section for the first time on the album and has been touring with the additional ensemble all Fall and Winter. The band makes a statement through the entire risk-taking album – about its continued growth and evolution as it moves forward, a decade after that first single gave Texas a taste of JAB’s brand of country.  JAB’s last album ‘Front Row Seat’ debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Independent Albums chart and garnered high praise across the board. JAB has performed  on national television on Jimmy Kimmel Live, Conan and Fox 7 Friends.   Hailed as one of the top Texas country acts, Josh Abbott Band is renowned for heartfelt songwriting and traditional instrumentation.  The independent band has accumulated over 80 million total streams, 18 million YouTube/VEVO views has over 1.5 million single sales and 230,000 album sales.  Additionally, the band has sold over 1.2 million concert tickets the last few years.  Josh Abbott Band is Josh Abbott (vocals, guitar), Preston Wait (fiddle, electric guitar), Edward Villanueva (drums),  James Hertless (bass),  Caleb Keeter (electric guitar),  Austin Davis (banjo), David Fralin (Keyboard).

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The National Hispanic Corporate Council to Host the 2018 Annual Member Summit

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WASHINGTON, Feb. 12, 2018 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — The National Hispanic Corporate Council (NHCC), the premiere resource for corporate America on maximizing the Hispanic market opportunity, announces the 2018 NHCC Annual Member Summit, which will be held Wednesday, May 16th and Thursday, May 17th, 2018 in Milwaukee, WI. This event will be hosted by Northwestern Mutual.

National Hispanic Corporate Council (NHCC).

The 2018 NHCC Annual Member Summit centered on the theme of “Advancing Hispanic Talent & Driving Consumer Growth: Trends Impacting a $2 Trillion Market” is an important gathering of our organization’s Fortune 1000 corporate members aims to highlight the latest corporate best practices in human resources, supplier diversity, marketing, community relations, and executive leadership within the Hispanic, diversity and inclusion space. Subject-matter experts (SMEs) and summit attendees share insights centered on why and how companies that strongly champions diversity and inclusion initiatives help to better position their respective companies to compete in the U.S. Hispanic consumer market.

Tentative agenda includes, but not limited to the following:

  • “Supporting Diversity & Inclusion in a New Political Climate” with Diversity Best Practices
  • “Building a Mentoring Culture” with LifeWork Systems and GlaxoSmithKline
  • “Corporate Executive Development Program Seminar: Latino in Corporate America” by Dr. Mickey Quinones, Department Chair & O. Paul Corley Distinguished Chair in Organizational Behavior, Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University
  • “The Hispanic Marketing Opportunity: A Look at Northwestern Mutual Hispanic Market Strategy” with Northwestern Mutual Executives
  • Employee Retention Research Project” presented by Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University
  • “What’s Next? A Look at Generation Z Marketing” featuring David Wellish, co-founder and CEO of Collage Group
  • “Changing Conversation of Diversity & Inclusion from Diversity to Inclusion and How that means more now with Current Generations” with TJX Companies, NBCUniversal, and NHCC
  • “The Effect of Today’s Social and Political Climate on the Multicultural Marketplace” presented by Cision/PR Newswire and Sensis
  • “Transforming Employee Resource Group into Business Resource Group: Aligning the Group with the Business’ Goals” presented by Association of ERG & CouncilsNorthwestern Mutual, and TBD panelists.
  • “Engaging Hispanic Markets via Sport Marketing/Sponsorships” with NBCUniversal and TBD panelists.

“We are delighted to offer these educational sessions to help our corporate members and guests better understand and maximize the Hispanic markets for their respective companies”, said Octavio Hinojosa, Executive Director, NHCC.

We invite all interested parties to learn more via our website (www.nhcchq.org) and register via bit.ly/2018NHCCAnnualSummit.

Our host sponsor, Northwestern Mutual, graciously supports this event along with Comcast NBCUniversal Telemundo, Marriott International, Herman Miller, and Marcus Hotels & Resorts.

About NHCC:

Founded in 1985, NHCC is a unique membership organization comprised of Fortune 1000 corporations providing leading- edge corporate best practices, research and network opportunities for the benefit of its corporate members. NHCC is the premier resource on effectively maximizing the Hispanic market opportunity through marketing, community relations, human resources, and procurement within the foundation of corporate social responsibility. To learn more about NHCC visit us at www.nhcchq.org. Follow us on Twitter @ NHCCorg.

Media Contact:  Octavio Hinojosa, 202-528-7229, ohinojosamier@nhcchq.org 

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Texas Women Lawyers Honors 2018 Pathfinder Chief Justice Ann C. McClure and 2018 Brenda Tso Rising Young Lawyer Erin Nowell

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EL PASO, Texas, Feb. 12, 2018 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Texas Women Lawyers (“TWL”) is honored to present the TWL 2018 Pathfinder Award to the Honorable Ann C. McClure, Chief Justice of the Eighth Court of Appeals of Texas and the inaugural 2018 Brenda Tso Rising Young Lawyer Award to Erin Nowell at the TWL Annual Meeting and CLE which will be held at The University of Texas at El Paso, El Paso Natural Gas Conference Center on February 16, 2018.  TWL is also excited to announce that the keynote speaker will be Professor Margaret Montoya, JD, a pathfinder in her own right, who has been recognized as a pioneering woman in law and is the first Latina admitted to Harvard Law School.

The TWL Pathfinder Award is given each year to an individual who has championed the advancement of women in the law and who exemplifies professionalism, leadership, and commitment to the public interest.  Chief Justice McClure is the first female chief justice in the one-hundred-year history of the Eighth Court of Appeals of Texas. She was elected to this court in 1994 and became Chief Justice in 2011. She is also a former member of the Texas Board of Law Examiners, the Task Force on Indigent Defense, the Texas Judicial Council, the Texas Board of Disciplinary Appeals, the Texas Family Law Specialization Exam Commission, and the Texas Civil Appellate Law Advisory Commission and has held numerous leadership roles in her local and the State Bar.  “Chief Justice McClure has a storied professional history of leadership, especially when it comes to ethics and issues affecting women in the legal community,” said Krisi Kastl, TWL President-Elect. “On behalf of TWL, we are honored to present this award to this distinguished jurist.”

The inaugural Brenda Tso Rising Young Lawyer Award, which recognizes an outstanding young woman lawyer who is actively supporting the mission of Texas Women Lawyers, will be presented to Erin Nowell. Ms. Nowell is a shareholder with Simon Greenstone Panatier Bartlett, PC (“SGPB”) and also serves as the firm’s Director of Human Resources.  With her efforts in aggressively promoting and hiring female attorneys, nearly half of the associates in SGPB’s Dallas office are female.  Ms. Nowell also serves on the Texas Trial Lawyers Association Women’s Caucus Steering Committee and Diversity Committee and the Dallas Bar Association Minority Participation Committee.

For almost 25 years, TWL has hosted powerful annual programs. This year’s program is entitled “Inspire Impact. Be Fierce” with an exciting lineup of speakers. All Texas lawyers are invited to attend.  More information on speakers can be found at www.texaswomenlawyers.net. The event is approved for 6 MCLE hours.

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Phoenix Tower International acquires 215 wireless communication tower sites from Digicel in the French West Indies

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BOCA RATON, Fla., Feb. 12, 2018 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Phoenix Tower International (“PTI”) via its subsidiary Phoenix Tower FWI, S.A.S. announces that it has closed its transaction with Digicel Antilles Francaises Guyane (“Digicel”) to acquire the ownership or management rights relating to 215 wireless communication tower sites from Digicel.  This latest transaction solidifies PTI’s position as the premier tower company in the Caribbean. Terms of the transaction remain confidential between the parties.

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“PTI is enthused to continue to work closely with Digicel and was uniquely positioned to execute this transaction given our existing presence in the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico.  The French West Indies exhibit the hallmarks of a healthy wireless infrastructure market with multiple wireless operators that have significant network capex needs and a stable regulatory environment,” stated Dagan Kasavana, Chief Executive Officer of Phoenix Tower International.

He added, “PTI looks forward to continuing to work with Digicel and the other operators on their network buildouts across the Caribbean where PTI is uniquely suited to make investments over the coming years.  Because of our flexible investment strategy and strong operating platform, we are able to effectively partner with multinational wireless operators in a way that is truly unique.  This transaction further exemplifies PTI’s commitment to help our customers achieve their goals.”

Commenting on the transaction, Digicel Group CEO, Colm Delves, said, “We’re very pleased to be partnering with PTI on this transaction in the French West Indies, having previously done so in El Salvador.  We look forward to continue building on the strong partnership already established between Digicel and PTI.”

Scotiabank acted as the Administrative Agent and ING acted as the Bookrunner on the acquisition financing.  Choate Hall & Stewart LLP and Dentons Europe acted as legal advisors to PTI. Orrick and Mayer Brown acted as legal advisors to Digicel.

About Phoenix Tower International

Phoenix Tower International (“PTI”) owns and operates over 2,100 towers and other wireless infrastructure and related sites throughout Costa Rica, Panama, El Salvador, the Dominican Republic, French West Indies, Colombia, Peru and the United States including Puerto Rico. 

PTI was founded in 2013 with a mission to be a premier site provider to wireless operators across the Americas in high-growth markets. PTI’s investors include funds managed by Blackstone Tactical Opportunities as well as various members of the management team, and is headquartered in Boca Raton, Florida. For more information, please visit www.phoenixintnl.com.

About Digicel

Digicel Group is a total communications and entertainment provider with operations in 33 markets in the Caribbean, Central America and Asia Pacific. After 16 years of operation, total investment to date stands at over US$5 billion worldwide. The company is renowned for delivering best value, best service and best network.

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Catapult and Chinasoft International announce Global Expansion of Cloud Services

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AUSTIN, Texas, Feb. 12, 2018 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Catapult Systems, a well-known US-based cloud solutions provider, and Chinasoft International Ltd (HK:0354), Catapult’s parent company and one of the largest IT services firms in China, today announced their global expansion with the formation of Catapult Worldwide, a new division in Chinasoft’s cloud business unit.  The firm is responding to the rise in demand for expertise in architecting, implementing and managing cloud-based solutions on a global scale.  The company is also announcing the appointment of veteran CFO, Frank Waung, as the first Chief Financial Officer for this entity.

