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CDC and Texas Health Officials Warn About Illness Linked to Raw Milk from Texas Dairy


ATLANTA, Sept. 18, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — People who consumed raw milk or raw milk products from one Texas dairy should contact their health care provider immediately, warn health investigators from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS). Raw milk from the K-Bar Dairy in Paradise, Texas (northwest of Fort Worth), tested positive for a rare but potentially serious bacteria known as Brucella RB51.

CDC advises that people who consumed raw milk or milk products from the K-Bar Dairy between June 1 and Aug. 7, 2017, should get antibiotic treatment to avoid the risk of lifelong, chronic infections. Initially, people with brucellosis experience fever, sweats, aches and fatigue. If not treated, Brucella RB51 infection can result in long-term complications, like arthritis;  heart problems; enlargement of the spleen or liver; and, in rare cases, nervous system problems,  like meningitis RB51 can cause severe illness in people with weakened immune systems and miscarriages in pregnant women.

“It’s very important for people who drank raw milk from this dairy to seek treatment to prevent infection with Brucella RB51,” said William Bower, M.D., team lead for the CDC group that investigates brucellosis. “Even if people don’t have any symptoms now, they can develop a chronic infection that can impact their health for years to come.”

Milk from K-Bar dairy is known to have caused Brucella infection in one Texas resident. One illness in a Texas woman has been linked to the dairy. Purchase records and illness reports indicate additional people in Texas and some as far away as California and North Dakota may need antibiotics to prevent or treat infection. In Texas, raw milk is only allowed to be sold on site at the dairy. According to Texas DHSH, K-Bar dairy has been operating in compliance with state dairy laws and rules and is cooperating fully with the investigation.

CDC and Texas health officials have been trying to reach people in more than 800 households known to have purchased K-Bar raw milk. Texas is following up with 170; CDC tried to contact the remaining 672 households but many did not provide contact information. Of the 485 households with contact information, CDC successfully reached 236 households. Among the 236 households, 83 percent of people were exposed to RB51 by drinking the milk.

Officials Worried People Not Aware of Risk
Due to incomplete contact information, CDC staff have been unable to reach about 200 households in which someone bought K-Bar milk. People who sampled the milk at the dairy or got the milk from friends or family also may not be aware of their risk.

So far, CDC and Texas health officials have received reports about people who drank K-Bar milk or have symptoms consistent with brucellosis caused by RB51 in Alabama, Arkansas, California, Ohio, North Dakota, Tennessee and Texas.

Those Exposed Need Antibiotics
CDC recommends that anyone who drank raw milk or consumed milk products from K-Bar dairy between June 1 and Aug. 7, 2017, see their doctor for antibiotics to prevent infection. Because Brucella can cause complications during pregnancy, including miscarriage, it is especially important for pregnant women who may have been exposed to seek medical care. RB51 is resistant to some antibiotics that would normally be used to prevent or treat brucellosis, so people who drank the milk should tell their doctor that they may have been exposed to RB51 and refer their healthcare provider to the CDC website (link below). 

People who have consumed the milk should also check themselves for fever for four weeks after they last drank the milk and watch for other brucellosis symptoms for six months. These symptoms include but are not limited to: muscle pain, lasting fatigue, arthritis, depression, and swelling of the testicles.

Doctors can find more information about testing patients for RB51 and which antibiotics to use to prevent infection on the CDC website at:

About RB51
RB51 is a weakened strain of Brucella used to vaccinate young female cattle against infection with more serious strains of Brucella. Vaccinating cows with the RB51 vaccine helps prevent abortions in cows and reduces the risk of people coming into contact with cows infected with more severe strains of Brucella. However, in rare cases, vaccinated cows can shed RB51 in their milk.

Testing of milk from the individual cows in the dairy herd revealed two cows that were infected with Brucella RB51, supporting the conclusion that these cows are a source of RB51 contamination of the dairy’s raw milk. Testing is ongoing by Texas officials to assure that the remaining cows in the herd do not pose an ongoing risk of RB51 contamination of the dairy’s raw milk. The only way to avoid this potential exposure is to drink milk that has been pasteurized to kill the germs.

Brucella is rare in the United States, largely due to our vaccination practices in cattle to prevent brucellosis. There are about 120 reported cases in people each year. Most cases of brucellosis in the U.S. occur in people who traveled to countries where Brucella is more common and drank contaminated cow, sheep or goat milk or had contact with infected animals. Among cases in the U.S. who acquired brucellosis here, infections occur from contact with feral swine or, more rarely, dogs, or because of accidental exposure in lab settings.

Raw Milk: a Risk for Infections
Raw milk and raw milk products are those that have not undergone a process called pasteurization that kills disease-causing germs. CDC recommends that people only drink milk that has been pasteurized to kill germs. Even healthy animals may carry germs that can contaminate milk. There is no substitute for pasteurization to assure that milk is safe to drink.

The risk of getting sick from drinking raw milk is greater for infants and young children, the elderly, pregnant women, and people with weakened immune systems, such as people with cancer, an organ transplant, or HIV/AIDS. However, healthy people of any age can get very sick if they drink raw milk contaminated with harmful germs.

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HSI and H/3 Foundation launch animal rescue & relief initiative for British Virgin Islands in aftermath of Hurricane Irma


STAMFORD, Conn., Sept. 15, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Global animal charities Humane Society International and H/3 Foundation Inc. have launched an animal rescue and relief initiative in the British Virgin Islands, following the devastating impact of Hurricane Irma. The initial members of an emergency veterinary team have already arrived on the island of Tortola. Additional HSI veterinarians and technicians, as well as H/3 Foundation volunteers, are scheduled to arrive over the next several days, bringing crucial supplies including food, carriers, hay for farm animals and equipment to support the rescue efforts.

The organisations will also evacuate lost and displaced dogs and cats, and work to reunite families separated from their pets. HSI and H/3 Foundation are working to secure airlift and logistics to bring lost and stray animals from the BVI to shelters in the United States, while setting up local BVI veterinary clinics to provide emergency care and treatment for animal victims. Because many people in BVI, like caring individuals everywhere, find it extremely difficult to evacuate without their beloved pets, HSI and H/3 Foundation will work to immediately facilitate the travel certifications required for such animals.

Spencer B. Haber, H/3 Foundation’s founder and chairman, commented, “The BVI has always been a special community of generous and resourceful people, with a deep connection to the magical place they call home – and with the animals who share that home. Since I first visited many decades ago, the BVI and its people have favoured us with their friendship, hospitality and grace. So it is now our honour to be able to give something back – both in addressing an urgent, immediate need, but also as the first step in working together as a community to rebuild an even better BVI in the coming years. Having come to know the BVI spirit over the last 30+ years, I am confident that this community will emerge from this tragic period even stronger than it was before.”

“The devastation seen in these islands is heart-breaking,” said Adam Parascandola, director of animal protection and crisis response at HSI. “With almost all buildings badly damaged or gone, we know Hurricane Irma has affected many animals, including pets and farm animals, as well as the human population of the BVI. Following disasters, we typically find lost and bewildered animals, suffering from injuries, hunger, and dehydration/shock, and in need of immediate care. Our emergency responders and veterinary specialists have already started to evaluate the animal-related needs and challenges on the ground and will help to evacuate pets as needed.” 

About HSI:

Humane Society International and its partner organisations together constitute one of the world’s largest animal protection organisations. For more than 25 years, HSI has been working for the protection of all animals through the use of science, advocacy, education and hands on programs.  Celebrating animals and confronting cruelty worldwide – on the Web at HSI has considerable experience in global disaster response. For example, HSI animal rescue and veterinary teams responded to the 2015 earthquake in Nepal; the 2015 floods in Chennai, India; the 2016 earthquake in Ecuador; Hurricane Matthew in Haiti in 2016, as well as the 2010 earthquake in Haiti.  Humane Society International is approved by the Better Business Bureau for all 20 standards for charity accountability. Our American affiliate, The Humane Society of the United States, was voted by Guidestar’s Philanthropedia experts as the #1 high-impact animal protection group and named by Worth Magazine as one of the 10 most fiscally responsible charities in the USA.

To support Humane Society International, please make a monthly donation, or give in another way. And see our 25 ways you can help animals. Your donation  enables our Animal Rescue Team to respond at a moment’s notice, and to provide urgent and necessary care to animals in this and other disasters. Thank you for your generous support to Humane Society International.

HSI Media Contact: Raul Arce-Contreras,, +1 301-721-6440

About H/3 Foundation:

Founded by Spencer B. Haber in 2014, the H/3 Foundation Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organisation dedicated to creating game-changing progress on animal welfare and associated issues globally. To that end, H/3’s primary focus is on creating and funding media projects, including the production and co-production of feature-length and short documentary films that directly impact the way people relate to animals and the environment. H/3’s other important initiatives include funding and developing humane education curricula, a myriad of direct action projects and support for animal rescue and first-responder organizations.

H/3 Media Contact: Julia Schneider,, +1 203-569-4700

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LatAm Logistic Properties Signs 16,000 square meter Build-to-Suit with PriceSmart in Costa Rica


SAN JOSÉ, Costa Rica, Sept. 18, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — LatAm Logistic Properties, a leading operator and developer of Class-A logistic properties in Costa Rica, Colombia, and Peru, today announced it has signed a new build-to-suit lease agreement with PriceSmart, the largest operator of U.S.-style membership shopping warehouse clubs in Latin America and the Caribbean, for a 16,000-square meter regional distribution facility in Costa Rica.

The new logistic facility, which will support PriceSmart’s sales growth, will be located in Alajuela, Costa Rica at LatAm Parque Logistico Coyol.  The park offers a key location for the distribution of goods with excellent connectivity to Juan Santamaría International Airport and the major highways that connect to the local consumer population, Central American countries as well as the Pacific and Atlantic seaports. The state-of-the-art facility will be utilized as a regional distribution center for Latin America. Construction is planned to commence in September 2017, and PriceSmart will occupy the facility upon its expected completion in April 2018.

LatAm Parque Logistico Coyol currently includes three buildings totaling 52,000 square meters leased to Expeditors, Mabe, Kraft-Heinz, among others.  At full build-out, the park will include around 82,000 square meters of logistic space.

“We are pleased to support the ongoing success of PriceSmart in the region and to strengthen our relationship with such an important retailer in Latin America,” said Mike Fangman, Founder & CEO of LatAm Logistic Properties. “We continue to see strong demand for new modern logistics facilities; developments such as this one enable us to provide solutions for our regional customers. We are very pleased to be completing this transaction, and look forward to adding the new facility to our overall portfolio.”

