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Ismael Cala conquers Europe, touring in four countries


MIAMI, April 16, 2018 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — 

  • Beginning May 2nd in Amberes (Belgium) while May 4th he will visit Stockholm (Sweden).
  • These presentations will set a start of Ismael Cala’s world tour with the conference “The business of being you” to be held In Madrid, Spain, on May 8th.
  • Following his journey, May 24th in Milan, in a forum to introduce his book “Awake with Cala”.
  • The ending will take place in Rome, Italy, where he will participate as one of the speakers in the fifth edition of TEDx Rome, on May 26th 

The life and business strategist, journalist, and writer of eight best-sellers about Leadership and emotional intelligence, Ismael Cala, will tour Europe; this time visiting four countries to impart conferences about different topics.

In the first two presentations he will share about Mindfulness Exponential Leadership, in English, and these will take place in Amberes, Belgium, on May 2nd and Stockholm, Sweden on May 4th.  

Following the tour is Madrid’s turn, where Cala will present his stellar conference with the world premiere of his newest work “The business of being you”, and he will share techniques to enable us to focus and apply our own life’s strategy based on who we are.

Then on May 24th, there will be a forum held in Milan, oriented in presenting his book “Awakening with Cala” with an audience of more than 150 participants.

Finally, on May 26th, Ismael Cala will participate as one of the speakers in the fifth TEDx Rome, which be dedicated to empowerment trough neutrality.  

Ismael’s comment: “I feel happy for having been invited to these conferences and forums, where I can allow myself to be an instrument to help expand awareness, by teaching about the use of Mindfulness as a tool to create inner balance, full presence and peace, and also provide with techniques to strengthen our self-confidence and leadership when facing changes.”

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Life and business strategist, best-selling author, and international speaker specialized in personal development and mindful exponential leadership. He has received personalized training from renowned international leaders such as Robin Sharma, John C. Maxwell, Deepak Chopra, Brian Tracy, and Tony Robbins, and completed the Executive Program in Exponential Leadership at one of the most prestigious and advanced universities in the world, Singularity University in Silicon Valley, California.  Through his conferences, workshops and personal growth retreats, he has touched the personal and professional lives of hundreds of thousands of people. He has positively impacted more than 400 companies in over 25 countries. The New York Times has identified him as “the Latino Larry King”. A member of the National Speakers Association (NSA) in USA. Founder and president of CALA Enterprises Corporation, a content production company focused on leadership, mindfulness, happiness, productivity, and excellence as a culture. President & Founder of Ismael Cala Foundation.

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MD Deputy Secretary of State Headlines Charm City’s Top Spanish-Language Financial Conference


BALTIMORE, April 16, 2018 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — The William & Lanaea C. Featherstone Foundation announces a stellar lineup at Baltimore’s only Spanish-language, financial empowerment conference that attracts the City’s growing Latino community.  The fourth annual event, “Mi Dinero, Mi Destino” (My Money, My Destiny) takes place Saturday April 21 at Cristo Rey Jesuit High School. 

During a special ceremony, Maryland’s Deputy Secretary of State Luis E. Borunda, the first Hispanic to serve in that role, will provide the keynote address. Commissioner Antonio P. Salazar, Maryland’s top financial regulator who oversees the 45 state-chartered banks, credit unions, and trust companies along with the over 14,000 non-depository institutions with assets totaling over $300 billion, will also provide remarks.

“Financial education is a lynchpin in our journey to tackle inequality and poverty, so that we can create equity in our communities,” said Lanaea C. Featherstone, CEO, Featherstone Foundation and Open Society Institute-Baltimore Fellows’ Strategic Advisory Group.

The free conference provides Latino families with access to resources in Spanish on personal finance topics such as budgeting and financial goal-setting, understanding credit and interest rates, highlighting the underpinnings of the homebuying process and the pressing need for insurance and investments.

The event kicks off with an exhibition hall that includes companies such as BB&T, Berkshire Hathaway, Howard Bank, Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development, Maryland Hispanic Business Conference, New York Life, PNC, Southeast Community Development Corporation and many more.

State Farm and BGE are leading event sponsors. “I will be honored to present a symbolic check to the Foundation for their longtime commitment to advancing economic outcomes for Maryland’s Hispanic and immigrant families,”  said David Rosario, agent, State Farm.  “BGE is pleased to invest in programs that create opportunities for economic growth and advancement in our local communities,” said Ammanuel Moore, manager of external affairs, BGE.   

Attendees will receive breakfast, lunch and activities for the children organized by the Girl Scouts of Central Maryland. Interested attendees can register online or check-in onsite on April 21 at 10am at Cristo Rey Jesuit High School: 420 S. Chester St., Baltimore, MD 21231.


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Redefining Delivery Convenience: Over 150,000 Domino’s Hotspots® Launched Nationwide

More than 150,000 Domino’s Hotspots are now active nationwide so that customers can receive delivery orders at spots that don’t have a traditional address - places like local parks, sports fields and beaches, as well as thousands of other unexpected sites.

ANN ARBOR, Michigan, April 16, 2018 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Domino’s Pizza (NYSE: DPZ), the largest pizza company in the world based on global retail sales, is launching yet another delivery revolution. Starting today, over 150,000 Domino’s Hotspots are now active nationwide so that customers can receive delivery orders at spots that don’t have a traditional address – places like local parks, sports fields and beaches, as well as thousands of other unexpected sites. Local Domino’s stores around the country have selected these Domino’s Hotspots, which are now locations where drivers can meet customers curbside to hand off orders.

“We listened to customers and their need for pizza delivery to locations without a traditional address,” said Russell Weiner, president of Domino’s USA. “We know that delivery is all about convenience, and Domino’s Hotspots are an innovation that is all about flexible delivery options for customers.”

Domino’s Hotspots are online-only for prepaid orders on and in mobile apps. Once a customer’s location has been determined, local Domino’s Hotspots that are available for delivery will appear on a map for customers to select. Before checking out, customers can leave instructions to help the driver find them.  After completing their order, customers will receive text message alerts about their Domino’s Hotspot delivery progress, including a final text that gives the estimated arrival of the driver at the hand-off spot.

“Now customers spending time at some of our new Domino’s Hotspots locations, like Tommy Lasorda Field of Dreams in Los Angeles or even next to the James Brown statue in Augusta, Georgia, can have a pizza conveniently delivered to them, thanks to our innovative Domino’s Delivery Hotspots,” continued Weiner.

Customers can check out Domino’s Delivery Hotspot locations in their area by going to the locator page at For more information, visit

About Domino’s Pizza®
Founded in 1960, Domino’s Pizza is the largest pizza company in the world based on retail sales, with a significant business in both delivery and carryout pizza. It ranks among the world’s top public restaurant brands with a global enterprise of more than 14,800 stores in over 85 markets. Domino’s had global retail sales of over $12.2 billion in 2017, with more than $5.9 billion in the U.S. and more than $6.3 billion internationally. In the fourth quarter of 2017, Domino’s had global retail sales of nearly $4.0 billion, with nearly $1.9 billion in the U.S. and over $2.1 billion internationally. Its system is comprised of independent franchise owners who accounted for over 97% of Domino’s stores as of the fourth quarter of 2017. Emphasis on technology innovation helped Domino’s achieve more than half of all global retail sales in 2017 from digital channels, primarily online ordering and mobile applications. In the U.S., Domino’s generates over 60% of sales via digital channels and has produced several innovative ordering platforms, including Google Home, Facebook Messenger, Apple Watch, Amazon Echo, Twitter and text message using a pizza emoji. In late 2017, as part of an industry-first collaboration with Ford Motor Company, Domino’s began a meaningful test of delivery using self-driving vehicles.

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Top Companies Team Up With March of Dimes to Fight for Health of Moms and Babies

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WHITE PLAINS, New York, April 16, 2018 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Some of the USA’s leading companies are engaging their customers and staff to help the March of Dimes lead the fight for the health of all moms and babies.  Now through June 23, these activities support March for Babies, the March of Dimes signature fundraising event that unites communities across the nation to ensure that all babies are born healthy.

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Raising $8.3 million in 2017, Publix aims to be the March of Dimes #1 National March for Babies Corporate Partner for the third year in a row.  An impressive feat for this largest and fastest-growing employee-owned supermarket chain. Publix customers and associates have raised more than $73 million for March of Dimes in 22 years as part of its dedication to serving its communities. Visit your local Publix April 12 through April 28 to make a donation at the register. To learn more, visit the Publix website.

Visit Kmart, March of Dimes’ longest-running corporate partner, now through June 23 and donate at the register when you check out.  You can also support the March of Dimes with the purchase of a 2018 March of Dimes collectible puppy figurine, in-store or online, for just $5.  With every purchase, Kmart will donate $1 to the March of Dimes.  Buy one to add to your collection!  Learn more on Kmart’s website or at any Kmart nationwide.