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In hyper-growth mode, the cloud business unit has operations in Xi’an, Beijing, and Shanghai, China, as well as Malaysia, India, Europe and the United States. Catapult Worldwide is in the process of opening an office in Mexico City as the headquarters of its new Latin American operations.  

“I’m excited to announce that Frank Waung has joined Catapult Worldwide as CFO. His experience with establishing and expanding multi-national organizations will be invaluable as we begin this new chapter,” said David Fuess, Catapult Worldwide CEO. Most recently, Mr. Waung was the CFO of Chinasoft International.

“Many of our customers are multi-national organizations undergoing fundamental business transformation with cloud-based technologies such as IOT and big data. Our expertise with digital transformation, along with our unique cloud-based solutions, has created a unique opportunity for Catapult to expand our services globally,” said Fuess. “Wherever we are in the world, we will continue to live by our brand promise for our customers: We always deliver, we’re easy to work with, and we bring the whole team, focusing our collective experience on every project.”

ABOUT CATAPULT WORLDWIDE
Catapult is a cloud solutions provider that uses technology to solve complex business challenges, delivering exceptional value to our clients. As Microsoft’s 2017 Partner of the Year Finalist in Cloud Productivity and the 2016 Partner of the Year (U.S.), Catapult specializes in digital transformation and cloud-based technologies. We work on behalf of our clients to imagine, build, and sustain IT-enabled business solutions that people love to use. Catapult Worldwide has offices in the US, China, Malaysia, India, and Western Europe.

Press Contact:
Mindy Russell
Vice President, Marketing
Catapult Worldwide
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Chobani Celebrates 10 Years by Saying Thanks to Fans and Offering Free Yogurt to all Americans

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NORWICH, N.Y., Feb. 12, 2018 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Chobani, LLC, maker of America’s No. 1 Greek yogurt brand and the second-largest overall yogurt manufacturer in the U.S., announced today a new campaign to say thanks to all who have supported the company over the past decade, and to welcome new fans to the Chobani family.

Since pioneering the Greek yogurt category 10 years ago, Chobani has made great strides in fulfilling their mission of providing better food for all people. Yet there’s still more to do as approximately half of the country still hasn’t even tried Greek Yogurt*. Chobani wants everyone in America to have the chance to try their delicious yogurt.

“This way of saying thank you is something we’ve done since we first got started, and now we wanted to extend it to everyone in America. From the beginning, we wanted to make beautiful yogurt that’s as good as what nature gives us, create it with the most amazing people, make it available to everyone, and follow the values that we all learn and live by,” said Chobani CEO and Founder Hamdi Ulukaya. “What began ten years ago in a small factory in upstate New York has grown into something so much bigger. But Chobani isn’t one person’s work or one person’s dream. It’s the combination of everyone who’s been a part of our journey—from our team, to our communities, to the millions of people who love our yogurt. That’s why we are so excited to celebrate this milestone with as many people as possible.  On behalf of everyone at Chobani, I want to say thank you. Thank you to everyone who saw us on the shelf, talked about us, recommended us to others, and gave us a chance.”

Starting today, and running through March 4th, Chobani is launching a unique offer to share the specialness of this pure, simple food with America. To receive a free cup, fans simply need to print a coupon at Chobani.com/freeyogurt, and visit any participating retail store during the three-week offer period. The coupon can be redeemed toward any single item of Chobani® 5.3oz Greek Yogurt, Flip® 5.3oz yogurt snacks, 10oz drinks, or Smooth (2-pack).

No purchase necessary to receive free participating product. Quantities limited, while supplies last. Void in New Jersey and Louisiana. For additional terms and restrictions visit Chobani.com/freeyogurt

Bringing the Specialness Back to the Category
Yogurt is one of the purest, simplest foods on earth. When made naturally and shared generously, Chobani believes the most humble foods can magically transform individuals, communities, and the environment.

Over the last 10 years, Chobani has grown from 5 employees to 2,000, becoming the No. 1-selling Greek Yogurt brand in America (and second largest yogurt maker overall). By offering a free cup or bottle of Chobani® yogurt to fans across America, Chobani is saying thanks to those who have been with them from day one, just recently joined and welcoming new fans into their family. 

Spreading the Magic through Integrated National Campaign
The fully integrated national campaign is the most ambitious campaign Chobani has ever created. The campaign will run across broadcast television, online video, online display, rich media banners, bespoke influencer care packages, shopper, paid social, organic social, a digital activation in Grand Central Terminal in NYC, radio spots, and our owned digital properties. 

Key highlights include:

  • National TV: To generate mass awareness of the national offer, Chobani will debut a series of new television advertisements developed by the brand’s in-house creative team. The whimsical 30- and 15-second spots feature original animation and music that evoke the goodness, simplicity, and magic of yogurt. The hero video follows a young girl who plants a seed and watches a beautiful tree grow, bloom, and bear fruit for everyone to enjoy.
  • Grand Central Terminal Experience: Chobani is unveiling today a one-day, multi-sensory, socially shareable experience at Grand Central Terminal, in New York City. Attendees are invited to travel through an interactive installation in Vanderbilt Hall, in which they “plant” virtual seeds that bloom into a digital fruit-tree canopy overhead. Each seed variety corresponds to a favorite Chobani SKU. For every virtual seed “planted,” Chobani will donate a case of yogurt to No Kid Hungry – a campaign dedicated to ending childhood hunger in America. As part of the magical experience, attendees will also receive a shareable photo and coupon.
  • Amazon Echo Integration: Chobani is tapping the latest in technology to enable more people to get their free Chobani® yogurt. For 30 million Amazon Echo users, Chobani has built a special Alexa skill/command enabling them to receive a coupon to use on their Amazon Fresh and Prime Now platforms. A custom online video prompting users to make the command will run on the Amazon platform.
  • Employee Engagement: Chobani is so grateful to their 2,000 employees who have contributed to the company’s success and strengthened the communities in which they live and work. As part of this offer, they’re engaging employees across the country to serve as brand ambassadors, who will share their passion, dedication, and thanks with family and friends.

For more information about how Chobani is saying thank you, visit Chobani.com/freeyogurt for all terms and conditions.

About Chobani
Maker of America’s No. 1–selling Greek yogurt brand and the second-largest yogurt manufacturer in the U.S., Chobani, LLC, was founded on the belief that people have great taste—they just need great options. Chobani produces high-quality authentic yogurt made with only natural, non-GMO ingredients from its plants in New Berlin, New York, Twin Falls, Idaho and South Victoria, Australia. Chobani is committed to using milk from regional farms and strengthening its surrounding local economies. Chobani gives a portion of its annual profits to charities worldwide through the company’s charitable foundation. In 2017, Chobani was recognized by Fast Company as one of the top 10 most innovative companies in the world. All Chobani products—including Chobani® Greek Yogurt and Greek Yogurt Drinks, Chobani® Smooth, Chobani® Flip®, Chobani Tots® and Chobani Kids® products—are kosher certified, contain live and active cultures and are made with milk from cows not treated with rBST.** Chobani products are available nationwide in the U.S., Mexico and Australia, and in countries in Asia and Latin America. For more information, please visit www.chobani.com and www.facebook.com/chobani.

Media Contact
Blair Aires / Chobani / blair.aires@chobani.com / 212-364-6731

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**According to the FDA, no significant difference has been found between milk derived from rBST-treated and non-rBST-treated cows.

 

 

 

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Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Chairman Bob Chapek Unveils Details on Spectacular Disney Parks Experiences

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TOKYO, Feb. 12, 2018 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Today at D23 Expo Japan 2018, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Chairman Bob Chapek shared exciting new details about the many ambitious projects underway around the world, from reimagined favorites to entirely new ways that guests can encounter Super Heroes, Jedi, classic characters and life-long Pixar pals.

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Building on the tremendous excitement from D23 Expo in Anaheim last July, Chapek welcomed more than 2000 fans to learn more about some of the most anticipated projects in development for guests all over the world. D23 Expo Japan guests were the first to hear that the Marvel Super Hero universe will come to Disneyland Paris. Guests were also treated to a sneak peek at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, Toy Story Land at Walt Disney World Resort and Shanghai Disney Resort, and more.

“We are hard at work creating even more ways to experience Disney magic at our parks and resorts around the world,” said Bob Chapek, Chairman, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts.  “And with our incredible library of beloved stories and characters, we know exciting adventures and magical memories are in store for all our guests.”

Larger Than Life Super Heroes
Following the news that Walt Disney Parks and Resorts is preparing to incorporate popular stories and characters into Disneyland Paris, Chapek shared that the Marvel Super Hero universe will come to Walt Disney Studios Park, and Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster will be totally reimagined as a high-speed, hyper-kinetic adventure where guests will team up with Iron Man and their favorite Avengers.

Fans also got a peek into one of the rooms that will open at Disney’s Hotel New York – The Art of Marvel in 2020. And for those guests who just can’t wait to encounter Marvel at Disneyland Paris, starting this June, Marvel Summer of Super Heroes will bring guests face-to-face with Captain America, Spider-Man, Star-Lord and Black Widow.

Super Heroes have already descended on Hong Kong Disneyland with Iron Man Experience, the most popular attraction at the resort, and more is soon to come with an entire Marvel-themed area underway. Today, Chapek shared new details about the second new Marvel attraction set for Hong Kong Disneyland, where guests will be invited to team up with Ant-Man and The Wasp to fight Arnim Zola and his army of Hydra swarm bots in a thrilling new adventure.

Buzz is also building around Star-Lord and his fellow Guardians of the Galaxy coming to Epcot, where the real becomes fantastic and the fantastic becomes real. This one-of-a-kind family attraction will feature a brand-new, innovative ride system – and will be one of the longest enclosed roller coasters in the world!