“One of the keys to PriceSmart’s success is a very efficient and advanced logistics operation. Our new Regional Distribution Center located in Alajuela, Costa Rica, will support this effort. Having a regional facility should enable PriceSmart to adequately stock multiple sales locations in Central America and positively impact service and value for our members,” said Rodrigo Calvo, Executive Vice President for Real Estate of PriceSmart Inc.

About LatAm Logistic Properties

LatAm Logistic Properties develops, acquires and owns Class-A industrial properties in the target markets of Costa Rica, Colombia, Peru, and Panama. LatAm Logistic Properties was founded in 2013 by Mike Fangman and Jaguar Growth Partners joined as an investor and strategic partner in 2015. LatAm leverages its team throughout the region via a deep understanding of global customer demands, international best practices in design specifications and construction best practices along with local expertise in market dynamics, site selection and regulatory approvals. Please see for additional information.

For additional information please contact Aris Stamatiadis,

About Jaguar

Jaguar Growth Partners is a privately-held investment management firm specializing in real estate private equity in growth markets globally.  Founded in 2013 by Gary Garrabrant and Thomas McDonald, Jaguar invests in and develops scalable real estate-related operating platforms and companies poised to grow in markets characterized by an expanding middle class, aspirational youth, urbanization and other secular trends found in emerging global economies.  Commencing their investment activities in the 1990’s, Jaguar’s founders are regarded as pioneers in real estate investing and company-building in emerging markets through growth capital investments, working in active collaboration with local operating partners. The Firm capitalizes on a broad array of investment opportunities and is at the vanguard of institutionalizing the most compelling growth markets.  Jaguar is distinguished by its global insights, partner orientation and proven approach to optimizing value and liquidity.  Please see for additional information.

About PriceSmart

PriceSmart, Inc. (NASDAQ: PSMT) is the largest operator of membership warehouse clubs in Central America and the Caribbean, and has recently entered the South American region with clubs in Colombia. It serves over 1 million cardholding members at 40 wholly owned and operated warehouse clubs in 12 countries and one U.S. territory. PriceSmart was pioneered by Sol and Robert Price, founders of The Price Club; Robert Price is Chairman of the Board.

PriceSmart’s membership club model is similar in many respects to U.S. clubs like Costco and Sam’s, with some differences:

  • Smaller store size (50,000 to 75,000 sq. ft.) to align with the size of the markets in which it operates,
  • Lower membership fees – average US$35.00,
  • Merchandise tailored to local preferences as well as for retail and wholesale customers,

Currently PriceSmart warehouse clubs can be found in the following countries: Colombia (7), Costa Rica (7), El Salvador (2), Guatemala (3) Honduras (3), Nicaragua (2), Panama (5), Aruba (1), Barbados (1), Dominican Republic (3), Jamaica (1), Trinidad and Tobago (4), and U.S. Virgin Islands (1). Online shopping is available to members in all countries. 


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California Labor Commissioner’s Office Cites Los Angeles Garment Manufacturers More Than $370,000 for Labor Law Violations


LOS ANGELES, Sept. 14, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — The California Labor Commissioner’s Office cited 14 garment manufacturers and contractors $372,135 for labor law and garment registration violations, following inspections of 18 garment manufacturers last month in the Los Angeles area. The businesses cited employ 170 workers in the Los Angeles garment district.

The penalties included $275,835 in fines and stop orders for seven employers operating without workers’ compensation insurance coverage. Fourteen businesses were cited $34,300 for garment regulation violations, including failure to register as a garment manufacturer, display the garment registration or maintain required records.

Investigators also confiscated 5,725 illegally manufactured garments with an estimated street value of $103,000 from six of the businesses.

“Garment manufacturers who thwart the law threaten workers’ rights and undermine honest employers in the industry, making it difficult for legitimate businesses to succeed,” said Labor Commissioner Julie A. Su. “These illegal entities should take note: We will shine a light on the underground economy and those who contract with unregistered contractors will also be held accountable.”

The Labor Commissioner’s office is also pursuing wage theft investigations on those employers who failed to pay proper wages under the California Labor Code.

The Garment Manufacturing Act of 1980 requires that all industry employers register with the Labor Commissioner and demonstrate adequate character, competency and responsibility, including workers’ compensation insurance coverage. Garment manufacturers who contract with unregistered entities are automatically deemed joint employers of the workers in the contract facility. Clothing confiscated from illegal operations cannot be sold, and will be donated to a non-profit agency that will provide the items to homeless and domestic violence shelters in the Los Angeles area.

The Labor Commissioner also administers a special wage claim adjudication process for garment workers pursuant to California’s AB 633, passed in 1999. This law provides not only an expedited process for garment workers to file wage claims but also provides a wage guarantee where garment manufacturers are responsible for wage theft at their contractors’ facilities. 

The Labor Commissioner’s Office, officially known as the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement, is a division of the Department of Industrial Relations (DIR). Among its wide-ranging enforcement responsibilities, the Labor Commissioner’s Office inspects workplaces for wage and hour violations, adjudicates wage claims, investigates retaliation complaints and educates the public on labor laws.

In 2014, Commissioner Su launched the Wage Theft is a Crime multilingual public awareness campaign. The campaign defines wage theft and informs workers of their rights and the resources available to them to recover unpaid wages or report other labor law violations. Employees with work-related questions or complaints may contact DIR’s Call Center in English or Spanish at 844-LABOR-DIR (844-522-6734).

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

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

SOURCE California Department of Industrial Relations, California Labor Commissioner’s Office

New Jersey Girl Scouts Earn Cooking Badge Thanks to Local McDonald’s Owner

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ISELIN, N.J., Sept. 15, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Local McDonald’s owner and good neighbor, Jessica Quintana, helped scouts from the Girl Scouts Heart of New Jersey earn the Simple Meals cooking badge on September 14 at her Newark restaurant. The event allowed leaders the opportunity to help their scouts develop valuable cooking skills such as assembling quick, yet balanced meals for any time of the day. Simple Meals is a legacy badge for Girl Scout Juniors (ages 9-11). The purpose of the badge is to learn how to create a meal for family and friends.

The group of about 20 scouts arrived with their parents and scout leaders at the restaurant where they were greeted by the McDonald’s owner, crew members and Ronald McDonald. After a tour of the kitchen, the scouts were divided into groups and assigned to a station where they completed a series of steps that consisted of assembling various McDonald’s menu items such as the Fruit & Maple Oatmeal, Crispy Chicken Snackwrap, Fruit N’ Yogurt Parfait and a Side Salad with Chicken. After the scouts stopped by all stations, a ceremony was held where they each received their Simple Meals cooking badge.

“We admire the Girls Scouts for their dedication to teaching girls about leadership, adventure and success as they grow up to someday make the world a better place. We were honored to host such an impressive group of scouts and are thankful to the Girl Scouts Heart of New Jersey for allowing us to be a part of this joyous event,” said Jessica Quintana, McDonald’s Owner/Operator. “Our aim is to continue working with the organization to ensure we reach more girl scouts across New Jersey and the Tri-State area.”

“The Simple Meals Cooking badge is a popular and fun badge for the scouts to earn. We are grateful to McDonald’s for opening their doors and ensuring that our girls have a blast while learning to make some of their favorite menu items,” said Barbara Wilson, Community Partner Specialist for The Girl Scouts Heart of New Jersey. “All the girl scouts completed the exercise knowing how to prepare healthful meals for themselves and loved ones.”

Over the past several years, McDonald’s has made significant food quality changes, such as removing artificial preservatives from McNuggets, committing to cage-free eggs by 2025 in the U.S. and Canada, and only serving chicken made from chickens not treated with antibiotics important to human medicine. In May of this year, McDonald’s announced that its soft serve is no longer contains any artificial colors, flavors or preservatives.

McDonald’s and the Girls Scouts Heart of New Jersey will work together and coordinate additional events throughout New Jersey. The goal is to help 300 scouts earn badges in different cooking categories by the end of the year.

About McDonald’s New York Tri-State Restaurants
McDonald’s is one of the world’s best-known brands and is a global leader in food service. There are nearly 600 McDonald’s restaurants, owned by 100 franchisees, located throughout the New York, New Jersey and Connecticut Tri-State area. Visit or follow us on Twitter @McDNYTriState for more information about other McDonald’s area programs.

About McDonald’s
McDonald’s USA, LLC, serves a variety of menu options made with quality ingredients to approximately 25 million customers every day. Nearly 90 percent of McDonald’s 14,000 U.S. restaurants are independently owned and operated by businessmen and women. Customers can now log online for free at approximately 11,500 participating Wi-Fi enabled McDonald’s U.S. restaurants. For more information, visit, or follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

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The 2017 Pacific Oil Conference, Hugely Successful


LOS ANGELES, Sept. 14, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Last week, the 58th annual Pacific Oil Conference (POC) brought professionals from every aspect of the fuel wholesale, transportation, and convenience store industry together at the LA Live! complex for three full days of exhibition, networking, and education from industry experts, while highlighting the importance of the businesses that contribute to the industry’s economic impact.


“The POC brings together industry leaders for an opportunity to gather valuable insights from one another, while learning about the newest product innovations and technologies,” said POC General Chair Chris Bambury. “The event emphasizes the critical impact businesses in this sector have on the state’s commerce and economic growth.”

This year’s show featured more than 140 exhibitor booths for its attendees, with spaces sold-out well in advance of the show. Exhibitors brought the latest, state-of-the-art technologies so attendees could get a hands-on look at the future of the industry. Events like our unique bowling tournament were completely sold-out, with visitors lining up just to spectate. Former MLB great, Kyle McClellan hosted this year’s annual prayer breakfast as the inspirational speaker. The General Session featured futurist, Erica Orange of The Future Hunters, with other educational sessions highlighting California and federal regulatory updates, market analysis, and business operation tips from top human resources and financial experts. Each day concluded with world-class networking events, only found at POC.

“The POC is a perfect platform to help display how vital the fuels and convenience store industry is in California,” said Ryan Hanretty, Executive Director of CIOMA. “The industry is full of family- and minority-owned businesses that are integral in their local communities and work very hard to evolve into the most environmentally conscience, safe and efficient companies providing service to nearly every Californian resident.”

Next year’s event promises to be even bigger with all-new opportunities for education, government updates and compliance notifications, and business development. Planning is already underway, making each years’ conference better than the last. To participate, sponsor, exhibit, or just for more information and announcements as the 2018 POC approaches visit

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 convenience store owners and operators.


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DaVita Kidney Care Issues Statement about Florida Boil Water Advisory

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DENVER, Sept. 14, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — The following media statement is attributed to Dr. Martin Schreiber, vice president, clinical affairs for DaVita Kidney Care.