Famous Footwear
Since becoming a national sponsor 15 years ago, Famous Footwear has raised more than $21 million for the March of Dimes.  Saucony is the Official Shoe Sponsor of March for Babies, with $5 from each pair of Saucony shoes sold at Famous Footwear being donated to March for Babies.  You can donate at the register or online between March 22 and April 22 to support March for Babies, with Famous Footwear Rewards Members receiving 15 bonus points for donating $2 or more.  Visit your local Famous Footwear, Naturalizer, or Famous Footwear Outlet or shop online.

Big 5 Sporting Goods
Big 5 Sporting Goods has raised millions for babies, mothers and families over the last 17 years through their March for Babies sticker campaign, which kicked off April 1.  Visit any Big 5 Sporting Goods through May 13 to purchase your stickers and join Big 5 at a local March for Babies walk near you.  For more information, visit the “Special Events” page on their website.

Jack in the Box
Jack in the Box is proud to continue and expand their partnership of 13 years raising nearly $1 million for the March of Dimes.  Now through April 30, visit your neighboring Jack in the Box in CA, KS, MO, NC, NV, OK, SC, TX, UT and WA. Donate $1 and receive a March of Dimes lapel pin to show the world you’re helping build a brighter future for us all.  For more information, visit their website.  

March for Babies is the nation’s favorite walking event that takes place in about 400 communities nationwide.  Learn more about March for Babies at You can sign up to walk, join a team or donate to help moms and babies.

March of Dimes leads the fight for the health of all moms and babies. We support research, lead programs and provide education and advocacy so that every family can have the best possible start. Building on a successful 80-year legacy of impact and innovation, we stand up for every mom and every baby. Visit or for more information. Visit for comfort and support. Find us on Facebook and follow us on Instagram and Twitter.

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CIOMA Issues Statement on Failure of the Ban on Internal Combustion Engines


SACRAMENTO, California, April 14, 2018 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Following the announcement that Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) is suspending AB 1745, his proposed ban on internal combustion engines, Ryan Hanretty, Executive Director of the California Independent Oil Marketers Association (CIOMA) issued the following statement:


“It is encouraging to hear of Assemblymember Ting’s decision to suspend his crusade against CIOMA’s small, family- and minority-owned businesses, as well as the hard-working, middle-class families of California.

“CIOMA was the first to warn how devastating this policy would be in California, and has since worked to inform Californians and the Legislature about the real-world impacts of a misguided bill like this.

“Last week, on the heels of CIOMA’s Day at the Capitol, and in just five days, our members flooded the Capitol with over 400 letters, each explaining how idealist bills like this serve only the agendas of politicians and their wealthy political allies.

“While we are happy to no longer face this immediate threat, we are disturbed by Assemblymember Ting’s enthusiastic commitment to sacrifice middle-class families for the benefit of the rich. AB 1745 comes after earlier attempts made by Asm. Ting to secure $3 billion in Electric Vehicle subsidies through 2017’s AB 1184. While being advertised as a means of providing EV access to the most deserving, over 80% of all EV subsidies go to those earning over $100,000 a year.

“This is bad policy. Bills like these offer nothing more than sound-bites and self-fulfillment to out-of-touch politicians, while posing a very real and frightening threat to nearly every Californian family.”

CIOMA is the industry’s statewide trade association representing the needs of independent wholesale and retail marketers of gasoline, diesel, lubricating oils and other petroleum products; transporters of those products; and retail convenience store operators. CIOMA’s members serve California’s families, agriculture, police and fire, cities, construction, and delivery industries to name a few.

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Bravo Family Foundation Appoints Guiomar García-Guerra as Executive Director


SAN FRANCISCO, April 13, 2018 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — The Bravo Family Foundation today announced the appointment of Guiomar García-Guerra, EdD as its executive director. She will begin work immediately, building a long-term plan for the foundation’s permanent mission in Puerto Rico.

Results-oriented with extensive expertise in the region, García-Guerra, who was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, will develop high-impact programs that provide entrepreneurial opportunities to support sustainable recovery efforts. García-Guerra has a proven track record of increasing strategic philanthropic investments for nonprofit, educational and environmental causes on the island.  Prior to joining the Bravo Family Foundation, García-Guerra was the founding executive director of Flamboyan Foundation. She has also held various executive positions and consulting roles in Puerto Rico, Massachusetts and New York, where she led the Ventures in Leadership Fund at the Wallace Foundation.

“The Bravo Family Foundation provided immediate and direct relief to communities in Puerto Rico devastated by Hurricane Maria and overlooked by centralized aid efforts,” said Orlando Bravo, founder of the Bravo Family Foundation. “The foundation will build upon our early work to help the island’s local communities rebuild and thrive.  We want to offer talented young adults and entrepreneurs opportunities to contribute to its recovery and development.  Guiomar’s track record of delivering measurable results will help us succeed in our mission and achieve our goals.  She is an inspiring leader who has shown a lifelong commitment to philanthropy in Puerto Rico.”

“The Bravo Family Foundation was among the first non-profits on the ground in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria; providing food, water, medicine and communications equipment, as well as coordinating efforts between the foundation and communities, mayors and other organizations,” said Alejandro Bravo, project manager for the foundation. “As the immediate need for aid slows, the foundation is shifting its focus to long-term and permanent programs on the island.  We are thrilled to have Guiomar on board to guide the foundation’s efforts.”

“I’m excited to be joining founder Orlando Bravo and the Bravo Family Foundation team,” said Guiomar García-Guerra. “My hope is to bridge the business savvy and depth built by Orlando Bravo in the global private equity industry with the foundation’s local programs, in order to support communities and organizations that are committed to Puerto Rico and its recovery. Long-term, we are looking to support individuals who are developing ideas and programs focused on protecting and promoting Puerto Rico’s heritage.”

About The Bravo Family Foundation

Founded by private equity investor Orlando Bravo, the Bravo Family Foundation believes that developing the talent of individuals dedicated to rethinking and rebuilding Puerto Rico is one of the most promising strategies for sparking a deep, transformative renewal for the island.

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Following Record Platform Growth Rates, LatinLive Opens Second Round of Funding


BERKELEY, California, April 12, 2018 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/– LatinLive, a Berkeley-based artificial intelligence (AI) media startup focusing on super-serving the U.S. Latino population, regarded as the largest and fastest-growing segment of the U.S. population, today announced amid rapid growth rates, they are opening a second round of funding.

Upon completing its first round of angel funding, the company has achieved a 500 percent increase in revenue when comparing Q1 2018 to Q1 2017, making it poised for significant future growth.

“We proudly serve the U.S. Latino market, which is the equivalent of the seventh largest GDP in the world today,” said Eric Osuna, Founder, and CEO of LatinLive. “We partner with community curators to bring relevant lifestyle and event information to regional audiences across the U.S., inspiring us to seek out angel funding for taking our platform to the next level.”

LatinLive works directly with companies looking to target Latino audiences. Powered by AI  that enables users to experience hyper-targeted user-generated content based on preferences and location, LatinLive supplements influencer marketing and advertising programs to help brands and businesses reach the fast-growing Latino consumer demographic.

“Our first round of funding gave us the resources to execute LatinLive’s first phase, including building out and scaling the core foundation of the platform,” said Osuna. “It’s now time to scale up our efforts and expand our user base to additional regional markets, which we will do through our newly announced second round of funding to be announced soon.”

Board member Arnoldo Avalos stated, “LatineLive is strategically positioned to benefit from the shifting of $70 billion dollars in traditional advertising revenue in the U.S. to mobile advertising.”

LatinLive’s current objective is to provide a tangible return on investment via a mobile and digital mix that includes influencer marketing, blogger curation, shopper marketing, artist endorsement, ticket sale conversions, social media executions, engagement, native advertising, and production.

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About LatinLive:

Founded by Eric Osuna, a leader in the Latino media tech space with more than 20-years of experience working in the Latino broadcasting industry, LatinLive strives to serve the growing American Latino segment through a variety of media and digital verticals. Thus far, the company has partnered with a number of leading entertainment and lifestyle companies to promote more than 3,000 concerts across 50 cities. Notable clients include: Live Nation Entertainment, Cárdenas Marketing Network, Inc. (CMN), AEG Presents, The Nederlander Organization, Marquez Brothers Entertainment, Inc., MetroPCS Wireless, Inc., Macy’s Group, Inc., Ford Motor Company, Ticketmaster, StubHub, and Ticketón.

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“Hangin’ with Los Henrys” YouTube Reality Show Star Thomas J. Henry Throws Star-Studded Birthday Bash in Miami

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NEW YORK, April 13, 2018 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — YouTube Reality star Thomas J. Henry, along with 75 close friends and family, celebrated his 56th birthday in an exclusive mansion on Palm Island in Miami Beach over the weekend. The $4.5 million event took 2 months to plan and featured performances by Austin Mahone, DJ Khaled, Cardi B and a set by DJ Ruckus.

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The evening also featured fire dancers and a spectacular firework show over the water, and as the icing on the cake, the guest of honor was gifted a Patek Philippe watch from Pristine Jewelers in NYC. Notable attendees included: Azteca Henry, Maya Henry, Thomas Henry Jr., Street Artist Alec Monopoly, Nicky Jam, Jonathan Cheban, Austin Mahone, and Red Bull Athlete Gustavo Yacamán.