Star Wars Comes to Life
After a groundbreaking Star Wars-themed hotel concept was announced last year, fans have been eager to hear more. It will combine a luxury resort with complete immersion into an authentic Star Wars story at Walt Disney World Resort. From the moment guests arrive, their journey through space will begin as everyone boards a starship and departs together for a multi-day Star Wars adventure. Today, Chapek announced it will be seamlessly connected to Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Chapek also shared details on Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge as it comes to life at both Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort. Fans caught a glimpse of the Millennium Falcon and an impressive fleet of life-size X-wing star fighters, which are being created for the opening of these jaw-dropping new lands. Imagineers are pushing the boundaries of what’s possible as they prepare to place fans in the middle of the action where they can live their own Star Wars stories next year.

Twenty Years of Pixar
For 20 years, Pixar has entertained guests at Disney parks all over the world – from the introduction of It’s Tough to be a Bug! and Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin at Walt Disney World in 1998, to Cars Land at Disney California Adventure in 2012 – Pixar’s iconic storytelling has been a long-time favorite.

This year will surely be the “Year of Pixar” at Disney parks, with Disney•Pixar Toy Story Land opening at Shanghai Disney Resort in April, and at Walt Disney World Resort this summer. Today, fans were thrilled to learn the highly-anticipated Pixar Pier will open at Disney California Adventure on June 23, including the Incredicoaster and a future attraction themed to Disney•Pixar’s “Inside Out.” Fans also learned that a new Incredibles float will join Paint the Night this June. The popular parade returns to the Disneyland Resort – this time to Disney California Adventure – when Pixar Fest launches on April 13.

Just in time for the 20th Anniversary of Disney’s Animal Kingdom, fans also learned that a new, family-friendly show will debut April 22, featuring Russell and Dug from Disney•Pixar’s “Up,” as they discover species of birds from around the world.

Celebrating Classic Disney Stories
Soon, fans will be able to celebrate the mouse that started it all when Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway opens in 2019 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The first-ever ride-through attraction themed to Mickey Mouse will feature a new original story and lovable theme song as it takes guests on a journey inside the wacky and unpredictable world of Disney Channel’s Emmy Award-winning “Mickey Mouse” cartoon shorts using new technologies that transform the two-dimensional cartoon world into an incredible multi-dimensional experience.

Even More Disney Magic Coming to Japan
Chapek shared that starting next year, Adventures by Disney will take guests to the beautiful and storied country of Japan. Guests are also excited about the new experiences coming to Tokyo Disney Resort as part of the biggest expansion since the opening of Tokyo DisneySea. The first-ever attraction inspired by “Big Hero 6” is coming to Tomorrowland at Tokyo Disneyland, where guests will ride around with Baymax. There will also be an entirely new area in Fantasyland themed to “Beauty and the Beast,” with an attraction set to the award-winning music guests know and love. The Fantasyland expansion will also include the first full-scale, live entertainment theatre at Tokyo Disneyland, and Toontown will see a new design studio where guests can meet the one-and-only Minnie Mouse. At Tokyo DisneySea, guests will soon be able to experience a version of Soarin’, one of the most popular attractions across all Walt Disney Parks and Resorts.

With so much underway, Disney parks all over the world continue to elevate the guest experience with one-of-a-kind attractions, lands, entertainment and lodging. For more information, please visit http://aboutdisneyparks.com.

About Walt Disney Parks and Resorts
Walt Disney Parks and Resorts are where dreams come true. More than sixty years ago, Walt Disney created a new kind of entertainment families could experience together, immersed in detailed atmospheres and vibrant storytelling. His vision now includes a collection of six of the world’s leading family vacation destinations – Disneyland Resort, Anaheim, Calif.; Walt Disney World Resort, Lake Buena Vista, Fla.; Tokyo Disney Resort, Urayasu, Chiba, Japan; Disneyland Paris, Marne-la-Vallée, France; Hong Kong Disneyland Resort, located on Lantau Island; and Shanghai Disney Resort, Pudong New District, Shanghai, China. In addition, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts includes the world-class Disney Cruise Line; Disney Vacation Club; Aulani, A Disney Resort and Spa; Adventures by Disney, a guided group vacation experience to some of the world’s most popular destinations; and Walt Disney Imagineering, which creates and designs all Disney parks, resorts and attractions.

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Pixar Pier Opens June 23, 2018, and New Incredibles-Themed Float Adds Super Fun to ‘Paint the Night’ Parade at Disney California Adventure Park

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PIXAR PIER MARQUEE AT DISNEY CALIFORNIA ADVENTURE (ANAHEIM, Calif.) - When Pixar Pier opens on June 23 at Disney California Adventure park, guests will enter the permanent new land through a dazzling new Pixar Pier marquee. This reimagined land will feature four whimsical neighborhoods representing beloved Pixar stories with newly themed attractions, foods and merchandise. The Pixar Pier marquee will be topped with the iconic Pixar lamp later in the year. (Disney•Pixar/Disneyland Resort)

ANAHEIM, California, Feb. 11, 2018 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Disneyland Resort will open the highly anticipated Pixar Pier at Disney California Adventure Park on June 23, 2018, powering up summer with more of the playful Pixar stories and characters that guests have come to know and love. Also debuting in June, a new float adds superhero fun to the electrifying “Paint the Night” parade, featuring characters from Disney•Pixar’s “The Incredibles.” The news was announced today by Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Chairman Bob Chapek during his presentation at D23 Expo Japan at Tokyo Disney Resort.

PIXAR PIER MARQUEE AT DISNEY CALIFORNIA ADVENTURE (ANAHEIM, Calif.) – When Pixar Pier opens on June 23 at Disney California Adventure park, guests will enter the permanent new land through a dazzling new Pixar Pier marquee. This reimagined land will feature four whimsical neighborhoods representing beloved Pixar stories with newly themed attractions, foods and merchandise. The Pixar Pier marquee will be topped with the iconic Pixar lamp later in the year. (Disney•Pixar/Disneyland Resort)

This year, guests will experience the wit, humor and warmth of Pixar stories and characters in extraordinary new ways at the Disneyland Resort, beginning with the first-ever Pixar Fest, a limited-time celebration of friendship that begins April 13. The permanent, new land of Pixar Pier, opening June 23, offers guests their first chance to experience the new Incredicoaster, a thrilling adventure with everyone’s favorite Super family and theming inspired by the newest Disney•Pixar film, “Incredibles 2.”

At Pixar Pier, guests will explore four new imaginative neighborhoods, newly themed attractions, entertainment, encounters with Pixar pals, plus themed food and merchandise, all inspired by beloved Pixar stories.

The fan-favorite “Paint the Night” parade returns April 13 for Pixar Fest, this time at Disney California Adventure. And in June, the popular nighttime spectacular adds even more Pixar fun with the addition of a new, high-energy float inspired by “The Incredibles.” Mr. Incredible, Elastigirl and Frozone will showcase their superhero awesomeness as they take on their newest threat, the Underminer. Violet, Dash and Jack-Jack also showcase their unique powers in surprising new ways, as shown through dynamic and innovative visual technology. Like the other elements in this spectacular parade, this new float will come to life through a series of dazzling LED lights, new music elements and high-tech, pop-art effects inspired by the mid-century-modern style of the films.

Pixar Pier Opens at Disney California Adventure Park June 23

The thrilling new Incredicoaster will anchor Pixar Pier in the new land’s first neighborhood, which is inspired by “The Incredibles.” New character moments, scenes, special effects and an exciting musical score will connect the attraction’s story to “Incredibles 2,” which opens in theaters June 15, 2018. A second neighborhood at Pixar Pier will be inspired by “Toy Story” around the popular Toy Story Mania! attraction. The third new neighborhood will be inspired by “Inside Out” and will feature an “Inside Out” attraction, scheduled to open at a later date. The fourth new neighborhood will celebrate a collection of Pixar stories. Mickey’s Fun Wheel will transform into a newly-themed Pixar attraction, allowing guests to enjoy the beautiful sights of Pixar Pier from 24 new gondolas that will feature beloved Pixar pals. The midway games will also be inspired by Pixar characters, including favorites from “A Bug’s Life,” “La Luna” and “WALL•E”.

Additionally, what was formerly Ariel’s Grotto restaurant and the Cove Bar will be transformed into a Pixar-themed lounge, offering sparkling views of Paradise Bay and the new Pixar Pier.

First-Ever Pixar Fest Opens April 13 throughout the Disneyland Resort

Pixar Fest will allow guests to celebrate friendship and beyond during this limited-time event, bringing Pixar stories and characters to life like never before. At Disneyland, a new fireworks show, “Together Forever – A Pixar Nighttime Spectacular,” will debut with dazzling pyrotechnics, memorable music and a heartwarming story.

“Pixar Play Parade” returns, this time making its way through Disneyland park. The popular parade will bring even more fan-favorite Pixar stories to guests with the addition of three new show elements, including the famous Pixar Lamp and Ball from the Pixar short film, “Luxo Jr.” as well as characters and elements from “Up” and “Inside Out.”

And appearing for the first time at Disney California Adventure, the “Paint the Night” parade will return to delight guests with the parade’s 1.5 million, brilliant LED lights and catchy tunes. In addition to the new Incredibles-themed float, “Paint the Night” parade will spotlight many Pixar stories and include characters from “Toy Story,” “Monsters, Inc.” and “Cars.”

A new film festival, Pixar Shorts, will also take place throughout much of Pixar Fest at Disney California Adventure. Pixar Shorts will feature rotating favorites including “For the Birds” and “LAVA” at the Sunset Showcase Theater in Hollywood Land.

And in the Paradise Gardens area at Disney California Adventure, many new Pixar experiences will be available for guests to enjoy including performances by a new Pixar-themed musical troupe, Pixar character encounters, and special crafts and activities for younger guests.

Pixar Fest will also feature additional elements throughout the resort including new décor, atmosphere entertainment, themed food and beverage and limited-edition event merchandise.