“Currently, over 180 municipalities in Florida are under a boil water advisory due to Hurricane flooding – and that number could increase. Public health advisories related to the safety of boiled water have been issued stating the potential harm to dialysis patients of using un-boiled water. During a Boil Water Advisory, dialysis patients should avoid any contact with non-boiled water due to the elevated infection risk.

“It is unsafe for individuals with a dialysis catheter, whether on in-center hemodialysis, home hemodialysis or peritoneal dialysis, to bathe in water or clean the dialysis access with non-boiled water when there is a Boil Water Advisory in effect. Doing so puts those patients at significant risk of infection, hospitalizations and even death. We are communicating this widely to public health partners, our patients and physician partners and urge the State of Florida and its municipalities to clearly state the special imperative for dialysis patients with either a central venous or peritoneal dialysis catheter or other types of vascular access to use boiled water for bathing or general hygiene.

“It is recommended that patients check with their local dialysis team and clinical professionals prior to exposing any dialysis-related access to municipal water when under a Boil Water Advisory.”

About DaVita Kidney Care
DaVita Kidney Care is a division of DaVita Inc., a Fortune 500® company, that through its operating divisions provides a variety of health care services to patient populations throughout the United States and abroad. A leading provider of dialysis services in the United States, DaVita Kidney Care treats patients with chronic kidney failure and end stage renal disease. DaVita Kidney Care strives to improve patients’ quality of life by innovating clinical care, and by offering integrated treatment plans, personalized care teams and convenient health-management services. As of June 30, 2017, DaVita Kidney Care operated or provided administrative services at 2,445 outpatient dialysis centers located in the United States serving approximately 194,600 patients. The company also operated 217 outpatient dialysis centers located in 11 countries outside the United States. DaVita Kidney Care supports numerous programs dedicated to creating positive, sustainable change in communities around the world. The company’s leadership development initiatives and social responsibility efforts have been recognized by Fortune, Modern Healthcare, Newsweek and WorldBlu. For more information, please visit

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Stars Shine For Remember Me Thursday® Global Pet Adoption Awareness Campaign

2017 Remember Me Thursday® Official Spokesperson Kristin Chenoweth. Photo credit: Gian Andrea di Stefano

RANCHO SANTA FE, California, Sept. 14, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — This month, Helen Woodward Animal Center will once again unite with animal welfare proponents and organizations worldwide for the 5th Annual Remember Me Thursday®.  Honored on the fourth Thursday of September, the campaign asks pet lovers and animal rescue groups to create an unstoppable, integrated voice advocating for homeless pets to live in forever homes, not die waiting for them.  Grassroots candle-lighting ceremonies and a global avalanche of social media buzz will shine a light on the millions of animals still awaiting adoption and encourage communities to opt to adopt and reduce the millions of homeless pets euthanized each year.  As in previous years, some very big names are stepping forward to lend their support to the cause, including TONY® and EMMY® Award-winning actress, Kristin Chenoweth, who has been named the 2017 Official Spokesperson for the campaign. Helen Woodward Animal Center encourages the world to join with these philanthropic celebrities and to be a part of this very special day, Thursday, September 28th, 2017. 

As the campaign’s 2017 Official Spokesperson, Kristin Chenoweth is a TONY® and EMMY® Award-winning actress with credits across stage (“You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown“, “Wicked”, “On the Twentieth Century”), film (“Rio 2”) and television (“The West Wing”, “Pushing Daisies”, “Glee”, “Descendants” and “American Gods”).  She recently co-starred in “Hairspray” for NBC and her newest album “The Art of Elegance” was released in September 2016.  Kristin received a coveted star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame in the category of Live Performance, Stage/Theatre in 2015.  Kristin’s upcoming projects include Lionsgate/Hasbro’s “My Little Pony: The Movie” as well as the animated film “The Star.” She is also a new Mamma to her rescue Miss Thunder Boom Boom Chenoweth, affectionately known as Thunder Pup, who is a (bigger than expected) bundle of unconditional love, laughter and fluff.

Chenoweth’s spokesperson-status is particularly meaningful to Helen Woodward Animal Center, as her support for Remember Me Thursday® began in its inaugural year.   

Regarding her love of animals, Chenoweth stated: “On August 27th of last year, my beloved Maltese, Madeline Kahn Chenoweth went to Heaven. Though I still miss her so, I am grateful for all the happiness we shared. She was pure, unconditional love. The pain of losing her was worth it. Please take a moment and remember all of the sweet shelter pets just waiting for their opportunity to warm your heart on Remember Me Thursday®.”

Chenoweth leads an impressive list of celebrity supporters also aligning themselves with Remember Me Thursday®.  Notable personalities, professional athletes, pet behaviorists and social media pet stars have signed on as “luminaries,” committing to share their thoughts on pet adoption in videos and via their social media accounts throughout the campaign.  At press time, 60+ influential luminaries have joined the cause, including:

Notable Film, TV and Stage Personalities:  Alexander Jean, Andie MacDowell, Ashley Bell, Ashley Roberts, Bellamy Young, Beth Stern, Bonnie-Jill Laflin, Carrie Ann Inaba (2015 Official Spokesperson), Christian Siriano, Coco Austin, Courtney Lopez, Diane Keaton, Elaine Hendrix,  Eric Paslay, Eric Roberts, Holly Madison, Ian Somerhalder & Nikki Reed, Katherine Heigl (2014 Official Spokesperson), Kathy Najimy, Kristin Bauer van Straten, Lou Wegner, Mark Steines, Pauley Perrette (2016 Official Spokesperson), Stephen Kramer Glickman, Wil Wheaton and Wynonna Judd.

International Celebrity: Gilberto Santa Rosa.

Professional Athletes: David Backes (Boston Bruins), Bryan Bickell (Chicago Blackhawks), Mark Buehrle, Jeff Carter (LA Kings), Liam Hendriks (Oakland A’s), Kevin Kiermaier (Tampa Bay Rays), Anze Kopitar (LA Kings), Joey Logano (NASCAR), Evan Longoria (Tampa Bay Rays), Jake Muzzin (LA Kings), Ryan Newman (NASCAR), and Marc Rzepczynski (Seattle Mariners).

Animal Specialty Celebrities: Dr. Marty Becker, Wendy Diamond, Jackson Galaxy, Tamar Geller, Jill Rappaport, Hannah Shaw, and Victoria Stilwell.

Animal Celebrities: Alien Cat Matilda, Choupette Lagerfeld, Cole and Marmalade, Justin Fire Survivor, Lil BUB, Monty Boy, My Cat Kyle, Nala Cat, Norbert, Paddington, Pumpkin the Raccoon, Purrminators, Sauerkraut Kitty, Tango, Tuna, Vito Vincent, and Worried Cat.

Remember Me Thursday® was established in 2013 by Helen Woodward Animal Center President and CEO Mike Arms.  Moved by the staggering statistic of the 2.7 million1 homeless pets who lose their lives each year in the U.S., Arms put out a call to rescue organizations in an attempt to create a global awareness campaign.  As creator of the International Pet Adoptathon and the International Home 4 the Holidays® program (placing over 13 million pets in homes since 1999), he was able to send out an expansive request and the response was significant.

Now in its fifth year, Remember Me Thursday® has been supported by 180 countries with hundreds of thousands of individuals and more than 700 separate animal welfare organizations around the globe holding candle-lighting ceremonies of their own, spreading the message on social media, or lighting a virtual candle.  The enormous swell of celebrity support has resulted in the topic trending each year on both Facebook and Twitter, garnering more than 865 million social media impressions since its start. 

To be a part of the 2017 Remember Me Thursday® campaign, individuals and animal welfare organizations are encouraged to get the entire world talking about pet adoption on Thursday, September 28th, by tweeting, tagging, posting and sharing the beauty and life-saving significance of pet adoption using the hashtags #RememberTheRescue and #RememberMeThursday.  Animal-lovers can win life-saving funds, toys and food for adoptable pets looking for forever families at their favorite non-profit, pet adoption organization. To enter the Remember Me Thursday Social Media Contest, simply upload your rescue pet’s photo and story to the #RememberTheRescue Photo Wall for a chance to win!* (*Restrictions apply.  Final selection remains at the sole discretion of Helen Woodward Animal Center).

For more information on Remember Me Thursday® and a full list of participating celebrities and animal welfare organizations, go to

1Animal 24-7 published by Merritt Clifton approximates the number of homeless pets euthanized at 2.7 million annually.

About Remember Me Thursday®
Animal lovers and organizations across the globe unite on the fourth Thursday in September to light a candle in remembrance of the millions of homeless pets who lost their lives without the benefit of a loving home and to shine a light via social media on the millions of orphan pets still waiting for their forever homes.   The Remember Me Thursday® global awareness campaign is championed by Mike Arms, President of Helen Woodward Animal Center, and creator of both the International Pet Adoptathon and successful Home 4 the Holidays program which, in partnership with national animal organizations, has placed over 13 million pets in homes since 1999.  For more information, please visit or via hashtags #RememberMeThursday and #RememberTheRescue on social media. 


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Alzheimer’s Association and National Hispanic Council on Aging Collaborate to Educate Latino Communities, Increase Access to Alzheimer’s Information and Resources

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CHICAGO, Sept. 15, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — The Alzheimer’s Association and the National Hispanic Council on Aging (NHCOA) announced today a nationwide partnership aimed at increasing Alzheimer’s disease awareness and education in Latino communities across the country.


The partnership will develop a network of health promoters to deliver Alzheimer’s education in Latino communities, while connecting people living with the disease and their caregivers to free resources and support services offered through the Alzheimer’s Association. The health promoters will help bridge cultural and linguistic barriers that have slowed access to Alzheimer’s information and resources in these communities previously.

“The Alzheimer’s Association is excited to be working with NHCOA,” said Marshawn Brown, Director, Diversity & Inclusion for the Alzheimer’s Association. “The partnership will help us reach a vulnerable population with needed resources and information to help individuals living with the disease and their families better navigate the challenges of Alzheimer’s.”

Currently there are 5.5 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s disease. While more non-Hispanic whites are living with the disease, Hispanics are at greater risk – about one and one-half times more likely than older whites – to have Alzheimer’s or another dementia.

The number of Hispanics living with Alzheimer’s is expected rise in coming years. The U.S. Hispanic older adult population is the fastest-growing segment of the baby boom generation. Today, U.S. Hispanics make up about 8 percent of the older adult population, but by 2050, they will make up nearly 20 percent of this population. 