The birthday dinner was prepared by none other than James Beard Award-winning Chef Michael Schwartz. The dinner was followed by an after party held at Club E11even, where Cardi B hosted her album release party. At the night of the event, Maya Henry wore Dolce and Gabbana, Thomas Jr. wore Gucci, Azteca wore Alexander Wang and Thomas Sr. wore Zilli. The superstar family also chartered a 100 ft. yacht, at which they enjoyed the sunshine during their 3-day Miami weekend. 

The Henry family, including Thomas J. Henry, his wife Azteca, and their children – model/actress Maya Henry and son Thomas, all star in the hit YouTube reality show, “Hangin’ with Los Henrys“, now in its second season. The show’s YouTube channel has over 65,000 subscribers and more than 20,000,000 views.

Thomas J. Henry‘s birthday bash comes just four months after the lavish $4 million birthday party the family threw for son Thomas in San Antonio, Texas, which featured tons of celeb guests and performances, including J Balvin, Diplo, Migos and DJ Ruckus.

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About “Hangin’ with Los Henrys”
The Henrys are a wealthy blended Mexican-American family from San Antonio, Texas. The family, headed by patriarch and high-powered attorney Thomas J. Henry, is known for throwing elaborate, star-studded bashes. In 2016, the $6 million Quinceañera they threw for their daughter, actress/model Maya Henry, was a viral sensation which led to appearances on the Steve Harvey Show and Inside Edition. This was followed by Thomas Henry Jr.’s lavish $4 million birthday party in 2017, which featured tons of celeb guests and performances, including J Balvin, Diplo, Migos and DJ Ruckus.

Their mini-series reality show, “Hangin with Los Henrys” debuted on YouTube on December 13, 2017. The show centers around Thomas “Tom” and Azteca Henry and their two children, Thomas Jr. and Maya Henry. Also featured is “Abuelita,” Teresa Crawford, who lives with the family in their San Antonio mansion.

Maya Henry is a model and actress. Her upcoming film, Carte Blanche, co-starring Dylan Sprouse, Suki Waterhouse, and Jack Kilmer, is due out next year. Last year, she appeared alongside Joe Jonas in DNCE’s hit music video “Kissing Strangers”.

Thomas J. Henry is an attorney and philanthropist from Texas. He is the founder of Thomas J. Henry Injury Attorneys, a national personal injury firm. He has been featured in Newsweek Magazine, Parenting Magazine, Forbes, and Fortune for the record-breaking multi-million-dollar awards hard-won for his clients.

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Sprint and FlixLatino Join Forces to Provide Spanish-Language Entertainment to Customers

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Sprint customers to enjoy a 45-day free trial to the best Spanish-language movies, shows and documentaries in high-definition

OVERLAND PARK, Kansas, April 13, 2018 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Available now, Sprint (NYSE: S) customers can receive an exclusive 45-day trial of the FlixLatino app to stream more than 250 recently produced Spanish-language movies, TV series and documentaries on up to three devices at a time in high-definition.

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“Our customers are always top-of-mind and this collaboration with FlixLatino is just one of the many ways Sprint is devoted to providing Latinos with the latest in entertainment,” said Alberto Lorente, Vice President of Multicultural Marketing at Sprint. “Consumers want and need access to content that resonates with their roots and we will continue to deliver quality cinema on-the-go.”

FlixLatino, a Spanish-language entertainment streaming service, hosts films, series and shows from many countries such as Mexico, Puerto Rico, Colombia, Peru, Venezuela, Cuba and Spain. Its catalogue includes productions in all genres: action, romance, drama, comedy, mystery, horror, suspense and more.

Customers will also be able to enjoy a consistent content refresh with new monthly releases and weekly premieres on Thursdays.

“Through this partnership our growing community will be able to experience and enjoy quality content at anytime,” said Luis Guillermo Villanueva, Chief Operating Officer of SOMOS Next. “We are thrilled to see FlixLatino downloaded on Sprint phones and devices to provide affordable access to first class entertainment and the deserved recognition and exposure to the many talented voices of our influential Spanish-speaking countries.”  

The FlixLatino app is available to download on iOS and Android as well as Roku, Chromecast and AppleTV devices. Once the trial ends, Sprint customers have the option to enjoy the latest Spanish entertainment at their fingertips with a monthly subscription of $2.99 that will be billed to their existing Sprint invoice. Cancel at any time by dialing *2 from your Sprint phone.

For more information on FlixLatino and to start a free 45-day trial, customers can visit!

About Sprint:
Sprint (NYSE: S) is a communications services company that creates more and better ways to connect its customers to the things they care about most. Sprint served 54.6 million connections as of December 31, 2017 and is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including the first wireless 4G service from a national carrier in the United States; leading no-contract brands including Virgin Mobile USA, Boost Mobile, and Assurance Wireless; instant national and international push-to-talk capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone. Today, Sprint’s legacy of innovation and service continues with an increased investment to dramatically improve coverage, reliability, and speed across its nationwide network and commitment to launching the first 5G mobile network in the U.S. You can learn more and visit Sprint at or and

About FlixLatino:
FlixLatino is an Over-The-Top (“OTT”) Spanish language entertainment service providing consumers an App that gives them access to over 250 films, plus series and documentaries from throughout the Spanish speaking world.  This service offers its audience the best contemporary Spanish content from all genres and for all palates!  FlixLatino is brought to you by Somos Next, LLC, a member of Somos Group. You can learn more and visit SOMOS Next at

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Toyota Recognizes Visionary Women at 9th Annual Women in the World Summit

Toyota Honors 2018 Mothers of Invention Emily Kennedy, Maxeme Tuchman and Danya Sherman at 9th Annual Women in the World Summit.

NEW YORK, April 13, 2018 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — This week, the 9th annual Tina Brown Live Media Women in the World Summit, presented and co-hosted by Toyota, will feature the Mothers of Invention (MOI) Class of 2018, celebrating pioneers who are driving positive change in the world through innovation and entrepreneurship. Three grants in the amount of $50,000 each were awarded for groundbreaking work in developing solutions to combat human trafficking, drug-facilitated sexual assault, and to create an educational technology platform that connects families. The Summit takes place April 12-14.

Toyota Honors 2018 Mothers of Invention Emily Kennedy, Maxeme Tuchman and Danya Sherman at 9th Annual Women in the World Summit.

Since its inception in 2012, Toyota has collaborated with the Tina Brown Live Media editorial team to identify three women annually who affect change throughout the world and have tremendous passion: the finalists meet a myriad of criteria, solving large-scale problems, affecting impact and growth, introducing new product categories, finding solutions to societal issues around the globe, innovating technologies and more. Since its inception, the Toyota Mothers of Invention program has recognized the ingenuity of 22 women with a total of more than $1 million in grants. Their stories can be read here.

“These women are game changers who are creating massive impact in the world around them and the team at Toyota is thrilled to support them in their mission to make a difference,” said Jacquelyn Birdsall, Senior Engineer, Toyota Motor North America. “The Toyota Mothers of Invention network now stands at 22 brilliant women – we celebrate their success and applaud their efforts to come together to solve challenges and create lasting change among people and communities everywhere.”   

In addition to building great cars, Toyota is committed to improving society and the lives of others, championing solutions to issues around food, water, shelter, healthcare, electricity, sanitation, safety and education. As a sponsor of the Women in the World Summit since its inception seven years ago, Toyota has cultivated the Toyota Mothers of Invention program by not only awarding MOIs with the Driving Solutions Grant, but also facilitating networking opportunities, building relevant connections, and providing access to intellectual capital to help their organizations and causes go places.

“I couldn’t be more proud of this year’s Toyota Mothers of Invention participants whose breakthrough inventions offer incredibly smart and simple solutions to timely problems that affect us all,” says Tina Brown, Founder & CEO of Tina Brown Live Media.

This year, the three honorees – Maxeme Tuchman, Caribu; Emily Kennedy, Marinus Analytics; and Danya Sherman, KnoNap – will be highlighted through in-depth conversations over the course of the Summit program. More information about the Mothers of Invention Class of 2018:

Maxeme Tuchman (CEO and co-founder, Caribu)
Miami-based Maxeme Tuchman inspires with her story of Caribu, an education platform that helps parents, extended family and mentors to read and draw with children when they’re not in the same location. Used by military parents stationed overseas to parents traveling on business trips and more, the Caribu experience is an engaging livestream shared-screen experience featuring hundreds of books in six languages. The inspiration to invent Caribu came from seeing a photograph of a deployed U.S. soldier who was struggling to read a book to his daughter through a laptop webcam. 

Emily Kennedy (CEO, Marinus Analytics)
Emily Kennedy is the brains behind Traffic Jam, a groundbreaking technology used to apprehend sex traffickers and rescue trafficked victims that’s relied upon by law enforcement in the U.S. and abroad. Traffic Jam is a suite of AI tools that turn big data into actionable intelligence for sex trafficking investigations, including the first facial recognition technology designed to find human trafficking victims online. Inspired by having witnessed children being trafficked when she visited Europe as a 16-year-old tourist, she began working on the technology in 2011 at the Carnegie Mellon University Robotics Institute. Kennedy hails from California.