All of these exciting new additions for the limited-time Pixar Fest celebration and the opening of the new land of Pixar Pier will add to the existing Pixar attractions and entertainment currently available throughout the Resort, from Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters at Disneyland to Cars Land at Disney California Adventure.

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.

About Pixar Animation Studios
Pixar Animation Studios, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is an Academy Award®-winning film studio with world-renowned technical, creative and production capabilities in the art of computer animation. The Northern California studio has created some of the most successful and beloved animated films of all time, including “Toy Story,” “Monsters, Inc.,” “Cars,” “The Incredibles,” “Ratatouille,” “WALL•E,” “Up,” “Toy Story 3,” “Brave,” “Inside Out,” and “Coco.” Its movies have won 32 Academy Awards® and have grossed more than $11 billion at the worldwide box office to date. “Incredibles 2,” Pixar’s 20th feature, opens in theaters on June 15, 2018.

NEW INCREDIBLES-THEMED FLOAT FOR ‘PAINT THE NIGHT’ PARADE—This June, a new, high-energy Incredibles-themed float will add more Pixar fun to the electrifying “Paint the Night” parade at Disney California Adventure park. Mr. Incredible, Elastigirl and Frozone will showcase their superhero awesomeness as they take on their newest threat, the Underminer. Violet, Dash and Jack-Jack also showcase their unique powers in surprising new ways, as shown through dynamic and innovative visual technology. (Disney•Pixar/Disneyland Resort)

 

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A New Investment in Community Leaders

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LONDON, Feb. 9, 2018 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Today at the Facebook Communities Summit Europe, we announced the Facebook Community Leadership Program, a global initiative that invests in people building communities. Facebook will commit tens of millions of dollars to the program, including up to $10 million in grants that will go directly to people creating and leading communities.  

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In addition, we introduced new tools for group admins and the expansion of our London-based engineering team that builds technology to help keep people safe on Facebook. 

More than 300 community leaders from across Europe came together today in London including Blind Veterans UK, an advocacy organization that provides practical and emotional support to blind veterans and their families; Donna Mamma, a support group for mothers in France to share advice and information; Girl Skate UK, which celebrates and brings together the female skateboarding community; High Society PL, a group of sneaker enthusiasts who bond over their shared passion; and Berlin Bruisers, Germany’s first gay and inclusive rugby club.

Facebook Community Leadership Program

Community leaders often tell us that with additional support they could have more impact. The Facebook Community Leadership Program is designed to empower leaders from around the world who are building communities through the Facebook family of apps and services. It includes:

  • Residency and Fellowship opportunities offer training, support and funding for community leaders from around the world.
    • Up to five leaders will be selected to be community leaders in residence and awarded up to $1,000,000* each to fund their proposals.
    • Up to 100 leaders will be selected for our fellowship program and will receive up to $50,000* each to be used for a specific community initiative.
  • Community Leadership Circles bring local community leaders together to meet up in person to connect, learn, and collaborate. We piloted three circles in the US in 2017 and will be expanding globally this year.
  • Groups for Facebook Power Admins, which we currently run with more than 10,000 group admins in the US and UK, are expanding to more members to help them share advice with one another and connect with our team to test new features and share feedback.

Applications are now open for the residency and fellowship. To learn more and apply, visit http://communities.fb.com/.

New Tools for Group Admins and Members

Group admins want to keep their communities safe, organized and engaged. Today we added four new features to support them. 

  • Admin tools: Admins can now find member requests, Group Insights and more together in one place, making it easier to manage groups and freeing up more time for admins to connect with members.
  • Group announcements: Group admins want to be able to more easily share updates, so we’re introducing group announcements to let admins post up to 10 announcements that appear at the top of their group.
  • Group rules: Keeping communities safe is important. Now admins can create a dedicated rules section to help them effectively communicate the rules of the group to their members.
  • Personalization: Each community has its own identity – now admins can add a personalized color that is displayed throughout their group.

Expanding London Engineering Team for Community Safety

A team of engineers across the globe builds technologies that help keep our community safe and secure. London is home to Facebook’s largest engineering hub outside of the US, and by the end of 2018, we will double the number of people working in London on these issues.  

Our engineering work on community safety includes the following:

  • Detecting and stopping fake accounts: Working to make sure Facebook is a community of people who can connect authentically with real people.
  • Protecting people from harm: Reducing things like harassment and scams that can happen in the real world and on Facebook, by building better tools to spot these issues and remove them.
  • Improving ways to report content: Making it easier for people to give us feedback about things that shouldn’t be on our platform, which works in conjunction with our automated detection.

People find meaning and support in community, online and in person. The programs and tools we announced today are designed to help the admins who lead these communities to grow and strengthen bonds among members. We are inspired by these leaders and look forward to continuing our efforts to support them. 

*The final payment amount in USD may vary due to potential exchange rate fluctuation at the time of payment. At the time of announcement, $1,000,000 USD equates to approximately €810,000 Euros or £718,000 GBP; $50,000 USD equates to €40,500 Euros or £35,900 GBP.

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36 High Schoolers Vie to be the LLS 2018 Student of the Year

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SAN JOSE, California, Feb. 8, 2018 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) will announce the winners of the second annual Students of the Year campaign (SOY), on Saturday, February 24, 2018 at the Corinthian Grand Ballroom in San Jose, CA. This Grand Finale Gala will celebrate the accomplishments of the area’s young philanthropists committed to cancer cures.

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LLS’s Students of the Year is an exciting leadership development and philanthropy program in which local high school students raise fund to invest in research to advance lifesaving treatments and cures for blood cancer patients. The Candidate Team who raise the most money at the end of the seven-week competition earns the title, “Student(s) of the Year” and receives a $1,000 scholarship to a college or university of their choice. This year, 21 Candidate Teams, comprised of 36 local high school students are in the running. 

Festivities begin at 6 p.m. Speakers include cancer survivor, Ethan Pope, age 10, who is in remission from Very High Risk Acute Lymphomblastic Leukemia, Sienna Pope, age 8, who was a 100% match to be Ethan’s bone marrow donor, and Kate Berardo, Head of Leadership Development at Facebook, who will illustrate the importance of the dollars raised for LLS in correspondence to leadership qualities in the workforce.

The evening will include a silent auction, plated dinner, awards, a reveal of the grand total raised by all Candidate Teams, and dancing. Tickets to the Grand Finale can be purchased here by selecting “Shop Our Store” and are $100/adult and $50/Ages 18 and under.

Media interested in covering the event should contact Pooja Trivedi at pooja.trivedi@lls.org.

To learn more about the event, donate, or to support the Candidate Teams, please visit: studentseries.org/SOY-SVMB

2018 Students of the Year Candidates

Silicon Valley & Monterey Bay Area Chapter

Visit the candidate’s fundraising pages here.

Team Beat It

Team ProCURE

Abigal Shamelashvili, Homestead High School

Nicole Gou, St. Francis High School

Elizabeth White, Homestead High School

Zainab Nasir, Lynbrook High School

Jacqueline Beaufore, Homestead High School

Team ProHealth

Team Cancer conCUREors

Rosheni Kandaswamy, Silver Creek High School

Alden Gu, Lynbrook High School

Team reMISSION

Team Can-cer Vive

Silpa Ajjarapu, Monta Vista High School

Christina Vo, Silver Creek High School

Meera Bambroo, Monta Vista High School

Team CUREblood

Team Thrive

Amy Kumar, University Preparatory Academy

Karan Singh Ratra, Moreau Catholic High School

Meghana Chintala, University Preparatory

Academy

Team Together for the Cure

Tanvir Sandhu, University Preparatory Academy

Amelia Gleixner, Notre Dame High School

Team CUREnation

Team Tumorators

Aditi Rao, Lynbrook High School

Ishani Malipatlolla, Notre Dame High School

Thishitha Vaikuntam, Lynbrook High School

Shruthi Shyam, Notre Dame High School

Team CUREosity

Team Vikings

Amy Zhang, Monta Vista High School

Vatsal Gupta, Irvington High School

Wenyu Chen, Monta Vista High School

Team Vitae

Team Cut Out Cancer

Aayushi Jani, Lynbrook High School

Anoushka Dave, University Preparatory

Lauren Ho, Lynbrook High School

Academy

Arnav Verma, University Preparatory Academy

Team “Wheel” Find a Cure

Emilie Erickson, Scotts Valley High School

Team Fight Strong

Kanika Khemka, Notre Dame High School

The Impacters

Sanya Shah, Presentation High School

Layla Yassin, Granada High School

Tatum Hayes, Granada High School

Team Lifeline

Aarya Gupta, Homestead High School

The Purifiers

Anoop Dhindsa, Notre Dame High School

Team Love Boat

Harleen Judge, Notre Dame High School

Jacob Isaacs, Los Gatos High School

Trevor Ross, Los Gatos High Schoola

 

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SOURCE The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) Silicon Valley & Monterey Bay Area Chapter

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program Returns to Broward County

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HOLLYWOOD, Florida, Feb. 8, 2018 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ —

Who: Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA)
What: Free Tax Preparation for Lower to Middle Income Families
Where: Broward County
When: January 16 – April 17, 2018

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program will provide free income tax services through April 17, 2018. Individuals and families who earned $54,000 or less in 2017 can save up to $200 with free tax preparation services; the program includes eligibility determinations for inclusion in federal tax credit programs. Starting this year, program participants will also receive financial advice on the best way to use their refund.

These services will be provided at 16 permanent tax sites at local nonprofits and more than 20 tax sites where a mobile team will assist the community. To find the nearest VITA site in Broward County, call 211 or 954-537-0211 or visit www.VITATaxesFree.org.

Low- to mid-income families and individuals may qualify for the federal Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and/or the Child Tax Credit (CTC). These tax credits change from year to year and are based on earnings, number of qualifying children and marital status.

The maximum amount of EITC credits for 2018 is as follows:

  • $6,444 with three or more qualifying children
  • $5,728 with two qualifying children
  • $3,468 with one qualifying child
  • $520 with no qualifying children

This free tax service is available for persons with disabilities, veterans and the elderly. Services are available in English, Spanish, French, Haitian-Creole, Portuguese and American Sign-Language.