“It’s really critical that we reach Latino communities earlier and more consistently with Alzheimer’s information and resources,” said Dr. Yanira Cruz, President and CEO of the National Hispanic Council on Aging. “Many Latinos are getting diagnosed much later in the disease, reducing their access to treatments that may address symptoms and help maintain independence longer. In addition, these delays in diagnosis are reducing the opportunity for these individuals to make important legal, financial and care plans while they are still capable.”

Core to the partnership announced today, the Alzheimer’s Association and NHCOA will work together to deliver the following:

  • Co-develop materials and training tools to educate the health promoters recruited to deliver Alzheimer’s education.
  • Co-develop materials and training tools to assist Alzheimer’s Association local offices in recruiting, training and activating health promoters in Latino communities nationwide.
  • Conduct targeted recruitment efforts of health promoters in key markets where NHCOA has strong, well established relationships.

Development of materials will begin shortly. The Alzheimer’s Association and NHCOA aim to begin engaging promoters for work in targeted communities in early 2018.   

About the Alzheimer’s Association:
The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Our mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Our vision is a world without Alzheimer’s. For more information, visit

About the National Hispanic Council on Aging:
The National Hispanic Council on Aging (NHCOA) is the leading national organization working to improve the lives of Hispanic older adults, their families and their caregivers.

Headquartered in Washington, DC, NHCOA has been a strong voice dedicated to promoting, educating, and advocating for research, policy, and practice in the areas of economic security, health, and housing for more than 30 years. For more information, visit

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Cricket Wireless® and House of Blues Entertainment Kick-Off Hispanic Heritage Month with a Chance to See Carlos Santana Up Close and Personal

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ATLANTA, Sept. 15, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — As the official sponsor of House of Blues Entertainment (HOBE), Cricket Wireless is offering one lucky winner and their guest the opportunity of a lifetime—a chance to see Carlos Santana live in concert on November 11, 2017 at House of Blues Las Vegas.  What’s more, the winner and their guest will have an exclusive opportunity to meet the music icon before the show.

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Starting today and running through the end of Hispanic Heritage Month (October 15), fans can enter the sweepstakes by visiting and completing the online entry form1.

Carlos Santana is a legend in the music industry and we are so excited to give fans the opportunity to see him live in concert,” said Tiffany Baehman, vice president and chief marketing officer, Cricket Wireless.  “In addition, Cricket customers can enter to win additional Santana prizes by checking in to their local Cricket Wireless store using the Cricket Rewards app.” 

The grand prize winner will receive:

  • Up Close and Personal Santana ticket package for 2, which includes:
    • Two (2) tickets for a premium table
    • Priority access for two (2) to the venue’s music hall during the concert
    • Two (2) Carlos Santana limited edition art and photo packages
    • Two (2) Meet and Greet passes to meet Carlos Santana before the concert
  • Flyaway trip to Las Vegas, NV, which includes:
    • Roundtrip airfare for two (2)
    • Two (2) nights standard hotel from November 10-12, 2017
    • One (1) $500 prepaid gift card
  • One (1) Samsung Galaxy S8 smartphone and twelve (12) months of Cricket Wireless service with its Unlimited Plan2
  • One (1) item of signed Carlos Santana memorabilia

…and so much more!

Additionally, two (2) first prize winners will receive one (1) Samsung Galaxy S8 smartphone and six (6) months of Cricket Wireless service with its Unlimited Plan3 and one (1) item of Carlos Santana autographed memorabilia.  Three (3) second prize winners will receive one (1) item of Carlos Santana autographed memorabilia.

“Our sponsorship with HOBE gives us incredible access to some of the best entertainment venues in the country and gives our music-loving customers more ways to get up close to some of their favorite artists,” said Baehman.  “It’s another way we are giving our customers something to smile about.”

About Cricket Wireless
Cricket is bringing consumers more value with a simple, friendly, and reliable nationwide wireless experience with no annual contract. The power of Cricket is our nationwide 4G LTE network that covers more than 319* million people; easy and affordable plans and prices that include monthly taxes; and a great selection of phones customers love. Cricket, Something to Smile About. To check out the new Cricket or find a store near you, visit Learn more on the Cricket newsroom and blog. And connect with us on Facebook and Twitter.

Cricket is a subsidiary of AT&T Inc. Coverage not available everywhere. © 2017 Cricket Wireless LLC. All rights reserved. Cricket and the Cricket logo are trademarks under license to Cricket Wireless LLC. 

*Based on overall coverage in U.S.  Download speeds max of 8 Mbps (LTE)/4 Mbps (4G).  Compatible device required. 4G LTE coverage is not equivalent to overall network coverage.

About the House of Blues Entertainment
With owned/operated/managed clubs and theaters, the House of Blues Entertainment portfolio, a division of Live Nation, is wide-ranging including the legendary Fillmores and the intimate House of Blues clubs throughout the United States. House of Blues Entertainment is the country’s pre-eminent live music venue collection featuring state-of-the-art sound and lighting technology in one-of-a-kind custom-designed environments aimed to bring fans and artists together in unparalleled musical environments.

About House of Blues
Founded in 1992, House of Blues are located throughout the United States and form the country’s pre-eminent group of intimate music venues. Each features state-of-the-art sound and lighting technology in one-of-a-kind custom designed environments aimed to bring fans as close as possible to the artists. Every location’s restaurant and bar is adorned with signature original folk-art – part of the world’s largest collection – combined with the House of Blues legendary hospitality and tantalizing cuisine. 

About Carlos Santana
For 40 years and as many albums later, Santana has sold more than 100 million records and reached more than 100 million fans at concerts worldwide. To date, Santana has won ten GRAMMY® Awards and three Latin GRAMMY® Awards. He won a record-tying nine GRAMMYs for a single project for 1999’s Supernatural (including Album of the Year and Record of the Year for “Smooth”) as well as three Latin GRAMMY’s. He has also received the Billboard Century Award (1996), was ushered into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (1998), received the Billboard Latin Music Awards’ Lifetime Achievement honor (2009), and was the recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors Award (2013). Among many other honors, Carlos Santana has been cited by Rolling Stone as #15 on their list of the “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.” And, with the 2014 release of Corazón, Santana surpassed the Rolling Stones and is one of only two music acts in Billboard history to score at least one Top Ten album for six consecutive decades from the 1960s on.. In the fall of 2014, Carlos Santana released his memoir “The Universal Tone: Bringing My Story to Light.” In 2017, Carlos Santana and Cindy Blackman Santana joined forces with The Isley Brothers (Ronald and Ernie) to release Power of Peace, an album celebrating the timeless sounds of funk, soul, blues, rock, jazz, and pop. Santana is currently headlining a multi-year residency at House of Blues at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas.

1No purchase necessary. Residents of U.S. states & D.C., age 21 & older. Ends 10/15/17. Void if prohibited.  See for official rules.
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Dove Real Beauty Productions and Shonda Rhimes Release “Meet Diana,” A Film About One Woman’s Journey to Rediscovering Beauty in the Face of the Unexpected


ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J., Sept. 15, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — “I’m not interested in hiding it,” says Diana Wright, the subject of the latest film from Dove Real Beauty Productions, referring to her prosthesis. “It’s beautiful. It’s me – and it doesn’t hold me back. In fact, when I look at it I’m reminded that beauty is perseverance in the face of adversity. Beauty is strength. Beauty is confidence. I want my girls to know that.” 

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Dove Real Beauty Productions and Creative Director Shonda Rhimes have teamed up to release their third film together titled “Meet Diana.” The 3-minute video shares Diana’s story of unmatched strength and perseverance to reclaim her life as a mother of two girls, athlete and 5th grade teacher after the unexpected loss of her leg in a car accident. Dove Real Beauty Productions was created in March 2017 with one goal in mind: to shift the power of storytelling from Hollywood into the hands of real women to ensure all women and girls can see their #RealBeauty represented in media and culture. Together with Shonda Rhimes, the brand has brought a 100% female crew to produce this inspiring film that illustrates the power all women have to help the next generation develop confidence in their #RealBeauty.

Meet Diana
Diana’s story may begin with a tragic event but, living up to her superhero namesake, Wonder Woman, she didn’t let it end there. After the loss of her leg in a car accident, Diana was faced with a number of challenges, not only physical in nature but emotional. As Diana healed and became adjusted to using her new prosthetic limb, she also grappled with rehabilitating a confidence in her changed appearance. Diana was immediately resolved to reach goal after goal when it came to her recovery, not only relearning to walk but to run. She continued to push forward in her fitness ambitions and lifts more weight now than she ever could before. She carried the same drive in embracing the changes in her appearance – stepping out into the world with unwavering confidence in the face of an unexpected turn in her beauty journey. In doing so, Diana transformed the way the girls in her life define #RealBeauty.

Diana and the Dove Self-Esteem Project Inspire the Next Generation to Embrace #RealBeauty
We know that 7 in 10 girls today cannot relate to depictions seen across film, TV and media2. Dove partnered with Shonda Rhimes to tell the stories of real women who are redefining beauty for themselves because, simply put, girls cannot be what they can’t see. It’s time to see more stories like Diana’s on screen to help expand the definition of beauty for women and girls everywhere.

The Dove Self-Esteem Project was created over 10 years ago to ensure the next generation develops a positive relationship with the way they look – helping girls attain the confidence they need to reach their full potential. Dove believes all women can be a positive inspiration for the next generation by modeling their own beauty with confidence. Over the past decade, the Dove Self-Esteem Project has become the largest provider of self-esteem education in the world, reaching more than 20 million young people with body confidence and self-esteem education. Share “Meet Diana” with the girls in your life to start a conversation about beauty confidence and visit for tips, articles, and practical advice from experts in self-esteem and girls’ development – together, we can change the lives of an additional 20 million girls with self-esteem education by 2020.

“For 60 years, Dove has listened to and cared for women and girls everywhere. Our research and continued conversations with women around the world tell us that girls are bombarded by images and messages that affect their confidence every single day,” Nick Soukas, Vice President of Marketing at Dove said. “With Dove Real Beauty Productions we’re addressing the issue from the inside out to ensure that women and girls see their real beauty reflected on screen. As the largest provider of self-esteem education worldwide, we invite women to join us by giving them the tools and resources to make a difference in the self-esteem of the girls in their lives. Each of us has the power to to help the next generation develop confidence in their #RealBeauty.”

Empowering the women of tomorrow is up to us – and the beauty legacy we leave them. “Meet Diana” at and share it with the girls in your life. Together, we can ensure that the next generation develops a positive relationship with beauty and has the confidence to reach their full potential.