Danya Sherman (Founder and CEO, KnoNap)
Danya Sherman is a young entrepreneur and the founder of KnoNap, a detection device cleverly disguised as a napkin that detects the most common date rape drugs. With one in 13 college-aged individuals having suspected their drink was laced with a rape drug last year, Danya’s invention is timely and important.  Motivated by her own experiences as well as the shared experiences of other women, Sherman wanted to make a difference to help women feel comfortable in any social situation. Sherman resides in Washington D.C. and is a junior at George Washington University.

Since 2012, Toyota has partnered with Women in the World to support women-led organizations that are tackling the world’s most challenging issues with remarkable creativity. The Toyota Mothers of Invention program has recognized the ingenuity of 22 women with more than $1 million in grants. These women, who are leading the charge to work on issues like homelessness, education, food, water, energy and more, come from all over the world, are using innovation to create lasting and sustainable impact. To date, Toyota’s Mothers of Invention have affected the lives of more than 160 million people globally, and are developing novel new technologies that will create positive change for millions more.

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 36 million cars and trucks in North America, where we operate 14 manufacturing plants (10 in the U.S.) and directly employ more than 47,000 people (more than 37,000 in the U.S.).  Our 1,800 North American dealerships (nearly 1,500 in the U.S.) sold more than 2.7 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

The three-day Women in the World Summit, held at New York City’s Lincoln Center, presents powerful new female role models whose personal stories illuminate the most pressing international issues. They range from CEOs and world leaders to artists, activists, peacemakers, and firebrand dissidents. The Summit’s vivid journalistic narratives, high-impact video, and fast-paced staging have made it the premier platform to showcase women of impact. Increasingly, Women in the World also includes the participation, onstage and in the audience, of men who champion women. For more information on the 2018 Summit, please visit:

Media Contacts:

Toyota Corporate Communications
Leigh Anne Sessions
Mobile: (424) 488-4200

Saatchi & Saatchi for Toyota
Kimberly Harms
Mobile: (702) 234-9517

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Disneyland Resort Celebrates the First-Ever Pixar Fest for a Limited-Time, Now through Sept. 3, 2018

‘TOGETHER FOREVER’ FIREWORKS-The new multimedia fireworks show, “Together Forever - A Pixar Nighttime Spectacular” debuts during Pixar Fest at the Disneyland Resort, April 13-Sept. 3, 2018. “Together Forever” celebrates the heart of Pixar as it lights up the sky over Disneyland, connecting guests with characters they’ve come to know and love. The show comes to life with pyrotechnics, special effects, a new musical score and projections on iconic park locations. (Joshua Sudock/Disneyland Resort)

ANAHEIM, Calif., April 13, 2018 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Pixar Fest, the biggest Pixar celebration ever to come to Disney Parks, brings guests together to celebrate friendship and beyond for a limited time, today through Sept. 3, 2018.

‘TOGETHER FOREVER’ FIREWORKS–The new multimedia fireworks show, “Together Forever – A Pixar Nighttime Spectacular” debuts during Pixar Fest at the Disneyland Resort, April 13-Sept. 3, 2018. “Together Forever” celebrates the heart of Pixar as it lights up the sky over Disneyland, connecting guests with characters they’ve come to know and love. The show comes to life with pyrotechnics, special effects, a new musical score and projections on iconic park locations. (Joshua Sudock/Disneyland Resort)

This first-ever Pixar Fest presents some of the beloved characters and stories from Pixar Animation Studios in new and exciting ways at Disneyland Park, Disney California Adventure Park and throughout the resort. Films such as Pixar’s “Toy Story,” “Coco,” “Monsters, Inc.” and “Up” come to life for guests in a new nighttime spectacular, the return of two favorite parades with fresh Pixar surprises, new décor, musical entertainment, creatively themed food and beverage and event merchandise.

The new multimedia fireworks show, Together Forever – A Pixar Nighttime Spectacular,” celebrates the heart of Pixar as it lights up the sky over Disneyland Park, connecting guests with characters they’ve come to know and love. Along with dazzling pyrotechnics, projections on iconic park locations and memorable music, the heartwarming show celebrates the theme of friendship, an ever-present concept in Pixar animation. Guests discover favorite moments from all 19 Pixar films, including Buzz Lightyear and Carl Fredricksen’s House from the film “Up” flying over Sleeping Beauty Castle.

For the first time, Pixar Play Parademakes its way through Disneyland Park, being led by someone new. The parade begins just as all Pixar films have, with an appearance by the iconic and adorable Pixar Lamp and yellow Ball from the original Pixar short, “Luxo Jr.” Also new to the parade are characters from the beloved film, “Up.” Wilderness Explorer Russell appears astride the colorful flightless bird, Kevin, as Carl Fredricksen and Dug follow behind with Carl’s tethered house floating above. “Inside Out” also joins “Pixar Play Parade,” with Joy and Sadness perched atop colorful memory orbs and Bing Bong himself cheering them on.

Paint the Night parade also returns, and this time guests enjoy the parade’s more than 1 million, brilliant LED lights and catchy tunes at Disney California Adventure. “Paint the Night” features pals from “Toy Story,” “Monsters, Inc.” and “Cars.” Another Pixar story joins “Paint the Night” in June, with a new, high-energy float inspired by “The Incredibles” and “Incredibles 2.” Mr. Incredible, Mrs. Incredible 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 other elements in this spectacular parade, this new float comes to life through dazzling LED lights, new music elements and high-tech, pop-art effects inspired by the mid-century-modern style of the films.

A collection of Pixar Shorts is featured at the Sunset Showcase Theater at Disney California Adventure during most of Pixar Fest, including favorites such as “For the Birds” and “LAVA.” The short films rotate during the celebration.

In the Paradise Gardens area of Disney California Adventure, guests will enjoy the comedic, musical troupe TripleDent Gum presents The Pixarmonic Orchestra. The zany, seven-piece band performs a fun-filled repertoire of songs from Pixar films with unconventional instruments such as cowbells, kazoos, duck calls, sirens and slide whistles. Guests also will encounter Pixar characters in this Pixar Pals area of the park.

Special renditions of the hit song “You’ve Got a Friend in Me,” from the Pixar film “Toy Story,” are performed by musical groups including the Disneyland Band, Straw Hatters, Dapper Dans, Main Street Piano Player, Royal Street Bachelors, Jambalaya Jazz Band and Mariachi Divas. The Straw Hatters also perform a rendition of “Married Life” from “Up,” along with the Royal Street Bachelors who add “If I Didn’t Have You” from “Monsters, Inc.”

Beginning June 8, the Pixar Pals Dance Party at the Tomorrowland Terrace in Disneyland will get guests of all ages mixing, mingling and dancing with some of their favorite Pixar pals. The dance party is an ideal time to get up close with Pixar characters such as Russell, Dug, Woody, Jessie, the Green Army Men and more.

Also during Pixar Fest, guests in Tomorrowland will find that the popular Redd Rockett’s Pizza Port has transformed into Alien Pizza Planet, inspired by the loveable, green Space Aliens from the family restaurant frequented by Andy (and his toys) in “Toy Story.” The Aliens have invaded this popular dining spot to deliver fresh, hot pizzas and other items that are out of this world, including the new specialty pepperoni pizza and cheeseburger pizza.

For those who wish to get into character and celebrate friendship, limited-time Pixar Fest merchandise is available for guests, including friendship charm bracelets, companion apparel designed to be worn in pairs, “Finding Nemo” and “Finding Dory” souvenir light-up sippers and so much more.

All these exciting additions complement the many existing attractions and entertainment in the parks that feature Pixar characters, such as Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters and Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage at Disneyland, and Cars Land and Turtle Talk with Crush 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, 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.

‘PAINT THE NIGHT’ PARADE– The popular nighttime parade returns to the Disneyland Resort for Pixar Fest, this time making its way through Disney California Adventure Park. Mack from “Cars” appears in “Paint the Night” parade, along with many beloved Disney and Pixar pals. This after-dark spectacular shimmers with more than 1 million brilliant lights, high-energy music and cutting edge special effects. (Joshua Sudock/Disneyland Resort)

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RestoraVita Medical Group Brings GAINSWave® to Puerto Rico

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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, April 12, 2018 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — RestoraVita Medical Group is pleased to announce they now offer GAINSWave! This breakthrough noninvasive medical therapy uses low-intensity shockwave therapy to enhance sexual performance and to treat Erectile Dysfunction symptoms.

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As men age, the vessels in their penis weaken, contract and fill with micro-plaque, which can lead to Erectile Dysfunction. As these tiny vessels become clogged, the penis decreases in sensitivity, making it harder for men to achieve and maintain an erection. Thankfully, the GAINSWave protocols can enhance a man’s performance by using high-frequency acoustic waves to repair existing blood vessels and improve blood flow.