“VITA and the Earned Income Tax Campaign have been enormously helpful to millions of working families struggling to make ends meet,” said Cindy Arenberg Seltzer, President/CEO of the Children’s Services Council of Broward County. “That is why we have been a major supporter of this campaign in Broward for fifteen years. Reimbursements going directly into the pockets of Broward County families that need them most makes an enormous difference in the lives of children,” she said.

“During the 2017 tax season, $6 million in taxes were refunded to Broward County working families and individuals and more than 5,908 people were served across 18 site locations,” said Josie Bacallao, President/CEO of Hispanic Unity of Florida, the largest provider of these services in Broward County.

According to the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act, filers are advised that this year the tax refund will be delayed until mid-February, without exceptions.

“It is crucial Broward County residents know what tax credits are available, how they can qualify, and are able to file. These credits amount to significant funds that will filter into Broward County and improve the lives of many who are living paycheck to paycheck,” said Kathleen Cannon, President and CEO of United Way of Broward County.

This Broward community-wide initiative is made possible by the Children’s Services Council of Broward County (CSC), the IRS, Hispanic Unity of Florida, United Way of Broward County, and Citi. Other key partners and funders include: 211 Broward, Bank of America, Broward College, Broward County, Broward County Libraries, Community Access Center, DeVry University, HandsOn Broward, SunTrust Bank, and Third Federal Savings & Loan.

About the Children’s Services Council:
The Children’s Services Council of Broward County is an independent taxing authority which was established by a public referendum on September 5, 2000 and was reauthorized by voters on November 4, 2014, which, through Public Act, Chapter 2000-461 of the laws of Florida, authorized the Council to levy up to 0.5 mills of property taxes. The role of the Council is to provide the leadership, advocacy and resources necessary to enhance children’s lives and empower them to become responsible, productive adults through collaborative planning and funding of a continuum of quality care.

For more information about the Children’s Services Council of Broward County, please visit www.cscbroward.org. Follow us on Twitter at @CSCBroward and on Facebook.

About United Way of Broward County:
United Way of Broward County is a volunteer driven, community-based, non-profit organization servicing Broward County for more than 75 years. United Way of Broward County’s mission is to focus and unite the entire community to create significant lasting change in the impact areas of Education, Income and Health, the building blocks for a better life, which positively impacts people’s lives. United Way of Broward County is the catalyst for change and convener of partnerships that unite the hearts, minds, and resources within the Broward community. For more information, visit www.UnitedWayBroward.org.

About Hispanic Unity of Florida (HUF):
HUF is a non-profit founded 36 years ago by community leaders to ease the acculturation transition for newcomers from other nations. Today, HUF provides assistance through 12 programs and 30+ services in four languages to Broward’s diverse community. HUF remains the county’s largest agency dedicated to the immigrant population, providing them with the tools they need to build a new life. In 2017, the agency served more than 15,000 children and families. The agency offers assistance at eight Broward County sites, in addition to 18 FREE tax preparation sites and nine citizenship preparation sites. For more information, visit www.hispanicunity.org.

For more information visit: www.hispanicunity.org. Follow us on online: Faceboook.com/Hispanicunity.org. Twitter: @hispanicunity.org

Media Contact:
Diana Rodríguez
Latin2Latin Marketing + Communications
(954) 376-4800 (Main)
diana@latin2latin.com 

SOURCE Hispanic Unity of Florida (HUF)

L’Bel bets on Latin women in the United States through its National Inspire Tour

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MIAMI, Feb. 8, 2018 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Belcorp, a corporation with a presence in Latin America and the United States through its L’Bel brand, will conduct its first National Inspire Tour in the USA.

With the desire to encourage the dreams of Latin women living in the United States, the objective of this tour is to get closer to the Hispanic community and inform it of a business opportunity that will allow women to become businesswomen within the beauty industry, and female leaders in their communities.

“Our goal is to empower Hispanic women in the United States, so we have designed the Inspire Program; it is a program of recognition that benefits our Beauty Advisors and leaders in their L’Bel careers through incentives,” said Adriana Álvarez, National Sales Director for L’Bel USA.    

Today, the L’Bel USA brand has thousands of Beauty Advisers, including some who have reported nearly one million dollars in volume of sales.

“Last year we achieved significant growth in sales. In Florida we grew 400% over 2016; in New York we grew 200%, and in Texas nearly 60%. These results are thanks to the teamwork of all of our advisers and leaders throughout the country,” Álvarez added.

In the National Inspire Tour, women will have the chance to learn about the program’s benefits, domestic and international trips, luxury automobiles, workshop participation, chats, product demonstrations, raffles and many more surprises. The event is open to the public.  

Dates and locations of the National Inspire Tour:

  • Miami, Florida, February 10th from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Hyatt Place Miami Airport West/Doral 3655 NW 82nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33166.
  • Houston, Texas, February 15th from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at SpringHill Suites, Houston Westchase 5851 Rogerdale Rd., Houston, TX 77072
  • New York, New York, February 17th from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the New York Marriott Marquis 1535 Broadway, New York, NY 10036.
  • Los Angeles, California, February 24th from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Doubletree by Hilton 5757 Telegraph Road, Commerce, CA 90040.

For more information, go to www.lbelusa.com

 

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Game Changer: 2019 Toyota TRD Pros Typify Ultimate Off-Road Performance

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The pulse-pounding, heart-racing TRD Pro Series from Toyota returns for its next generation of off-road dominance. For 2019, Tundra, 4Runner and Tacoma will all feature Fox shocks and a host of impressive off-road equipment tuned and designed by the engineers at Toyota Racing Development (TRD).

CHICAGO, Feb. 8, 2018 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — The pulse-pounding, heart-racing TRD Pro Series from Toyota returns for its next generation of off-road dominance. For 2019, Tundra, 4Runner and Tacoma will all feature Fox shocks and a host of impressive off-road equipment tuned and designed by the engineers at Toyota Racing Development (TRD).

The pulse-pounding, heart-racing TRD Pro Series from Toyota returns for its next generation of off-road dominance. For 2019, Tundra, 4Runner and Tacoma will all feature Fox shocks and a host of impressive off-road equipment tuned and designed by the engineers at Toyota Racing Development (TRD).

First unveiled in 2014, the TRD Pro lineup was born from Toyota’s rich racing and off-road heritage. All TRD Pro vehicles offer unique styling, as well as highly capable, tried and tested performance off-road equipment, specifically tailored for when the pavement runs out.

The 2019 TRD Pro series will be available in fall of 2018, and each vehicle will be offered in three colors that include Super White, Midnight Black Metallic or Voodoo Blue (a TRD Pro exclusive color).

Wanna go places? TRD Pro is the ultimate tool to get you there and back.

Only as Good as Your Suspension

As any seasoned adventurer knows, a true off-road vehicle is only as good as its suspension. For 2019, the entire TRD Pro family rides on 2.5-inch TRD Pro-exclusive Fox Internal Bypass shocks. Tuned specifically for each vehicle by the engineers at TRD, the aluminum-bodied Fox shocks offer impressive performance and supreme damping for a wide variety of driving situations. High-speed desert running, slow-speed rock crawling, or simply driving to and from work – drivers and passengers will be as comfortable as they are confident.

Whereas off-road race vehicles traditionally have external bypass tubes on their shock bodies to fine-tune damping pressure, each high-tech Fox shock compactly incorporates bypass zones inside of the shock. These multiple bypass zones offer a cushioned, plush ride during typical operation but get progressively stiffer through the shock stroke to provide excellent bottoming resistance.

The front shocks are paired with specially-tuned TRD springs designed for excellent ride comfort and to also produce additional lift, giving each TRD Pro an aggressive, heightened stance for improved trail-conquering capability. A combination of high-temperature shock fluid and nitrogen gas pressure are employed inside each Fox shock to improve bump compliance and to help maximize seal life.

Every TRD Pro model features rear 2.5-inch Fox shocks that utilize a piggyback reservoir to house additional oil volume, which assists in maintaining peak damping performance during extreme use. Tundra relies on the beefy rear leaf springs also equipped on the TRD Off-Road grade, 4Runner utilizes the TRD Off-Road grade rear coil springs, while Tacoma features progressive-rate off-road leaf springs out back to allow more compression suspension travel to aid performance over rough terrain. TRD dust boots are utilized front and rear to offer added protection to help keep dust and dirt out, and 4Runner utilizes unique roost shields to help protect the inverted rear shock.

Tacoma TRD Pro: Civilized Commuter or Trail-Tackling Specialist

Based on the very trail-capable TRD Off-Road grade, Tacoma TRD Pro ups the ante with enhanced 2.5-inch Fox front shocks that use large 46mm pistons and feature 8 bypass zones (5 compression, 3 rebound). They are paired with TRD-tuned springs that provide an additional 1 inch of front lift. A larger front sway bar is employed to retain crisp steering and refined road manners. The Tacoma also features 2.5-inch rear shocks that use 11 bypass zones (7 compression, 4 rebound) and are paired with 2-inch piggyback reservoirs.

A host of additional TRD equipment finds its way onto the new Tacoma TRD Pro, including an updated front skid plate with TRD red lettering, while the cat-back TRD exhaust is accented with a new Black Chrome tip.

Inside, passengers are treated to standard Entune Premium JBL Audio with subwoofer amplifier and Integrated Navigation and App Suite. Tacoma is equipped with TRD Pro-branded floor mats and leather-trimmed seats with TRD Pro emblems on the front headrests. Distinguishing the exterior are unique TRD Pro badges, projector-beam headlights with black sport bezels and LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL), Rigid Industries LED fog lights, taillights with black sport bezels, and a black TOYOTA grille.

Thanks to the offset of the 16-inch TRD Pro black alloy wheels, Tacoma has a 1-inch wider track both front and rear for added stability. Trail and pavement traction comes in the form of P265/70R16 Goodyear Wrangler Kevlar All-Terrain tires.