About Dove  
Dove®, manufactured by Unilever, is the No. 1 personal wash brand nationwide. One in every three households uses a Dove® product, which includes beauty bars, body washes, face care, anti-perspirant/deodorants, hair care, styling aids, and Dove® Men+Care™.  Baby Dove launched in 2017 with products developed specially for baby’s skin. Dove® is available nationwide in food, drug and mass outlet stores.

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

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

The Unilever Sustainable Living Plan commits to:

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

Unilever ranked number one in its sector on the 2016 Dow Jones Sustainability Index.
For more information on Unilever U.S. and its brands visit:
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1 Dove Stopgap Junior Global Report 2010
2 The Dove Global Beauty and Confidence Report 2016

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Yolo Rum Wins Multiple Medals at 2017 New York World Wine and Spirits Competition

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DENVER and NEW YORK, Sept. 15, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Yolo Rum‘s premier blend, Yolo Rum Gold, won a gold medal at the 2017 New York World Wine and Spirits Competition. And that was just the first of three medals Yolo Rum took home from the competition held at the Education and Conference Center at the New York Academy of Medicine on August 23rd and 24th. Yolo Rum Silver and Yolo Rum Clear both received silver medals as well.

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“There is always some trepidation when you enter a new competition,” says Yolo Rum founder Philip Guerin. “But we’re proud of our rum, we think it stacks up against any rum in the world and it’s gratifying when an outside, legitimate source confirms that belief.”

The New York World Wine and Spirits Competition (NYWWSC), the San Francisco International Wine Competition and the San Francisco World Spirits Competition are considered the “Triple Crown” of contests of their kind. Judges for the NYWWSC come from the ranks of the top food and beverage buyers, beverage directors, writers, educators, columnists, sommeliers, chefs and U.S. Bartenders Guild mixologists.

With its wins at NYWWSC, Yolo Rum continues an impressive, award-winning run at industry expositions and competitions. Yolo Rum has received multiple Best-of-Class wins from Spirits of the Americas, won multiple gold medals at the Denver International Spirits Competition and taken home more gold medals at the Miami Rum Renaissance Festival. Now they add three more medals to the trophy case.

At the heart of the Yolo Rum operation is master distiller Francisco “Don Pancho” Fernandez. Born in Cuba and operating out of the Republic of Panama, Don Pancho is the world’s most-respected and honored ronero (that’s “rum blender,” for the layman). The recipient of hundreds of awards, Francisco “Don Pancho” Fernandez is acclaimed worldwide as the ultimate practitioner of his craft and recognized as a man who elevates the trade of rum making to high art. Yolo Rums are gluten free, with no added sugar or molasses and no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives, and the company produces its products using revolutionary environmentally sustainable processes. Offering boutique quality at exceptional value, Yolo Rum is the ideal synthesis of ancient crafts and modern tastes.

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Yolo Rum Can’t Stop Winning, Takes Gold and Silver Medals at 2017 San Diego Spirits Festival and International Competition

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DENVER and SAN DIEGO, Sept. 15, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Fresh off multiple wins at the New York World Wine and Spirits Competition, Yolo Rum‘s premier blend, Yolo Rum Gold, won a gold medal and new boutique blend Yolo Rum Clear won a silver medal at the 2017 San Diego Spirits Festival and International Competition.

“This is better than we could have imagined,” said Yolo Rum founder Philip Guerin. “Of course we believe in our product, but the number of wins we’ve gotten at these many prestigious competitions is a bit staggering. But we’re not going to let it go to our heads — stay humble, keep working, that’s our attitude.”

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Held in late August at the Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier, the San Diego Spirits Festival and International Competition attracted entrants and attendees from all over the United States and the world. One hundred sixty-two entrants participated in a variety of spirits categories. Ranked as one of the top cocktail festivals in America by Fodors, SDISF judges come from the ranks of top food and beverage buyers, writers, columnists, beverage directors, and sommeliers. This year marks the ninth anniversary of the competition and exposition.

With wins at the San Diego Spirits Festival and International Competition and the New York World Wine and Spirits Competition, Yolo Rum continues an impressive, award-winning run at industry expositions and competitions. Yolo Rum received multiple Best-of-Class wins from Spirits of the Americas, won multiple gold medals including double gold at the Denver International Spirits Competition and has taken home more gold medals at the Miami Rum Renaissance Festival. Now they add two more medals to the trophy case.

At the heart of the Yolo Rum operation is master distiller Francisco “Don Pancho” Fernandez. Born in Cuba and operating out of the Republic of Panama, Don Pancho is the world’s most-respected and honored ronero (that’s “rum blender,” for the layman). The recipient of hundreds of awards, Francisco “Don Pancho” Fernandez is acclaimed worldwide as the ultimate practitioner of his craft and recognized as a man who elevates the trade of rum making to high art. Yolo Rums are gluten free, with no added sugar or molasses and no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives, and the company produces its products using revolutionary environmentally sustainable processes. Offering boutique quality at exceptional value, Yolo Rum is the ideal synthesis of ancient crafts and modern tastes.

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Three Nationwide Catastrophe Response Units now open to help Irma-affected members


COLUMBUS, Ohio, Sept. 14, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ —


Nationwide claims associates and members 


Nationwide Catastrophe Response Units

The CRUs serve two purposes: They provide a central location for Nationwide members in impacted areas to speak face-to-face with our claims team, and they serve as a mobile headquarters for Nationwide claims associates who are on the ground to help members affected by Irma.


Starting today, Sept. 14, 2017


Florida locations

The Home Depot
4403 Millennia Plaza Way
Orlando, Fla. 32839
8 a.m. – 6 p.m. weekdays
8 a.m. – 5 p.m. weekends

12945 Atlantic Blvd.
Jacksonville, Fla. 32225
8 a.m. – 6 p.m. weekdays
8 a.m. – 5 p.m. weekends

Georgia location

The Home Depot
875 Lawrenceville Suwane Road
Lawrenceville, Ga. 30043
8 a.m. – 6 p.m. daily


Interview Opportunities: Contact David Gilligan or (614) 677-7305 to arrange interviews at each location.


About Nationwide

Nationwide, a Fortune 100 company based in Columbus, Ohio, is one of the largest and strongest diversified insurance and financial services organizations in the U.S. and is rated A+ by both A.M. Best and Standard & Poor’s. The company provides a full range of insurance and financial services, including auto, commercial, homeowners, farm and life insurance; public and private sector retirement plans, annuities and mutual funds; banking and mortgages; pet, motorcycle and boat insurance. For more information, visit

Nationwide, Nationwide is on your side and the Nationwide N and Eagle are service marks of Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company.

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(614) 677-7305

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Big Air Trampoline Park Presents First West Coast Laser Maze


LAGUNA HILLS, California, Sept. 14, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Big Air Trampoline Park, voted parentingOC Magazine’s Best Birthday Place two years in a row, is excited to announce its new attraction, The Laser Maze at Big Air. It will be the first trampoline laser maze on the West Coast and adding to Big Air’s exciting mix of attractions.

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“Big Air prides itself on consistent innovation and staying ahead of industry trends,” says Kevin Odekirk, President of Big Air. “This west-coast-first trampoline laser maze is a great example of that. We’re thrilled!”

The Lazer Maze will feature multiple games and difficulty levels, providing guests of all ages with an exciting and challenging experience. Players are challenged with bouncing their way across a dark room filled with a dense field of lasers, without breaking any laser beams. Making the attraction even more challenging, this will be the first laser maze on the West Coast to incorporate trampolines. A leaderboard showcases all-time high scores, and all the excitement can be viewed while waiting in line as digital monitors display a live feed of the action.

“Since our company was founded, we’ve always looked for exciting and innovative ways to serve our guests,” says Greg Briggs, Big Air Founder and former VP of Wild Rivers Waterpark in Irvine. “Part of this is our ongoing commitment to enhancing our attraction lineup, and this new experience does just that.”

The attraction’s opening weekend will include raffles, a social media contest, and more. A special preview event for active Big Air members will take place on September 21st from 1-9 p.m.

About Big Air Trampoline Park
Southern California-based Big Air Trampoline Park® is making leaps and bounds in the family entertainment industry. Founded in 2012, Big Air is led by an executive team with over 30 years of experience in the entertainment industry. With trademarked attractions like Battlebeam®, events like Toddler Time®, and an award-winning birthday party program, Big Air offers an experience that is second-to-none. Big Air’s California locations are in Buena Park and Laguna Hills and are open daily. For information on birthday packages, hours, franchising opportunities, and more, visit

© Big Air. All Rights Reserved.

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Hennessy Partners With Golden Boy Promotions To Celebrate “Canelo” Alvarez & Shared Commitment To Country & Family

Hennessy Celebrates "Canelo" Alvarez & Their Shared Commitment to Country & Family

NEW YORK, Sept. 14, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Hennessy, the world’s best-selling Cognac, and Golden Boy Promotions, the first national Hispanic-owned boxing promotional company, announce formal partnership that brings to life the spirit of Hennessy’s “Never stop. Never settle.” mantra, with content that tells the remarkable story of Saul “Canelo” Álvarez. Like Hennessy, the Mexican boxer epitomizes the importance of family and the pursuit of excellence.

Hennessy Celebrates "Canelo" Alvarez & Their Shared Commitment to Country & Family

The integrated partnership features original content, in addition to digital micro-videos, special events, and cross-channel promotions intended to inspire others to “Never stop. Never settle.”

The similarities between Hennessy and Golden Boy are striking: both truly live by the “Never stop. Never settle.” mantra and recognize the importance of community and family in building a successful and enduring legacy. As the youngest of seven brothers, all of whom are professional boxers, Canelo is the only one to become a world champion. He and his Golden Boy network represent an enduring love for the sport of boxing and a dedication to family and country, much like the Hennessy family itself.

“For me, boxing isn’t just a passion – it’s a family legacy,” said Canelo. “Working with my Golden Boy team and Hennessy is the perfect way to celebrate that. It is my time to inspire others with my ‘Never stop. Never settle.’ story.”

In recognition of the millions of boxing fans that will be cheering across the globe this weekend, Hennessy recommends enjoying this Canelo-inspired cocktail while viewing at home:

Citrus Cross

  • 1 ½ oz. Hennessy V.S.O.P Privilège Cognac
  • ½ oz. Triple sec or orange liqueur
  • Splash orange juice
  • Top with lemon-lime soda

Combine Hennessy, orange liqueur, and orange juice in a rocks glass with ice; top with lemon-lime soda.