Thanks to the numerous  clinical studies on Low-Intensity Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (Li-ESWT), we can see that this therapy improves not only erectile dysfunction symptoms but also sexual performance. “GAINSWave is an ideal solution for men looking to improve spontaneous erections without the use of Viagra or Cialis,” says Rosimar Torres-Leon, MD. Patients receiving GAINSWave therapy have reported improved erection quality, enhanced sexual performance and decreased refractory times between orgasms, which is why this a great alternative to ED medications.

This drug and surgery-free procedure only takes about 20 minutes and can enhance a man’s sex life while addressing the root cause of Erectile Dysfunction. RestoraVita Medical Group is now treating men with the GAINSWave Therapy in their offices located at Plaza las Americas Medical Tower; 525 FD Roosevelt Avenue, PH 1210, San Juan, PR 00918.

Rosimar Torres-Leon, M.D. is a US Board-certified Obstetrician and Gynecologist (FACOG) and the Medical Director of the RestoraVita Medical Group specializing in Integrative, Restorative, and Anti-Aging Medicine. Dr. Torres-Leon has helped thousands of men and women suffering from the discomforts of hormone imbalance to regain their health and attain a renewed healthier physical wellbeing. Dr. Torres-Leon focuses on restoring optimal patient health by understanding individual health concerns, identifying their root-causes and potential improvement options, and then tailoring wellness programs and procedures to address each patient’s individual needs. Dr. Torres-Leon combines traditional medicine with custom-tailored hormonal replacement therapy, state of the art technology (equipment), and nutrition enhancements to achieve improved energy, superb sexual health and enjoyment, and optimal overall wellbeing, in order to reach the highest possible quality of life. For her male patients, she is trained on the GAINSWave treatment for erectile dysfunction, or for better sexual function and the P-Shot (Priapus Shot) for sexual satisfaction.

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Alexandra Schapiro
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“CAL 3” Initiative to Partition California Reaches Unprecedented Milestone


SAN MATEO, California, April 11, 2018 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — For the first time in more than 150 years, Californians are poised for the unprecedented and historic opportunity to vote on a ballot measure to sensibly partition California into three states.

Next week, CAL 3 will deliver to the California Legislature more than 600,000 signatures from Californians representing all 58 counties to ensure a November ballot measure to let Californians vote on the partition. That is nearly twice as much support as is required by state law to get an initiative on the ballot and the first time in modern state history that a partition has reached the preponderance of support required to be approved as a ballot measure.

“This is an unprecedented show of support on behalf of every corner of California to create three state governments that emphasize representation, responsiveness, reliability and regional identity,” CAL 3 chairman Tim Draper said.

CAL 3 is committed to solving California’s most pressing issues, including the state’s failing school systems that impact more than 6 million kids, highest-in-the-nation taxes, deteriorating infrastructure and strained government. Partitioning California into three states would empower regional communities to make better, fairer and more sensible decisions for their citizens.

After CAL 3 delivers the support of more than 600,000 citizens to the Secretary of State and the signatures are properly vetted and approved, the initiative will be slotted for inclusion on the ballot in November, giving everyone in California a chance to be heard. After the measure is approved by voters, the Governor will transfer notice of state approval to Congress, which will vote to ratify the creation of the new three-state structure.

“The unanimous support for CAL 3 from all 58 of California’s counties to reach this unprecedented milestone in the legislative process is the signal that across California, we are united behind CAL 3 to create a brighter future for everyone,” Draper said.

To discuss this historic milestone in the effort to partition California into three states, Draper will be holding a press conference on Thursday, April 12 at 4:30 PM PT in the 2nd floor offices of his investment firm, Draper Associates, 55 E. 3rd Avenue in San Mateo.

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AIRE Radio Networks Names Blanca Navas As Vice President, Affiliate Sales

AIRE Radio Networks Names Blanca Navas As Vice President, Affiliate Sales

MIAMI, April 12, 2018 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — AIRE Radio Networks, the largest minority certified Spanish Language radio networks and the official radio network of Spanish Broadcasting System, Inc. (the “Company” or “SBS“) (OTCQB: SBSAA), announced today the appointment of Blanca Navas as Vice President, Affiliate Sales. Navas, a seasoned radio executive, will spearhead the networks’ syndication strategy, manage affiliate relations and expand the footprint of AIRE and Spanish Broadcasting Systems radio programming as well as LaMusica’s digital and live music content.

AIRE Radio Networks Names Blanca Navas As Vice President, Affiliate Sales

“Blanca has successfully pioneered the launch and execution of a number of programming and distribution strategies in the Hispanic marketplace,” said Elisa Torres, EVP, Aire Radio Networks and National Radio Sales, “Her invaluable skillset will complement the continued growth of AIRE, SBS and LaMusica’s content portfolio. We are excited to have Blanca on our team.”

Prior to joining AIRE Radio Networks, Navas was director, syndication and affiliations, Entravision Communications, where she played a critical role in developing new network programs and managed content distribution for the networks’ 48 radio stations across top U.S. Hispanic markets. Navas held similar roles at PRISA Radio/GLR Networks, Radio Disney, Citadel Media en Español (formerly ABC Radio Networks) and ESPN Deportes.

“I’m thrilled to join AIRE Radio Networks and Spanish Broadcasting System, home of the some of the most iconic multimedia properties and programming in the business,” said Navas “I look forward to working with the team and affiliate partners on developing and creating compelling content that engages Hispanic consumers across multiple touchpoints.”

Navas will report to Elisa Torres, EVP, Aire Radio Networks and National Radio Sales.

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 250 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 LA Musica, a mobile app providing content related to Latin music, entertainment, news and culture. For more information, visit us online at

Vladimir Gomez
(786) 470-1644

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Bad Bunny, A Boogie wit da Hoodie, PNB Rock, Bryant Meyers, Jon Z, Tekashi69, La Insuperable, Miky Woodz, Noriel, Amara La Negra, FatboySSE, Liro Shaq, HOODCELEBRITYY, Dj Lobo, Dj Camilo, Dj Enuff & AJ El Kallejero To Perform At SOULFRITO The Urban Latin Music Festival


NEW YORK, April 12, 2018 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — SOULFRITO The Urban Latin Music Festival, the nation’s original and largest for today’s multicultural urban Latino millennials and gen z’s, has announced its initial headlining talent for highly anticipated performances at Barclays Center on Friday, June 8th, 2018. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster:

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Latin Trap’s torchbearer and golden boy Bad Bunny, will be performing alongside Bronx born rapper A Boogie wit da Hoodie, as a tribute to the synthesis of American Hip Hop and Latin trap that now forms part of the cross cultural mainstream in America. Bad Bunny was featured as one of the emerging break out artists of the 2017 Soulfrito festival that took place last year at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Other breakout artist featured 5 x platinum Hip Hop artist Cardi B in addition to 50 Cent, Fat Joe, French Montana, Uncle Murda and a slew of Latin Trap artists including Bryant Myers, Farruko, Coscuella. Mozart La Para and several others.

Within two short years Bad Bunny has gone from a bag grocer to having over 4 billion views on youtube as well as 15 songs on Billboard’s hot Latin songs chart. Bad Bunny has become Latin Trap’s biggest star and has collaborated with Wisin, Ozuna, Daddy Yankee and Nicki Minaj. He is also currently in the studio with Drake.

A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie produced his first song “Temporary” at nineteen years old and released his first full length project a mixtape called Artist that launched his career and was featured on Forbes list of upcoming rappers. In 2017 he was named XXL’s one of ten Freshman Class.

The 2018 festival will also feature performances by Bryant Myers, PNB Rock, Jon Z, Tekashi69, La Insuperable, Miky Woodz, Noriel, Love and Hip Hop’s Amara La Negra, FatboySSE, Liro Shaq, HOODCELBRITYY, X 96.3‘s DJ Lobo and Hot 97’s Heavy Hitters DJ Camilo and DJ Enuff.

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Mazda’s Revolutionary SKYACTIV-X Engine Awarded ‘Gold’ at Edison Awards for Innovation Achievements


NEW YORK, April 12, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Mazda Motor Corporation has been awarded Gold at the Edison Awards for its breakthrough SKYACTIV-X compression-ignition engine. SKYACTIV-X, the world’s first commercially available compression-ignition engine, took top honors in the Engine Enhancements category, competing against other technologies in automotive, heavy transportation and aerospace industries, among others.

“We are humbled that the Edison Awards steering committee and industry leaders selected Mazda’s SKYACTIV-X engine for a gold award,” said Masashi Otsuka, VP of R&D and design, Mazda North American Operations. “Mazda’s goal is to create a sustainable path forward, introducing cars and technologies that enrich people’s lives as well as society. This award means a great deal to the men and women who are building our future throughout Mazda Motor Corporation.”