TRD Desert Air Intake: Clearing Tacoma’s Sinuses, No Prescription Needed

The most eye-catching of the Tacoma upgrades, no doubt, is the available all-new TRD Desert Air Intake. Designed to sustain consistent off-road performance no matter how silty or dirty the terrain gets, the TRD Desert Air Intake takes the 278-horsepower 3.5L V6 engine’s air intake away from dust that hovers inside the wheel well (where traditional air intakes are located) during off-road operation. This allows for air ingestion to occur in a cleaner space above the windshield, therefore, helping to benefit filter longevity and, ultimately, engine health.

Tundra TRD Pro: Boastful New Additions

Tundra TRD Pro also gets its fair share of new features for 2019. Of course, Tundra is equipped with new Fox 2.5-inch front shocks that boast beefy 46 mm pistons. The TRD-tuned springs provide an additional 2 inches of front lift, and front wheel travel is increased more than 1.5 inches. The front shocks feature 11 bypass zones (7 compression, 4 bypass) to fine-tune damping performance for off-road romps while retaining composed on-road manners. The Tundra also employs 2.5-inch rear Fox shocks that feature an impressive 12 bypass zones (8 compression, 4 bypass). The rear shocks feature 2.5-inch piggyback reservoirs, and wheel travel is increased by more than 2 inches in the rear.  

Taking a cue from little brother, big bro Tundra gets new Rigid Industries LED fog lights for improved visibility on and off the highway, in a variety of weather conditions. Tundra also features LED headlights with LED accent lights and a unique black treatment. A new TOYOTA grille plus new hood scoop add style to Tundra’s brawny front end. Out back, TRD Pro stamping is found on the bed’s rear quarter panels.

New 18-inch BBS forged-aluminum, five-spoke satin black wheels are featured on Tundra, which reduce un-sprung mass 3.35 lbs. per wheel (13.4 lbs. total) to improve cornering response and overall ride quality. The new wheels are wrapped in Michelin P275/65R18 all-terrain tires to provide a sure footing in dirt and on pavement.

Inside, TRD Pro logos garnish the driver and front passenger leather-trimmed seats, while red stitching accents the dash, seats and armrests. TRD Pro floor mats, shift knob and a center-console emblem help complete the distinctive look. Providing added growl on the highway and the trail is a dual TRD Pro exhaust, which is fitted with new Black Chrome exhaust tips. A TRD Pro 1/4-inch skid plate sporting signature red Toyota lettering is found underneath the front end. Tundra TRD Pro will offer an available moonroof.

4Runner TRD Pro: The Legend Grows

4Runner needs no introduction. The iconic SUV is one of the most legendary off-road vehicles in Toyota’s history. For 2019, TRD Pro takes 4Runner’s world-renowned trail capability to the next level.

4Runner’s Fox shocks not only enhance its off-road performance but, paired with the TRD-tuned front springs, the package lifts its front 1 inch compared to other grades, while also providing nearly 1 inch of additional wheel travel. The 2.5-inch front shocks employ 46 mm pistons and include 7 bypass zones (4 compression, 3 rebound). In the rear, the 2.5-inch Fox shocks feature 11 bypass zones (7 compression, 4 rebound) to fine-tune the low- and high-speed compression, and 2-inch piggyback reservoirs house additional oil to retain damping performance when it’s needed most. A unique TRD roost shield offers additional protection for the inverted shock design in the rear.

4Runner adds a new roof rack for stashing additional gear outside of the cabin (say, dirty gear or laundry after a weekend camping trip). The 1/4-inch-thick front skid plate also sports new red TRD lettering. 4Runner features 17-inch matte-black TRD alloy wheels with an offset change to provide it with nearly a 1-inch wider track front and rear for added stability. Nitto Terra Grappler P265/70R17 A/T tires provide all-terrain performance for whatever the situation demands.

Like Tacoma, 4Runner TRD Pro passengers can jam to tunes from a new-for-2019 standard Entune Premium JBL Audio with Integrated Navigation and App Suite. Other interior appointments include TRD Pro floor mats, TRD shift knob, and red-stitched Softex seats with red TRD logos on the front headrests. Additional TRD Pro exterior features include LED fog lights, blacked-out TOYOTA grille, and projector-beam headlights with smoked trim.

Even on the Most Capable, Safety is Paramount

Even though capability and toughness are at the core of the TRD Pro Series, safety is still the utmost priority. All three TRD Pro models feature the Star Safety System, which includes Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Traction Control (TRAC), Anti-lock Brake System (ABS), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist (BA) and Smart Stop Technology (SST).

Tundra and Tacoma come standard with Toyota Safety Sense P (TSS-P), which features Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection (PCS w/PD), Lane Departure Alert (LDA) with Sway Warning System (SWS), Automatic High Beams (AHB) and high-speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC).

Championship TRD Pedigree

Dating back to 1979, Toyota Racing Development (TRD) has developed chassis, engines and parts design for nearly 40 years. TRD supported off-road legend Ivan “Ironman” Stewart for 30 years on his path to multiple championships and race victories in Baja, U.S. off-road desert and short-course off-road races. TRD most recently celebrated CJ Greave’s 2017 Pro 4 Championship in The Off-Road Championship Series (TORC) and Martin Truex Jr.’s win of the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR® Cup Series Championship. The 2019 TRD Pro suspension was tested and designed by TRD engineers at our corporate headquarters in Plano, Texas. TRD also develops motorsport-derived accessories for Toyota and Lexus cars and trucks. Its U.S. operations were first established in 1979 and are headquartered in Costa Mesa, Calif., with an additional facility in Salisbury, N.C.

Limited Warranty and ToyotaCare

Toyota’s 36-month/36,000-mile basic new-vehicle warranty applies to all components other than normal wear and maintenance items. Additional 60-month warranties cover the powertrain for 60,000 miles and corrosion with no mileage limitation. Each TRD Pro also comes standard with ToyotaCare, a complementary plan covering normal factory-scheduled maintenance for two years or 25,000 miles, whichever comes first. Two years of roadside assistance coverage is also provided with each new purchase.

Tundra pickup is assembled at Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Texas (TMMTX), in San Antonio, Texas, and Tacoma pickup is assembled at TMMTX and Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Baja California (TMMBC) in Baja California, Mexico. 4Runner is assembled at TMC Tahara Plant in Japan.

For more information, visit www.Toyota.com/TRDpro.

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About Toyota
Toyota (NYSE: TM) has been a part of the cultural fabric in the U.S. and North America for 60 years, and is committed to advancing sustainable, next-generation mobility through our Toyota and Lexus brands. During that time, Toyota has created a tremendous value chain as our teams have contributed to world-class design, engineering, and assembly of more than 33 million cars and trucks in North America, where we operate 14 manufacturing plants (10 in the U.S.) and directly employ more than 46,000 people (more than 36,000 in the U.S.).  Our 1,800 North American dealerships (nearly 1,500 in the U.S.) sold more than 2.6 million cars and trucks (2.4 million in the U.S.) in 2017 – and about 87 percent of all Toyota vehicles sold over the past 15 years are still on the road today.  

Toyota partners with community, civic, academic, and governmental organizations to address our society’s most pressing mobility challenges. We share company resources and extensive know-how to support non-profits to help expand their ability to assist more people move more places. For more information about Toyota, visit www.toyotanewsroom.com.  

Media Contacts

Josh Burns
+1 (469) 292-6449
joshua.burns@toyota.com

Nate Martinez
+1 (310) 468-5134
nate.martinez@toyota.com

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MoneyGram and GCash Drive Financial Inclusion in the Philippines

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New partnership strengthens MoneyGram’s digital business in the region

MANILA, Philippines, Feb. 7, 2018 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — MoneyGram (NASDAQ:MGI) and GCash, the mobile wallet and micropayment arm of Mynt, announced today a new partnership to drive financial inclusion in the Philippines. Millions of GCash users can now receive money from over 200 countries and territories on their mobile wallet and use the funds instantly for purchasing goods and services online. 

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This collaboration allows MoneyGram and Mynt to combine their capabilities in remittance and digital payments to provide their customers with user-friendly, rapid-response and low-cost money transfer services.

With over 30 million active smartphone users and growing internet penetration in the Philippines, the collaboration aligns with MoneyGram’s strategy to offer consumers more digital money transfer options.

“As part of MoneyGram’s strategic goal to drive financial inclusion worldwide, we continue to expand our online and mobile services making money transfer easier. The partnership with GCash provides a great opportunity to our customers, especially from remote, unbanked and underbanked Filipino communities to receive money conveniently,” said Grant Lines, MoneyGram’s Global Chief Revenue Officer. 

“We’re excited about our strategic partnership with MoneyGram. Now GCash customers can enjoy the convenience of receiving money from their families abroad directly into their GCash mobile wallet for free. With these funds they can buy load, pay bills, scan-to-pay using QR codes at the mall and much more. Plus, customers can enjoy exclusive incentives the more funds they receive in their GCash wallet,” said Anthony Thomas, Chief Executive Officer of Mynt.   

According to the World Bank, the Philippines is the world’s third largest remittances recipient with $32.8 billion inflows in 2017, accounting for 9.9% of the country’s GDP. Key sending countries are the U.S. ($10.5 billion), United Arab Emirates ($3.9 billion) and Saudi Arabia ($3.5 billion).

For more information about the service, please visit moneygram.ph.

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

About GCash
GCash is an internationally-acclaimed micropayment service that transforms the mobile phone into a virtual wallet for secure, fast, and convenient money transfer. GCash can be used to buy prepaid load, pay bills, send money, make donations, shop online, and even purchase goods without the need to bring any cash. For more information, please visit https://www.globe.com.ph/gcash

About Mynt
Mynt is a partnership between Globe Telecom, the Ayala Corporation, and Ant Financial, that provides innovative and first-in-world fintech solutions to consumers, merchants, and organizations. Its vision is to enable financial access for consumers and merchants by disrupting traditional channels through digital financial technology services. It operates two fintech companies: GCash, a micropayment service that transforms the mobile phone into a virtual wallet for secure, fast, and convenient money transfer, and Fuse, a tech-based lending company that enables Filipinos to get microloans to business loans without the traditional requirements set by banks and other lending institutions. For more information, visit mynt.xyz.