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About Hennessy 
In 2017, the Maison Hennessy celebrates over two and half centuries of an exceptional adventure that has linked two families, the Hennessys and the Fillioux, for seven generations and spanned five continents. It began in the French region of Cognac, the seat from which the Maison has constantly passed down the best the land has to give, from one generation to the next. In particular, such longevity is thanks to those people, past and present, who have ensured Hennessy’s success both locally and around the world. Hennessy’s success and longevity are also the result of the values the Maison has upheld since its creation: unique savoir-faire, a constant quest for innovation, and an unwavering commitment to Creation, Excellence, Legacy, and Sustainable Development. Today, these qualities are the hallmark of a House – a crown jewel in the LVMH Group – that crafts iconic and prestigious Cognacs.

Hennessy is imported and distributed in the U.S. by Moët Hennessy USA. Hennessy distills, ages and blends spanning a full range: Hennessy V.S, Hennessy Black, V.S.O.P Privilège, X.O, Paradis, Paradis Impérial and Richard Hennessy. For more information and where to purchase/ engrave, please visit

About Golden Boy Promotions
Los Angeles-based Golden Boy Promotions was established in 2002 by 10-time world champion in six divisions Oscar De La Hoya, the first Hispanic to own a national boxing promotional company. Golden Boy Promotions is one of boxing’s most active and respected promoters, presenting shows in packed venues around the world and has worked with networks such as HBO, Estrella TV, ESPN, TeleFutura, FOX Sports 1, FOX Deportes, Televisa and TV Azteca. The company has also promoted some of the top boxing events in the history of the sport including De La Hoya vs. Mayweather, Mayweather vs. Canelo and other notable pay-per-view fights featuring fan-favorites Canelo Alvarez, Bernard Hopkins, Juan Manuel “Dinamita” Marquez, Miguel Cotto, Marco “Baby Faced Assassin” Antonio Barrera, Erik “El Terrible” Morales and Sugar Shane Mosley.

For more information, visit, follow on Instagram and Twitter at @GoldenBoyBoxing and like on Facebook at


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Discover Even More Magic This Holiday Season at Walt Disney World Resort


LAKE BUENA VISTA, Florida, Sept. 14, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Walt Disney World Resort is the place to be this holiday season as theme parks and resort hotels sparkle with jolly decorations that bring the spirit of the season to life. Here’s a sampling of the holiday fun in store for guests:

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Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Guests can get wrapped up in a Flurry of Fun at Disney’s Hollywood Studios from Nov. 9-Dec. 31, with exciting new holiday happenings around the park and the return of the nighttime projection and fireworks show “Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!”

  • NEW! Sunset Seasons Greetings – This new holiday experience features spectacular projections of Mickey, Minnie and other beloved Disney characters sharing their favorite Christmas stories as a snowy Sunset Boulevard twinkles with stunning holiday decorations. Holiday magic brings billboards to life and transforms the famous Hollywood Tower Hotel into scenes of the season – a giant pile of Christmas gifts, a gingerbread house and a frozen winter wonderland! A frosty summer-loving snowman might even make an appearance to share his holiday wish! This fantastic and heartwarming experience runs continuously throughout the night.
  • NEW! Enhanced holiday décor around Echo Lake – Extra-large ornaments, colorful garlands and a giant Christmas tree centered on the water will make Echo Lake the merriest of places this holiday season. Even Dinosaur Gertie will be dressed for the occasion with a dino-sized Santa hat.
  • “Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!” Returns – The hit holiday show returns Nov. 9 sending beloved Disney animated characters on a spirited yuletide adventure to get Santa back to the North Pole in time for Christmas Eve. “Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!” combines state-of-the-art projections, fireworks, special effects and Christmas music to create a dazzling, one-of-a-kind holiday experience for guests – capped by a special message from Santa himself.
  • “Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!” Dessert Party – Guests can wrap up their jolly holiday evenings with reserved viewing of the “Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM!” nighttime spectacular. The nightly party includes holiday-inspired snacks, delicious desserts, wine, beer, and specialty alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. A surprise Disney character will also join the fun, posing for pictures and signing autographs. This fun-filled special event is offered Nov. 9-Dec. 30, 2017. Book online at or call (407) WDW-DINE.
  • A new friend joins the cast of ‘For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration’ – Holiday fun continues at the Hyperion Theater as Anna, Elsa and Kristoff welcome Olaf to this popular sing-along celebration. Just for the holidays the show will include all-new songs from Disney’s new animated short “Olaf’s Frozen Adventure.”
  • Minnie’s Holiday Dine at Hollywood and Vine – Meet Minnie, Mickey, Daisy, Donald and Goofy for lunch and dinner celebrations centered on seasonal deliciousness. From Nov. 6-Jan. 7, the mouse-with-the-mostest will deck the halls for a banquet filled with holiday cheer and the joy of the season! To make a reservation, check availability and book online visit or call (407) WDW-DINE.
  • Santa Claus returns to the Once Upon a Time shop Nov. 9-Dec. 24 – The beautiful vintage setting of the Once Upon a Time shop recalls bygone days of Santa’s visits to great department stores across the country. Santa will be at the shop daily to greet guests and listen to holiday wishes. Santa Goofy will step in Dec. 25-Dec. 31 after Old Saint Nick returns to the North Pole.

Holidays Around the World is transforming into the Epcot International Festival of the Holidays from Nov. 9-Dec. 30, surrounding guests once again in the wondrous sights, sounds and flavors of the season.

  • NEW! Holiday Kitchens – The number of holiday kitchens doubles in size this year to a total of 15, each bringing the flavors of the season to life. New this year, guests can indulge in cookies and desserts at the holiday kitchen located inside the Odyssey complex. Sweet treats include snowflake sugar cookies and a warm apple fritter with cinnamon ice cream and caramel sauce. Over at the Canada pavilion, dazzling delicacies like the Maple Buche de Noel (maple mousse rolled in gingerbread chiffon cake with cranberry sauce and pecan crumble) celebrate holiday traditions from the Great White North.
  • NEW! Chip & Dale’s Christmas Tree Spree – Chip and Dale are collecting ornaments for their Christmas tree. Guests can purchase a map and stickers from select merchandise locations and travel around World Showcase looking for the famous chipmunks with their ornaments. Guests can return their completed maps for a festive surprise, courtesy of Chip and Dale. Maps are available for $5.99 plus tax.
  • NEW! Candlelight Processional Narrators – One of the most popular Epcot traditions returns with new celebrity narrators in 2017. Pat Sajak, Matt Bomer and CCH Pounder will join the lineup of returning favorites like Neil Patrick Harris, Whoopi Goldberg and Jaci Velasquez. The Candlelight Processional is a retelling of the Christmas story as told by a celebrity narrator accompanied by 50-piece orchestra and a mass choir. The show takes place at the America Gardens Theatre each evening at 5:00 p.m., 6:45 p.m. and 8:15 p.m. Nov. 24-Dec. 30. Candlelight dinner packages can be reserved by visiting
  • NEW! Holiday Entertainment – Enjoy the sights and sounds of the nations of World Showcase, as each country’s holiday heritage comes to life amid joyful music and time-honored traditions. Guests will discover an entertaining celebration of Hanukkah in a new location along World Showcase promenade, where a fun and interactive band interweaves the music of Hanukkah with jazz, Latin, rock and even hip-hop influences. Other returning holiday favorites include JOYFUL! A Gospel Celebration of the Season and Canadian Holiday Voyageurs.
  • Fireworks Finale – The nightly fireworks display, IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth, will feature a special holiday ending.

Magic Kingdom

  • A Frozen Holiday Wish – Behold an enchanting performance to melt a frozen heart. Royal sisters Anna and Elsa lead a celebration on the Castle Forecourt Stage nightly Nov. 9-Dec. 31. Featuring special appearances by rugged mountain man Kristoff and lovable snowman Olaf, this merry-and-bright seasonal show culminates in Queen Elsa using her incredible powers to present a gift to everyone in the kingdom – transforming Cinderella Castle into a glimmering, shimmering ice palace for the holidays.
  • Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party – It’s a Christmas party like no other, with joyous music, a shimmering Cinderella Castle, characters in their festive finery and the Magic Kingdom decked out and made even more magical for merry-making guests of all ages. Each specially ticketed, limited-attendance event features an exclusive performance of Holiday Wishes fireworks and the earliest performances of other spectaculars like Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade, the Frozen Holiday Wish castle-lighting ceremony and Mickey’s Most Merriest Celebration stage show. The special party – complete with cookies, cocoa and snow flurries – begins at 7 p.m., after regular park hours. Parties will be held on November 9, 10, 12, 14, 16, 17, 26 and 28, and December 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 10, 12, 14, 15, 17, 19, 21 and 22.

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  • Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade – This enchanting holiday pageant sings and dances its way through the Magic Kingdom park daily Dec. 23-Dec 31. It also makes a special appearance at each Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. Brimming with magic and cheer, the parade features Santa Claus, gingerbread men, elves, reindeer, toy soldiers and other friends from the North Pole. They all join Mickey and friends – including Arendelle favorites Anna, Elsa, Kristoff and Olaf – in an over-the-top celebration of the season.
  • Mickey’s Most Merriest Celebration – From Dec 23-Dec. 31, Mickey and Minnie take to Cinderella Castle Forecourt Stage where they host some of their Disney friends for an unforgettable Christmas soiree filled with classic and contemporary holiday songs. Magical holiday projections on Cinderella Castle build to a sensational, snowy finale. Performances are also featured during each Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party.

Disney’s Animal Kingdom
It’s a wild holiday time as decorations around the park frame new day-into-nighttime experiences, including Tree of Life transformations, Kilimanjaro Safaris, Kali Rivers Rapids and Expedition Everest. Guests will be greeted by a dramatic, animal-themed holiday tree, and festive garlands will have the park all a-glow with merriment.

Disney Springs
Every corner of Disney Springs is wrapped and ready for the season with holiday décor and special entertainment, making it the most wonderful place to shop. From top name-brands to cozy one-of-a kind retailers and, of course, all things Disney, there’s something for everyone. Busy shoppers can also take a break and enjoy a quick snack on the go or an unforgettable meal at one of Disney Springs many talked-about restaurants.

Here’s a sampling of what’s new:

  • NEW! An Even Bigger Christmas Tree Trail – To capture the spirit of the season, Marketplace guests can stroll among custom decorated holiday trees, each dedicated to a popular Disney theme. This year, the Christmas Tree Trail will expand to include ten new trees inspired by Disney classics such as Sleeping Beauty, Peter Pan, Snow White and Dumbo.
  • Santa’s Chalet – Santa Claus is accepting Christmas wish lists and welcoming guests to his chalet newly located by the Christmas Tree Trail. From Dec. 25-Dec. 31, Santa Goofy will take over after Old Saint Nick heads back to the North Pole.
  • Stitch’s Holiday Gift Hunt – The mischievous experiment 626 returns to Disney Springs with an expanded scavenger hunt now featuring four new stops, including a special stop at the expanded Christmas Tree Trail.