A part of Mazda’s forward-looking Sustainable Zoom-Zoom 2030 plan, SKYACTIV-X implements Spark Controlled Compression Ignition (SPCCI) to seamlessly transition between compression ignition and spark ignition. Using a spark plug as a control mechanism, SKYACTIV-X is able to finely balance ignition timing and its air-to-fuel ratio, maximizing fuel-efficiency. The net result combines the efficiency and torque of a diesel with the high-revving drivability and lower CO2 emissions of a gasoline engine.

The benefits of greater torque and responsiveness allow Mazda’s engineers to more closely space gear ratios for quicker acceleration without impacting efficiency, complementing Mazda’s human-centric Jinba Ittai—”horse and rider as one”—driving dynamics. Mazda will introduce SKYACTIV-X in a production vehicle in 2019.

Originally established in 1987 by the American Marketing Association, but an independent organization since 2008, the Edison Awards™ have recognized and honored some of the most innovative products and business leaders in the world and is among the most prestigious accolades honoring excellence in new product and service development, marketing, design and innovation.

Edison Awards is a program of Edison Universe, a 501(c)(3) organization. Its awards honor innovation, recognize achievement and celebrate success from organizations across the globe,

Edison Universe is focused on fostering innovation. Edison Universe celebrates natural curiosity, supports discovery, promotes the core skills and processes of innovation, and helps foster a deeper understanding of teamwork and experimentation. A few key objectives are promoting innovation concepts and curriculum in a variety of media; mentoring and encouraging students, and bridging students to industry. More information:

Mazda North American Operations is headquartered in Irvine, California, and oversees the sales, marketing, parts and customer service support of Mazda vehicles in the United States and Mexico through nearly 700 dealers. Operations in Mexico are managed by Mazda Motor de Mexico in Mexico City. For more information on Mazda vehicles, including photography and B-roll, please visit the online Mazda media center at

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Fuel Relief Fund Aids World Food Programme in Distributing Fuel in War-Torn Yemen


RIVERSIDE, California, April 11, 2018 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Fuel Relief Fund has partnered with the United Nations World Food Programme to provide essential fuel supply chain management support to humanitarian operations in Yemen, where on-going conflict has resulted in the world’s worst humanitarian crisis. This joint effort is projected to reach 5-6 million people in desperate need of humanitarian assistance.


Frequent airstrikes and intermittent blockades have hindered the delivery of humanitarian aid in Yemen, resulting in widespread fuel shortages. The Yemeni governorates most significantly impacted by conflict, malnutrition and disease outbreak continue to struggle with a lack of fuel for cooking food, treating drinking water, operating hospital generators, and supporting day-to-day humanitarian activities and critical services.

In conjunction with the World Health Organization and UNICEF, Fuel Relief Fund and the World Food Programme have begun facilitating the distribution of 5 million liters of diesel per month to 138 hospitals and clinics, and 15 water treatment plants across the country. Lending their expertise and supporting the management of the end-to- end fuel supply chain for the humanitarian community, Fuel Relief Fund will help ensure that critical infrastructure can function to meet the needs of the increasingly debilitated crisis-affected population.

For more information, or to donate to Fuel Relief Fund, visit

About Fuel Relief Fund – Fuel Relief Fund is the world’s only charitable organization focused exclusively on addressing fuel supply challenges in major disasters. Utilizing industry expertise and providing fuel distribution resources, Fuel Relief Fund fills the fuel supply gap when the most urgent rescue and response activities occur, allowing relief agencies to deliver life-saving aid and enabling affected families to meet basic food and shelter needs.

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ARIN Launches Caribbean Forum


CENTREVILLE, Va., April 12, 2018 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — The American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN) will formally launch a special Caribbean Forum at upcoming ARIN 41 Meeting in Miami, Florida next week.

“Over the past year, ARIN has created several new initiatives to encourage even more Caribbean participation in the community,” said John Curran, ARIN President and CEO. “We are already seeing an increased interest in IPv6 deployment, autonomous network build-out and technical capacity building. The new ARIN Caribbean Forum is expected to help us better facilitate and support these initiatives.”

The ARIN Caribbean Forum comprises three streams:

  1. Public Policy Group for public sector ministers and technocrats in collaboration with the Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU).
  2. Justice Sector Group for law enforcement officials in collaboration with CARICOM IMPACS and judicial and legal officers in collaboration with APEX, the Caribbean agency responsible for justice technology.
  3. Network Operators Group for network administrators, IT managers, computer engineers and security professionals in collaboration with the Caribbean Network Operators Group (CaribNOG).

“Each group is aimed at increasing stakeholder awareness, strengthening community participation, deepening government engagement, and strengthening partnerships with region-based organizations like the Caribbean Telecommunications Union, the Caribbean Network Operators Group, and the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States,” said Bevil Wooding, ARIN Caribbean Outreach Liaison. “The new Forum will allow us to better understand and directly address the needs of our stakeholders and members in the Caribbean.”

Following ARIN 41, in Miami next week, the Public Policy and Justice Sector Groups will meet on April 19, 2018.  The Network Operators Group will also meet at CaribNOG 15 from April 18-20 in Miami, Florida. Subsequently, initiatives will be staged across the Caribbean in collaboration with ARIN’s partners and stakeholders in the region.

For more information on the launch of the Caribbean Forum, read about it on ARIN’s blog

About the American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN)
ARIN is the nonprofit corporation that manages the distribution of Internet number resources – IPv4, IPv6, and Autonomous System numbers – in many Caribbean and North Atlantic islands, Canada, the United States. Organizations that need IP address space and ASNs can request them directly from ARIN. More information about ARIN services, events, IPv6, and more is available at and

Contact: Jennifer Bly

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New CMC Study Shows Digital Behavior is Powered by Culture Across All Demographic Segments

AHAA: The Voice of Hispanic Marketing is rebranding as Culture Marketing Council: The Voice of Hispanic Marketing, which will continue to elevate the quality and effectiveness of U.S. marketing by harnessing the power of cultural expertise and impact to drive business results. (PRNewsfoto/AHAA: The Voice of Hispanic Mar)

FAIRFAX, Virginia, April 12, 2018 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Digital Lives 2018: A World of Digital ‘Everything’ through a Cultural Lens, a groundbreaking study by the trade group Culture Marketing Council: The Voice of Hispanic Marketing (CMC) reveals that culture drives digital behavior regarding how information is shared, how on-demand content is consumed, and which platforms are chosen, permeating outside of in-culture spaces and across non-Hispanic white, Hispanic and non-Hispanic African-American segments. Presence in cultural platforms, in-culture ads on mainstream sites and organic diversity in social media and video content are some of the critical strategies that resonate across all audiences and increase brand engagement.

AHAA: The Voice of Hispanic Marketing is rebranding as Culture Marketing Council: The Voice of Hispanic Marketing, which will continue to elevate the quality and effectiveness of U.S. marketing by harnessing the power of cultural expertise and impact to drive business results. (PRNewsfoto/AHAA: The Voice of Hispanic Mar)

Sponsored by Oi2 Media Response, ThinkNow, Univision and Viacom, Digital Lives 2018 not only uncovers how digital is used to gather information, socialize, consume or share entertainment, but also explores this behavior through a cultural lens to determine areas of similarities, differences, cultural uniqueness or areas of cultural fusion. The CMC conducted an online quantitative study of 3,500 total 13-49-year-old respondents with equal representation of non-Hispanic whites, non-Hispanic African-Americans and Hispanics.

“Demography and digitalization are the two most transformative and disruptive forces in our society today,” said CMC Research Chair Nancy Tellet, founder, brand & consumer navigator at PureClarity LLC. “The growth and influence of the Hispanic consumer, coupled with the pop culture and political clout of African-Americans, is transforming the American cultural landscape. At the same time, digital platforms are emerging and evolving, giving consumers more control over the on-demand content they crave.”

Topline findings of the Digital Lives 2018 study include:

  • Ads placed on platforms with cultural content have more power across all ages, segments and languages, regardless of U.S. or foreign births—71 percent of non-Hispanic African-Americans and 60-64 percent of Hispanics (60 percent on English-language Hispanic sites, 64 percent on Spanish-language Hispanic sites) are more likely to buy from brands who advertise in their cultural spaces.
  • Spanish-language ads—even in mainstream sites—create more engagement with Hispanics, including third+ generation Hispanics that continue incorporating time in Spanish as part of their in-culture digital activities.
  • While authentically diverse ads done correctly in the mainstream increase engagement with multicultural and some millennial non-Hispanic whites, the same applies to shows reflecting diversity in cast and themes, particularly among African-Americans of all ages. For non-Hispanic whites, millennials are more likely to personally relate to diverse shows that “do it right.” In fact, most non-Hispanic white teens and Generation Xers like diverse shows, like Black-ish, Luke Cage, How to Get Away with Murder, This Is Us, and Orange is the New Black, simply because they are good.
  • Digital TV/movies, which include streaming video on-demand (SVOD), are the No. 1 thing most 18-49-year olds say “I can’t live without,” except Hispanics 18-34 where SVOD was in a virtual tie with their passion for social media.
  • When it comes to social media, half of each group’s influencers are of another culture, and nine out of the 17 top social media stars are multicultural.