Media Contact:

Maria Bankiet-Kamińska
MoneyGram
Tel: + 48 (0) 22 377 2185
Mob: + 48 (0) 885 889 696
Mail: MbankietKaminska@moneygram.com

Yoly C. Crisanto
Head, Corporate Communications
Globe Telecom, Inc.
Email Address: gtcorpcomm@globe.com.ph
Globe Press Room: newsroom.globe.com.ph/
Twitter: @talk2GLOBE │ Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/globeph

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SOURCE MoneyGram

Lin-Manuel Miranda To Release New Salsa-Remix Of “Almost Like Praying,” His All-Star Benefit Single Recorded To Benefit Hurricane Relief Efforts In Puerto Rico, With All Proceeds Benefiting The Hispanic Federation’s Unidos Disaster Relief Fund

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LIN-MANUEL MIRANDA TO RELEASE NEW SALSA-REMIX OF “ALMOST LIKE PRAYING,” HIS ALL-STAR BENEFIT SINGLE RECORDED TO BENEFIT HURRICANE RELIEF EFFORTS IN PUERTO RICO, WITH ALL PROCEEDS BENEFITING THE HISPANIC FEDERATION’S UNIDOS DISASTER RELIEF FUND

MIAMI, Feb. 7, 2018 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Award winning actor, writer, composer and humanitarian Lin-Manuel Miranda will unveil a new Salsa-music remix of “Almost Like Praying,” his all-star benefit single recorded last Fall to benefit the Hispanic Federation’s “Unidos” Disaster Relief Fund, for hurricane recovery and rebuilding initiatives in Puerto Rico.   Spanish Broadcasting System (the “Company” or “SBS”) (OTCQX: SBSAA), has teamed up with Lin-Manuel Miranda to world premiere a one-of-a-kind, historic radio launch the Salsa-remix “Almost Like Praying” on Thursday, February 8, 2018 at 10:30 AM EST, in New York (Mega 97.9FM), Miami (El Nuevo Zol 106.7FM) and Puerto Rico (Estereotempo 96.5FM).  Miranda himself will introduce the single followed by an interview, live from the SBS studios in New York City. Miranda himself will introduce the single followed by an interview, live from the SBS studios in New York City. 

LIN-MANUEL MIRANDA TO RELEASE NEW SALSA-REMIX OF “ALMOST LIKE PRAYING,” HIS ALL-STAR BENEFIT SINGLE RECORDED TO BENEFIT HURRICANE RELIEF EFFORTS IN PUERTO RICO, WITH ALL PROCEEDS BENEFITING THE HISPANIC FEDERATION’S UNIDOS DISASTER RELIEF FUND

Who: Lin-Manuel Miranda

What: New Salsa-Remix, “Almost Like Praying”, Roadblock on SBS Radio Stations

When: 10:30 a.m. ET, February 8, 2018

Where: Fans can listen to the new Lin-Manuel Miranda Salsa-Remix on SBS radio stations in the U.S. and Puerto Rico.

U.S. radio listeners can tune in to one of SBS’s radio stations: WSKQ-FM MEGA 97.9FM IN NEW YORK, WXDJ-FM EL NUEVO ZOL 106.7FM IN MIAMI, and ESTEREOTEMPO 96.5FM WRXD in Puerto Rico for a chance to hear the historic Roadblock.

“The benefit single ‘Almost Like Praying’ has had tremendous success with audiences worldwide,” said Lin-Manuel Miranda.  “As we now continue to help establish long-term self-sustainable initiatives to rebuild Puerto Rico, we are thrilled to bring this new version to Salsa-music fans.  Although it has been over four months since Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico, the island still needs much help to get its most basic infrastructure up and running – including electricity, roads and bridges, healthcare and other vital programs.” 

The original “Almost Like Praying” was released for download and streaming on October 6, 2017.  Within its first week, it hit number one in digital sales in 17 countries.  100% of the proceeds have gone to the Hispanic Federation’s “Unidos” Disaster Relief Fund, which has sponsored hundreds of initiatives to assist in the relief, recovery and now rebuilding of Puerto Rico, a U.S. territory since 1898.   

“Lin-Manuel Miranda fans couldn’t be more excited about the release of ‘Almost Like Praying,’ and we’re incredibly thrilled that LaMusica’s App partnership gives our subscribers early access to this long-awaited Salsa-Remix,” said Raúl Alarcón, Chairman, President, CEO of SBS. “Together, SBS and LaMusica App are connecting people who are passionate about music with the world’s most iconic artists through unique experiences like this – and there are many more to come.”

“We have a long history of collaborating with Lin-Manuel Miranda in innovative ways over the years,” said Jesus Salas, EVP of Programming of SBS & Multiplatform Coordinator. “He’s once again proved that he’s a true innovator, and we are honored to partner with him on the historic launch of his new Salsa-Remix. Our nationwide world premiere of ‘Almost Like Praying’ will reach millions of Lin-Manuel’s fans across the country – while creating millions of new ones.”

Both the original (dancehall beat) and the new Salsa-remix of “Almost Like Praying” are distributed by Atlantic Records.   

The lyrics of “Almost Like Praying” are a rhyming arrangement of all 78 municipalities of Puerto Rico….78 hometowns, 78 communities, 78 sets of individuals who together make up the Puerto Rican culture. The track also samples “Maria” from WEST SIDE STORY in order to reclaim the name of the hurricane which destroyed everything Puerto Ricans know and love on their island.   

To download and streaming “Almost Like Praying,” please visit http://www.almostlikepraying.com.  The Salsa Remix will be available on Friday, February 9, 2018 at 12:01 PM EST, after one day of exclusive air time on SBS radio stations. 

For more information about the Hispanic Federation’s “Unidos” Hurricane Disaster Relief Fund, please visit https://www.hispanicfederationunidos.org 

About Spanish Broadcasting System, Inc.

Spanish Broadcasting System, Inc. owns and operates 17 radio stations located in the top U.S. Hispanic markets of New York, Los Angeles, Miami, Chicago, San Francisco and Puerto Rico, airing the Spanish Tropical, Regional Mexican, Spanish Adult Contemporary, Top 40 and Latin Rhythmic format genres. SBS also operates AIRE Radio Networks, a national radio platform which creates, distributes and markets leading Spanish-language radio programming to over 300 affiliated stations reaching 94% of the U.S. Hispanic audience. SBS also owns MegaTV, a television operation with over-the-air, cable and satellite distribution and affiliates throughout the U.S. and Puerto Rico. SBS also produces live concerts and events and owns multiple bilingual websites, including www.LaMusica.com, an online destination and mobile app providing content related to Latin music, entertainment, news and culture. For more information, visit us online at www.spanishbroadcasting.com.

Press Contacts: 

Atlantic Records: 
Sheila Richman // Sheila.Richman@atlanticrecords.com 
Jason Davis // Jason.Davis@atlanticrecords.com 

Lin-Manuel Miranda: 
Charlie Guadano // Guadano@sunshinesachs.com 
Jason Lee // Lee@sunshinesachs.com 
Javier E. Gómez // Javier@highpitchpr.com 

Spanish Broadcasting System: 
Vladimir Gomez // vgomez@sbscorporate.com

LIN-MANUEL MIRANDA TO RELEASE NEW SALSA-REMIX OF “ALMOST LIKE PRAYING,” HIS ALL-STAR BENEFIT SINGLE RECORDED TO BENEFIT HURRICANE RELIEF EFFORTS IN PUERTO RICO, WITH ALL PROCEEDS BENEFITING THE HISPANIC FEDERATION’S UNIDOS DISASTER RELIEF FUND

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SOURCE Spanish Broadcasting System, Inc. (SBS)

Spanish Broadcasting System’s Raul Alarcon Jr. named on Billboard’s 2018 Power 100

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Spanish Broadcasting System's Raul Alarcon Jr. named on Billboard's 2018 Power 100 (PRNewsfoto/Spanish Broadcasting System, In)

MIAMI, Feb. 7, 2018 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Billboard, the leading global destination for charts, news, business, lifestyle and innovations in music, today announced that Raúl Alarcόn Jr., Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Spanish Broadcasting System, Inc.  (the “Company” or “SBS”) (OTCQX: SBSAA), tops Billboard’s annual “Power 100”.

Spanish Broadcasting System's Raul Alarcon Jr. named on Billboard's 2018 Power 100 (PRNewsfoto/Spanish Broadcasting System, In)

Opening its citation for Raúl Alarcόn Jr., Billboard says: “CLEAR SIGNAL OF POWER: Under the SBS chief’s leadership, WSKQ-FM (Mega 97.9FM) New York remained the top Spanish-language station in the United States. He also expanded LaMusica, a free multimedia streaming service. Mr. Alarcón helms the company founded by his father, who fled the Cuban Revolution in 1960. The son has focused on expanding SBS’ digital footprint and live business. In 2017, SBS’ signature urban live show, Calibash, once again sold out the 21,000-seat Staples Center in Los Angeles.”

As the visionary Chairman and CEO of SBS, Mr. Alarcón has grown SBS from an influential radio network with stations in New York, Los Angeles, Miami, Chicago, San Francisco and Puerto Rico;, to a multi-media empire built upon music. The company includes the 250+ affiliate AIRE Radio Networks; MegaTV, a network television owner/operator with over-the-air, cable and satellite distribution; SBS Entertainment, the largest independent producer/promoter of Hispanic concerts and events; and LaMusica, a music and video streaming app catering to Hispanic millennials. For over three decades, Mr. Alarcón has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to fostering and promoting Latino talent and artistry.

About Spanish Broadcasting System, Inc.