Holiday Fun beyond the Parks:
The warmth of the holiday season brings cheer to more than 25 Disney resorts.

Every resort across Walt Disney World is decked out for the holidays. Entertainment abounds, including carolers performing on select nights at many resorts.

  • At Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, guests can take in the grandeur of quintessential Pacific Northwest yuletide cheer beneath the towering lobby Christmas tree, as they cozy up to the fire and relax with a cup of hot cider and snack on holiday treats. They can also relax lakeside and enjoy a seasonal cocktail at Geyser Point Bar & Grill, then settle around the campfire with s’mores and hot chocolate at nightfall.
  • At Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground, the Hoop-de-Doo Musical Revue spruces up for the season with live holiday music by the Pioneer Hall Players, including favorites like “There’s No Place Like Home for the Holidays” and “Another Tennessee Christmas.” On select nights, the campground’s beloved carolers arrive by hay wagon spreading holiday cheer to all.

Resort guests can also experience life-sized edible creations at select Walt Disney World Resorts.

  • An annual treat, at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, is a life-sized holiday gingerbread house. This eye-filling (and aromatic) sight is in the resort lobby and is home to The Bake Shop that uses a classic gingerbread recipe from Austria for its tasty cookies and ornaments.
  • A life-sized, edible spinning carousel is a holiday tradition at Disney’s Beach Club Resort, while a holiday village with miniature train takes center stage at Disney’s Yacht Club Resort.

Three all-new New Year’s Eve Celebrations coming to Disney’s Contemporary Resort:

  • “Disney Countdown to Midnight” includes delightful dining, live music, libations and more. An interactive band and DJ will fill the dance floor (and we hear that Mickey and Minnie may make a special appearance). Then welcome in 2018 with a flute of bubbly and a viewing of those legendary New Year’s Eve fireworks in Magic Kingdom Park. Hours are 8 p.m. to 12:15 a.m. in the Fantasia Ballroom. This party is designed for guests 18 and older.
  • PIXAR PARTY– A New Year’s Eve Celebration: This party celebrates beginnings with a Disney Pixar-inspired dinner the entire family is sure to enjoy. This unique celebration lets families ring the New Year together. It features a buffet-style dinner, Disney characters, activities for the little ones, a trendy DJ and exclusive viewing of Magic Kingdom fireworks!
  • “Down in New Orleans: A Disney New Year’s Eve Dining Experience” in the Grand Republic Ballroom is a fine-dining experience inspired by the Disney animated film “The Princess and the Frog.” Toward the end of the evening an amazing vocalist, reminiscent of Tiana, joins the band to bring to life the Academy Award-winning classics of legendary composer, Randy Newman. Guests can then slip outside with a glass of bubbly just before midnight to ring in 2018 with a private viewing area for the Magic Kingdom Park fireworks. Hours are 7 p.m. to 12:15 a.m.

No holiday is complete without a special dining experience. Holiday menus that celebrate the season can be found at restaurants throughout Walt Disney World Resort. For holiday dining information and reservations, call (407) WDW-DINE.

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Canada Life Reinsurance enters into £1.7bn longevity risk reinsurance agreement with MMC U.K. Pension Fund


ST. MICHAEL, Barbados, Sept. 14, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Canada Life Reinsurance is pleased to announce that it has recently entered into a long term reinsurance agreement to cover the longevity risk on £1.7 billion of liabilities for approximately 7,500 pensioner members of the Marsh & McLennan Companies (MMC) U.K. Pension Fund. This transaction was written by the Barbados Branch of Canada Life via a reinsurance agreement with Guernsey based captive insurer cells managed by Marsh Guernsey.

Tom O’Sullivan, General Manager of the Barbados Branch of Canada Life commented “I am pleased to announce this major reinsurance agreement, which reflects our ability to collaborate effectively with the MMC U.K. Pension Fund to create a solution to efficiently hedge their longevity risk.” 

Jeff Poulin, Global Head of Canada Life Reinsurance, added “This transaction highlights our expertise in underwriting large, complex and innovative risk transfer initiatives together with the value of our financial strength.”

Canada Life Reinsurance offers a range of innovative risk and capital management solutions covering mortality, longevity, health and lapse risks for insurers, reinsurers and pension funds across the U.S. and Europe. Canada Life Reinsurance continues to develop innovative reinsurance solutions it offers to insurers and reinsurers in many European markets including the Netherlands, the U.K., France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Sweden, Belgium and Ireland.

About Canada Life

Canada Life is part of a group of companies owned by Great-West Lifeco Inc., a diversified financial services holding company headquartered in Winnipeg, Canada. Great-West Lifeco and its insurance subsidiaries have received strong ratings from major rating agencies.

About Great-West Lifeco
Great-West Lifeco Inc. is an international financial services holding company with interests in life insurance, health insurance, retirement and investment services, asset management and reinsurance businesses. Great-West Lifeco has operations in Canada, the United States and Europe through Great-West Life, London Life, Canada Life, Irish Life, Great-West Financial and Putnam Investments. Great-West Lifeco and its companies have £809 billion (over C$1.3 trillion) in consolidated assets under administration as of June 30, 2017 and are members of the Power Financial Corporation group of companies. To learn more, visit

Contact: Tom O’Sullivan, F.S.A., F.C.I.A., M.A.A.A., General Manager and Actuary, Canada Life (Barbados Branch), T: 246-227-1025 | C: 246-266-8651

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FDA Encourages Juice Safety This Fall

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SILVER SPRING, Md., Sept. 14, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ —  As fall arrives, so do drives in the country and drinking fresh-squeezed juices and cider.  Unfortunately, serious outbreaks of foodborne illness, often called “food poisoning,” have been traced to drinking fruit and vegetable juice and cider that have not been pasteurized or otherwise treated to kill harmful bacteria.  The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reminds consumers this fall to read the label carefully on juice and cider products.

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Juices provide many important nutrients, but consuming untreated juices can pose health risks to your family. When fruits and vegetables are fresh-squeezed or used raw, bacteria from the produce can end up in your juice or cider. Unless the produce or the juice has been treated to destroy any harmful bacteria, the juice could be contaminated. While most people’s immune systems can usually fight off the effects of foodborne illness, children, older adults, pregnant women, and people with weakened immune systems (such as transplant patients and individuals with HIV/AIDS, cancer, and diabetes) risk serious illnesses or even death from drinking untreated juices.

Most of the juice sold in the United States is pasteurized (heat-treated) to kill harmful bacteria. Juice products may also be treated by non-heat processes for the same purpose.  However, some grocery stores, health food stores, cider mills, farmers’ markets, and juice bars sell packaged juice that was made on site that has not been pasteurized or otherwise processed to ensure its safety.  These untreated products should be kept under refrigeration and are required to carry the following warning on the label:

WARNING: This product has not been pasteurized and therefore may contain harmful bacteria that can cause serious illness in children, the elderly, and persons with weakened immune systems.

However, FDA does not require warning labels on juice or cider that is fresh-squeezed and sold by the glass, such as at apple orchards, farmers’ markets, roadside stands, and juice bars. 

Follow these simple steps to prevent illness when purchasing juice:

  • Look for the warning label to avoid the purchase of untreated juices. You can find pasteurized or otherwise treated products in your grocers’ refrigerated sections, frozen food cases, or in non-refrigerated containers, such as juice boxes, bottles, or cans. Untreated juice is most likely to be sold in the refrigerated section of a grocery store.
  • Don’t hesitate to ask if you are unsure if a juice product is treated, if the labeling is unclear, or if the juice or cider is sold by the glass.

Foodborne Illness: Know the Symptoms

Consuming dangerous foodborne bacteria will usually cause illness within 1 to 3 days of eating the contaminated food. However, sickness can also occur within 20 minutes or up to 6 weeks later. Symptoms of foodborne illness include: vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, and flu-like symptoms (such as fever, headache, and body ache). If you think that you or a family member has a foodborne illness, contact your healthcare provider immediately.

Contact:  Media: 1-301-796-4540  Consumers: 1-888-SAFEFOOD (toll free)

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Genius Plaza Unveils Educational Resources for Hispanic Heritage Month Including Profiles of Key Latino Professionals


CLIFTON PARK, N.Y., Sept. 14, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Genius Plaza, a leading digital educational company providing didactic learning resources for grades Pre-K to 12, today unveiled educational resources in English and Spanish for Hispanic Heritage Month, including animations, games, eBooks, vocabulary sets, comprehension exercises, and non-fictional sets for Latinos in STEAM careers.

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“We are committed to ensuring that more than 95% of our content reflects diversity,” said Michelle Emirzian, Chief Academic Officer at Genius Plaza.  “We want to be sure our students celebrate all cultures, and also see themselves in the content we provide, including the profiles of professionals in STEAM careers.”

Genius Plaza provides supplemental resources to help inspire students.  Available resources not only include content featuring Latino professionals in STEAM careers in English and Spanish, but also learning resources about the seven countries celebrating their independence during Hispanic Heritage Month: Chile, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, and Nicaragua. 

There are 58.6 million Hispanics in the United States, according to Pew Research Center.  Hispanic Heritage Month has been celebrated from September 15th to October 15th since President Ronald Reagan expanded the celebration from one week in 1988.  According to the Hispanic Heritage Month website created by the Library of Congress, in 1968, President Lyndon Johnson began the celebration as Hispanic Heritage Week.

About Genius Plaza
Genius Plaza is the first multicultural education company that provides culturally relevant math, language arts, and science resources combined with a research-based didactic approach and state-of-the-art parent engagement tools in eight languages.  Genius Plaza brands include Plaza Bilingüe and Genius Explorer.

Media Contact: Monica Talan, 518-280-9550,  

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Mazda and Mazda Foundation Contribute Additional Funds for Hurricane Disaster Support

Mazda North American Operations is headquartered in Irvine, Calif., 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

IRVINE, Calif., Sept. 13, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — In the wake of the continued impact of Hurricane Harvey on the greater Houston area, and the recent destruction caused by Hurricane Irma across Florida, Mazda North American Operations (MNAO) and the Mazda Foundation (USA), Inc., today announced an additional immediate $100,000 donation to the American Red Cross. This donation comes after an announcement last week whereby Mazda donated $100,000 to the American Red Cross for Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.