“The results of this new study re-emphasize the strategic imperative of placing culture at the center of your campaigns and valuing culture specialists as key advisors,” said CMC Chair Isaac Mizrahi, co-president and COO of Alma. “We hope this study can help marketers maximize success with in-culture, multicultural segmented efforts and avoid costly cultural gaffes in their mainstream marketing.”

CMC would like to acknowledge the CMC Digital Chair Rafael Monteiro, COO of Oi2 Media Response; the CMC Digital Committee; Pete Lerma, principal & founder of Richards/Lerma; and CMC Research Chair Nancy Tellet, who spearheaded and executed this study. A public version of this study is available as part of the CMC 2018 Hispanic Market Guide, which will be available in April 2018. CMC members will have full access to the study.

For more information, visit and follow the CMC on Facebook and Twitter at @cmchispanic.

About CMC

Founded in 1996 as the Association of Hispanic Advertising Agencies, the Culture Marketing Council: The Voice of Hispanic Marketing is the national trade organization of all marketing, communications and media firms with trusted Hispanic expertise.

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ATRESERIES Internacional Debuts the Fourth Season of ‘Allí Abajo’


On Tuesday, April 17, the latest edition will air on the international Atresmedia series channel

‘Allí Abajo’ kicks off the season with a chaotic baptism and Iñaki and Carmen separated

Tamar Novas, Elisa Lledó and Asier Hormaza join the series’ original great cast

MADRID, Spain, April 12, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — ATRESERIES Internacional will debut on Tuesday, April 17, its latest fiction bid: ‘Allí Abajo’, one of the most acclaimed series after three seasons.


‘Allí Abajo’, produced by Atresmedia in collaboration with Plano a Plano, maintains in this edition most of its award-winning cast of actors. María León (Carmen) and Jon Plazaola (Iñaki) will continue leading a cast made up of outstanding actors and actresses such as Mariano Peña, Óscar Terol, Nerea Garmendia, Gorka Aguinagalde, Iker Galartza, Santi Ugalde, Ane Gabarain, Maribel Salas, Carmina Barrios, Salva Reina, Noemí Ruiz, Mari Paz Sayago, Alberto López, Gorka Otxoa, Elena Irureta, David Arnaiz…among others. This season of ‘Allí Abajo’ will also welcome newcomers, including Tamar Novas, Elisa Lledó and Asier Hormaza.

Most of the fiction piece’s technical team is also back. Chapters will be directed by Jacobo Martos and Javier Quintas, while Sonia Pastor, Esther Morales, Montaña Marchena, Luis Fabra and Sergio Vicente will be in charge of its plot.

Synopsis of the first chapter

Carmen and Iñaki are separated but are on friendly terms. However, when Iñaki is offered a chance to buy the Bar ‘Kaia’ and Carmen is offered the directorship of the clinic, they realize that the separation is not working for them.

Cristóbal, overwhelmed by the situation with Trini, turns the clinic into a disaster. Don Benjumea and Maritxu try to get him to focus but end up making things worse when he runs into Trini as the new director of the ‘Las Flores’ Clinic. Don Benjumea will offer the director position to Carmen, creating major problems with Maritxu. In the meantime, nothing seems to go right for the detail in charge of organizing the baptism: the restaurant they reserved for the banquet is the wrong one, the godfather is running late, and the priest has disappeared.

The central theme of the new season

– Iñaki and Carmen, parents and separated

Three months have gone by since Iñaki and Carmen became the parents of a precious baby, Elaia.

It’s been two months and several questions remain unanswered: Who will Carmen choose? Iñaki or Horacio? Will they stay in the north, or will the tiny Elaia say her first words with an Andalusian accent? After being fired by Gotzone, would Iñaki lose Kaia forever? This first chapter of the fourth season is sure to clear up several of these unknowns.

– A lot of laughs with the most beloved characters

Undoubtedly one of the funnest comedies in recent years, this fourth edition of ‘Allí Abajo’ is even funnier than ever and has maintained its signature traits: simplicity, proximity, with an important dose of positiveness and closeness; humor in which its characters stand out.

Also, ‘Allí Abajo’ has the same cast members, with some already having become part of the family of spectators: returning are Iñaki and Carmen, the detail, don Benjumea, Maritxu, Sabino, Jozé, Dolores…

– North and South: a balanced relationship

While in the prior season, north played a larger role in the plots, with Iñaki and Carmen moving to Euskadi, in this fourth edition of ‘Allí Abajo’, members of the audience will witness a balance between north and south.

The couple’s separation, with Iñaki living in San Sebastian and Carmen returning to Seville, will rebalance the presence in the plots of both territories with their respective colorful characters… although, for sure, as it is already a hallmark of ‘Allí Abajo’: the mixture of north and south will also be one of the season’s drivers.




8:00 P.M./Mexico and Colombia
9:00 P.M./Venezuela
10:00 P.M./Argentina, Chile and Uruguay

6:00 P.M. (PT) / 9:00 P.M. (ET)

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CITGO Presents the Fourth Annual Fiesta de la Flor Festival Honoring the Late Tejano Legend Selena Quintanilla Perez


CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas, April 12, 2018 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — The CITGO Corpus Christi Refinery is proud to serve as Presenting Sponsor for the fourth annual Fiesta de la Flor festival, celebrating the life and legacy of the late Tejano music icon, Selena Quintanilla Perez. The two-day event, held April 13-14 at North Bayfront Park in downtown Corpus Christi, will honor Selena’s impact on the music world, most notably her influence on female artists and her crossover into English-language mainstream music.

“Selena is loved by millions of fans around the world and we are honored to present a festival that celebrates her absolutely remarkable life and legacy,” said Paulette Kluge, CEO of the Corpus Christi Convention & Visitors Bureau. “CITGO has always supported the Coastal Bend communities and its participation as the presenting sponsor helps us give this wonderful gift, worthy of Selena’s legacy, to her fans.”

Fiesta de la Flor festival attracts Selena fans from across the globe and this year’s festival is another wonderful showcase of Tejano culture and entertainment. Visitors can snap selfies with the Madame Tussaud’s Selena wax figure, catch a show by YouTube beauty vlogger Desi Perkins as she demonstrates a Selena makeup transition, and shop at El Mercado in the American Bank Center. Fans may also stop by La Plaza for food and drinks or head to El Parque for outdoor family fun.

This year’s musical lineup promises a wide range of talent, from Grammy-winning Los Palominos to emerging star Becky G, who will headline on Saturday night. In 2017, Fiesta de la Flor brought nearly 55,000 visitors to the Coastal Bend from 42 states and eight countries, and contributed nearly $15 million to the local economy. That figure is expected to grow with the expansion of activities in 2018.

“CITGO is delighted to participate in this important festival for the city and the music world,” said Art Klein, CITGO Corpus Christi Refinery Vice President and General Manager. “Fiesta de la Flor provides a special opportunity to remember Selena, to bring the community together, and to contribute to the cultural enrichment of Corpus Christi. CITGO values a partnership in which the community can embrace history and culture, while the city benefits from additional tourism and growth. That’s what ‘fueling good’ is all about.”

Supporting community events, such as Fiesta de la Flor, is reflective of the CITGO commitment to giving back to the communities in which its employees live and work. In operation for more than 80 years, the CITGO Corpus Christi Refinery is dedicated to supporting community initiatives that improve the lives of Corpus Christi residents, including Charlie’s Place Recovery Center, Special Olympics South Texas Spring Games, and Habitat for Humanity. Over the past two years, CITGO employees and volunteers have donated more than 4,800 hours to these and other important causes.

About CITGO Corpus Christi Refinery
The CITGO Corpus Christi Refinery, which celebrated 80 years of operations in 2015, provides more than 1,000 jobs locally, while generating more than $345 million per year on average in support of the local economy through salaries, services and taxes. With a crude refining capacity of approximately 157,000 barrels-per-day (bpd) and a versatile product mix, which includes an average of 4.2 million gallons of gasoline, the CITGO Corpus Christi Refinery is one of the most sophisticated and efficient fuel and petrochemical refineries in the nation. In addition to producing high-quality fuels for a network of more than 300 independently owned and operated CITGO branded stations in the State of Texas and thousands more across the country, CITGO Corpus Christi refinery employees are dedicated to making a positive difference in their communities. CITGO Corpus Christi employees volunteer more than 2,500 hours on average annually to support causes and organizations including United Way, Charlie’s Place, Muscular Dystrophy Association, The Miracle League, Catholic Charities, Special Olympics, Hans and Pat Suter Park and Adopt-A-Beach Clean Up, among many others. For more information, visit

CITGO, based in Houston, is a refiner, transporter and marketer of transportation fuels, lubricants, petrochemicals and other industrial products. The company is owned by CITGO Holding, Inc., an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of Petróleos de Venezuela, S.A., the national oil company of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. For more information, visit


Hispanics in the U.S. Optimistic about their Personal Finances

The Business and Economics Polling Initiative (BEPI) at Florida Atlantic University conducts surveys on business, economic, political, and social issues with main focus on Hispanic attitudes and opinions at regional, state and national levels. (PRNewsFoto/Business and Economics Polling..) (PRNewsFoto/Business and Economics Polling..)