Spanish Broadcasting System, Inc. owns and operates 17 radio stations located in the top U.S. Hispanic markets of New York, Los Angeles, Miami, Chicago, San Francisco and Puerto Rico, airing the Spanish Tropical, Regional Mexican, Spanish Adult Contemporary, Top 40 and Latin Rhythmic format genres. SBS also operates AIRE Radio Networks, a national radio platform which creates, distributes and markets leading Spanish-language radio programming to over 300 affiliated stations reaching 94% of the U.S. Hispanic audience. SBS also owns MegaTV, a television operation with over-the-air, cable and satellite distribution and affiliates throughout the U.S. and Puerto Rico. SBS also produces live concerts and events and owns multiple bilingual websites, including www.LaMusica.com, an online destination and mobile app providing content related to Latin music, entertainment, news and culture. For more information, visit us online at www.spanishbroadcasting.com.

www.spanishbroadcasting.com 
www.lamusica.com

Media Contact SBS: 
Vladimir Gomez 
vgomez@sbscorporate.com 
(786) 470-1644

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SOURCE Spanish Broadcasting System, Inc. (SBS)

Geraldo Arriaga appointed as Vice President of Digital Media Sales for Spanish Broadcasting System, LaMusica App

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Geraldo Arriaga appointed as Vice President of Digital Media Sales for Spanish Broadcasting System, LaMusica App

MIAMI, Feb. 7, 2018 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Spanish Broadcasting System, Inc. (the “Company” or “SBS”) (OTCQX: SBSAA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Geraldo Arriaga as Vice President, Digital Media Sales of SBS, LaMusica App. In this role, Geraldo will spearhead all of the Company’s digital revenue efforts at the national scale, while working directly with all Digital Sales Managers, sales management and divisions in each one of our markets. Mr. Arriaga will ensure SBS’s Digital Media programs are fully integrated into the network’s growing “Original Content Strategy.” Mr. Arriaga will be based out of Miami, Florida and will report to Albert Rodriguez, COO of SBS.

Geraldo Arriaga appointed as Vice President of Digital Media Sales for Spanish Broadcasting System, LaMusica App

Prior to joining the SBS family, Mr. Arriaga served as Online Sales Manager for Clear Channel Online Music & Radio where he was responsible for digital sales at the interactive division for seventeen years. Mr. Arriaga also served as Digital/Local Sales Manager for SBS in the Miami market for four years.

Mr. Arriaga has a dynamic sales management strategy with a record of achievement and demonstrated success driving multi-media sales growth while providing sales leadership in highly competitive markets.

“Geraldo is a great addition to our strong Digital Media team,” commented Albert Rodriguez, COO of SBS. “His extensive experience and knowledge of the U.S. Hispanic market will help generate additional growth for SBS’s expanding digital community and deliver the best applications, services and programs for our valued audience, clients and brand partners.”

“It’s an honor to be tasked with driving our digital sales transformation and help further posture SBS as the leader in developing and delivering customizable Hispanic content to the marketplace. LaMusica’s innovative digital platform is in constant evolution providing our clients and ever growing audience with unique omni-channel experiences. I am extremely confident on our team’s collective commitment towards relentless growth across our entire digital platform will continue and I feel blessed to be a part of this stellar group,” stated, Geraldo Arriaga.

Mr. Arriaga has been recognized by and received awards from many organizations for his leadership. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Communications from Carson-Newman University in Tennessee.

About Spanish Broadcasting System, Inc.

Spanish Broadcasting System, Inc. owns and operates 17 radio stations located in the top U.S. Hispanic markets of New York, Los Angeles, Miami, Chicago, San Francisco and Puerto Rico, airing the Spanish Tropical, Regional Mexican, Spanish Adult Contemporary, Top 40 and Latin Rhythmic format genres. SBS also operates AIRE Radio Networks, a national radio platform which creates, distributes and markets leading Spanish-language radio programming to over 300 affiliated stations reaching 94% of the U.S. Hispanic audience. SBS also owns MegaTV, a television operation with over-the-air, cable and satellite distribution and affiliates throughout the U.S. and Puerto Rico. SBS also produces live concerts and events and owns multiple bilingual websites, including www.LaMusica.com, an online destination and mobile app providing content related to Latin music, entertainment, news and culture. For more information, visit us online at www.spanishbroadcasting.com.

www.spanishbroadcasting.com 
www.lamusica.com

Media Contact SBS:
Vladimir Gomez
vgomez@sbscorporate.com
(786) 470-1644

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SOURCE Spanish Broadcasting System, Inc. (SBS)

NAIC Commends Wilshire Consulting on New Manager Diversity Initiative

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WASHINGTON, Feb. 7, 2018 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — The National Association of Investment Companies applauds Wilshire Consulting for its recently announced inclusivity initiative that will result in institutional investors gaining greater access to the talent within diverse-owned firms.

Wilshire Consulting, the Santa Monica, Calif.-based institutional investment advisory and outsourced-CIO business unit of Wilshire Associates, will now include at least one diverse-owned firm in every public securities manager search it conducts for advisory clients, where products are available that fit the client mandate. Wilshire also tied senior consultant compensation to the quality and level of interaction with diverse-owned firms and plans to broaden its diverse-owned manager outreach and create a series of educational seminars.

The NAIC has long taken the position that institutional investors looking to generate greater returns should consider allocating capital with diverse-owned private equity firms. Our report, Examining the Returns: The Financial Returns of Diverse Private Equity Firms, quantifies the degree to which these diverse-owned firms consistently outperform their respective benchmarks and generate alpha to limited partners.

Robert L. Greene, President & CEO of the NAIC, commended the initiative. “The NAIC applauds Wilshire’s efforts to identify the broadest talent pool available and believes Wilshire’s steps to become more inclusive will greatly benefit their clients.”

About the NAIC: The National Association of Investment Companies (www.naicpe.com) was founded in 1971. Comprised of nearly 50 member firms representing over $90 billion in assets under management, it is now the largest network of diverse-owned private equity firms and hedge funds in the United States.

MEDIA CONTACT:
Alan Hughes
917-993-3842
ahughes@naicpe.com

 

SOURCE National Association of Investment Companies

Lexus Announces Pricing for the New Three-Row RX Hybrid

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Set to go on sale at dealers in April, the new three-row crossover once again raises the bar for design and innovation in the hybrid segment.

CHICAGO, Feb. 7, 2018 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Luxury buyers can now enjoy the confidence of all-wheel drive with the performance and efficiency of the RX 450hL. Set to go on sale at dealers in April, the new three-row crossover once again raises the bar for design and innovation in the hybrid segment.

Set to go on sale at dealers in April, the new three-row crossover once again raises the bar for design and innovation in the hybrid segment.

The RX 450hL (AWD) will have a starting Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $50,620* — just $1,550 more than the RX 350L AWD model. 

Most notably, the new RX 450hL comes standard with second-row captain’s chairs in addition to leather-trimmed seats, driver seat, side mirror and steering wheel memory, and Lexus Enform Safety Connect and Service Connect complimentary for the first 10 years of vehicle ownership. 

Always Charged and Always Ready
Lexus’ history of hybrid innovation goes back to the launch of the world’s first luxury hybrid, the RX 400h, in 2005.  It’s this experience that allows the new RX 450hL to blend fuel efficiency, instantaneous power and luxury. 

The RX 450hL delivers the same uncompromised styling and instant torque you would expect from an RX hybrid, now with even more space for the unexpected.  In addition, the RX 450hL Drive Mode Select system has an EV mode that enables the vehicle to drive under electric power at lower speeds for short distances.

Performance and Design
The RX 450hL combines the 3.5-liter V6 gasoline engine with two high-torque electric drive motor-generators, producing 308 combined system horsepower for strong acceleration and passing performance. 

With the new RXhL model, Lexus extended the body length 4.3 inches (110 mm) at the rear and used a steeper tailgate window angle than on the two-row models to ensure more headroom for third-row passengers. Access to the third row is made easy with the touch of a lever that slides and folds the second-row seats forward.

Lexus designed the third row of the RXL models to offer the same comfort and luxury as in the middle row. The positioning of the second row is slightly higher than the third row, creating more foot room for rear passengers. A tri-zone climate control system gives third-row passengers separate heating and air conditioning vents, and for convenience, a power-folding third-row seat and power tailgate are both standard.

Lexus Safety
The standard Lexus Safety System+ includes Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Keep Assist, Intelligent High Beams and All-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control. Blind Spot Monitor with Intuitive Parking Assist and Rear Cross-Traffic Braking are also available. Panoramic View Monitor is an optional feature.

Luxury Package
The available Luxury package offers comfort for Lexus drivers and passengers adding semi-aniline trimmed seats, interior LED ambient illumination, manual rear door sunshades, laser-cut Gray Sapele wood trim with aluminum, 20-inch alloy wheels with machined finish and selectable color inserts, heated wood steering wheel and more.

Hybrid

RX 450hL AWD

 

RX 450hL Luxury AWD

 

MSRP*

$50,620

 

$54,555

 

Gas

RX 350L FWD/AWD

 

RX 350L Luxury FWD/AWD

 

MSRP*

$47,670/$49,070

 

$52,685/$54,085

 

*MSRP does not include a delivery, processing and handling fee of $995.

About Lexus
Lexus’ passion for brave design, imaginative technology, and exhilarating performance enables the luxury lifestyle brand to create amazing experiences for its customers. Lexus began its journey in 1989 with two luxury sedans and a commitment to pursue perfection. Since then, Lexus has developed its lineup to meet the needs of global luxury customers in more than 90 countries. In the United States, Lexus vehicles are sold through 240 dealers offering a full lineup of luxury vehicles. With five models incorporating Lexus Hybrid Drive, Lexus is the luxury hybrid leader. Lexus also offers six F SPORT models and two F performance models. Lexus is committed to being a visionary brand that anticipates the future for luxury customers.

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MEDIA CONTACT:   

Ed Hellwig

Audrey Lundy

469.292.1165

469.292.5103

Edward.Hellwig@lexus.com

Audrey.Lundy@lexus.com

 

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SOURCE Lexus