Mazda North American Operations is headquartered in Irvine, Calif., 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

The Mazda Foundation and MNAO have been long-standing partners with the American Red Cross. Through the partnership, MNAO is a $1-million member of the Red Cross Annual Disaster Giving Program (ADGP). As an ADGP member, Mazda’s donation helps ensure that the Red Cross has the necessary resources to respond to disasters large and small, helping people whenever and wherever it is needed.

Personal contributions to the American Red Cross Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma Disaster Relief Fund can be made through this link.

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 600 dealers. Operations in Mexico are managed by Mazda Motor de Mexico in Mexico City. For more information on Mazda vehicles, including photography and B-roll, please visit the online Mazda media center at

Follow MNAO’s social media channels through Twitter and Instagram at @MazdaUSA and Facebook at

About the Mazda Foundation
Through the Mazda Foundation, Mazda and its employees are working together to proactively help our neighbors – and the communities where we live and work – to build a better, brighter future. With contributions exceeding $12 million since its founding in 1992, the Mazda Foundation is playing a meaningful role in helping thousands of Americans realize their aspirations and dreams. The Mazda Foundation supports programs ranging from children’s organizations and educational scholarships to food banks, environmental programs and crucial disaster relief efforts. To learn more, visit

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DentalEZ® Announces Partnership with PSA

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MALVERN, Pennsylvania, Sept. 13, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — As part of its strategic plan and ongoing evolution, DentalEZ® Integrated Solutions today announced changes that will continue the transformation of the company. Effective January 1, 2018, DentalEZ is partnering with PSA, Professional Sales Associates, Inc., on sales of its StarDental®, RAMVAC® and DentalEZ Equipment brands to dental distributors in the US, Puerto Rico and Canada.

Heather Trombley, President and COO of DentalEZ said, “We are changing the status quo. We have a real opportunity to fulfill the company’s vision – becoming a vibrant, integral and trusted partner in oral and overall health – and we could not have asked for a better partner than PSA.” Trombley continued, “We believe that in partnership with PSA, our company will be better positioned to provide real solutions to the everyday challenges in the delivery of oral healthcare by uniquely combining product innovation focused on simplification, efficiency, and value coupled with outstanding customer service and support.”

Ric Vordermark, Sr. Director of Sales commented “We believe PSA is uniquely qualified, based on their deep relationships and long standing ties to the dental market, to ensure that our dealer partners and customers are educated on and understand all of our products and services,” Vordermark said. “Their experience and relationships, coupled with our focus on meeting market needs will provide us with an opportunity to successfully launch more new products into the market. Together we will exceed market expectations.”

Ms. Trombley added, “The evolution of DentalEZ continues. Like any good company, we evaluate our business and market opportunities with an eye on growth. We are committed to our customers and work hard every day to create a more customer focused company, a company that customers seek out and trust. We are focused on our vision and this announcement brings us another step closer to realizing it.”

About DentalEZ®
DentalEZ Integrated Solutions is committed to providing real solutions to everyday challenges in oral healthcare by uniquely combining innovation focused on simplification and efficiency in value based products and outstanding customer service and support. DentalEZ manufactures a full line of products and well-known brands including StarDental® Instruments, DentalEZ® Equipment, RAMVAC® Utility, NevinLabs™ Workstations and Columbia Dentoform® Teaching Solutions. For more information, please visit


Mexico Earthquake: Direct Relief Commits Initial $100,000 Cash to Emergency Response

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MEXICO CITY, Sept. 13, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — As the massive damage, tragic loss of life, and extensive injuries from last week’s magnitude 8.1 earthquake in Mexico come into focus, Direct Relief has made an initial cash commitment of $100,000 for the immediate deployment of emergency medical response personnel and essential medical supplies.  

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The Mexican states of Oaxaca and Chiapas, which were close to the epicenter, recorded fatalities and massive infrastructure damage. The death toll is likely to climb as response continues. 

Direct Relief staff in Mexico made an initial delivery of requested medications and supplies in Oaxaca, Mexico, on Sunday and are coordinating activities with the Comité Operacional de Emergencia, as well as the State Ministry of Health, COFEPRIS, local health jurisdictions, and the Federal Ministry of Health.

Direct Relief’s initial commitment of $100,000 is from its general funds, and not dependent on whether the organization receives contributions designated for this particular event.  Moreover, consistent with the obligation to honor donor intent, 100% of any and all donations designated for Mexico by donors will be used exclusively for this purpose, not for the organization’s general operations or other program activities outside of Mexico. 

Direct Relief Mexico is a registered Asociación Civil in Mexico and was granted tax-deductible status (Donataria Autorizada) from the Mexican government in 2014. This status allows companies and individuals in Mexico to receive tax benefits for donations to Direct Relief Mexico. 

Earlier this year, Direct Relief established a conduit for pharmaceutical businesses in Mexico to donate medicine within the country. In the first major distribution through the pipeline, Direct Relief received 26.5 metric tons of medicine donated by Bayer de México S.A. de C.V. and distributed it onward to a network of local healthcare providers.  

While Direct Relief has provided more than USD 35 million in donated medicine in Mexico since 2014, it previously was able to distribute only pharmaceuticals manufactured in the United States and delivered them through costly international direct shipments. Medicines are manufactured in Mexico both by local and global pharma companies, but no mechanism existed until this year to enable large-scale ongoing donations within the country. 

About Direct Relief 

Established in 1948 with a mission to improve the health and lives of people affected by poverty or emergencies, Direct Relief delivers life-saving medical resources throughout the world – without regard to politics, religion, ethnic identities, or ability to pay. With operations in Mexico and as well as more than 80 countries and all 50 states in the U.S., Direct Relief is the only charitable nonprofit to obtain Verified Accredited Wholesale Distributor (VAWD) accreditation by the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy. Among other distinctions, Direct Relief earns a perfect score of 100 from independent evaluator Charity Navigator, was listed among the world’s most innovative nonprofits by Fast Company, and has received the CECP Directors’ Award, the Drucker Prize for Nonprofit Innovation, and the President’s Award from Esri for excellence in GIS mapping. For more information, please visit  

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New Weekly Entertainment Talk Show Kiki Mobile Set To Premiere On Sunday, Sept. 17 On FYI


LOS ANGELES, Sept. 13, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — Latin Hollywood Films in association with JEAR Entertainment is set to make history and launch America’s first mobile talk show “Kiki Mobile” on Sunday, Sept. 17 on FYI. Award-winning comedian, Kiki Melendez (creator of Showtime’s “Hot Tamales Live”) traveled to various locations filming unique, one-of-a-kind segments in a custom-designed RV. The segments were filmed in Venice Beach, Hollywood, and New York City, and also feature exclusive set visits and red carpet events, making “Kiki Mobile” the new source for entertainment and celebrity interviews.

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Along with host Melendez, “Kiki Mobile” includes her “co-hottie” Lamar Babi, RV driver and actor Sal Velez, Jr., and house band Angelo Pagan’s Da Streetband.  The premiere episode features one-on-one interviews with legendary actor Ed Asner, Joe Manganiello, Kim Director (HBO’s “The Deuce,”) Yancey Arias, plus NFL legends Michael Irvin, Marshall Faulk and newly inducted Hall of Famers, Kurt Warner and Terrell Davis.

In addition, “Kiki Mobile” has unique sketches, or “Kiki Quickies” highlighting Kiki’s comedic talent, “Kiki’s Comedy Corner” which features leading comics, “Kiki’s Proud Moms” with Ada Luz Pla Williams, and “Buzzchat” with Juhahn Jones, which spotlights the hottest viral videos and social media influencers.

“Kiki Mobile” will premiere Sunday, Sept. 17 at 12PM ET nationwide on FYI and will air weekly for thirteen weeks. For local listings visit

For more information, please visit and follow the show on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook via @kikimobileofficial

Melendez is an actress, writer, comedian and executive producer and CEO of Latin Hollywood Films.

She has become one of America’s top female performers, creating many opportunities for herself and other minorities with her shows “Kiki Desde Hollywood” on Galavision, Showtime Networks “Hot Tamales Live!” a comedy show that has toured the nation, “Locos Y Contentos” on Estrella TV, and the documentary-comedy, “Journey of a Female Comic,” which was Oscar qualified in 2015.

Most recently, Melendez produced the groundbreaking “Latin Hollywood Films Upfronts” and presented a slate of multicultural programming for network executives in New York and LA.

Press contact: LHF PR Angel Gonzalez (310) 903-1714.
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StarKist Co. Reaches Settlement with DOJ, EPA


PITTSBURGH, Sept. 12, 2017 /PRNewswire-HISPANIC PR WIRE/ — StarKist Co. today announced that it will enter into a consent decree with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) for alleged violations related to wastewater treatment and related compliance matters at the company’s plant in American Samoa. 

It was identified that certain systems did not meet today’s environmental compliance regulations and StarKist worked collaboratively with the EPA to make changes to the facility and its compliance measures. In accordance with the consent decree, StarKist has agreed, among other things, to install interim measures equipment, and intends to pay $6.3 million in penalties for alleged waste disposal violations at StarKist Samoa, in addition to investing significant capital in funding to address plant and monitoring upgrades.

“StarKist is committed to American Samoa and its people by being a socially responsible company and doing the right thing,” said Andrew Choe, President & CEO, StarKist Co. “Our company is committed to investing in the technology and equipment needed to address compliance issues at the StarKist Samoa plant. While this process is long-term in nature, we will continue to work closely with the EPA as we focus on these improvements until we meet and exceed compliance and environmental performance laws and standards.”

In addition to facility improvements, StarKist offered a training session in American Samoa with the National Emergency Response and Rescue Training Center (NERRTC) in July, and has met with the American Samoa Department of Homeland Security (AS DHS), the Territorial Emergency Management Coordinating Office (TMCO), Local Fire Department Hazardous Materials Team, and other first responders. These forums have allowed StarKist to identify emergency response equipment needs within the territory. As a result, StarKist will purchase 12 protective suits and 12 self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) units to support American Samoa’s emergency response efforts.

This project was undertaken in connection with the settlement of an enforcement action. United States v. StarKist Co. and StarKist Samoa Co. taken on behalf of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency under the Clean Water Act, the Clean Air Act, the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, and the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act. 

About StarKist Co.
StarKist Co. is a food company that provides trusted, healthy, and shelf-stable seafood products in the United States. An industry innovator, StarKist was the first brand to introduce StarKist single-serve pouch products, which include Tuna Creations® and Salmon Creations®. As America’s favorite tuna, StarKist represents a tradition of quality, consumer trust and a commitment to sustainability. StarKist’s charismatic brand icon, Charlie® the Tuna, swam into the hearts of tuna fans in 1961 and is still a fan favorite today. StarKist Co. is a subsidiary of the Dongwon Group.

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