BOCA RATON, Florida, April 12, 2018 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Hispanics in the U.S. are more optimistic about their financial situation and their economic conditions have generally improved in the first three months of 2018, according to a new national consumer sentiment index conducted by the Florida Atlantic University Business and Economics Polling Initiative (FAU BEPI) in FAU’s College of Business

The Business and Economics Polling Initiative (BEPI) at Florida Atlantic University conducts surveys on business, economic, political, and social issues with main focus on Hispanic attitudes and opinions at regional, state and national levels. (PRNewsFoto/Business and Economics Polling..) (PRNewsFoto/Business and Economics Polling..)

The Hispanic Consumer Sentiment Index (HCSI), taken from January through March 2018, stands at 98.9, up 5.4 points from the fourth quarter of 2017, and the highest score since the index went to a quarterly count in 2016. The index is 2.5 points below the 101.4 score for the overall U.S. population for December, as published by the University of Michigan.

Hispanics are more optimistic about their personal finances in the first quarter of 2018 compared to the last quarter of 2017. Overall, 69 percent of Hispanics indicate that they are financially better off today than a year ago, up 4 points from the last quarter. In addition, 78 percent of Hispanics are optimistic about their financial future, up 7 points from the previous quarter. Finally, 69 percent of Hispanics think it is a good time to purchase big-ticket items for their homes, up 17 points from the last quarter of 2017.

“Perhaps this is due to the fact that interest rates are going up and it is better to lock lower interest rates today,” said Monica Escaleras, Ph.D., director of FAU BEPI.

Nearly 6 in 10 Hispanics (59 percent) said it was a good time to buy a home and 62 percent said it was a good time to buy a car. However, the cost of living continues to increase for the majority of Hispanics, with 59 percent saying it has gone up while 23 percent saying it has gone down.

U.S. President Donald Trump’s approval rating among Hispanics rose from 33 to 37 percent in the first quarter of 2018, just two points below the high of 39 percent in the first quarter of 2017.

The survey was conducted nationally from Jan. 1 to March 31, 2018. The random polling sample consisted of 755 Hispanics, 18 years of age and older, with a margin of error of +/- 4.3 percent.

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AFGE Endorses California’s Andrew Janz for Congress

The largest federal employee union in the country, the American Federation of Government Employees, has endorsed Andrew Janz for the U.S House of Representatives for California's 22nd Congressional District. (PRNewsFoto/American Federation of Governme)

WASHINGTON, April 11, 2018 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — The American Federation of Government Employees today announced its endorsement of Andrew Janz for the U.S. House of Representatives for California’s 22nd Congressional District.

The largest federal employee union in the country, the American Federation of Government Employees, has endorsed Andrew Janz for the U.S House of Representatives for California's 22nd Congressional District. (PRNewsFoto/American Federation of Governme)

Andrew Janz has devoted his career to public service and will be a strong advocate in Congress for federal employees and the services we deliver to the American public,” said American Federation of Government Employees District 12 National Vice President George McCubbin III.Andrew Janz stands with AFGE and the federal workers who keep us safe, care for our veterans, protect our environment, and serve working families in the San Joaquin Valley and across the country.”

More than 250,000 federal employees live in California – caring for veterans, supporting the military, keeping dangerous criminals safely behind bars, and getting Social Security recipients their benefits accurately and on time. There are more than 18,000 active and retired federal employees in the 22nd Congressional District.

“With Andrew Janz in Washington, we will have an ally in Congress who will fight for public-sector employees in the Central Valley and nationwide,” said AFGE Local 2654 President Jacob Dunn. “Andrew Janz opposes efforts to privatize veterans’ health care and supports the majority of veterans who want their care delivered by public-sector doctors and nurses at VA medical facilities.”

AFGE is the largest federal employee union in the country, representing 700,000 federal and D.C. government workers in all functions of government. District 12 has more than 40,000 dues-paying members in Arizona, California, Hawaii, and Nevada.

“I’m honored to have the support of the hardworking men and women who are under attack by an administration who would like nothing more than to dismantle the organizations who care for our veterans and help keep us safe,” Janz said. “Thank you AFGE for your trust and support in my race for Congress.”

The American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) is the largest federal employee union, representing 700,000 workers in the federal government and the government of the District of Columbia.

For the latest AFGE news and information, visit the AFGE Media Center. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

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National Park Week: Three Bookmark-Worthy Resources to Help You Plan

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WASHINGTON, April 11, 2018 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — While you’re beginning to daydream about warmer, longer days, the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation are preparing to help you #FindYourPark during National Park Week, April 21 through April 29. Carrying the theme “Park Starswhich celebrates everything from starry skies to superstar volunteers parks, programs and partners nationwide invite people everywhere to explore stories, experiences, and sites that brighten the National Park System.

Experience the interactive Multichannel News Release here:

“National parks are some of the best places to see stars in the world,” said National Park Service Deputy Director Dan Smith. “Some illuminate the night sky and others are unique features such as panoramic vistas, otherworldly geological formations, historic artifacts and homes, and majestic wildlife. During National Park Week, enjoy a star party, junior ranger program, ranger hike, or other activity that enlightens the senses.”

“Explore the many different ways you can experience national parks, while also contributing to the parks community,” said National Park Foundation President Will Shafroth. “You can volunteer at a local park event, share a park visit with a loved one, or donate to help preserve these national treasures.”

 Here are three bookmark-worthy resources to help you plan your National Park Week adventures:

  1. Your go-to resource for all things National Park Week, including an important reminder that all parks are offering free admission on April 21.
  2. National Park Service calendar of events. There are exciting events taking place all across the country. Admire the Lyrid meteor shower at Devils Tower National Monument, experience local traditions at Cane River Creole National Historical Park, paddle through an old-growth forest at Congaree National Park, go birding at Chiricahua National Monument, make fossil impressions at Niobrara National Scenic River, or walk a trail in Gateway National Recreation Area.
  3. National Park Foundation free park guides. Whether you’re a hiker, a historian, a romantic, a family with kids, a crowd-lover, or someone seeking solitude, the National Park Foundation’s FREE Owner’s Guide series is jam-packed with ideas to help you plan your National Park Week adventure!

Celebrating 50 years, the National Park Foundation is the official charity of America’s national parks and nonprofit partner to the National Park Service. Chartered by Congress in 1967, the National Park Foundation raises private funds to help PROTECT more than 84 million acres of national parks through critical conservation and preservation efforts, CONNECT all Americans with their incomparable natural landscapes, vibrant culture and rich history, and ENGAGE the next generation of park stewards.  In 2016, commemorating the National Park Service’s 100th anniversary, the Foundation launched The Centennial Campaign for America’s National Parks, a comprehensive fundraising campaign to strengthen and enhance the future of these national treasures for the next hundred years.  Find out more and become a part of the national park community at

More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America’s 417 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. Visit us at, on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube

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Startups From The World Over To Convene At eMerge Americas 2018


MIAMI, April 11, 2018 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — eMerge Americas, the premier technology event connecting Latin America, North America and Europe, kicks off in just 2 weeks! Details on the Startup Showcase, the Charity Golf Tournament, the Visa Challenge, and the CNBC Disruptor Panel are now available. Plus, don’t miss a special announcement from Pitbull on a new technology initiative he is spearheading.

“eMerge Americas 2018 is just a few weeks away but Miami is already buzzing with activity and excitement,” said Xavier Gonzalez, CEO of eMerge Americas. “We have countless developers already hard at work on the Visa Challenge, gearing up to present their big ideas on the main stage, and over 100 startups will soon be descending on Miami, ready to compete in our annual Startup Showcase. I look forward to welcoming everyone to Miami, the world’s next big tech hub!”

Over 100 startups from around the globe—from Colombia to France to Australia—will be convening at eMerge Americas for the Startup Showcase, where they’ll have the chance to pitch their big ideas to investors and venture capitalists.

eMerge Americas and The First Tee Miami have again partnered to host the eMerge Americas Charity Golf Tournament, on Sunday, April 22. Proceeds will go to The First Tee Miami whose programs impact the lives of children, veterans, and those with special needs. For more details visit

The Visa Challenge at eMerge Americas 2018 kicked off March 22, 2018 at the Visa Miami Innovation Center, giving developers, startups and entrepreneurs the opportunity to discuss innovative digital solutions that can be utilized in different vertical industries. Participants have a month to sharpen their business pitches prior to the live competition at eMerge Americas on April 24.

The CNBC Disruptor Panel will take place on the eMerge Main Stage on Tuesday at 4 p.m., featuring Stephen Ufford, Co-Founder and CEO of Trulioo, and Jay Kaplan, Co-Founder and CEO of Synack, companies both part of the 2017 CNBC Disrupter 50.

Registration for eMerge Americas 2018 is now open, visit to register. For the latest eMerge Americas news, connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn (@eMergeAmericas) and Instagram (@emergeamericas).

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

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